Olympic wake-up call: Day 10 news you might have missed from the Winter Games
Gold in bobsleigh, women's hockey rematch with U.S. set for Wednesday, plus speed skaters move on
Canada earned another gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Monday, this time at the sliding centre as the two-man bobsleigh team of Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz finished atop the podium in a dead heat with a German sled.
The two sleds crossed the line with identical four-run times of three minutes, 16.86 seconds. That means they'll share the gold medal, while Latvia's Oskars Melbardis and Janis Strenga get the bronze, finishing just 0.05 seconds behind them.
It's actually the second time that Canada's has tied for the gold in bobsleigh, as the team piloted by Pierre Lueders pulled off the same feat in Nagano in 1998.
The contest was an excellent reminder of why bobsleigh is a game of milliseconds, as the Canada 1 sled never had the fastest time in any of its four runs, finishing in second, third, third and third. But they were the most consistent overall, so their time was quickest in the aggregate.
Canada to face U.S. for women's hockey gold — again
In women's hockey, the American team booked its spot in the gold-medal game with an emphatic 5-0 rout of Finland on Sunday. Canada threw down a similarly dominant performance against the Olympic Athletes from Russia on Monday, winning by the same 5-0 score.
That sets up a rematch between the two hockey super powers: Canada versus the U.S., for gold.
Canada's won four straight gold medals in women's hockey, a streak the U.S. team would love to break.
Elsewhere on Monday, more Canadian athletes continued their quests for medals, most notably in long-track speed skating.
The women's team pursuit trio of Ivanie Blondin, Josie Morrison and Isabelle Weidemann booked their tickets to the medal round on Wednesday, where they'll face a strong Japanese squad in the semis. Win, and they're on to the gold medal race, likely against the powerhouse Dutch. But even if they lose, they have a shot at bronze.
Canada's first race goes at just after 6 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning. The two medal races will happen a little later, just before 8 a.m., and Canada will be in one of them no matter what.
"I definitely think we've got more to give and can win a medal," Blondin said after the race.
Canadian men didn't fare quite as well on the speed skating oval on Monday, however, as three Canadians raced in the 500, but none made the podium. Alex Boisvert-Lacroix finished 11th, Gilmore Junio was 17th and Laurent Dubreuil skated to 18th place.
Curling conundrum continues
Elsewhere in Pyeongchang on Monday, the head-scratching performance of Canadian curlers continued, as the women are finding their form just as the men are showing signs of stumbling.
Rachel Homan's rink has now won three straight after an 0-3 start while the men's team has dropped three in a row after a perfect start, losing to the U.S. team on Sunday evening to fall to 4-3.
Both rinks are still very much in contention to move on. But imperfect records like that may be a shock for Canadian curling fans who had gotten used to dominance on the world stage. Canada has never failed to win a medal at every Olympics stretching back to 1998, when curling became an officially recognized Olympics sport.
Koe will try to get back in the win column when they face Japan Monday at 7:05 p.m. ET. Homan and her team will go against China about five hours later, starting at midnight ET on Tuesday.
Gold within grasp for Virtue, Moir
Early Monday morning in South Korea (Sunday evening in Canada) Canadian ice dance stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir outdid themselves in the short dance — literally. They broke their own world record in the short program to place first ahead the 8 p.m. ET free dance on Monday. If successful, Virtue and Moir would become the second pair to win two ice dance titles and would tie a figure skating record with three Olympic golds, a total that includes last week's Canada win in the team event.
Other notable news
- Cassie Sharpe of Comox, B.C., heads into Monday's ski halfpipe finals as the top qualifier. She'll be joined by Calgary's Rosalind Groenewoud when the finals begin Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET.
- Laurie Blouin qualified in fourth place for Friday's women's big air final. The slopestyle silver medallist from Stoneham, Que., will be joined by Spencer O'Brien of Courtenay, B.C., who place 11th.
- The Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed its anti-doping division is looking into Russian mixed doubles curling bronze medallist Alexander Krushelnitsky.