It’s only been a few days into the 2018 Winter Olympics but the Canadian Olympic team is flying the flag high while collecting medals. Read on for highlights thus far.
Snowboarding highlights at the Winter Olympics
The sporting headlines were bombarded with the name Mark McMorris and rightly so. The inspiring 24-year-old snowboarder broke 17 bones, survived a ruptured spleen and collapsed lung only eleven months ago! This weekend he won bronze; and the hearts of Canadians and fans across the globe for his tenacity and courage. His fellow team mate Max Parrot won the silver medal in the same event.
Another athlete heralded for a fantastic comeback is Laurie Blouin. She sustained a nasty crash in training; it resulted in a black eye. However, Blouin overcame the harsh winds and won silver in the women’s slopestyle.
The Canadian flag consists of two colours- red and white; but, at the Winter Olympics Canada is cleaning out the gold medals! The Canadian figure skating team won gold, finishing seven points ahead of team Russia.
Making up the winning team is Eric Radford, Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Gabrielle Daleman, Meagan Duhamel and partners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. You may remember the pair for their steamy Moulin Rouge-inspired routine. While the routine was popular in Canada, the duo turned the heat down for Pyeongchang. The duo is, in fact, three-time Winter Olympic medallists.
Canada emerged victorious after another showdown against Russia, this time it was the Women’s Hockey team. The team successfully defended their gold by winning 5-0. Subsequently, critiques were quick to link the Russians loss to their lack of country emblems. The lack of country emblems was a result of the alleged state-sponsored doping in the 2014 games.
Olympics of Dog Shows
In other ‘Olympic’ news, over 100 Canadian dogs will compete in what is being called the Olympics of dog shows. Like the team, Canada at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea the canine team Canada is set to bring home the gold. In fact, the current record-holding eight-time champion is an American Eskimo dog from Caledon, Ontario – his name is Inuk. Inuk’s owner is certain that he will return with gold again this year.
As the second oldest constant sporting event in the US, the Westminster Kennel Club dog show is regarded as the Olympics of dog shows.
In addition to all the exciting highlights and wins mentioned above, the country’s curling team are also favoured to win gold. With the odds stacked in their favour given that they were undefeated in the 2017 World Women’s Curling Championship. Stayed tuned to our blog page for more on the games!