Olympic sports roundup: Canada goes on pre-holiday medal blitz

It was a jam-packed weekend of high-performance sport around the world, with many Canadian athletes in action, including gold-medal performances from Charles Hamelin, Marielle Thompson and Max Parrot.

Catch up on what you may have missed over the weekend

From left to right, Marielle Thompson, Max Parrot, Erik Guay, and Charles Hamelin all found their way onto the podium this weekend. (Getty Images)

It was a jam-packed weekend of high-performance sport around the world, including gold-medal performances by Canadians in big air snowboarding, short track speed skating and ski cross.

Those victories have helped Canada's winter athletes record 87 podium finishes this season as we head into the holiday break.

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

Snowboarder is stoked

Canadians Max Parrot and Sebastien Toutant finished 1-2 on Saturday in the World Cup big air snowboard event at Copper Mountain.

Bromont, Quebec's Max Parrot flies to big air gold

6 years ago
Duration 8:57
FIS Snowboard World Cup - Men's Big Air from Copper Mountain, Colorado

It's Parrot's first gold medal of the season after back-to-back silvers at a World Cup event in South Korea and a Dew Tour stop in Colorado.

"It's been three podiums in a row, now I've got my first first place of the season and I end the year really well, so I'm really stoked," Parrot said.

Thompson on top

Marielle Thompson is on a roll and can't be stopped. The defending Olympic champion in ski cross soared to another World Cup win in Austria this weekend.

Marielle Thompson earns ski cross gold in Montafon

6 years ago
Duration 3:15
The Canadian finished first in the ladies big final on Saturday at a FIS World Cup event in Austria.

That gold medal, her third in four events this season, further solidified her lead in the overall standings.

Hamelin leads short track medal haul

Charles Hamelin returned to the short track World Cup podium with a gold-medal finish in the 1,000-metre event in Gangneung, South Korea on Sunday.

Charles Hamelin and Charle Cournoyer win gold and bronze in men's 1,000m race

6 years ago
Duration 1:02
ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating from Gangneung, South Korea

Hamelin's gold was one of nine medals won on the weekend by the Canadian team, their highest one-event total since November of 2015.

Canadians crowd podium in Lake Placid

Canada's men's bobsleigh team took half of all the medals up for grabs this weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y. Chris Spring and Justin Kripps scored silver and bronze, respectively, in the two-man event:

Canadians Justin Kripps and Chris Spring on sharing the podium: 'Good for Canada'

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Duration 1:28
Kripps and Spring won silver and bronze in the 2-man bobsleigh at the IBSF World Cup in Lake Placid

Spring also piloted Canada to a bronze in the four-man:

Canada's Chris Spring slides to 4-man bobsleigh bronze medal

6 years ago
Duration 1:55
IBSF World Cup - Lake Placid, New York

It was a less successful weekend for their teammate Nick Poloniato, whose four-man team crashed out in both of its runs on Saturday:

Bad day on the track for Canada's Nick Poloniato

6 years ago
Duration 4:34
The Canadian's 4-man bobsleigh team crashed during both heats on Saturday at a IBSF World Cup event in Lake Placid, New York.

On the women's side, Kaillie Humphries and Cynthia Appiah followed up their gold in Whistler with bronze in Lake Placid, which Humphries said she is "happy" with:

Canadian Kaillie Humphries on bronze medal win: 'I'm happy with it'

6 years ago
Duration 1:01
Kaillie Humphries and Cynthia Appiah won bronze in the women's bobsleigh at the IBSF World Cup in Lake Placid

In skeleton, women's slider Mirela Rahneva won her first career medal, a bronze, in just her second World Cup race.

Mirela Rahneva slides her way into top 3 at Lake Placid

6 years ago
Duration 1:58
The Canadian finished third overall on Saturday in the ladies skeleton event at an IBSF World Cup event in New York with a time of 1:50.92.

Gough is streaking

Alex Gough is growing accustomed to climbing the World Cup luge podium. The Canadian scored a bronze medal in Park City, Utah, this weekend to make it three medal performances in as many World Cup events this season.

Calgary's Alex Gough slides to another bronze medal

6 years ago
Duration 2:18
FIL World Cup - Park City, Utah

The luge team gets back on the track in the new year in Germany on Jan. 5.

Erik Guay 'skied to the edge'

Canadian alpine veteran Erik Guay skied his way back onto the podium with a bronze-winning run at Val Gardena, Italy.

Erik Guay lands on super-G podium at Val Gardena

6 years ago
Duration 2:21
The Montreal native finished third overall on Friday during a FIS World Cup men's super-G race in Italy with a time of 1:32.06.

It's the first World Cup super-G medal for Guay since 2010, and it came at the same venue.

"Val Gardena has always been good to me," said Guay, who is regaining his form following his sixth knee surgery. "A lot of times when I ski super-G I don't push as hard to the limits as I should but today I skied to the edge, no mistakes, clean run and I'm very happy."

Canadians soar to silver

Catrine Lavallée, Travis Gerrits and Lewis Irving capped off the weekend by winning silver for Canada in Sunday's World Cup aerials team event in Beida Lake, China.

Canada wins silver in the only World Cup aerials team event of the season

6 years ago
Duration 3:34
FIS World Cup aerials team event from Beida Lake, China

Russia won gold with 255.81 points, Canada scored 243.94, and Australia took bronze with 228.85.

With files from The Canadian Press


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