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PYEONGCHANG 2018

Patrick Chan competes in the men’s team figure skating event in Gangneung, South Korea, on Feb. 12, 2018.

What you missed

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  • Canada’s Patrick Chan sat sixth after the short program of the men’s skate, missing just his triple axel in his performance and finishing with a 90.01
  • Women’s curling dropped to 0-3 after a 9-8 loss in extra ends. Rachel Homan also removed a burned rock from play – considered “unsportsmanlike”
  • Superstar skier Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. is unable to defend her gold in slalom, her favourite event
  • Cross-country skier Alex Harvey finished seventh in the 15km, after vying for Canada’s first medal in the sport
  • Two Swiss freestyle skiiers were reported to have contracted norovirus, becoming the first confirmed cases among athletes at the Games
  • Two countries, four years, 10,000 metres: How Ted-Jan Bloemen went from Dutch also-ran to Canadian gold



Canada’s Patrick Chan competes in the men’s figure skating short program at the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics Friday, February 16, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

Figure skating (Men's short program)

The triple Axel that has plagued Patrick Chan's career proved his downfall once again. The three-time world champion fell on the jump in his short program, and heads into Saturday's long program in sixth place in his final Olympic appearance with 90.01 points. Skating to "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas, the 27-year-old from Toronto opened with a huge quadruple toe loop, but there is no room for error in the short program, so that fall cost him huge points.

Alpine skiing (Women's slalom)

Defending champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States fell short of the podium in her favoured event women's slalom. Shriffin was aiming to become the first skier to defend an Olympic slalom title, but she looked flat in her first leg and needing to make up time in her second run, ended up being even slower. The 22-year-old American won giant slalom on Thursday, but after her first run said she hadn't been feeling well, vomiting before she began.

Cross-country skiing (Men's 15km individual)

Cross-country skier Alex Harvey was trying to become Canada's first Olympic male medalist in the sport, but finished seventh with a time of 34:19.4. He was disappointed after not qualifying for the elimination round in Monday's sprint. The 29-year-old from St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que., hadn't missed the knockout stage in the event since 2015. Canadian coach Louis Bouchard said Harvey lacked energy on Monday.

Curling (Men's and women's round robin)

The women's curling team dropped to a surprising 0-3 in round-robin play with a 9-8 loss to Denmark in extra ends. Forced to an extra end tied 8-8, skip Rachel Homan had an easy hit to stick for a single and the win but wrecked on the guard. Canada is the only team that remains winless in the women's bracket. Canada is also at the centre of controversy after removing a burned rock from play. Traditionally, a burned rock – a rock touched by players' brooms or feet while in motion – is moved to the place it would have stopped without interference or left in play. Homan decided to remove it, saying it's "just the rules." The men's side moved to 4-0 in round-robin play with its 7-5 win over South Korea.

Speed skating (Women's 5,000m)

Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin was unable to reach the podium in the gruelling 5,000 metres, finishing fifth. Blondin sat in third going into the final pair, but wound up finishing nearly six seconds back of bronze. Earlier in Pyeongchang, she finished a disappointing sixth in the 3,000m. A former short-track speed skater, Blondin's best event is the new mass start race.

Ice hockey (Men's)

Russia is looking more like the gold-medal favourite everyone expected it to be. Minnesota Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov scored a hat trick as the Olympic Athletes from Russia routed Slovenia 8-2 on Friday. For the Russians, it was a rebound from a surprising 3-2 loss to Slovakia in the Olympic opener. In other action, the U.S. snuck by Slovakia 2-1.


What's coming up

All times Eastern


  • 8:00 p.m. Feb. 16: Figure skating (Men’s free skate)
  • 9:00 p.m. Feb. 16: Alpine skiing (Women’s super-G)
  • 10:10 p.m. Feb. 16: Men’s ice hockey (Canada vs. Czech Republic)
  • 11:00 p.m. Feb. 16: Freestyle skiing(Women’s freeski slopestyle final)
  • 5:00 a.m. Feb. 17: Short track speed skating (Women’s 1500m finals, Men’s 1000m finals)
  • 6:20 a.m. Feb. 17: Skeleton (Women’s skeleton runs 3-4)

In case you missed it



More from The Globe


  • In Pyeongchang, the North Korean delegation’s every move is being watched, writes Nathan Vanderklippe
  • As hockey gets under way, Russian hockey players struggle with the fact they can’t call themselves Team Russia, Grant Robertson writes
  • In the famously heated rivalry between Canada and U.S. women’s hockey, the game is in their minds, Cathal Kelly writes.
  • At the Olympics, North and South Korea unite against a common foe, Japan, Nathan VanderKlippe writes.

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With files from Canadian Press