Canadian Trail: How Canada did today at the Olympics

Figure skaters Duhamel, Radford in medal mix while Walker, Snith 5th in luge doubles

By Doug Harrison, CBC Sports

Canadian athletes were kept off the podium Wednesday at the Pyeongchang Olympics after consecutive days of multiple medal performances, while other competitors were forced to sit in events postponed by strong winds.

In pairs figure skating, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford were virtually clean in their performance, save for being slightly out of sync on their side-by-side triple Lutzes, to score 76.82 points and sit third after the short program.

VIDEO | Near-flawless program by Canada's Duhamel, Radford

Tristan Walker and Justin Snith narrowly missed the podium in luge doubles at a second straight Games, placing fifth in South Korea in a combined two-run time of one minute 32.369 seconds after missing out by 5-100ths of a second four years ago in Sochi, Russia.

Canada will enter Thursday's action fourth in the medal standings with 10, with Germany overtaking Norway for the lead at 12, including seven gold. The Netherlands and Norway follow with 11, but the Dutch hold a 5-3 edge in gold medals.

Here's how other Canadians fared on Wednesday:

Figure skating

Canada will have two other entries in the pairs free skate at 8:30 p.m. ET after Julianne Seguin and Charlie Bilodeau qualified 12th with 67.52 points, while Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro were right behind in 13th with 65.68.

Reigning world champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China delivered a flawless performance to Canadian k.d. lang's version of Hallelujah to lead with 82.39 points.

Speed skating

Calgary's Kaylin Irvine and Heather McLean of Winnipeg competed in the women's 1,000-metre final, but neither put a scare into 28-year-old Dutch skater Jorien ter Mors, who set an Olympic record time of one minute 13.56 seconds at the Gangneung Oval. Irvine was 18th in the event at the 2014 Sochi Games and 23rd on Wednesday in 1:16:90, less than a half-second ahead of McLean, who was 25th (1:17:25) in her Olympic debut.

Ter Mors made it five victories for the Dutch in all five long track events in Pyeongchang, including the men's 1,500 and 5,000 along with the 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000 on the women's side. Ireen Wüst, seeking a second gold medal at these Games after winning the 1,500, was ninth on Wednesday.

Curling

Three-time world champion Kevin Koe and his Canadian men's rink have settled in nicely at the Olympics, defeating Great Britain 6-4 on Wednesday in a hard-fought curling match that followed a tourney-opening 5-3 win over Italy earlier in the day.

VIDEO | Kevin Koe's rink improves record to 2-0

Koe, second Brent Laing, third Marc Kennedy and lead Ben Hebert have allowed only seven points — all singles — as they attempt to extend Canada's run of men's curling gold to four, following Brad Gushue (2006), Kevin Martin (2010) and Brad Jacobs (2014).

Alpine skiing

Women's slalom was postponed Wednesday because of gusty winds, making it the third time in four days an alpine race never began. Three-time Olympian Erin Mielzynski, Laurence St-Germain and Roni Remme were scheduled to compete for Canada. The 27-year-old Mielzynski of Collingwood, Ont., entered the Winter Games ranked 20th overall in slalom on the World Cup circuit.

American Mikaela Shiffrin will need to wait until Friday to attempt to defend her 2014 gold medal at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre. The 22-year-old's winless streak on the World Cup circuit is at six after Shiffrin started the season with five consecutive wins.

Biathlon

Strong winds at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre posted Wednesday's women's individual 15-kilometre race, which was moved to Thursday at 3:15 a.m. ET, ahead of the men's individual 20 km event.

Canadians expected to compete in the women's race include Julia Ransom, Megan Tandy, Rosanna Crawford, Sarah Beaudry and Emma Lunder.

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