Patrick Chan settles for silver on Canadian Trail
Team Canada cruises past Austria in men’s hockey
It was a surprising silver medal for Canada on Day 7 of the Olympic Games.
It should have been gold.
After leader Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan fell during his free skate performance on Friday, the crowd at Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi was ready to witness reigning world champion Patrick Chan take over and win Canada’s first Olympic gold in figure skating.
Chan smelled blood and entered the rink with the top spot in mind.
However, the Toronto native did not have the killer instinct necessary to overtake Hanyu and had to settle for a well-deserved silver medal.
The 23-year-old couldn’t capitalize on his opponent’s mistakes after stumbling a couple of times during his program. He finished with 275.62 points, while Hanyu, 19, posted a score of 280.09.
Chan’s silver was Canada’s ninth medal in Olympic figure skating – enough for second all-time – and 11th in Sochi.
At the Bolshoy Ice Dome, Team Canada cruised to a 6-0 win over Austria in men’s hockey to keep their record intact at 2-0.
Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter of London, Ont. led the team with a hat trick, while defenceman Shea Weber of Salmon Arm, B.C., Regina forward Ryan Getzlaf and blue-liner Drew Doughty, also of London, all scored for Canada – a squad that simply too much for the Austrians. The Canadians continue their gold-medal defence on Sunday against Finland.
Earlier on the day, Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., rink defeated Norway 10-4 in men’s curling, another area where Team Canada is defending gold.
Jacobs seems to have found his confidence in Sochi with three consecutive victories after back-to-back losses.
Canada is fourth overall with a record of 4-2 and will face Great Britain on Saturday.
Elsewhere along the Trail:
- Sarah Reid of Calgary finished 7th in women’s skeleton after a strong finish where she posted the second-best run in the last heat of the event. Teammate Mellisa Hollingsworth of Eckville, Alta., had the best time and finished her Olympic career with an 11-place finish.
- Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., ended his Sochi experience with a 15th spot in the men’s figure skating event with a solid performance in the free program.
- Morgan Pridy was 20th overall in the men’s super-combined event. The Whistler, B.C., native had trouble during his slalom run, which affected his overall performance.
- Devon Kershaw of Sudbury, Ont., finished 35th in the men’s 15k cross-country event, while teammates Ivan Babikov of Canmore, Alta., was 39th, and Graeme Killick of Fort McMurray, Alta., claimed the 65th position. Alex Harvey of St-Ferreol des Neiges, Que., did not finish the race.