Olympic wake-up call: Day 9 news you might have missed from the Winter Games

Hold out hope for Homan, Beaulieu-Marchand grabs bronze in ski slopestyle

Olympic wake-up call: Day 9 news you might have missed from the Winter Games
Canadian skip Rachel Homan, left, is trying to right the ship after an 0-3 start, while skier Alex Beaulieu-Marchand won bronze in men's slopestyle. © Associated Press/Canadian Press

By Benjamin Blum, CBC Sports

Rachel Homan's rink continued its resurgence and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand secured a spot on the ski slopestyle podium, while Canada's two-man bobsleigh teams looked to make their marks on the Olympic track.

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.

Hope for Homan

After an 0-3 start, the Canadian women's curling team has started to turn things around with a blowout win against the United States and a narrow victory over Switzerland. Skip Rachel Homan, who was maligned during the rink's rough start, scored three points in the ninth end and stole a single in the 10th as her Swiss counterpart couldn't force extras.

The Canadians have a chance to bring their record to .500 when they take on Japan at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Beaulieu-Marchand grabs bronze

Canada's Alex Beaulieu-Marchand held off a competitive field and won bronze in the men's ski slopestyle final. The Quebec City native was the lone Canadian in the event four years ago when he finished 12th, but this time around he had a full cheering section headlined by three shirtless Canadian moguls skiers with his initials on their chests.

Double gold for Hirscher

Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher became the second athlete to earn two individual golds in Pyeongchang after winning the men's giant slalom. Hirscher — who also won the men's alpine combined — and German biathlete Laura Dahlmeier are the only Olympians so far to accomplish the feat, and Hirscher has a shot at more hardware.

Closing in on podium

World Cup overall champion Justin Kripps is two runs away from earning an Olympic medal with brakeman Alex Kopacz after their two-run time of 1:38.49 places them in second. 

Canadian teammates Christopher Spring and Lascelles Brown are tied with compatriots Nick Poloniato and Jesse Lumsden in 10th at 1:38.96. Final runs begin Monday at 6:15 a.m. ET. 

Rochon falls short

Olivier Rochon was the lone Canadian to reach the men's aerials finals, but could not convert that into a podium result. The 28-year-old of Gatineau, Que., settled for a fifth-place finish with a score of 98.11. 

No Canadian has won a medal in the event since 1994. 

Other notable events

  • Canada's men's hockey team secured a spot in the quarter-finals after a 4-0 victory against South Korea. 
  • Norway won cross-country gold in the men's 4x10-kilometre relay. Canada, competing without Alex Harvey after he dropped out of the event, finished ninth.
  • Canada failed to advance to the semifinal in the men's speed skating team pursuit. On the women's side, Marsha Hudey was 10th and Heather McLean finished 14th in the women's 500-metre finals.  

With files from The Canadian Press