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PyeongChang 2018: A record-breaking Winter Games for Canadian Paralympic Team

With Para nordic skier Mark Arendz representing the Canadian Paralympic Team as flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony, Canada officially concluded a record-breaking nine days of competition with 28 medals won at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. This is Canada’s greatest number of podium finishes at a Paralympic Winter Games in history. In the standings, Canada finished second in medal count behind the United States who won 36 medals, including 13 gold.

MEDAL CHART:
 
Gold – 8 Silver – 4 Bronze – 16 TOTAL – 28

Mark Arendz (Hartsville, PEI) won the most medals by a Canadian in a single Paralympic Winter Games with six medals across biathlon and cross-country – one gold, two silver, and three bronze.
Mollie Jepsen (West Vancouver, BC) was the most prolific female medallist for Canada, as the 18-year-old won four in Para alpine skiing – one gold (super combined), one silver (slalom), and two bronze (downhill and giant slalom).
Brian McKeever (Canmore, AB) became Canada’s most decorated Winter Paralympian of all-time with his gold medal in the 20KM cross-country race to hit 14 Paralympic medals. He added to his total with two golds in the 1.5KM sprint and 10KM race, and a bronze in the 4x2.5KM Open Relay. He now holds 17 Paralympic medals, 13 of which are gold.
Canada’s Para ice hockey team won silver, besting its result from the past two Paralympic Games. They lost a heartbreaking final 2-1 to the United States in overtime.
Six teenagers captured medals – Natalie Wilkie (Salmon Arm, BC) in Para nordic, Mollie Jepsen and Alexis Guimond (Gatineau, QC) in Para alpine, and Liam Hickey (St. John’s, NL), James Dunn (Wallacetown, ON), and Corbyn Smith (Monkton, ON) in Para ice hockey. Together, they were part of eight medals for Canada.
Canada’s youngest athlete in PyeongChang won three medals – 17-year-old Natalie Wilkie a gold, silver, and bronze in cross-country skiing.
The oldest athlete on the team also won a medal – 58-year-old Jamie Anseeuw (Oak Bluff, MB) a bronze in wheelchair curling.
20 athletes won their first-ever Paralympic medals in PyeongChang.
14 athletes from Ontario won a medal in PyeongChang (11 from the Para ice hockey team). Athletes from other provinces going home with medals include: Alberta (seven), British Columbia (five), Manitoba (four), Saskatchewan (two), Prince Edward Island (two), Quebec (two), Newfoundland and Labrador (one), and Yukon (one). 
11 athletes won multiple medals at these Games (including three guides): Mac Marcoux (Sault Ste-Marie, ON) and guide Jack Leitch (Calgary, AB), Brian McKeever and guides Graham Nishikawa (Whitehorse, YK) and Russell Kennedy (Canmore,  AB), Mollie Jepsen, Alana Ramsay (Calgary, AB), Mark Arendz, Collin Cameron (Sudbury, ON), Natalie Wilkie, and Emily Young (North Vancouver, BC).
Canada kept its podium streak alive in wheelchair curling for the fourth straight Games, since the sport debuted at the Paralympics in 2006. The team won bronze.
Alexis Guimond became the first Canadian male standing skier to medal in 20 years. The 18-year-old rebounded from two fourth-place finishes to win bronze in the men’s standing giant slalom event.
Collin Cameron became the first Canadian Para nordic sit skier ever to medal with his bronze in the 7.5KM biathlon. He added a second bronze medal later in the 15KM race and again in the 4x2.5KM Open Relay in cross-country.
Canadians just missed the podium several other times as well, with nine fourth-place results and five more in the Top 5.

With 28 total medals, Canada has crushed its previous best Paralympic Winter Games, 19 medals won at Vancouver 2010. The goal entering competition at PyeongChang had been to improve upon the 16 medals won four years ago in Sochi. The Vancouver Games still marks the most gold medals won by Canada with 10.

“We are so proud of all of our athletes, coaches, and support staff here in PyeongChang,” said Todd Nicholson, Chef de Mission for the Canadian Paralympic Team. “This has been a superb Paralympic Games for the Canadian Paralympic Team. Not only did we meet our goal of exceeding 16 medals won at Sochi 2014, we absolutely smashed right through it. It has been a phenomenal nine days of Paralympic action. There is a lot of hard work behind-the-scenes that goes into those performances and they are so well-deserved. Congratulations to our entire team; it has been such a joy to watch everyone compete.” 

