In recent Olympic news, Canada has clinched a gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea.
Canadian Mikael Kingsbury (main picture) has won the top prize in men’s freestyle ski moguls , the 25-year-old from Deux-Montagnes, Que., scored 86.63 in the third and final run.
Three Canadians qualified for the finals: Kingsbury, Marc-Antoine Gagnon and Philippe Marquis, with Kingsbury in the top position going into the final runs. Both Kingsbury and Gagnon made it to the last run.
Australian Matt Graham won silver and Daichi Hara of Japan won bronze. Gagnon finished in fourth place.
Kingsbury won silver at his Olympics debut in Sochi, behind fellow Canadian Alex Bilodeau. Since then, he’s dominated the sport, winning six straight Crystal Globes as the overall World Cup champion for both moguls and all of freestyle skiing.
Other Olympic news for Canada…
Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., clinched Canada top spot in the team figure skating competition Monday after finishing third in the women’s free skate, before teammates Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the ice dance segment of the event.
Daleman’s 137.14-point performance added eight points to Canada’s cumulative score, bringing it up to 63. Olympic Athletes from Russia were second at 58 and the United States was third with 53. Daleman’s performance got gold because neither Russia or the U.S. could catch the Canadians once Virtue and Moir stepped on the ice with a great performance (pictured below)
The pair took top spot in the free dance with 118.10 points. That brought the Canadians final score up to 73, well ahead of the competition.
Within an hour of the figure skating gold, Canadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin earned silver in the women’s slopestyle and overcame high winds for a clean second run for 76.33 points. The reigning world champion from Stoneham, Que., Blouin was second behind American Jamie Anderson, who scored 83.00 on her first run. Enni Rukajarvi of Finland took bronze with a score of 73.91.
In mixed doubles curling, Canada moved within a victory of gold and assured itself of at least a silver with an 8-4 win over Norway in the semifinal.
Ottawa’s John Morris and Winnipeg’s Kaitlyn Lawes downed Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten for their seventh win in eight outings.
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