Day 10 of the 2018 Winter Olympics opened with good news on the ski halfpipe and a record-breaking performance on the skating rink. It finished even better, with a gold medal in bobsleigh.
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Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz pulled off a rare feat in the two-man bobsleigh competition, tying for the gold. Over the four runs they did down the track, they got a cumulative time of 3:16.86 — identical to the German pair of Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis.
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Both teams will go home with gold medals, and no silver will be awarded in this competition. A team from Latvia took the bronze.
The last time there was a tie in this event was in 1998, when another Canadian, Pierre Lueders, piloted the two-man sled onto the top of the podium. He tied with an Italian team.
Canadian flag-bearers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir delivered a stunning short dance performance early Monday to secure first place heading into the free dance on Tuesday.
The top of the podium may now be in sight for the three-time world champions, who have been partners for two decades. They scored 83.67 points, beating out their French rivals Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron who scored 81.93.
The CBC said it will edit the encore broadcast of the competition to eliminate images of Papadakis’s left breast. The skater’s outfit came undone in the back early in the French pair’s skate.
Cassie Sharpe of Comox, B.C. scored 93.40 in her best of two qualifying runs in the women’s halfpipe, and is now sitting comfortably in first place heading into the finals.
The 25-year-old will compete again on Tuesday morning looking to land a spot on the podium (Monday night at 8 p.m. ET). Rosalind Groenewoud was the other Canadian in the mix and also qualified for the final.
Meanwhile, Laurie Blouin (already a silver medalist at these Games) ended the ski jumping big-air qualifying round in fourth spot and also moves on to the finals, set for Thursday. Courtenay B.C.’s Spencer O’Brien will join her.
Skip Rachel Homan has her team firmly back on track on Day 10, defeating Japan 8-3 early Monday. The Canadians have won three straight after beginning the tournament with three losses.
Homan stole four in the fifth end to take a 6-1 lead over Satsuki Fujisawa’s rink.
Japan came back with a deuce in the next end but Homan’s two points in the seventh led to Fujisawa offering handshakes and conceding defeat.
Canadian curler Kevin Koe put up a fight against the U.S. on Day 10 after an 8-6 loss to Switzerland on Day 9.
It wasn’t enough though, as the Canadians lost 9-7. They now have four wins and three losses in the round robin tournament, tying them for third place in the standings.
Canada’s speed skaters had mixed results on Monday. Alex Boisvert-Lacroix finished in 11th place in the 500-metre long-track speed skating event. Two other Canadians, Gilmore Junio and Laurent Dubreuil, finished in 17th and 18th place respectively.
The Canadian women fared a bit better. They moved on to the next round in the team pursuit event, finishing in third place in the quarterfinals. They will compete in the semifinals on Feb. 21.
Canada’s women’s hockey team will play for the gold against the U.S. on Wednesday. They defeated the Olympic athletes from Russia 5-0 in the semifinal.
– With files from The Canadian Press.
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