Canadian Trail: How Canada did today at the Olympics

Speed-skating champion Ted-Jan Bloemen's Games record in 10,000 among trio of medals

By Doug Harrison, CBC Sports

Canada returned to the medal podium Thursday in South Korea with a trio of highlight performances.

Calgary's Ted-Jan Bloemen added an Olympic Winter Games record to his world mark in men's 10,000-metre speed skating, dominating the competition at the Gangneung Oval to capture the gold medal in 12 minutes 39.77 seconds.

WATCH l Ted-Jan Bloemen reacts after his win

On Monday, the 31-year-old Bloemen, who moved from the Netherlands four years ago to compete for Canada, won silver in the men's 5,000.

Toronto's Jordan Belchos finished fifth in Thursday's race in a career-best time of 12:59.51.

Elsewhere, Alex Gough, after securing Canada's first-ever Olympic medal in luge earlier this week with a bronze, earned silver in the relay with Sam Edney, Tristan Walker and Justin Snith, all of whom hail from Alberta. Walker and Snith narrowly missed the podium in doubles on Wednesday with a fifth-place finish. 

VIDEO | Canada's luge team emotional after winning silver

Two-time figure-skating world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford were the first to earn a medal for Canada on this day, collecting bronze in pairs after amassing 153.33 points for their free program to Adele's Hometown Glory. It was the second time to the podium for the retiring duo, who helped Canada win gold in the team event.

Canada is third in the overall medal standings with 13, including four gold, after six days of competition. Norway leads the way with 17 medals, followed by Germany with 15.

Here's how other Canadians fared on Thursday:

Figure skating

Besides Duhamel and Radford's medal performance, two other Canadian pairs cracked the top 10 at Gangneung Ice Arena.

VIDEO | Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford save the best for last

Sitting 12th after the short program, Julianne Seguin and Charlie Bilodeau moved to eighth after the free skate with 204.02 points. Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro also improved, climbing to 10th from 13th with 198.11 points.

Women's hockey

Five-foot-seven goalie Genevieve Lacasse stood tall in the Canadian net, turning aside 44 shots and denying Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson's penalty shot to lead her team to a 2-1 victory over archrivals United States.

VIDEO | Canadian defenceman Laura Fortino on beating U.S.

Canada, which had previously clinched a semifinal berth, boasts a 3-0 record in the preliminary round. Lacasse and company beat the Americans five times in a six-game exhibition series this winter and have won four straight Olympic gold medals.

With her 16th goal at her fourth Winter Games, Meghan Agosta moved into second all-time on the all-time Olympic goal list behind Hayley Wickenheiser (18). Sarah Nurse had the other goal for Canada, which also defeated the U.S. 2-1 in overtime in their most recent meeting on Dec. 17 in Edmonton.

Men's curling

Kevin Koe and his Calgary-based rink was again forced to claw its way to victory, scoring four unanswered points in a 7-4 win over Thomas Ulsrud of Norway.

Canada has had to work for its 3-0 record after posting 5-3 and 6-4 victories over Italy and Great Britain. A three-time Canadian gold medallist and two-time world champion, the 43-year-old Koe is attempting to extend Canada's run of men's curling gold to four in his Olympic debut.

Men's hockey

Former NHL players Rene Bourque and Wojtek Wolski had two goals apiece to lead Canada to a tournament-opening 5-1 win over Switzerland.

Former Quebec junior star Maxim Noreau also scored, one-time Buffalo Sabres forward Derek Roy added three assists and ex-Toronto Maple Leaf and Edmonton Oiler Ben Scrivens made 28 saves for the Canadians, who defeated the Swiss national team 3-0 in the Spengler Cup final on Dec. 31, and 3-2 to open the Karjala Cup in mid-November.

VIDEO | Canada's Wojtek Wolski says 'everybody came to play'

Alpine skiing

Manny Osborne-Paradis nearly matched his best finish in an Olympic men's downhill, but can't seem to threaten the podium after placing 14th in Thursday's race in 1:41.89 at the Jeongseon Alpine Skiing Centre.

The Invermere, B.C., resident was 13th in the downhill at the 2016 Games in Turin, Italy and finished 25th four years ago in Sochi, Russia. Osborne-Paradis, 34, also failed to post a top-15 finish in downhill or super-G at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Also Thursday, Invermere's Ben Thomsen was 28th (1:43.19) and Dustin Cook finished 32nd (1:43.80), three spots ahead of Broderick Thompson (1:44.37). At 35, Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal became the oldest Olympic champion in alpine.

On the women's side, Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. captured the giant slalom for her second Winter Games title. She'll try to defend her slalom title on Friday. Toronto's Candace Crawford was the lone Canadian to finish both runs, placing 25th with a combined time of 2:25.16. Valerie Grenier was the other Canadian in the race.

Women's curling

In her Olympic debut, three-time Canadian champion Rachel Homan found herself on the losing end twice Thursday, falling 8-6 to South Korea and 7-6 in extra ends to Sweden.

Down 5-4 in the ninth end versus Korea, Homan attempted an aggressive shot, but the move backfired with her opponent stealing a big three points for an 8-4 lead.

The 28-year-old defending world champion from Ottawa fell to 0-2 when the Swedes, with the hammer, drew to the button with their final stone for a point in the extra end.


Frenchman Pierre Vaultier's winning of back-to-back Olympic snowboard cross titles was overshadowed by a knee injury suffered by Calgary's Chris Robanske, who was taken off the Phoenix Snow Park course by snowmobile and underwent a MRI.

The 28-year-old crashed in the semifinals coming off a kicker and didn't finish the race. Robanske also fell in his quarter-final race, but managed to continue and finish third to qualify third for the semifinal.

Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., finished fourth in his quarter-final race and did not advance. Sainte-Marie, Que., native Eliot Grondin fell in his heat race and also didn't advance. Fellow Canadian Baptise Brochu pulled out of snowboard cross competition after suffering an injury in training.


Canadian medal hopeful Dave Greszczyszyn sits well behind leader Yun Sungbin of South Korea after the first two of four runs at the Alpensia Sliding Centre. Greszczyszyn of Brampton, Ont., is 21st with a total time of one minute, 43.39 seconds.

Kevin Boyer of Sherwood Park, Alta., sits 17th (1:42.7) after a second-run time of 51.24 seconds while Calgary's Barrett Martineau is 25th at 1.43.699.

Yun, who won five World Cup races this season, clocked 1:40.35 for a huge lead over Nikita Tregubov, one of the Olympic Athletes from Russia. The final runs are slated to begin on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET.


In a shocker, Hanna Oeberg of Sweden nailed all 20 shots in upending two-time gold medallist Laura Dahlmeier to win her first Olympic gold medal in the women's 15-kilometre race. Oeberg arrived in Pyeongchang ranked 42nd in the World Cup standings in the individual event.

Rosanna Crawford of Canmore, Alta., was the top Canadian in 26th, followed by Sara Beaudry (29th), Emma Lunder (54th) and Julia Ransom (74th).

In the men's 20 km individual final, Scott Gow led all Canadians in 14th place, eight spots ahead of Brendan Green. Christian Gow was 26th and Nathan Smith 81st.

Freestyle skiing

Montreal's Catrine Lavallee won't be among the six competitors in the women's aerials final on Friday at 6 a.m. ET after she placed 16th in qualifying at Bokwang Snow Park.