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Girard golden for Canada

Canada's Samuel Girard has won gold in men's 1,000-metre short-track speedskating at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

The Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que., native finished in one minute 24.650 seconds in his Olympic debut.

John-Henry Krueger of the U.S., took silver while Seo Yira of South Korea collected bronze.

Girard, 21, had finished fourth in his semifinal but advanced when fellow Canadian Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., was assessed a penalty.

Girard finished just off the podium earlier in the Games in the 1,500.





Boutin wins bronze

Canadian short-track speedskater Kim Boutin has her second bronze medal of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games after finishing third in the women's 1,500 metres.

Boutin, from Sherbrooke, Que., came through a crowded seven-skater field to claim the bronze in a time of two minutes 25.834 seconds.

South Korea's Choi Minjeong won gold while Li Jinyu of China took silver.

Marianne St-Gelais of Saint-Felicien, Que., failed to qualify for the final after she was penalized in her semifinal.

Boutin won her first ever Olympic medal on Tuesday when she took bronze in the women's 500.



1998 was a long time ago

Vernon's Andrew Ebbett and Team Canada take to the ice tonight against the Czech Republic at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Canada is hoping to build on a 5-1 win in its opening game against Switzerland.

Ebbett, who is one of the alternate captains on the team, had an assist in game one. 

For many Canadian hockey fans, just hearing 'Czech Republic' brings up bad memories. 

At the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, a Dominik Hašek and Jaromír Jágr lead squad crushed the Olympic dreams of players like Wayne Gretzky and Trevor Linden in the semi-finals.

The game is responsible for the question: How the heck do you bench Wayne Gretzky in a shootout?

Canada would eventually finish out of the medals at the tournament and the Czech Republic would go on to win gold.

1998 was the first time in the modern era NHL players participated in the Olympics, Andrew Ebbett and this 2018 edition, is the first team without NHL participation since 1998.

Game time is 7:10 p.m.



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Top 10 for local boarder

Kelowna's Tess Critchlow is one of the top ten female snowboard cross riders in the world today.

It's been a busy day for Critchlow, who's been riding at Big White Ski Resort since she was just five years old. 

The 22-year-old's first qualification run started at 5 p.m. Kelowna time, 10 a.m. Friday Pyeonchang time, followed by a second qualification run just 55 minutes later.

She did enough in the second qualification run to make it to the quarterfinals, along with her teammates Zoe Bergermann from Ontario and Carle Brenneman from Comox.

About an hour and a half later, at 12:19 p.m. Pyeonchang time, Critchlow placed second in her quarterfinal run. With the top three in each quarterfinal moving on, Critchlow found herself with a spot in the semis.

Brenneman, placing fourth in her quarterfinal, just missed out on the semis, while Bergermann did not finish her quarterfinal heat.

Just 17 minutes after her last run, Critchlow's semifinal began, but she just barely missed out on making the finals, placing fourth.

Her showing put her in the “small final” just 16 minutes later, where she came third, for an overall ranking of ninth, and best in Canada. 

Italy took the top spot in the “big final” a few minutes later, with Michela Moioli taking the gold, followed by France's Julia Pereira de Sousa Mabileau and the Czech Republic's Eva Samkova.

The night before her race, Critchlow posted to her Instagram: "Last sleep before the most exciting day of my snowboarding career! Thanks everyone for all the love and support!"



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PyeongChang 2018 Medal Count
CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Norway78722
2Germany94417
3Canada55515
4Netherlands65213
5United States5229
6Austria3249
7Japan1539
8Olympic Athlete
from Russia
0279
9Sweden4307
10France3227


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