“The hard work, dedication and commitment of every member of the team contributed to Canada’s most successful Paralympic Winter Games,” said Mark Arendz, six-time medallist in PyeongChang and Canada’s flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony. “Whether athlete, coach, staff, or official, everyone showcased their commitment to the task and pride for the Canadian flag in what they did to help achieve this historic Games.”


“All of our Paralympians have distinguished themselves during these Games and we are very pleased with the results,” said Marc-André Fabien, President, Canadian Paralympic Committee. “All Canadians should be extremely proud of these incredible performances. We acknowledge the great work ​from our national sport organizations, the coaches, and the support staff whom have invested in our athletes for these Games. Through record-breaking viewership on all platforms, Canadians proved they want to witness Paralympic sport and they are eager to support our athletes by tuning in. We would like to thank our media partners and sponsors for supporting our media consortium efforts.”

Canadian Paralympic Team on Day 8:
Canadian medal total hits record-breaking
24 with five-medal day

 Canada has now officially won its most medals ever at a Paralympic Winter Games as the nation’s medal total hit 24 at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games on Saturday. This total blasts past the Canadian Paralympic Team’s previous best of 19 medals won at Vancouver 2010.

MEDAL CHART:
 
Gold – 8 Silver – 1 Bronze – 15 TOTAL – 24





TOP HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY:
Brian McKeever (Canmore, AB) now has three gold medals in PyeongChang, winning the 10KM cross-country race with guides Graham Nishikawa (Whitehorse, YK) and Russell Kennedy (Canmore, AB) in the men’s visually impaired category. McKeever has claimed gold in all three distances this week to add to his legacy as one of the greatest Winter Paralympians of all-time. He now has 13 gold medals, two silver, and one bronze for a total of 16 across five Paralympic Games.
“This feels good. That one was hard today and was a lot closer than the others. Today was all about teamwork. There was a huge temperature change so we were out very early as a team testing new skis with our wax techs for 90 minutes before the race even started. It was a huge effort by everyone today.” – Brian McKeever 
 
The youngest athlete on the Canadian Paralympic Team, Natalie Wilkie (Salmon Arm, BC), captured her second medal of these Games with a gold medal in the women’s standing 7.5KM cross-country race. This pairs with her bronze medal claimed in the 1.5KM sprint earlier in the week. Wilkie is just 17 years and two months old, competing in her first Games.
“This is crazy awesome. I didn’t think this would happen at all. I’m only 17 and this is my first Paralympics.”
“The difference today was double poling. I just kept telling myself to pretend I was elbowing my older brother.” – Natalie Wilkie
 
Emily Young (North Vancouver, BC) joined Wilkie on the 7.5KM cross-country podium, winning bronze for her first-ever Paralympic medal. This marked Canada’s second double podium in PyeongChang, after a 1-3 finish (Mollie Jepsen and Alana Ramsay) in the women’s Para alpine super combined earlier this week.
“I was trying and trying all week to get onto the podium. I knew this race would be my big chance. I kept telling myself to get this done. There is nothing left in the tank. I didn’t want any more hills. I just wanted to get over the finish line. I left it all out there today.” – Emily Young
 
Mark Arendz (Hartsville, PEI) added to his robust medal total in PyeongChang with another medal – bronze in the men’s 10KM cross-country run. The 28-year-old now has a remarkable fifth medal at these Paralympic Games – one gold, one silver, and three bronze – the most of any Canadian here.
“I woke up and felt ready to go. I was racing with a lot of excitement today. I was ready for this race. I knew the competition was going to be tough. We were all capable of winning today, but the key for pulling out the bronze was the skis. We had such good speed on the downhills that carried us to the finish today. The work our wax techs are doing is making the difference.” – Mark Arendz
 
The Canadian wheelchair curling team will be going home with a bronze medal thanks to a 5-3 victory over South Korea on Saturday. Skip Mark Ideson (London, ON), Ina Forrest (Armstrong, BC), Dennis Thiessen (Sanford, MB), and Marie Wright (Moose Jaw, SK) never trailed in the game, opening to a 2-0 lead in the first end. Canada has now won a medal in each Paralympic Games since wheelchair curling debuted in 2006 – three golds and one bronze. For Forrest, it is her third Paralympic medal, and the second for Ideson and Thiessen. This was the first Paralympic Games for Wright and alternate James Annseuw (Oak Bluff, MB).
“I’m super proud. We put ourselves in a position to defend gold, and we played our hearts out yesterday. It didn’t go our way, but we came out today and we played for each other, and we played for Canada and we’re coming home with a medal.” – Mark Ideson
 
