Olympic wake-up call: Day 4 news you might have missed from the Winter Games
Canadians captured the 1st-ever gold in mixed doubles curling
By Benjamin Blum and Amy Cleveland, CBC Sports
There are a lot of firsts that happen early on at any Olympic Games. First gold medal, first compelling comeback and of course, the first doping scandal. Well, now that a Japanese speed skater has broken the ice, normal programming can resume.
Canada captured a historic curling gold, Alex Gough continued with the theme of Olympic firsts and Kim Boutin took short track bronze. Here's a quick recap of all the important news you might have missed.
Lawes and Morris make history
Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris became the first Olympic champions in mixed doubles curling, downing Switzerland 10-3 in the gold-medal match.
The discipline made its debut this year in Pyeongchang.
And if that's not enough — no such thing as too much curling, right? — the men's tournament begins tonight as Kevin Koe's Canadian rink takes on Italy at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Alex Gough continued on the theme of firsts with her bronze-medal performance in women's luge. It was the first individual Olympic luge medal for Canada.
Gough was edged off the podium in Sochi but made no mistake in her next shot at an Olympic medal, posting a four-run time of 3:05.644.
Kimberley McRae was fifth and Brooke Apshkrum finished 13th.
Boutin reaches podium
Canada's Kim Boutin took the sting out of Marianne St-Gelais' quarter-final disqualification by capturing bronze in the women's 500-metre short track final.
But wait, there's more: the men's 1,000 heats saw two Canadians advance. Veteran Charles Hamelin posted an Olympic record, winning his race in 1:23.407. Sam Girard also advanced, while Charle Cournoyer came up short. Canada also moved on in the men's 5,000 relay, qualifying in second after the Netherlands were penalized for interference.
Women's hockey keeps rolling
Mélodie Daoust scored her third of the Olympics and set up Meghan Agosta less than a minute into the game as Canada beat Finland 4-1. Up next is a showdown with the rival Americans tomorrow at 10:10 p.m. ET.
Morrison makes comeback
Four-time Olympic medallist Denny Morrison had Canada's best finish in the men's 1,500 long track finals.
Coming back from a devastating motorcycle crash in 2015 and a stroke in 2016, the veteran speed skater raced into 13th place.
Canadians Vincent de Haître and Benjamin Donnelly finished 21st and 31st, respectively.
Red, pipe and blue
Chloe Kim cemented her status as a winter sports star, becoming the youngest woman ever to win an Olympic snowboarding gold. The 17-year-old American, having already secured top prize, executed a 98.25 on her final run just for good measure.
The all-American air show continued in the men's event as snowboarding icon Shaun White posted the highest score in qualifying — 98.50. White can claim his third Olympic gold in tonight's 8:30 p.m. ET final.
Alpine's 1st medals — finally
After high winds at two different venues forced the men's downhill and women's giant slalom to be postponed, an alpine skiing gold was finally awarded when Austria's Marcel Hirscher won gold in the combined event.
It's the first career Olympic gold for the 28-year-old and perennial World Cup star, who vaulted into top spot from 12th after the downhill run.
With files from The Associated Press