Denny Morrison's bronze shines along the Canadian Trail
Different paths led to different outcomes on Saturday
Separate lanes with vastly different destinations were the story on Saturday as this country’s athletes continued down the Canadian Trail.
Denny Morrison’s road led to his second medal of the Sochi Olympics with the Fort St. John, B.C.-athlete winning the bronze in the men’s long track speed skating 1,500-metre event at the Adler Arena.
Morrison, who had earned a silver back on Wednesday in the 1,000 metres, put down an impressive 1:45.22 mark in pair 15 of 20, and then had to sit and wait for developments. Zbigniew Brodka, of Poland, would eventually win by just .003 of a second over Koen Verwelj of the Netherlands.
Mathieu Giroux, of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., was in the 19th spot, Regina’s Lucas Makowsky, 28th and Vincent De Haitre, of Cumberland, Ont., 33rd.
Canada’s short track team was in a different lane, however.
Charles Hamelin, of Ste-Julie, Que., was a favourite in the men’s 1,000 metres until he caught a rut and slid out of his quarter-final. Olivier Jean, of Lachenaie, Que., was third in his quarter and did not advance, nor did Charle Cournoyer, of Boucherville, Que., who was fifth in his round.
In the women’s 1,500 metres, Valerie Maltais, of La Baie, Que., won the B-final but was seventh overall, with Marie-Eve Drolet, from Chicoutimi, Que., third in the B-final. Marianne St-Gelais, of St-Felicien, Que., did not get out of her qualifying heat.
Elsewhere along the trail:
• Canada’s Sault Ste. Marie-based men’s curling team of Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E.J. and Ryan Harnden, has bounced back nicely from a rough 1-2 start, beating Great Britain 7-5, improving to 5-2 and moving into a third-place tie in the Olympic bonspiel.
• Jennifer Jones led the women’s curling squad, including Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen, all of Winnipeg, to two more victories, 8-6 over Japan and 5-3 over host Russia.
• Marie-Pier Prefontaine, of St-Sauveur, Que., was the top Canadian woman in the Super-G, finishing 20th. Marie-Michele Gagnon, of Lac-Etchemin, Que., who was competing with a sore shoulder after separating it in the slalom portion of the combined earlier in the week, did not finish, not did Larisa Yurkiw, of Owen Sound, Ont. A slushy, rutted course claimed many skiers on the warm day.
• Canada’s 4 x 5 km relay team was 14th overall in cross-country skiing as Perianne Jones of Calgary, Daria Gaiazova of Banff, Emily Nishikawa of Whitehorse, and Brittany Webster of Caledon, Ont., trailed a talented field.
• On the sliding track it was John Fairbairn of Calgary, finishing a strong seventh overall following four runs over two days in men’s skeleton. He was 0.87 seconds behind bronze in the tightly packed field. Eric Neilson, of Kelowna, B.C., finished 13th.
• Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes, of Calgary, was 19th in the first round of the men’s K120 ski jumping, qualifying for the final where he would finish 25th overall. Travor Morrice, of Calgary, was 43rd, while Matthew Rowley, of Red Deer, Alta., was disqualified.