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Pete Evans - Tuesday Feb. 18, 2014 06:54 ET

5 things you missed in Sochi last night

Charles Hamelin disappointed
Speed skater Charles Hamelin saw his Olympics end with a thud, crashing in the 500 metres. (Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)

The Winter Olympics continue in Sochi, Russia and there have been a number of big performances by Canadian athletes. Here are five things you might have missed while you were sleeping.

1 — Hamelin crashes out

Charles Hamelin came into these Games trying to become the most decorated Canadian Winter Olympian of all time. But after a number of crashes, his Olympics are over and he's fallen well short.

Hamelin, from Lévis, Que., favoured to win in the men's 500-metre short track event, was leading in his heat until crashing near the end of his race. He wasn't near anyone else when it happened, he just appeared to lose it halfway through a turn.

Hamelin was hoping to win four gold medals in Sochi but after winning his weakest event, the 1,500 metres, he ended up crashing in all his remaining disciplines: 1,000 metres, 500 metres and the 3,000-metre relay.

2 — Silver in 3,000-metre women's relay

Canadian women had a better day on the short track oval, as the Canadian team of Marie-Eve Drolet, Valérie Maltais, Marianne St-Gelais, and Jessica Hewitt won a silver medal in the 3,000-metre relay.

The Canadians seemed to have finished in third place behind Korea and China, but after the race it was announced that the Chinese were disqualified for not leaving the racing surface.

In winning silver, Canada maintains an impressive streak in that event, having won a medal in the women's 3,000 metres at every Olympics since the sport was introduced, dating back to Albertville in 1992.

3 — St-Gelais crashes, Maltais sets record in 1,000-metre

St-Gelais fell early on in her heat in the 1,000 metres, finishing last and failing to qualify for the quarter-finals in an event she had hoped to win. Although she got a silver today in the relay, it's been a tough Games for St-Gelais, who has flamed out in all her individual races — coming in third in her 500-metre semifinal and failing to qualify in the 1,500 metres. 

Her teammate Maltais will be moving on however, after setting an Olympic record in her heat and advancing to the quarter-finals with a time of one minute,28.771 seconds. She's faced no real challenge in the event so far so it should be interesting to watch her in the final, which is set to go on Friday morning.

4 — Male snowboard crossers crash out

Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., crashed out of the Olympic men's snowboard cross semifinals on Tuesday, while Chris Robanske of North Vancouver, B.C., went down in the quarter-finals.

Jake Holden of Caledon, Ont., and Rob Fagan of Cranbrook, B.C., did not advance past the opening round.

Pierre Vaultier of France won gold, Nikolay Olyunin of Russia captured the silver medal and American Alex Deibold took bronze.

5 — Carey Price gets the nod

Carey Price appears to have emerged as Canada's No. 1 goalie, as coach Mike Babcock announced early Tuesday that the Montreal Canadiens netminder will make his third start of the Games when Canada plays next. Every game is sudden death elimination from now on, so that's a sign that Babcock has picked his man.

Canada will play in the quarter-finals tomorrow against whoever wins between Latvia and Switzerland today.

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