Isaac Owusu - Thursday Feb. 20, 2014 07:47 ET

5 things you missed in Sochi last night

Andrew Chang looks ahead to the notable events taking place on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
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As the Winter Olympics continue in Sochi, Russia, here are five things you might have missed early Thursday morning while you were sleeping.

1. Brady Leman can't break up France's ski cross sweep

The Calgary native finished fourth after crashing in the men's ski cross final, where the other three athletes were all from France, giving the country its first ever Winter Olympics podium sweep. Jean Frederic Chapuis won the gold, while Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol claimed the silver and bronze, respectively.

Montreal's Chris Del Bosco finished in 17th, while Dave Duncan of London, Ont., came in 26th overall.  

2- Great Britain wins bronze in women's curling 

Eve Muirhead led her rink to the bronze medal by beating Mirjam Ott of Switzerland by a score of 6-5. Muirhead secured the victory by drawing her final stone to the button.

The bronze gives Britain their fourth total medal, matching their Winter Games best.

3. Matt Duchene to fill in for John Tavares for remainder of Olympics

After it was announced that Tavares's knee injury would sideline him for the rest of the men's hockey tournament, Duchene is being called on to replace the centre. Duchene is expected to fill Tavares's role on the fourth line, playing between Patrick Sharp and Rick Nash.

Duchene was a healthy scratch in two of Canada's first four contests. 

4. Bogdana Matsotka takes political leave

The Ukrainian alpine skier has decided to withdraw from the Olympics as a sign of solidarity with those in her country who oppose President Viktor Yanukovych. Her father and coach stated that her action is in direct response to recent violence against protesters.

Matsotka finished 27th in the women's super-G and 43rd in the giant slalom.

5. Hayley Wickenheiser elected to IOC's  athletes commission

The Canadian women's hockey player was voted in along with Ole Einar Bjørndalen of Norway by their peers. The positions come with eight-year terms, and they were voted in with a record-setting 80.87 per cent vote.

After their approval, Wickenheiser and Bjørndalen will be officially introduced on Sunday.

 

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