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Pyeongchang 2018: Leman wins ski cross gold, Team Canada advances to semi-final, Humphries drives to bobsleigh bronze


Leman wins ski cross gold, Team Canada advances to semi-final, Humphries drives to bobsleigh bronze

Canada’s gold medallist Brady Leman poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the freestyle skiing Men’s Ski Cross at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 21, 2018.

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All times Eastern

Men's ice hockey quarterfinals (Canada vs. Finland)

Maxim Noreau's goal early in the third period moved Team Canada into the Olympic men's hockey semifinals with a 1-0 win over Finland.

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The breakthrough goal came 55 seconds into the third period with Noreau blasting a point shot stickside past Mikko Koskinen after an Eric O'Dell faceoff win.

Ben Scrivens started the game for Canada, but gave way to Kevin Poulin at 4:17 of the second period after a crushing O'Dell check sent a Finnish player flying into the Canadian goaltender.

Freestyle skiing (Men's ski cross)

Canada's Brady Leman won gold in men's skicross on making up for his fourth-place finish at the Sochi Games four years ago. Leman, from Calgary, was in the four-man big final with Toronto's Kevin Drury. Drury finished fourth after crashing with Sergey Ridzik, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, early in the race. Chris Del Bosco suffered a serious crash in his heat when he tried to put himself into a qualifying position in the 1/8 final. Del Bosco lost control mid-air as his head whipped back and he fell awkwardly. Sources say he suffered a broken pelvis. Dave Duncan finished fourth in the small final.

Bobsleigh (Women's runs 3-4)

Canada's Kaillie Humphries and Phylicia George won bronze in the women's bobsled competition.

Humphries, the two-time defending Olympic gold medallist from 2010 and 2014 raced to a time of three minutes 22.89 seconds with brakeman George.

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Figure skating (Ladies short program)

Kaetlyn Osmond will be looking for a medal after finishing third in the ladies short program with a score of 78.87. She sits just behind Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva of the Olympic Athletes from Russia heading into the free skate on Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. This is already a major win for Osmond. A broken fibula in 2014 required two surgeries to repair and kept her away from competition for the better part of a year. Terrified to return to the ice, she has fought the fear and a silver medal at the 2017 world championships did wonders for her confidence. She finished 13th in Sochi.

Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada performs during the women’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

Curling (Women's round robin)

Rachel Homan's rink will miss out on the playoff round after a devastating loss to Great Britain Tuesday night. Leading 5-4 going into the tenth and final end, Canada allowed Great Britain to sit four before Homan's final draw came up light. Since curling made its return to the Winter Olympics in 1998, Canadian teams had won a men's and women's medal in every games.

Curling (Men's round robin)

Kevin Koe's men's squad easily defeated the rink from Denmark to finish second in the round robin. Koe and company had a commanding 7-1 lead after five ends and allowed alternate Scott Pfieifer the opportunity to play. Canada will now play the U.S. and John Schuster in the semifinal on Feb. 22.

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Speed skating (Men's and Women's team sprint finals)

Canada's trio of Ivanie Blondin, Josie Morrison and Isabelle Weidemann fell to the team from the United States in the bronze medal skate in the long-track speedskating women's team pursuit.

Japan dethroned defending champions the Netherlands to claim gold in the women's Olympic team pursuit final on Wednesday as the Dutch took the silver medal.

Snowboard (Men's big air qualification)

Regina's Mark McMorris was one of three Canadian snowboarders to qualify for the men's big air final on Wednesday along with Max Parrot of Bromont, Que., Sebastien Toutant of L'Assomption, Que. McMorris finished the qualifying runs with a top-score of 95.75, good enough for third in his heat. Parrot advanced in heat 1 thanks to the strength of a 92.50 run, which was the best performance of his heat. Toutant advanced with his 91.00-point performance. The top six performers from each 18-man heat advanced. The final will take place Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.

What's coming up

All times Eastern

  • 7:05 p.m. Feb. 21: Curling (Men’s, women’s semifinal tiebreaker)
  • 9:30 p.m. Feb. 21: Freestyle skiing (Men’s freeski halfpipe final)
  • 11:10 p.m. Feb. 21: Ice hockey (Women’s hockey gold medal game, Canada vs. USA)
  • 5:00 a.m. Feb. 22: Short track speed skating (Men’s 500m finals, women’s 500m finals, men’s 5000m relay finals)
  • 6:05 a.m. Feb. 22: Curling (Men’s semifinals)

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