Canadian Trail: How Canada did today at the Olympics
Kim Boutin completes hat trick, women's hockey team falls to U.S. rivals
By Amy Cleveland, CBC Sports
Canadian women put a silver lining on Day 13 of the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea — claiming the runner-up position in both hockey and short track speed skating.
For the women's hockey team, it wasn't the result they were hoping for as they entered competition with the intention of winning their fifth-straight title. The squad came close but were ultimately edged 3-2 in a shootout by their long-standing American rivals.
Despite the loss, the women were well supported in the stands, with Olympic ice dance champion Scott Moir putting on relatable and memorable displays of Canadian pride.
On the short track, Kim Boutin completed a speed-skating hat trick to become the first Canadian woman to reach the podium in all three individual races. The Sherbrooke, Que., native earned silver in the 1,000-metre final behind Dutch skater Suzanne Schulting.
The 23-year-old claimed bronze in the 500 and 1,500 earlier in the Games.
Veteran Marianne St-Gelais was eliminated in the quarter-finals and will leave the Olympics empty handed for the first time, having earned a silver at Sochi 2014 and a two silvers at Vancouver 2010. Valérie Maltais was penalized in the semifinal.
Charles Hamelin will end his storied Olympic career with one medal of each colour after taking bronze in the men's 5,000 team relay alongside Samuel Girard, Charles Cournoyer and Dion Pascal.
The podium result brings his Olympic medal total to five, three gold and one silver at previous Games, which makes the 33-year-old one of Canada's most decorated winter Olympians.
With only two days of competition in Pyeongchang remaining, Canada has 24 medals, including nine gold. Norway leads with 35 medals, followed by Germany's 25.
Here's how other Canadians fared on Thursday:
Kevin Koe and his Calgary-based rink won't have the chance to defend Canada's men's curling title after dropping a 5-3 semifinal decision to American John Shuster.
The 43-year-old still has a shot at reaching the podium as he moves on to the bronze-medal match Friday at 1:35 a.m. ET against Switzerland, who edged Canada 8-6 in round-robin action.
Defending women's ski cross champ Marielle Thompson is in good form just four months after a devastating knee injury during training, placing first in seeding ahead of fellow Canadians Kelsey Serwa and Brittany Phelan.
India Sherret was 11th and they'll all have a shot at moving onto the medal rounds when the 1/8 finals begin Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
Snowboarder Laurie Blouin was unable to repeat as a medallist at the Games in big air's Olympic debut. After grabbing slopestyle silver, she settled for a 12th-place finish after a fall in her second run and teammate Spencer O'Brien was 9th.
Austria's Anna Gasser took the title with a combined score of 185 points.
Switzerland's Michelle Gisin claimed gold in the women's alpine combined, while American star Lindsey Vonn made a mistake early in the slalom portion, eliminating her from contention.
Top Canadian was Valerie Grenier in sixth.
On the men's hill, 35-year-old Swede Andre Myhrer was golden, while Philip Brown was 22nd and Erik Read was 25th for Canada.
Canada's Noah Bowman and Mike Riddle missed the podium in men's ski halfpipe, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, after they both crashed in their final two runs.
American David Wise captured gold with a score of 97.20.
Canada's women's biathlon team — made up of Sarah Beaudry, Julia Ransom, Emma Lunder and Rosanna Crawford — were 10th in the 4x6-kilometre relay.
Belarus cruised to victory.