Road To The Olympic Games

Pyeongchang 2018

Canada sets national record with 27 Olympic medals

With Kaetlyn Osmond's bronze in women's figure skating, Canada set a record at 27 medals in Pyeongchang — one more than its total on home soil in Vancouver in 2010.

Medal haul surpasses Vancouver mark for a single Winter Games

Clockwise from top left: Brady Leman, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Kaetlyn Osmond, Mikael Kingsbury and Ted-Jan Bloemen all helped Canada set a national record of 27 medals at one Winter Games. (Canadian Press)

By Myles Dichter, CBC Sports

Canada is enjoying its most successful Winter Olympics ever.

With Kaetlyn Osmond's bronze in women's figure skating, the nation earned its 27th medal in Pyeongchang — one more than the total on home soil in Vancouver in 2010, and two more than in Sochi in 2014.

Canadians have won 10 gold medals in South Korea so far, to go along with eight silver and nine bronze.

Canada also set the all-time record for gold medals at one Winter Games with 14 in Vancouver. The previous mark was 13, shared by the former Soviet Union in 1976 and Norway in 2002.

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It's unlikely the Canadians will match that record in Pyeongchang, with just two realistic shots at gold remaining: men's hockey and men's big air.

But Norway and Germany are each sitting at 13 gold medals in South Korea, and each will take its best shot at tying or breaking the Canadian record.

On Friday, Norway could net its 14th gold in the men's 4 x 7.5-kilometre biathlon relay — an event it has won twice in three tries on this year's World Cup circuit.

Two cross-country events also remain, where both Norway and Germany typically excel.

Canada could help its own cause by beating Germany in the men's hockey semifinal Friday at 7:10 am ET.

Still, the Canadians eclipsed their medal total from the winter world championships in 2017, where they reached 26 podiums across all Olympic events.

Before the Games, Gracenote's head of analysis for sports Simon Gleave projected Canada would win 28 medals

The country will finish in that range, pending the results of the men's hockey team and the three Canadians — Mark McMorris, Max Parrot and Sebastien Toutant — in big air.

The 27 medals also represent Canada's second biggest haul for any Olympics ever, behind the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles where the Soviet Union and 15 other countries boycotted. Canada won 44 medals in Los Angeles. 

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