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Canadian Trail: How Canada did today at the Olympics

Canada won its first gold medal of the Winter Olympics in South Korea on Monday in team figure skating, and a few hours later Mikael Kingsbury was victorious in men's moguls after snowboarder Laurie Blouin battled back from injury to capture slopestyle silver.

Figure skating team, Mikael Kingsbury earn gold, Laurie Blouin overcomes injury for silver

Canada's Winter Olympians added two gold and one silver to their medal haul in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Monday. At left, Patrick Chan, Gabrielle Daleman and their teammates won the figure skating team event while snowboarder Laurie Blouin, middle, captured slopestyle silver and freestyle skier Mikael Kingsbury, right, won his first Olympic medal, ruling men's moguls. (Getty Images/CBC Sports)

By Doug Harrison, CBC Sports

Canada packaged a pair of Patrick Chan quadruple toe loops, Gabrielle Daleman's triple-filled long program and a beautiful free skate by ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to win its first gold medal of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, defeating the Olympic Athletes from Russia by seven points in team figure skating.

A few hours later, six-time defending World Cup champion Mikael Kingsbury became an Olympic gold medallist for the first time, topping the field in men's moguls in Pyeongchang, after snowboarder Laurie Blouin endured a 75-minute delay and overcame an injury to collect a silver medal in women's slopestyle at windswept Phoenix Park.

Watch below as Mikael Kingsbury wins Olympic gold for 1st time

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Canada remained fourth in the medal standings with seven, including two gold, trailing Norway (nine), Germany (seven, four gold) and the Netherlands (seven, three gold).

Here's how other Canadians fared on Monday:

Freestyle skiing

Besides Kingsbury giving Canada its third men's moguls title in as many Games, teammate Marc-Antoine Gagnon just missed the podium with a fourth-place showing to match his finish at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Watch Marc-Antoine Gagnon perform in men's moguls below:

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Quebec City's Philippe Marquis was eliminated from competition after his right knee appeared to give out during his first run of the day. The 28-year-old tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee a month before the Olympics while training for a World Cup event in Utah.

In women's halfpipe, four-time Olympian Mercedes Nicoll and rookies Elizabeth Hosking and Calynn Irwin failed to make it out of the qualification round in an event dominated by Americans, namely Chloe Kim.


Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris will have the chance to become the first Canadians to capture two Olympic curling gold medals when they face Switzerland in the first-ever mixed doubles gold-medal game at the Winter Games on Tuesday at 6:05 a.m. ET.

The 29-year-old Winnipeg native overcame many missed opportunities to make several clutch shots late in Monday's semifinal to lead Canada to a 8-4 win over Norway. The team had dealt Lawes and Morris (7-1 overall) their only loss in round-robin play. The Canadians defeated Switzerland's Jenny Perret and Martin Rios 7-2 earlier in the tournament.

Click below for highlights of Canada's semifinal win over Norway:

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Alex Gough put herself into medal contention after the second of four runs with a combined time of one minute, 32.645 seconds at the Alpensia Sliding Centre. The Calgary native will enter the final two runs on Tuesday within a quarter-second of Natalie Geisenberger, who leads the event (1:32.453) by 0.12 seconds over German teammate Dajana Eitberger (1:32.574).

Click the video player below to watch Alex Gough's 2nd run:

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Kim McRae, also from Calgary, sits sixth (1:32.788) and in a much more difficult position to prevent Geisenberger from becoming the third woman to win consecutive Olympic golds, joining Steffi Martin Walter (1984, 1988) and Sylke Otto (2002, 2006).

Speed skating

With a 15th-place finish, Brianne Tutt was the top Canadian in the women's 1,500-metre final as the native of Airdrie, Alta., and teammates Kali Christ (19th) and Josie Morrison (21st) watched Ireen Wüst of the Netherlands win her fifth Olympic title.

Wüst, who was paired with the 25-year-old Tutt and part of Saturday's podium sweep by the Dutch in the 3,000, has 10 Winter Games medals, including gold at four straight Olympics. She has surpassed the record set by Germany's Claudia Pechstein, 45, who is competing at her seventh Games.


Three-time Olympian Rosanna Crawford of Canmore, Alta., turned in a 19th-place finish in the women's 10-kilometre pursuit at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre, a huge improvement from the 2014 Sochi Games in Russia, where she was 45th.

Fellow Canadians Julia Ransom and Emma Lunder were 28th and 53rd, respectively, on Monday while Victoria's Megan Tandy was not among the field of 58 to start the race.

On the men's side, Calgary's Nathan Smith finished 54th in the 12.5 km pursuit after topping the Canadian contingent in 44th with a time of 25 minutes, 22.3 seconds in the 3,000 on Sunday.


Cheering on Canadian slopestyle teammate Laurie Blouin's second-place finish was Brooke Voigt of Fort McMurray, Alta., and Spencer O'Brien of Courtenay, B.C., who finished 21st and 22nd, respectively.

Ski jumping

Taylor Henrich of Calgary earned only 56.5 points in the opening round of the women's individual normal hill — well behind leader and eventual gold medallist Maren Lundby of Norway (125.4) — and wasn't among the 30 competitors in the final round at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre.

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