While you were sleeping: How Canada performed at the Beijing Olympics Tuesday, Wednesday

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Short-track speed-skater Charles Hamelin made Canadian Olympic history on Wednesday after helping to win gold in men’s 5,000-metre relay.

Hamelin has now won six Olympic medals – four of them gold – placing him alongside Cindy Klassen as the most decorated winter Canadian Olympian.

The gold win was the highlight of Canada’s performance on day 12 of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

Here’s what happened on the day that started Tuesday night and continued Wednesday morning.

Speed Skating

Hamelin, Steven Dubois, Jordan Pierre-Gilles and Pascal Dion took home the top prize in men’s 5,000-metre relay after skating six minutes 41.25 seconds in the five-team final.

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The event was the last Olympic competition for 37-year-old Hamelin, who is a five-time Olympian with six Olympic medals.

Charles Hamelin (6) of Canada after winning gold in the men’s 5,000-metre short-track speed skating relay final at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Feb. 16. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Teammate Dubois won his third medal of the Beijing Games after securing silver in men’s 1,500 metres, and bronze in 500 metres.

He becomes the second Canadian Olympian to complete the medal set in Beijing. Long-track speed-skater Isabelle Weidemann won a gold, silver and bronze on the Ice Ribbon oval.

Steven Dubois of Team Canada celebrates after winning the men’s 5,000-metre relay final during the short track speed skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics on Feb. 16 in Beijing, China. Bernat Armangue/AP

Meanwhile in women’s 1,500-metres, three Canadian athletes were in competition to make it to the finals.

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In the quarterfinals, Danae Blais, Courtney Sarault and Kim Boutin skated; Blais crashed out in her quarterfinal run and did not advance, while Boutin and Sarault did not clock in a time quick enough in the semifinals to advance to the medal round.

Boutin was chasing her second Olympic medal of the Games, and the fifth of her career. Boutin won bronze in the women’s 500-metre event earlier in the Games.

Kim Boutin of Team Canada skates ahead of Yubin Lee of Team South Korea during the women’s 1,500-metre quarterfinals on day 12 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Capital Indoor Stadium on Feb. 16 in Beijing, China. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images


On the ice, Canada dominated in speed-skating but the same can’t be said for the men’s hockey team.

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For the first time since 2006, they won’t compete for a medal after losing to Sweden 2-0 in the quarterfinals.

The tight contest was goalless until the 10-minute mark in the third period when Swedish forward Lucas Wallmark capitalized on a turnover in the Canadian zone to put the Swedes up 1-0.

Canada tried to battle back, but went down 2-0 when Anton Lander scored on an open net with three minutes left in the game.

Another North American hockey powerhouse, the United States, was eliminated by Slovakia in a tight game that ended in a shootout.

Team Canada leaves the rink after being defeated 2-0 by Sweden in their men’s play-off quarterfinal match of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games ice hockey competition at the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing on Feb. 16. Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

Cross-Country Skiing

Canada’s Antoine Cyr and Graham Ritchie had a strong race in their heat in the men’s team sprint classic semifinals, finishing fourth for a spot in the final.

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Cyr and Ritchie continued to ski well in the final, but were no match for Norway, Finland and the Russian Olympic Committee, which won gold, silver and bronze, respectively. The Canadian duo finished fifth.

In the women’s team sprint classic, Canadians Katherine Stewart-Jones and Dahria Beatty finished sixth in their semifinal heat and were not fast enough to advance to the finals.

(L-R) Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Team Norway, Joni Maki of Team Finland and Graham Ritchie of Team Canada compete during the men’s cross-country team sprint classic semifinals on day 12 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at the National Cross-Country Skiing Centre on Feb. 16 in Zhangjiakou, China. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Freestyle Skiing

Canada’s Max Moffatt had fun on the freeski slopestyle course at Genting Snow Park, and improved through each of his three runs with a best score of 70.4 in the third.

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But that was only good enough for ninth place overall in the final rankings, missing out on a medal.

Canada’s Max Moffatt competes in the men’s ski slopestyle final at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in Zhangjiakou, China on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

Alpine Skiing

Erik Read finished 24th overall in the men’s slalom final with a combined time of 1:49.10 across two runs — five seconds behind French skier Clement Noel’s gold medal-winning time.

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Fellow Canadian Trevor Philp skied out on his first run and was eliminated from the competition.

Erik Read, of Canada passes a gate during the second run of the men’s slalom at the 2022 Winter Olympics on Feb. 16 in the Yanqing district of Beijing. Alessandro Trovati/AP


Team Canada narrowly topped the United States 7-6 in women’s round-robin play in their first game of the day, but lost their second against China, which won 11-9.

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The squad now holds a 4-4 record, and they will have one more round-robin game against Denmark before learning if they advance to the semifinals later this week.

Dawn McEwen, Jennifer Jones, Jocelyn Peterman and Kaitlyn Lawes of Team Canada celebrate a win against Team United States during the women’s round-robin session on day 12 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at National Aquatics Centre on Feb. 16 in Beijing, China. David Ramos/Getty Images


Megan Bankes, Sarah Beaudry, Emily Dickson and Emma Lunder finished 10th overall in the woman’s 4×6-kilometre relay final, crossing the finish line four minutes and 30 seconds behind gold medal winners Sweden.

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Megan Bankes of Team Canada prepares to shoot during the second leg of the women’s biathlon 4x6km relay on day 12 of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics at the National Biathlon Centre on Feb. 16 in Zhangjiakou, China. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

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