In Para alpine skiing, the Canadian team’s best finish was fourth place courtesy of Mac Marcoux (Sault Ste-Marie, ON) and guide Jack Leitch (Calgary, AB) in the men’s slalom race. Alex Cairns (Squamish, BC) was the only other Canadian to finish the course, and he ended with a Top 10 finish in his second Paralympic race. The women will race the slalom on Sunday.


Canadian Paralympic Committee statement on Patrick Jarvis receiving the Paralympic Order

PyeongChang, March 17, 2018 – Mark Arendz (Hartsville, PEI) will lead the Canadian Paralympic Team into the Closing Ceremony as flag bearer at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, the Canadian Paralympic Committee announced today. With five medals, Arendz has the most podium performances of any Canadian in PyeongChang. 

“Mark has been one of the absolute standout stories of these Paralympic Games for Canada,” said Todd Nicholson, Chef de Mission of the Canadian Paralympic Team. “He has been one of the busiest athletes here in PyeongChang and to have won five medals including his first Paralympic gold is just unbelievable. He is a phenomenal Canadian, athlete, and person, and we are in awe of his talent and unrelenting dedication. Congratulations Mark! The team will be so proud to have you lead the way for Canada at the Closing Ceremony.”

Arendz has medaled in each event he’s competed in so far, winning five medals in both biathlon and cross-country skiing – a gold in the 15KM standing biathlon, silver in the 7.5KM biathlon, and three bronzes in the 12.5KM biathlon, 1.5KM cross-country sprint, and 10KM cross-country race. He hit the podium in all three biathlon events in PyeongChang.

The 28-year-old now has seven Paralympic medals as he entered these Games with two podium finishes already to his name – a silver and bronze in Sochi. Arendz still has another opportunity to medal here in PyeongChang as well, with the relay event on Sunday. He will take over the flag bearer honours from teammate Brian McKeever, who led Canada into the Opening Ceremony last week.

“This is an absolute honour and a privilege to receive the flag from my teammate, mentor and hero Brian McKeever to lead a record-setting group of Canadian athletes into the Closing Ceremonies,” Arendz said.
 
“I suffered a very serious injury as a young boy growing up in small town Prince Edward Island. My performance this week is proof to young boys and girls across this country that regardless of where you are from and the challenges in front of you – if you dream big and work hard in pursuit of your goals – incredible things can happen in life. Like Brian has done for so many of us, I hope the next generation of young Canadians see me carrying that flag in and are inspired the same way I was to chase their dreams!”

The Closing Ceremony will take place on March 18 at 8 p.m. in PyeongChang and air live back in Canada starting at 7 a.m. ET on CBC/Radio-Canada. 


Canadian Paralympic Committee statement on Patrick Jarvis receiving the Paralympic Order

PyeongChang, March 17, 2018 – The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that Canadian Patrick Jarvis has been awarded the Paralympic Order. The Paralympic Order recognizes someone who exemplifies the Paralympic ideals and is the highest honour a person connected to the Paralympic Movement can receive. Jarvis competed at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games and has worked with the IPC and Canadian Paralympic Committee in various administrative and leadership roles for nearly 30 years. He is currently Executive Director of Canada Snowboard. 

Statement from Marc-André Fabien, President, Canadian Paralympic Committee:
“The Canadian Paralympic Committee could not be happier for Patrick Jarvis as he receives the Paralympic Order. There is nobody more well-deserving to be recognized with this honour for his immense efforts growing the Paralympic Movement. Patrick embodies all of the values of the Paralympic Movement and has been one of the preeminent ambassadors for parasport across Canada and internationally for decades. He is a true advocate for the athletes and tirelessly works to make sport accessible for all people with a disability. Congratulations Patrick and thank you for your dedication to the Paralympic Movement.”

