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Youth Olympic Games: Canada makes its mark

Canada won five medals at the Winter Youth Olympics - including a silver in men's hockey and a gold in mixed team curling - but it wasn't all about the medals in Lillehammer.

Here’s what you might have missed at the 4th Youth Olympic Games

Canada sent 54 athletes in 11 sports to the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway and brought home 7 medals.

The 2016 Winter Youth Olympics games are over, but that doesn't mean we're done reliving all the great sports moments it gave us. About 1,100 athletes aged 14 to 18 descended on Lillehammer, Norway this past week to compete in 15 different sports; 54 of those athletes were Canadian.

Lillehammer is a city already steeped in Olympic history, having hosted the 1994 Winter Olympic Games, and organizers went all out to make the Youth Olympic Games a memorable and authentic experience for the athletes.

One of eight new events in Lillehammer was the monobob, or solo bobsleigh. Parker Reid was Canada's lone men's monobobber and finished in 11th.

Luger Brooke Apshkrum was the first to strike gold for Canada, and it was her first international podium finish in her two years on the national junior squad.

Men's ski cross competitor Reece Howden also captured gold for Canada and his performance didn't go unnoticed, as he was later chosen to be the Canadian flag-bearer at the closing ceremonies.

One of Canada's biggest medal hopefuls was the mixed curling team of Tyler Tardi, Karlee Burgess, Sterling Middleton and skip Mary Fay.

Though they came into the Games standing out for being one of the rare mixed curling teams to have a female skip (in the history of the Canadian mixed championship, only one team with a female skip has claimed gold), they left the competition as gold-medal standouts.

A huge crowd came out to cheer on Reid Watts to a bronze medal finish in men's singles luge, including Canadian Olympic Committee president Tricia Smith.

And the age-old USA vs. Canada hockey rivalry was renewed in Lillehammer, with both men's teams squaring off in the gold medal match. Canada went into the game undefeated and had bested the U.S. in the group stage, but the red, white and blue got their revenge in the final. 

Congratulations to all the competitors and thanks for a fantastic Youth Olympic Games!