Canada kick-started their medal tally by winning four medals on the 2nd day of competition in the Winter Olympics being held in Pyeongchang, Korea.
The first medals of the competition for Canada came courtesy of Canadian snowboarders Max Parrot and Mark McMorris. Parrot and McMorris finished second and third respectively in the men’s slopestyle, taking the silver and bronze medals. American Redmond Gerard claimed gold in this event, just edging out both Canadians for the top spot.
Ted-Jan Bloemen was the next Canadian in the medals, winning the silver medal in the men’s 5,000-metre speed skating event. Sven Kramer broke his own Olympic record to edge him out for the top prize and claimed the gold with a time of 6 minutes 9.76 seconds. Bloemen finished two seconds back for the silver. It was the third straight Olympic win for Kramer in this event, winning in Vancouver and Sochi in 2010 and 2014.
The third silver of the day came courtesy of Justine Dufour-Lapointe, who finished second in the women’s moguls. Justine was the defending champion going into the event and would have had high hopes of earning Canada’s first gold medal. It was not to be as she finished behind eventual winner Perrine Laffont of France.
Medal Hopefuls Still to Come at Winter Olympics 2018
Over the next coming days, there will be many Canadians with great odds of medal potential. The most likely medals, barring any mishaps, should come from the figure skating team events, and the mixed doubles curling event.
In the figure skating team event, Canada currently leads with a cumulative score of 45 points. This was helped by a fantastic skate from Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who scored 80.51 in the couple’s event. They earned Canada the full ten points possible towards the team total by winning their event. Solid finishes in the women’s short program and pairs program contributed greatly to Canada’s total score. Canada so far has not finished below third in any of the events. This consistency is what makes them a certainty to medal in the event, with a strong possibility of winning Canada’s first gold medal.
Canadian mixed curling team Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris finished first in the mixed doubles round robin event. The Canadian pair has won six of their seven matches to date, only losing to Norway. The pair again plays Norway on Monday, with high hopes of winning in the knockout stages on Tuesday. Anything can happen in team knockout events, but the smart money seems to suggest a Canadian medal in this event. Take a look at the top sportsbooks if you fancy a wager or two on the Winter Olympics events. All events can be bet on.