10 days into the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Canada has remained strong, however, they have dropped in the medal standings due to the lack of gold.
The top five rankings currently look like this:
(Results as of Day 10 – February 17, 2014)
The Netherlands continue to show their prowess in speed skating – all 20 medals were won in the event – one of which was a bronze in the short track.
The Russians have shown how much home advantage can make a difference. Canada had the luxury in the 2010 games in Vancouver, and now Russia is having an impressive Olympics of their own. Events with ice terrain have proven to be beneficial to their success.
The United States – always a powerhouse – have picked up medals in many different areas, including snowboarding, figure skating, and bobsledding.
The Norwegians – other than their curling pants – have been no laughing matter. They have dominated cross country skiing events, including the biathlon, and also took home a gold in men’s Super G.
Finally, dropping to fifth are the Canadians. There have been many close calls and unfortunate endings, though I’m sure most Canadians are pleased with how the team has performed thus far.
Patrick Chan, aiming for gold in Men’s figure skating, fell a little short. Chan did however walk away with a silver in the event, and will use this experience to become better not only technically, but mentally as well.
Scott Moir, and Tessa Virtue put on a clinic in the ‘Ice Dance’ event. They were pretty smooth and nailed some key components, however their close friends/rivals in Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the USA did the same. The pair from the States were able to knock off the Canadian sweethearts, forcing Canada to settle for a silver in the event. All in all, they showed why they are in the mix for the best in the world.
Possibly the top story of the past five days had to of been skater Denny Morrison. After fellow Canadian and teammate Gilmore Junio gave up his spot in the Men’s 1000 metre speed skate, Morrison was able to glide to a silver medal performance. Junio showed amazing class and leadership in knowing Morrison was THE GUY coming into the event, and that a mistake in qualifying was the only reason Denny wasn’t in the event in the first place.
Just days later, Morrison took part in the Men’s 1500 metre race – where Denny was able to reach the podium once again – and brought home a bronze medal. It was certainly a feel-good story, and a BIG reason why these games are so important to so many people across the world.
In one of the more dangerous events at Sochi, Dominique Maltais was able to nab a silver medal in Women’s Snowboard Cross – very cool sport to say the least!
Finally, Jan Hudec was able to take home a bronze medal in Men’s Super G. The men’s alpine team hasn’t had things go their way recently, so this definitely had to feel good for Hudec and the alpine team.
Also, the Canadian Women’s hockey team will now look ahead to their final match against the USA for gold. The men’s squad will face Latvia in the quarters. The curling teams will also look to advance, as they’re showing their dominance in both the Men’s and Women’s side.
The Canadians will also look to grab medals in Bobsleigh, Ski Halfpipe, and Giant Slalom in the coming days.
GO CANADA GO!
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