WATCH — Luge and speed skating medals, Canada vs. Russia in hockey

Arjun Ram
Story by Arjun Ram and CBC Kids News • Published 2020-01-18 15:26

Highlights from Day 9 of the Youth Olympic Games

Canada is in the history books with not one, but two new medals at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Let’s go first to the St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic Bobrun, where Caitlin Nash and Natalie Corless of Whistler, B.C., fought to take home some cool hardware in the women’s double luge event.

Sitting in fourth after their first run, the pair needed to put down a quick time in their final run to give themselves a shot at the podium.

Snowman in foreground with two athletes on a luge in the background.

Canadians Caitlin Nash and Natalie Corless, both 16, hoped to take home a medal in women’s double luge on Saturday, and they pulled it off. (Thomas Skrlj/COC/CBC)

Caitlin and Natalie discovered they were in first place when they crossed the finish line.

That’s when things got stressful.

The teens had to wait for the last three teams to finish to see if their final score would be good enough for a medal.

And it was! The two athletes captured silver.

“It’s like a groundbreaking point in our career and I think that is something we should be really proud of,” said Caitlin after her win.

Athletes pose with silver medals.

Taking a bite out of silver, Caitlin Nash, left, and Natalie Corless were all smiles at the medal ceremony in Switzerland on Saturday. (Thomas Skrlj/COC/CBC)

Another medal and a hockey hiccup

Also on Saturday, Florence Brunelle from Trois-Rivières, Que., took home bronze in the finals of the women’s 1000-metre short-track speed skating event.

Fun fact: It was Canada’s first-ever medal in the sport at the Youth Olympic games.

Go, Florence!

Hockey player skates forward.

Canadian hockey player Adam Fantilli practises in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday ahead of the big game. He was the first to score for Canada against the Russian team on Saturday. (Thomas Skrlj/COC/CBC)

The Canadian men’s hockey team took to the ice for the first official game of the competition on Saturday.

Unfortunately, the Canucks had to settle for a 6-2 loss against Russia.

Fear not, hockey fans: Canada still has a chance to make the playoffs.

The team plays Denmark on Sunday.

Looking forward

Check back tomorrow for Day 10 highlights with CBC Kids News's Arjun Ram, who is covering the entire run of the Games. is also streaming the Games here.

About the Contributor

Arjun Ram
Arjun Ram
CBC Kids News Contributor
Arjun Ram is a Grade 11 French immersion student from Hamilton, Ont., with many diverse interests such as sports, music and math. Arjun has developed an interest in reporting on social and political issues as well as important developments in the area of professional sports. He hopes to one day work as a news anchor for CBC.

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