OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Canada scores its first gold medal in PyeongChang

Doug Mendoza
February 14, 2018

The OAR claimed silver, the second medal of the Games for the team competing as neutrals here, as they were seven points adrift of Canada's total of 73.

Nothing was quite as heartwarming as Olympic figure skater - and gold medallist - Meghan Duhamel's reaction to her team's win.

Olympic ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have been garnering headlines for their steamy, sexually charged performances, and for good reason: their chemistry is electric, and their moves could set the ice on fire. Ice Dance Free Dance on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 12, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

There are those from Canada, the US and the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation that are eying gold, or at least a spot on the podium.

Patrick Chan soared eight revolutions through the air Monday - and straight into the mix for an individual medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

"Our goal was to ignite the country's Olympic spirit and maintain our position as one of the best-dressed teams at the Olympic Winter Games", Alison Coville, president of Hudson's Bay, said of the outfits in a statement.

The United States team of Maia and Alex Shibutani posted a score of 112.01 while the Italian team of Anna Cappelini and Luca Lanotte scored 107.00 for their performance. "We have our own job to do.' But, I mean, we're a very strongly connected team". "We wanted to make sure we got this gold".

That the elusive gold medal finally came in the team event, and not the individual competition he coveted for so long, is fine with him.

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But don't worry fans, they're apparently compensating the lack of sexy lift with an edited, more dramatic ending to their routine.

Canada went into the seventh end, or round, of Monday's match leading 5-4 after a tight game.

For them, it's a chance to work out the kinks in a competitive environment, fine-tuning their own programs for what really matters in the coming days. Instead, skating to Jeff Buckley's haunting "Hallelujah" the 27-year-old from Toronto laid down a performance that all but clinched gold for the Canadians, landing two huge quadruple jumps en route to earning a first-place score of 179.75 points.

"We're really focused on our personal event", said Guillaume Cizeron, who with Gabrielle Papadakis are two-time ice dance world champions and among the favorites in that competition.

Moir and Virtue helped lead Canada to the gold medal in the Olympic Team Event.

"I saw myself and my family in this script", said Reynolds.

"Yes, I'm questioning that too", she said of the dropping levels.

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