Olympic wake-up call: Day 15 news you might have missed from the Winter Games

Canadian flag-bearer named, men's hockey team bounces back to win bronze

By Benjamin Blum and Amy Cleveland, CBC Sports

Team Canada announced who will be carrying the flag in the closing ceremony, the men's hockey team bounced back to win bronze, a Czech athlete achieved an unprecedented feat, and a Canadian Olympian and two other people were arrested and released in Pyeongchang.

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

Canadian men salvage bronze

Canada's men's hockey team bounced back from their semifinal loss to win bronze with a 6-4 victory over the Czech Republic. Chris Kelly and Andrew Ebbett each scored twice to lead the Canadian team.

The bronze-medal performance came a day after Canada fell 4-3 to the Germans in the semis. Germany will continue its storybook run to the gold-medal final against the Olympic Athletes from Russia Saturday at 11:10 p.m. 

Boutin named flag-bearer

Short track speed skater Kim Boutin will carry the Canadian flag at the closing ceremony. The 23-year-old from Sherbrooke, Que., won three medals in her Olympic debut, including bronze in the 500 and 1,500-metres and silver in the 1,000.

The closing ceremony takes place on Sunday at 5:30 a.m. ET. 

Ski and snowboard gold?

Remember Ester Ledecka, the Czech snowboarder who won alpine skiing gold in super-G? She also took top prize in parallel giant slalom snowboarding to became the first woman to win two golds in different sports at a single Winter Olympics.

Switzerland's Nevin Galmarini won the gold on the men's side.

Toutant grabs big air gold

While a lot of attention was paid to slopestyle silver and bronze medallists Max Parrot and Mark McMorris, it was fellow Canadian Sé​bastien Toutant who won the inaugural Olympic big air gold. The medal was also Canada's 500th in all-time Olympic competition.

Parrot and McMorris finished ninth and 10th, respectively.

Other notable news:

  • ​Canadian ski cross racer David Duncan and two other people were arrested and released after police in South Korea say a vehicle was stolen, with the driver legally impaired at the time of arrest. You can read the latest info here.
  • Canada's Alex Harvey was six seconds shy of a medal in the 50-kilometre cross-country event, finishing fourth. Finland's Iivo Niskanen won gold, while two OAR skiers rounded out the podium.
  • Switzerland won gold in the first-ever Olympic alpine mixed team event. Canada was eliminated in the 1/8 final.​
  • The Americans are curling champs?! Skip John Shuster had a quintuple in the fifth end as the U.S. won its first men's curling gold, beating Sweden 10-7. The Swedish women and South Korea will curl for gold at 7:05 p.m. ET today.
  • In the first-ever Olympic long track mass start event, Canada's Keri Morrison finished 12th in the women's race, while Ivanie Blondin crashed and failed to advance to the final. Olivier Jean was 14th as the lone Canadian on the men's side. 

What's coming up on Saturday?


The top Canadian sled of Justin Kripps, Alex Kopacz, Jesse Lumsden and Oluseyi Smith enter the final two heats of the four-man bobsleigh in fourth place, 0.58 seconds behind the top German sled. Competition resumes at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Nick Poloniato's sled enters the final runs in a tie for 13th, while Christopher Spring and his crew sit 15th. Spring aired his grievances after the runs in an Olympic-sized rant.

With files from The Associated Press, The Canadian Press and CBC Sports