Canadian Trail: How Canada did today at the Olympics

Patrick Chan 6th after short program, Blondin misses speed skating podium, Homan still winless

Canadian Trail: How Canada did today at the Olympics
It was a frustrating Friday for several of Canada's athletes at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, including from left: Figure skater Patrick Chan, speed skater Ivanie Blondin and curler Rachel Homan. © Getty Images/CBC Sports

By Doug Harrison, CBC Sports

It was a frustrating Friday for several of Canada's athletes at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The triple Axel, again, was Patrick Chan's nemesis as he fell on his attempt in the men's short program at Gangneung Arena after the three-time world champion opened with a beautiful quadruple toe loop.

Chan, who helped Canada win gold in the team event, has five quads listed for Saturday's free program as the 10-time Canadian champion will try to get into the medal mix. Leader Yuzuru Hanyu landed two quads Friday, despite the Japanese skater cutting his training schedule significantly ahead of the Games due to a serious ankle injury.

VIDEO | Patrick Chan's mesmerizing short program

Reigning women's world curling champion Rachel Homan's rink is the lone foursome without a win following a 9-8 loss to Denmark in an extra end. The Ottawa native is 0-3 and had her sportsmanship questioned by fans on social media when she ordered a rock be removed in the fifth end – curlers have the option to ignore the foul – that had been touched by an opponent.

Speed skater Ivanie Blondin slipped on the ice down the stretch on the way to a fifth-place finish in the women's 5,000-metre final. Sixth in the 3,000 earlier in the week, Blondin will compete in the team pursuit, starting Monday, and the mass start Feb. 24. Fellow Ottawa native Isabelle Weidemann was sixth in Friday's 5,000.

Canada has 13 medals, good for a third-place tie with the Netherlands, but the Dutch have six gold medals to four for the Canadians. Norway is starting to pull away with 19 medals, followed by Germany at 15.

Here's how other Canadians fared on Friday:

Figure skating

With 107.58 points, Javier Fernandez of Spain trails Hanyu (111.68) by more than four points, with Shoma Uno, also of Japan, sitting third (104.17) entering Friday's free skate at 8 p.m. ET.

Keegan Messing of Sherwood Park, Alta., was 10th after the short program with 85.11 points.

Men's curling

Kevin Koe and his Canadian rink have been consistent in Pyeongchang with all four matches won in close fashion.

VIDEO | Koe picks perfect weight for memorable shot

The Calgary skip defeated South Korea 7-6 on Friday, scoring two with the hammer in the seventh end with his opponent lying three. After Koe extended his lead to 7-3 in the eighth, South Korea took two in the ninth and stole one in the 10th to make it interesting.

Koe next plays Saturday against Sweden, who also hold a record of 4-0.


Alex Harvey of Saint-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., placed seventh after sitting in medal position midway through the men's 15-kilometre freestyle competition, won by a dominant Dario Cologna of Switzerland.

In Tuesday's sprint classic, the three-time Olympian failed to advance past the qualifying round, finishing a season-worst 32nd. Harvey, 29, stayed with the front pack for most of the 30 km skiathlon last Sunday before falling off the pace and crossing the finish line eighth.

VIDEO | Alex Harvey on another top-10 finish

Alpine skiing

Matthias Mayer of Austria edged Switzerland's Beat Feuz to win the men's super-G at Jeongseon Alpine Centre.

Dustin Cook of Lac-Sainte-Marie, Que., in ninth place in a time of one minute 25.23 seconds. Manuel Osborne-Paradis was 22nd followed by fellow Canadian Broderick Thompson in 23rd while Jack Crawford skied off course early and didn't finish.

In women's slalom, defending Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States finished a surprising fourth as Sweden's Frida Hansdotter took the title in a combined time of 1:38.63.

Canada's Erin Mielzynski placed 11th at 1:41.49, while Laurence St-Germain impressed in a surprising 15th-place finish (1:41.80). Roni Remme finished 27th.


Kevin Boyer of Sherwood Park, Alta., was the top Canadian with a 17th-place performance, well back of Yun Sungbin, who claimed host South Korea's first-ever gold medal in any sliding event. His time of three minutes 20.55 seconds was a track record at the Alpensia Sliding Centre.

On the women's side, Calgary's Elisabeth Vathje was fastest in the second run at 52.01 seconds to move her to eighth place after she finished 12th in the first run. Teammates Jane Channell and Mirela Rahneva sit 11th and 13th, respectively, entering the final two runs on Saturday, starting at 6:20 a.m. ET.


A concussion suffered in training earlier this week forced Meryeta O'Dine of Prince George, B.C., out of Friday's snowboardcross event.

No Canadian women advanced to the snowboardcross big final at Bokwang Snow Park. Tess Critchlow of Kelowna, B.C., finished ninth.