Reid Watts, 17, won Canada's first medal at the Youth Olympic Games, earning bronze in the men's luge event Sunday in Lillehammer, Norway.
Watts, from Whistler, B.C., raced to a time of 1, 35.994 seconds.
"This is absolutely awesome. I'm super excited about this," said Watts. "I really felt that if I had two really good runs, I could be on that podium. I put down two consistent runs, and I did it.
"It is so special for me to represent my country, but to win the first medal for Canada at the Games so far is even more exciting. I hope the entire Canadian team here can build on this and we are able to celebrate many more in the next week."
Kristers Aparajods of Latvia won the event in 1:35.309, while German Paul-Lukas Heider captured silver in 1:35.955.
Watts sat in fifth spot after his opening run down the flowing 12-corner track that played host to the 1994 Olympic Winter Games. But resilient Watts, who endured a broken boot during the opening run, rallied to a podium finish after posting the second-fastest final run.
"I came to this track last year for junior world championships and I really struggled," he said. "It is more of a gliding track and not very technical so it was one of the more challenging tracks for me on the circuit," said the 17-year-old high-achieving Grade 11 student who rocked the second-fastest start times in both heats.
"It is hard to be fast on these tracks, but I came back here this week and just focused on having fun and putting together two solid runs and things changed for me. I am super excited right now."
Watts' best finish prior to Sunday's bronze-medal effort was a ninth-place showing at the Youth World Cup event in 2014.
Here's how other Canadian athletes fared on Sunday:
- Canada def. Sweden, 5-3
- Canada def. Norway, 4-2
Ice dance short program
- Marjorie Lajoie (Longueuil, Que.), Zachary Lagha, (Saint-Hubert, Que.), 5th
- Mackenzie Wilson (Whistler, B.C.), 5th
- Evan Marineau (Calgary), 7th
- Kira Lengkeek (Airdrie, Alta.), 6th
- Baily McDonald (Barrie, Ont.), 17th
Women's combined slalom
- Amelia Smart (Invermere, B.C.), 8th
Men's 7.5km sprint
- Ben Churchill (Calgary), 17th
- Leo Grandbois (Lennoxville, Que.), 22nd
Women's 6km sprint
- Gillian Gowling (Calgary), 30th
- Tekarra Banser (Kelowna, B.C.), 35th