What you missed on Day 6 of the Winter Olympics
What you missed
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- Canadian speedskater Ted-Jan Bloemen won gold in the men’s 10,000m
- Canada won silver in the luge team relay, giving the group redemption after a fourth-place finish in Sochi
- Canadian pairs figure skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the bronze medal in the pairs free skate event
- The Canadian women’s hockey team defeated the U.S. 2-1, and will next play in the semifinals. The men’s team handily beat Switzerland 5-1 to start its campaign.
- As hockey gets under way, Russian hockey players struggle with the fact they can’t call themselves Team Russia
What’s happened so far
Speed skating (Men’s 10,000m)
Canadian speedskater Ted-Jan Bloemen defeated his rival Sven Kramer of the Netherlands to win the 10,000-metre event. It was Bloemen’s second medal of the Winter Games, having captured the silver in the 5000m. In that event, the Dutch legend Kramer dispatched Bloemen to add to his medal haul. This time around, though, Kramer faded down the stretch and Bloemen’s gold was all but guaranteed with several laps remaining.
Luge (team relay)
The Canadian luge relay team captured silver, getting edged by Germany. It’s the second medal of these games for Alex Gough, who won bronze in the women’s event. For the team — which also includes Sam Edney, Tristan Walker and Justin Snith — it’s been a roller-coaster couple of months. In December, it appeared they may be gaining an Olympic bronze medal after two Russians had their results from the 2014 Games nullified. But the decision was overturned a few weeks later by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning Canada’s fourth-place finish four years ago would likely stand. Today the team got its redemption.
Men’s ice hockey (Canada vs. Switzerland)
The Canadian men’s hockey team got off to a rollicking start Thursday, defeating Switzerland 5-1. Rene Bourque and Wojtek Wolski scored two apiece for Canada, while Maxim Noreau added another. Canada will next play the Czech Republic. In other men’s Olympic hockey action, Finland defeated Germany 5-2, Sweden blanked Norway 4-0, and the Czech Republic survived a close 2-1 affair with South Korea.
The Canadian women’s side got off to a tough start with two close losses in round-robin play. Rachel Homan’s team fell 8-6 to EunJung Kim of South Korea and 7-6 in an extra end to Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg on Thursday. Down 5-4 in the ninth end against the Koreans, Homan attempted an aggressive shot rather than drawing for one. The move backfired with Kim stealing a big three points for an 8-4 lead. Homan fell to 0-2 when the Swedes, with the hammer, drew to the button with their final stone for a point in the extra end. (Canadian Press)
What’s coming up
All times Eastern
- 8:00 p.m. Feb. 15: Figure skating (Men’s free skate)
- 9:00 p.m. Feb. 15: Alpine Skiing (Women’s super-G)
- 1:00 a.m. Feb. 16: Cross-country skiing (Men’s 15km individual)
- 6:00 a.m. Feb. 16: Speed skating (Women’s 5,000m)
In case you missed it
- Feb. 9: Winter Olympics officially under way after opening ceremony
- Feb. 10: Parrot, McMorris win Canada’s first medals of the Games in men’s slopestyle
- Feb. 11: Figure skating team wins Canada’s first gold medal of Winter Olympics
- Feb. 12: Kingsbury captures Canada’s second gold medal at Winter Games
- Feb. 13: Canadian curlers capture gold, Gough makes history and Boutin earns surprise bronze in short track
- Feb. 14: Figure skating pair Duhamel and Radford win bronze in free skate
More from The Globe
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With files from Canadian Press