Olympic wake-up call: Day 3 news you might have missed from the Winter Games
Canada reigns in team figure skating, plus Kingsbury completes quest for gold
By Benjamin Blum, CBC Sports
How do Canadians feel about winning at the Olympics? Native son Mike Myers probably sums it up best:
Right, now that everyone's done reminiscing about the early aughts, let's get back to the biscuits. Monday shaped up to be a busy day, so here's a quick recap of all the important news you might have missed from a writer who has to wear a watch on each wrist to keep up with Korea:
King of the hill
Perennial World Cup season champ Mikael Kingsbury finally captured an elusive Olympic gold medal, cementing himself as the king of the moguls hill.
The Canadians final-run score of 86.63 secured the medal upgrade from four years ago in Sochi, where Kingsbury took silver. His teammate Marc-Antoine Gagnon was edged off the podium to finish fourth, while Philippe Marquis put on a gutsy performance on an injured ACL to reach the finals before going off course in his first run.
Canada's first gold in Pyeongchang was won in the figure skating team event. Gabrielle Daleman's free skate guaranteed the medal with the ice dance to spare. Just for good measure, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir went out there and and executed a stunning Moulin Rouge routine.
Blouin bounces back
On Friday, Canadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin had to be taken off the course on a sled after falling at the end of a training run. She was cleared to compete and, despite a delay and some hazardous weather, emerged with a silver medal. Not to mention a shiner that would make any hockey-loving Canuck proud.
The next great snowboarder?
She's being called one of the faces of the Olympics for the U.S. Chloe Kim, 17, posted the top two scores in halfpipe qualifying and owns four of the past five X Games superpipe golds. She was plenty good enough to qualify for the Sochi Olympics four years ago, except she didn't meet the minimum age requirement.
She'll go for gold in the country her father was born in at 8 p.m. ET and it should be must-see TV, or wherever it is people her age consume content.
U.S. halfpipe star Chloe Kim soars into halfpipe final 🏂<br><br>Canada's Mercedes Nicoll, Calynn Irwin and Elizabeth Hosking struggle in tough conditions. Will not advance <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PyeongChang2018?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PyeongChang2018</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/snowboard?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#snowboard</a><a href="https://t.co/dwQAERC6dP">https://t.co/dwQAERC6dP</a> <a href="https://t.co/kYlI1r7aqe">pic.twitter.com/kYlI1r7aqe</a>—@CBCOlympics
Curling medal clinched
Canada secured its place in the first-ever mixed doubles curling gold-medal match, where they will meet Switzerland Tuesday at 6:05 a.m. ET.
Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris defeated the Swiss 7-2 in round-robin action.
Gough in podium position
At the halfway point in women's luge, Canada's Alex Gough sits in podium position. Her two-run time of 1:32.645 is good enough for third ahead of Tuesday's final two runs, which begin at 5:30 a.m. ET.
Teammate Kimberley McRae is within striking distance in sixth, while Brooke Apshkrum is 16th.