Olympic sports catchup: Canadian speed skaters shine
Kim Boutin and Marianne St-Gelais take overall short track crowns in 500m, 1,000m
It was a jam-packed weekend of high-performance sport around the world, including Canadian medals in speed skating, figure skating, bobsleigh and luge.
Here's a look at what you may have missed.
Speed skaters set the pace
It was a great weekend for both of Canada's speed skating teams as two short track stars wrapped up World Cup titles in Seoul, while the long track squad picked up four medals in a single day of competition in Stavanger, Norway.
In the final short track World Cup event of the season, Canada's new kid on the block, Kim Boutin, wrapped up the season title in the women's 1,000-metre discipline, thanks to a silver-medal performance on Sunday. That came one day after teammate Marianne St-Gelais secured the 500m crown with a fourth-place result.
Canada's long track team may have failed to find the podium on Saturday (despite six top-10 finishes), but they rebounded in a big way on Sunday by bringing home a medal in all four events on the day, capturing a gold, two silvers and a bronze.
The gold came in the men's team sprint, featuring skaters Gilmore Junio, Alex Boisvert-Lacroix, and Vincent De Haitre. That team also won the gold last week in the Netherlands.
Canada's Ivanie Blondin took home a silver in the women's 5,000-metre race, and Ted-Jan Bloemen grabbed a silver of his own in the men's 10,000.
To round out the big day, the women's sprint team — Marsha Hudey, Kali Christ and Kaylin Irvine — won bronze. Hudey also added a silver medal in the women's 500 on Friday.
Canadian bobsledders hit the podium
There was plenty of Canadian content on the podium this weekend at the bobsleigh World Cup stop in Park City, Utah.
Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz made it back-to-back weeks with a medal, cruising to a silver in the women's event.
Two Canadian men's sleds — piloted by Justin Kripps and Chris Spring — also took up a lot of space on the podium, scoring silver and bronze in the four-man competition.
Osmond locks up Grand Prix Final spot
Kaetlyn Osmond earned her place in next month's Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, but it wasn't the result the Marystown, NL, skater was hoping for.
Osmond led after the short program but slipped to a bronze-medal finish with a fall in her long program on Saturday.
Luge team sharp in World Cup debut
Canada's luge team relay squad got off on the right foot in Innsbruck, Austria, on Sunday.
Alex Gough, Mitchel Malyk, Tristan Walker, and Justin Snith combined to finish 0.358 seconds behind the powerhouse Germans to take silver in the season-opening event.
Canada finished fourth at the Sochi Games in team relay and is aiming for the podium in Pyeongchang.
With files from The Canadian Press