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Olympic sports catchup: Homan and Koe are Pyeongchang bound

It was a jam-packed weekend of high-performance sport around the world, including Rachel Homan and Kevin Koe booking their tickets to Pyeongchang as Canada's representatives in the Olympic curling tournament.

Skips will lead their rinks as Canada's representatives at the Winter Games

Rachel Homan and Kevin Koe each secured their spots at the Olympics with wins at the Roar of the Rings on Sunday in Ottawa. (CBC Sports)

It was a jam-packed weekend of high-performance sport around the world, including Rachel Homan and Kevin Koe booking their tickets to Pyeongchang as Canada's representatives in the Olympic curling tournament.

Here's a look at what you may have missed.​​​

Homan and Koe 'Roar' their way to the Games

Ottawa's Rachel Homan and Kevin Koe will represent Canada at the Olympics in South Korea in February after claiming victories at this week's national curling trials. 

It will be the first Games for the 28-year-old Homan, who edged Chelsea Carey 6-5 in Sunday's women's final.

The reigning world champion beat Chelsea Carey 6-5 to win the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, and will represent Canada at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics 1:30

Homan topped the reigning Olympic champion Jennifer Jones 6-3 in Saturday's semifinal to reach the deciding match.  

On the men's side, Kevin Koe will also be making his Olympic debut after defeating Mike McEwen 7-6. 

Koe was 7-1 in round-robin action, earning himself a direct spot into the final. 

Kevin Koe defeated Mike McEwen 7-6 to win the Roar of the Rings men's final and advance to the 2018 Winter Olympic games. 2:07

Figure skaters climb the podium

Canada was represented in three of the four disciplines at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Japan, and they scored a medal in each of them.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir's undefeated streak comes to an end, losing out to French rivals Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron. 1:00

However, it wasn't the gold medal many were expecting from ice dance superstars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who had their win streak snapped by Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.

The Canadian pair edged out Russian skaters Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov to earn a spot on the podium at the ISU Grand Prix Final from Nayoga, Japan 8:09

Canadian pairs skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford rallied from a fifth-best short program to take bronze after their free skate, while Kaetlyn Osmond couldn't hold her slim lead after the short, taking a bronze in the ladies' competition.

The 22-year-old was leading after the short program, but slipped to a third-place finish at the ISU Grand Prix Final in Nagoya, Japan 7:41

Free skiers go on medal frenzy 

​Canada's freestyle skiing team had quite the medal haul this weekend, bringing home six medals in three disciplines. Here's a look at what they won, and you can watch how they did it by clicking on their name:

Home ice, sweet home ice

The sliders on Canada's luge team had home-track advantage this weekend, picking up a total of three silver medals in Calgary.

Sam Edney got things started on Friday with a silver in the men's competition, while Alex Gough nabbed silver in the women's before helping the team relay squad cement the second spot on the podium.

Three-time Olympian from finished second to Germany's Felix Loch. 1:14
Gough captured a silver medal at the FIL Luge World Cup in Calgary. 1:59
Canada's luge relay team of Samuel Edney, Alex Gough, Tristan Walker and Justin Snith slid to silver at the FIL Luge World Cup stop in Calgary 3:59

Winterberg lives up to its name

The skeleton and bobsleigh World Cup events in Winterberg, Germany, were affected by a huge snowfall this weekend, making for tricky sliding conditions, but Canadians persevered and came away with three medals.

Dave Greszczyszyn took bronze in a weather-shortened men's skeleton competition while teammate Elisabeth Vathje cruised to a silver medal on Friday.

Bobsledders Chris Spring and Neville Wright teamed up for a silver in the two-man competition.

The 2-man Bobsleigh team finished in second place at the IBSF World Cup in Winterberg, Germany. 2:05

Bloemen sets record pace

It was triple gold for Canada's speed skating team in Salt Lake City this weekend.

Ted-Jan Bloemen broke a decade-long world record in the men's 5,000m to take gold with a time of six minutes and 1.86 seconds.

His new record pace toppled the previous mark of 6:03.32 set by Dutch legend Sven Kramer in 2007. 

Canadian Ted-Jan Bloemen breaks a world record in the men's 5,000m event at the ISU speed skating World Cup with a time of 6:01.86 8:45

Alex Boisvert-Lacroix was tops in the men's 500m final, while the team pursuit squad set a national record while taking the top prize in Utah.

Alex Boisvert-Lacroix secured his second long track World Cup gold with a time of 34.17 a week after taking gold in Calgary. 2:01
The team of Denny Morrison, Ted-Jan Bloeman, and Ben Donnelly captured gold for Canada with a time of 3:46.44 in the long track team pursuit event. 5:53

With files from The Canadian Press

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