Canadian Trail: How Canada did today at the Olympics

Max Parrot, Mark McMorris go 2-3 in slopestyle, Justine Dufour-Lapointe wins moguls silver

Canadian Trail: How Canada did today at the Olympics
After coming up empty on the first official day of competition, Canada collected four medals on Sunday. Leading the way was Max Parrot, not pictured , with silver in slopestyle, along with, from left, fellow snowboarder Mark McMorris, speed skater Ted-Jan Bloemen and freestyle skier Justine Dufour-Lapointe. © Getty Images/Canadian Press/CBC Sports

By Doug Harrison, CBC Sports

It wasn't the podium sweep in snowboard many had envisioned for Canada's men entering the Winter Olympics, but Max Parrot, Mark McMorris and their teammates didn't disappoint on a windy Sunday.

Parrot and McMorris collected the first medals for Canada in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with a silver and bronze, respectively, in slopestyle. McMorris sat atop the standings at Bokwang Snow Park until Redmond Gerard of the United States surpassed him on his final attempt for the victory.

Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ont., was seventh, with teammate Sebastien Toutant in 11th.

Montreal's Justine Dufour-Lapointe also captured silver in women's moguls after winning the event four years ago at the Sochi Olympics in Russia. Canada won four medals on the day and sits fourth in the standings behind Norway (eight), the Netherlands (five) and Germany (four, including three gold).

Here's how other Canadians fared on Sunday:

Speed skating

Calgary's Ted-Jan Bloemen, who grabbed the lone quota spot for Canada in the 5,000 metres, edged Norway's Sverre Lunde Pedersen in a photo finish to earn his first Olympic medal, a silver in a time of six minutes, 11.61 seconds. It was also the first podium finish in the 5,000 by a Canadian since Willy Logan won bronze at the 1932 Games in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Watch Ted-Jan Bloemen's silver-medal performance below:

On Dec. 10, the Dutch-born Bloemen set a world record in the 5,000 in 6:01.86 to erase the decade-old mark of 6:03.32 by Sven Kramer of the Netherlands, who set an Olympic record Sunday in 6:09.76. The world-record holder and 2016 world silver medallist in the 10,000, the 31-year-old Bloemen is also racing that event in South Korea.


Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris continued their quest to become the first Canadians to capture two Olympic curling gold medals. They concluded their mixed doubles round-robin play with a 7-3 handling of Korea to clinch top spot with a 6-1 record in Pyeongchang. They have outscored the opposition 46-17 since dropping a 9-6 decision to Norway in their tournament opener.

Lawes, 29, won gold at the 2014 Sochi Games as vice for Jennifer Jones while the 39-year-old Morris was an Olympic champion at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics playing third for the now-retired Kevin Martin.


On a frigid night at the Alpensia Sliding Centre, Sam Edney posted his best-ever Olympic result, finishing sixth in men's singles in a cumulative time of three minutes 11.021 seconds.

Click video below to view Sam Edney's best-ever Olympic finish:

The Calgary native, who is competing at the Winter Olympics for a fourth and final time, sat sixth after stopping the clock in 47.759 seconds in his third trip down the track before cutting that time to 47.645 on his final run as the temperature plummeted as low as minus-22 C with the wind chill.

Reid Watts of Whistler, B.C., finished 12th with a combined time of 3:11.490, while Calgary's Mitchel Malyk was 16th in 3:11.946.

Figure skating

Canada remains in first place in the team event, thanks in large part to Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford's first-place pairs free skate. They scored 148.51 while skating to Hometown Glory by Adele to secure top spot to give the Canadian squad 45 points, six more than the Olympic Athletes from Russia team. The United States have 36, followed by Italy (35) and Japan (32).

Canada qualified first for the free skate portion on the strength of strong performances from three-time world champion ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and women's skater Kaetlyn Osmond, who earned a 71.38 score in the women's competition for a third-place standing.

Freestyle skiing

Besides Justine Dufour-Lapointe's silver medal, Audrey Robichaud was the only other Canadian to post a top-10 finish in moguls, placing ninth but well behind winner 19-year-old Perrine Laffont of France, who gave her country its first women's gold medal in the 26-year history of the event.

Andi Naude of Penticton, B.C., lost control after the first jump and did not finish while Chloe Dufour-Lapointe didn't advance to the final 12 skiers.

Click below to watch where things went wrong for Andi Naude:


Three-time Olympian Alex Harvey of Quebec City managed to stay with the front pack for most of Sunday's 30-kilometre skiathlon before dropping off and crossing the finish line eighth (1:16:53.4).He finished 18th in the event at the 2014 Sochi Games.

After a top finish of 12th in the team sprint at Russia, the 29-year-old Harvey entered the Olympics with renewed confidence and believing he has a realistic chance to become the first Canadian male to reach the Olympic podium in the sport. Harvey could compete in as many as five events in Pyeongchang.

Devon Kershaw (36th), Graeme Killick (45th) and Knute Johnsgaard (62nd) also competed in Sunday's race.


Canada opened defence of its Olympic women's title with a 5-0 victory over the Olympic Athletes from Russia team, highlighted by Ann-Renee Desbiens' 18-save shutout in her Winter Games debut.

Rebecca Johnston and Melodie Daoust led the Canadian attack at Kwandong Hockey Centre with two goals apiece while Haley Irwin rounded out the scoring.

Watch highlights below of Canada's tournament-opening 5-0 win:



Four Canadians struggled in the men's 10-kilometre sprint on a cold and windy night at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre, with Nathan Smith the top finisher in 44th in 25:22.3, followed by Scott Gow (61st, 25:52.8), Christian Gow (62nd, 25:53.5) and Brendan Green (82nd, 26:48.0).

Germany's Arnd Peiffer pulled away from the pack with a flawless display of shooting to pick up his first Olympic gold medal. Many in the field of 87 missed their fair share of targets — particularly from the prone position — including world No. 1 Martin Fourcade of France and second-ranked Johannes Boe of Norway. They finished eighth and 31st, respectively, after combining to win 14 of 15 World Cup races this season.