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Canadian athletes celebrate victorious Day 8 in Pyeongchang

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Canadian athletes have their eye on the prize, as they bring home two medals last night in the short track speed skating event.

Here’s a breakdown of what happened:

1,000-meter Short Track Speed Skating

21-year-old Quebecois athlete Samuel Girard took the gold in his first ever Olympic games last night. Girard finished fourth in the semi-finals earlier this week and he advanced to the final when fellow Canadian training partner Charles Hamelin was assessed a penalty.

The Toronto Star reported that Hamelin was supportive and encouraging to Girard going into the final. He is now Canada’s first Olympic Champion in this event.

 

1500-meter Short Track Speed Skating

(Leah Hennel / Postmedia Network)

Kim Boutin earned her second podium finish of the week with a bronze medal in the 1500-meter Short Track Speed Skating event.

Earlier this week, Boutin was bumped up to third after Korea’s Minjeong Choi was disqualified. The internet was quick to react, and Boutin spent the week fending off online threats. She kept her head steady to earn her second Olympic bronze medal last night.

The 23-year-old from Sherbrooke, Quebec shared the podium with Choi, who won the gold in the 1500-meter event. Li Jinyu of China secured the silver medal.

Boutin talked to the National Press about the threats she received, stating that “I have a pretty awesome team and they told me I didn’t have to care anymore about this situation because it’s under control. But of course it was hard. After my warmup today I cried. It was a lot of emotion. I had to come back here to do a race. I was just scared. I think I don’t know what they were saying. I was just scared for my security. Everybody told me it was under control and don’t worry about it, but it was on my mind.”

Here’s the medal count as of today:

Country Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal Total
1
Norway
7 8 7 22
2
Germany
9 4 4 17
3
Canada
5 5 5 15
4
Netherlands
6 5 2 13
5
United States
5 2 2 9
6
Austria
3 2 4 9
7
Japan
1 5 3 9
8
Olympic Athlete from Russia
0 2 7 9
9
Sweden
4 3 0 7
10
France
3 2 2 7
11
Switzerland
2 4 1 7
12
Italy
2 1 3 6
13
South Korea
3 0 2 5
14
Czech Republic
1 2 2 5
15
China
0 4 1 5
16
Great Britain
1 0 3 4
17
Slovakia
1 2 0 3
18
Australia
0 2 1 3
19
Finland
0 0 3 3
20
Belarus
1 1 0 2
21
Spain
0 0 2 2
22
Poland
1 0 0 1
23
Slovenia
0 1 0 1
24
Kazakhstan
0 0 1 1
24
Liechtenstein
0 0 1 1

 

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Rachel Francois
Runner, writer, yogi, coffee enthusiast and Olympic writer for Victoria Buzz.

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