Olympic wake-up call: Day 12 news you might have missed from the Winter Games
Brady Leman's thrilling victory, Rachel Homan's agonizing defeat
By Benjamin Blum and Amy Cleveland, CBC Sports
Canadian ski cross racer Brady Leman and Rachel Homan's rink experienced what legendary broadcaster Jim McKay called "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat." While Leman claimed Olympic gold four years after crashing in the Sochi final, the Canadian women's curling team will leave without any hardware for the first time ever. The human drama of athletic competition, indeed.
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.
Olympic redemption for Leman
Calgary's Brady Leman sped to Canada's first-ever men's ski cross medal of any kind — let alone gold. Leman navigated through a crash that knocked teammate Kevin Drury into fourth place and onto an Olympic podium four years after suffering his own crash in a final.
Earlier, Canadian racer Chris Del Bosco crashed during the 1/8 final and had to be taken off the course on a stretcher. Team Canada's chief medical officer confirmed that Del Bosco is in stable condition with a suspected pelvis injury.
Humphries slides to 3rd straight podium
Two-time Olympic champion pilot Kaillie Humphries earned bronze in women's bobsleigh to clinch her third consecutive podium — this time with brakeman Phylicia George.
Germany returned to the podium with a gold-medal result after being shut out four years ago in Sochi, while American Elana Meyers Taylor repeated as the silver medallist.
Canada's Alysia Rissling and Christine de Bruin were sixth and seventh, respectively.
Canadian men advance
Canada's men's hockey team is still in the hunt for an Olympic medal after blanking Finland 1-0 in their quarter-final battle.
Defenceman Maxim Noreau scored the game's lone goal 55 seconds into the third period.
They'll meet Germany in Friday's semifinal at 7 a.m. ET after the Germans shocked Sweden 4-3 in overtime.
Women's rink comes up short
Rachel Homan and her rink were eliminated from playoff contention with a 6-5 loss to Great Britain. The team started 0-3, then went on to win three straight before back-to-back losses sealed their fate. They played for pride, downing OAR 9-8 in the day's final draw. Homan will become the first Canadian Olympic skip not to bring home a medal.
Osmond in 3rd after short skate
Canadian figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond forced her way into medal consideration with a season's-best 78.87 in the women's short program. However, she was eclipsed by the performances of two OAR skaters; Alina Zagitova outdid teammate Evgenia Medvedeva's world-record performance by setting a new global standard herself.
The free skate takes place Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
Other notable news
- Canadian snowboarders Max Parrot, Mark McMorris and Sebastien Toutant all qualified for the inaugural big air final, which begins Friday at 8 p.m. ET.
- Kevin Koe and the Canadian men's curling team will take on the United States in Thursday's 6 a.m. ET semifinal.
- American ski star Lindsey Vonn became the oldest woman to win an alpine medal by earning downhill bronze. Italy's Sofia Goggia took gold in the event.
- Finland's women's hockey team earned bronze in the tournament.
- Canada was edged by the U.S. for women's speed skating team pursuit bronze, finishing in fourth.
What's coming up on Wednesday?
Short answer: hockey. The women's gold-medal game between Canada and the U.S. gets underway at 11:10 p.m. ET. It's the third-consecutive Olympic final featuring these two combatants, with Canada winning the two previous matchups — as well as the previous two golds.
With files from The Canadian Press and CBC Sports