3 from Regina pick up Olympic medals
Hometown glory for Saskatoon, Shaunavon, Aneroid, too
It was a pretty good Olympics for people from Regina — three won medals and others came close to making the podium.
On the men's hockey team, Chris Kunitz and Ryan Getzlaf, both born in the city, left Sochi with gold hanging around their necks. For Getzlaf, it was his second in two Olympics.
A bonus for Kunitz was scoring a goal in Team Canada's 3-0 victory over Sweden in the final.
Canada's first medal of the games went to snowboarder and Regina resident Mark McMorris.
The 20-year-old was participating in his first Olympics with a broken rib and initially struggled but rallied to win bronze in the Games' first-ever slopestyle competition.
Speed skater Lucas Makowsky came close to a medal in team pursuit, but in the final the Canadians lost to Poland and finished fourth overall.
Other parts of Saskatchewan were also represented on the podium during the 17-day Games that wrapped up on Sunday.
Aneroid's Patrick Marleau got a gold in hockey and it was his second, as well.
On the women's side, the pride of Shaunavon, Hayley Wickenheiser, received her fourth career gold medal when Team Canada prevailed over the Americans in a heart-stopping 3-2 overtime final.
Finally, although coaches aren't eligible for Olympic medals, Saskatoon has some bragging rights on the coach of the men's hockey team, Mike Babcock, who was raised in the Bridge City and was the toast of the nation on Sunday after the team's gold medal performance against Sweden.