Canadian Trail: Marielle Thompson, Brad Jacobs earn gold on Day 14
Kelsey Serwa captures silver, Charle Cournoyer wins bronze
It was the most successful day for Canada in Sochi so far.
Four medals – two gold, one silver and one bronze – were awarded to Canadian athletes on Friday at the Games.
Freestyle skier Marielle Thompson kicked things off with an impressive performance at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park that earned her the gold medal in women's ski cross.
The Whistler, B.C., native took the lead halfway through the race and was able to hold on to the lead despite constant pressure from the tough opposition.
And that difficult opponent was also her teammate.
Kelsey Serwa gave Thompson some stiff competition and crossed the finish line in second place. Serwa, of Kelowna, B.C., was fifth in Vancouver four years ago.
The skiers dedicated their Olympic medals to former teammate Nik Zoricic, who died from head injuries after an accident during a ski cross race in March 2012.
Jennifer Jones cruised to gold in women’s curling on Thursday with a historic 11-0 unbeaten run.
It was Brad Jacobs’s turn on Friday. And he delivered.
The skip and his Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-rink of Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden beat Great Britain's David Murdoch 9-3 to win gold in the men’s final.
Team Jacobs, which struggled early in the tournament with two straight defeats, bounced back to give Canada its third consecutive gold medal in the event and first curling Olympic sweep (along with Jones’s title.)
Short track speed skater Charle Cournoyer rounded out the medal-filled day for Canada with bronze in the men's 500-metre race.
The 22-year-old of Boucherville, Que., finished the race behind Russia's Victor An and Wu Dajing of China.
He is the youngest member of Canada’s men's short track team.
Cournoyer’s teammate Olivier Jean, from Lachenaie, Que., was eliminated in the semifinals.
Elsewhere along the Trail:
- Strong performances by Jamie Benn of Victoria and Carey Price of Anahim Lake, B.C. led Team Canada to a shutout win over fierce rival U.S. in men’s hockey. The Canadians will try to defend their Olympic title on Sunday against Sweden.
- The men’s pursuit speed skating team of Denny Morrison Fort St-John, B.C., Mathieu Giroux of Montreal and Regina's Lucas Makowsky fell to South Korea in their semifinal heat but will have a chance to win bronze against Poland Saturday.
- Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Que., fell on the final lap of her semifinal heat and failed to qualify for the women’s 1,000-metre short track final. The men’s relay team finished 6th overall.
- Marie-Michèle Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., was the top Canadian in women’s slalom with a ninth-place finish. Teammate Brittany Phelan of Ste Agathe Des Monts, Que., was 15th.
- The team of Rosanna Crawford of Canmore, Alta., Megan Imrie of Falcon Lake, Man., Megan Heinicke of Prince George, B.C., and Zina Kocher of Red Deer, Alta. finished 8th in the women's 4x6 km biathlon relay event.