Mike Riddle, women’s short track team earn silver on Canadian Trail
Kaillie Humphries 2nd after 2 runs of women's bobsled
Day 11 of the Canadian Trail at the Sochi Olympics was highlighted by two silver medals.
Freestyle skier Mike Riddle was second in the men’s halfpipe, while the women’s short track team earned silver in the 3000-metre relay race on Tuesday.
Riddle impressed judges with a solid performance under very poor conditions at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park and posted a score of 90.60. The 27-year-old of Edmonton finished only behind leader American David Wise (92.00).
Calgary’s Justin Dorey, a medal contender and ranked 1st in the world cup, crashed in both runs to finish last. Noah Bowman, also from Calgary, was fifth.
Earlier on the day, the team of Marianne St-Gelais of Saint-Félicien, Que., Valérie Maltais of Saguenay, Que., Marie-Ève Drolet of Laterriere, Que. and Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C. skated to silver in a day of highs and lows for Canada at Iceberg Skating Palace.
The Canadian team had finished third behind South Korea and China, but were upgraded to silver after the Chinese speed skaters were disqualified for leaving the race track immediately after exchanging to their teammates.
Charles Hamelin, the defending champion in the 500 metres and favourite to win the event again, had different luck Tuesday.
The Lévis, Que., native crashed near the end of his qualifying heat, marking the second disappointing race in Sochi for the the 29-year-old skater. He also fell in the 1,000m earlier in the Games.
St-Gelais also crashed out of the women's 1,000m before earning her silver in relay.
Elsewhere along the Trail:
- Calgary's Kaillie Humphries and brakeman Heather Moyse of Summerside, P.E.I. sit in second place after the first two runs in women's bobsleigh. The defending Olympic champions will try to slide into gold on Wednesday.
- Brendan Green of Canmore, Alta., was ninth in the men's 15km mass start biathlon race, while teammate Jean-Philippe Le Guellec of Kingston, Ont., crossed the finish line in 10th place.
- Erin Mielzynski of Guelph, Ont., finished 21st in the women's giant slalom. She was the only Canadian of three athletes to finish a run after Marie-Michèle Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., and Marie-Pier Prefontaine of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que., struggled.
- Vernon, B.C. native Kevin Hill crashed out of the men’s snowboard cross semifinals, while teammate Chris Robanske of Calgary went down in quarters.