Olympic wake-up call: Day 8 news you might have missed from the Winter Games

Samuel Girard tops podium, Kim Boutin earns 2nd bronze

Olympic wake-up call: Day 8 news you might have missed from the Winter Games
Canada's Samuel Girard celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 1,000-metre short track final. © Jamie Squire/Getty Images

By Benjamin Blum and Amy Cleveland, CBC Sports

Samuel Girard is golden at his first Olympics, Kim Boutin earned her second bronze and Rachel Homan ended her losing skid. Earlier, Kevin Koe's Canadian rink lost its first game while the men's hockey team had a bad case of déjà vu.

Here's a quick recap of all the important Olympic news you might have missed overnight, and a look at what's still to come later today.

Canada golden in short track

Girard captured Canada's first short-track gold medal of these Games in the men's 1,000-metre final. Girard, of Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que., becomes the first North American skater to win gold at this distance.

The 21-year-old benefited from a three-skater crash, which left Girard and American John Henry-Krueger battling down the stretch for first. 

Earlier in the week, Girard fell just short of the podium — finishing fourth in the 1,500. 

Veteran Canadian speed skater Charles Hamelin missed the final after being assessed a penalty in the semifinal. 

Boutin has podium repeat

Canada's Kim Boutin is now two-for-two in Pyeongchang, claiming another short track speed skating bronze medal — this time in the women's 1,500. It was Canada's first-ever women's medal in that distance. 

The Sherbrooke, Que., native took bronze in the 500 earlier at the Games and was the target of online threats from Korean supporters after her win.

Marianne St-Gelais was penalized in the semifinals for interfering with a South Korean skater and did not advance. She suffered the same fate last week in the 500. Valérie Maltais failed to advance.

Homan gets 1st win

After making a historically-bad start, Rachel Homan rebounded in a big way against the United States — leading Canada to a dominant 11-3 victory. 

The Canadians, now 1-3, continue round-robin play against the Swiss Saturday at 12:05 a.m. ET. 

On the men's side, Niklas Edin shot 99 per cent against Canada, stealing three points over the course of the match to win 5-2. The Swedes improved to 5-0 at the Games, while Canada (4-1) will look to get back into the win column against Switzerland at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Hockey history repeats itself

Twenty years ago, Dominik Hasek and the Czech Republic stunned a star-studded Canadian roster in a 2-1 shootout victory in the semifinals of the Nagano Olympics. Fast forward to Saturday, when another stalwart goaltender — this time Pavel Francouz — stymied Canada's attack as the Czechs won 3-2 in a shootout.

Canada closes out the preliminary round against South Korea on Feb. 18 at 7:05 a.m. ET.

In women's hockey, Finland drubbed Sweden to fill out the semifinal bracket: It will be Finland-United States and Canada against the women's skaters from Russia in Monday's matchups.

Hanyu goes back-to-back

Japanese figure skating sensation Yuzuru Hanyu successfully defended his Olympic title with a strong performance in the men's free skate. American Dick Button was the last man to accomplish the feat, winning gold at the 1948 and 1952 Games.

Canada's Patrick Chan finished ninth in his final Olympic appearance, while Alaskan-born Canadian Keegan Messing placed 12th.

Other medal events

  • Czech skier Ester Ledecka stunned the field by winning women's super-G gold. American Lindsey Vonn made a costly mistake on her run, which landed her in sixth.
  • Swiss skier Sarah Hoefflin won gold in the women's ski slopestyle final. Canada's Dara Howell, the defending champ, didn't make the final round, while Canadian Yuki Tsubota was sixth.
  • Slider Elisabeth Vathje had Canada's top women's skeleton finish in ninth followed by Jane Channell in 10th and Mirela Rahneva had a 12th-place result.

With files from The Associated Press