Dara Howell skis her way to Olympic gold on Canadian Trail
Day 4 produces 2 more medals for Canada
Four days, four gold medals for Canada.
And you can thank Dara Howell for the last one.
The freestyle skier’s dominant performance on Tuesday during the first-ever Olympic ski slopestyle event was rewarded with shining gold.
The 19-year-old from Huntsville, Ont., who dedicated her victory to the late Sarah Burke, posted an impressive score of 94.20 and led all the way to the end.
But the medals kept coming for Canada at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park as fellow countrywoman Kim Lamarre took bronze.
Reigning world champion Kaya Turski crashed in both runs and failed to qualify for the medal stage.
Canada has won six out of nine potential medals in freestyle skiing so far in Sochi, and with nine total medals sits second in the overall standings behind Norway (11).
Oh so close
Alex Gough didn’t have the same luck Tuesday at the Sanki Sliding Center.
The Calgary native finished fourth in women’s luge, only 0.4 seconds away from a bronze medal.
Calgarian teammate Kimberly McRae was fifth.
Earlier on the day, Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones continued to cruise past weaker opponents in women’s curling. Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson was Jones’s latest victim. Team Canada defeated the Swedish rink 9-3 in eight ends and now has the crosshairs on Eve Muirhead of Great Britain.
Meanwhile, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Saint-Léonard, Que., finished fifth in the pairs figure skating short program, followed by the Waterloo, Ont. duo of Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch.
Both pairs are still in the mix and will compete for a medal Wednesday in the free skate finale.
Elsewhere along the Trail:
- The struggles of Brad Jacobs from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., continued as the Canadian skip and his rink fell to Sweden in 7-6 in a tough curling match for back-to-back losses that leave the team with a record of 1-2 heading into another big game against host Russia.
- Women’s ski jumping made its long-awaited Olympic debut in Sochi and Calgarians Atsuko Tanaka (12th) and Taylor Henrich (13th) were part of the historic event.
- Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., was the fastest Canadian speed skater in the women’s 500-metre race with a 12-place finish. The veteran was joined by teammates Anastasia Bucsis of Calgary (28), Marsha Hudey of White City, Sask. (32), and Danielle Wotherspoon-Gregg of Red Deer, Alta. (33).
- Olympic rookies Paige Lawrence of Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers of Virden, Man., skated to a 13th place overall during the pairs figure skating short program and will also take part in the free skate event on Wednesday, alongside the duos of Duhamel/Radford and Moore-Towers/Moscovitch.
- Alex Harvey’s quest for a cross-country sprint medal vanished after the Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que., native was eliminated in the quarter-finals. Teammates Devon Kershaw, Jesse Cockney (both of Canmore, Alta.) and Len Valjas of Toronto placed outside the top 30. On the women’s side, Daria Gaiazova of Banff, Alta., and Perianne Jones of Almonte, Ont., were ousted in the quarters.