Canadian Paralympic Team on Day 7:
Canada reaches 19 medals at PyeongChang 2018

PyeongChang, March 16, 2018 – Canada’s biathletes served up three more medals for Canada on the seventh day of competition at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Canada has now matched it total medals from Vancouver 2010, its most successful Winter Games, with 19. With at least one more guaranteed medal coming on Sunday – Canada will win either gold or silver in Para ice hockey – this will officially mark the nation’s most-ever medals won at a Paralympic Winter Games.

MEDAL CHART:
 
Gold – 6 Silver – 1 Bronze – 12 TOTAL – 19





TOP HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY:

After already winning one silver and two bronze medals in PyeongChang, Mark Arendz (Hartsville, PEI) finally stood atop the podium on Friday, winning the gold medal in the men’s 15KM standing biathlon. He finished in 42 minutes, 52.2 seconds and didn’t miss a shooting target. Arendz now has the most hardware of any Canadian athlete at these Games, just ahead of Mollie Jepsen’s three medals. The 28-year-old has six career Paralympic medals including two from Sochi 2014.
“Every time I stepped on the podium this week, I kept thinking I want to hear Paralympic champion, and then my name announced. I wanted nothing more than to hear my country’s anthem played. I’ve seen the maple leaf on top of the podium three times this week, but to finally have it behind the top step of the podium for me is an amazing feeling.” – Mark Arendz
 
Collin Cameron (Sudbury, ON) who earlier in the week became the first Canadian man to ever win a medal in Para nordic sit skiing captured his second podium finish of these Games, a bronze in the men’s 15KM biathlon. This medal also comes on the heels of a narrow fourth-place finish in the cross-country sprints two days ago.   
“This is awesome. This one is the sweetest one for sure. That was a little redemption after the sprint day because I really wanted that one.” – Collin Cameron
“I got very little sleep last night. I just couldn’t seem to settle. My coach told me some of the best athlete performances have happened after a bad night of sleep. I told myself to just settle down. I got the bugs out in that first lap, focused on pacing in every lap and just kept pushing. I came here wanting to get on the podium in cross country, and I’m going home with two biathlon medals. I didn’t expect that at all.” – Collin Cameron
 
Brittany Hudak (Prince Albert, SK) is the first Canadian female biathlete to medal at these Games, taking home a bronze medal in the 12.5KM standing biathlon race. This is the 24-year-old’s first Paralympic medal in her second Games appearance. Earlier this week, she finished fifth in the 10KM biathlon event. Emily Young (North Vancouver, BC) ended the race in seventh, and helped push Hudak through her final lap to reach the podium.
“This is such an unreal day. There are so many emotions. I just tried to think about the process throughout the race. I wanted to focus on shooting because I knew it was going to make a difference today.” – Brittany Hudak
“I knew I was in the medal mix heading into that last lap. Everyone was screaming at me to keep going. Emily (Young) kept yelling at me the whole way around, and I just tried to hang onto her. I was breathing so hard and gave it everything I had. I was so tired at the finish and wanted to collapse.” – Brittany Hudak
 
It went down to the final rock, but Canada lost a heartbreaking 4-3 game to China in the wheelchair curling semifinals. The team, led by skip Mark Ideson (London, ON), will now play for the bronze medal against the host South Koreans. This means the PyeongChang Games will be the first time Canada does not win the gold medal since the sport made its Paralympic debut in 2006, but the team will improve upon its fifth-place finish from the world championships here a year ago.   
“You know what? I am proud. I’m really proud of the way that the team played. We put ourselves in a good position to medal and we played well.” – Mark Ideson
“We’ll start by going to see our families. That’s the important part. We’ll get some good rest, and some good nutrition, and debrief the game, we’ll give each other some hugs, and away we go.” – Ideson on the post-game plan
 
Canada’s best finish in Para snowboard’s banked slalom event saw Michelle Salt (Calgary, AB) and Sandrine Hamel (Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, QC) both finish fifth in the lower-limb LL1 and LL2 classifications, respectively. Banked slalom was making its Paralympic debut.
“I’m very proud of what I accomplished. I’m happy I had the chance to have been the first person to represent my country in my category. There’s definitely room for improvement but I am excited to see what the future holds for me.” – Sandrine Hamel

 




Canadian Paralympic Team on Day 6:
Canada reaches gold-medal game in Para ice hockey

PyeongChang, March 15, 2018 – Day six of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games was the first to see the Canadian Paralympic Team not win a medal, with no podium events on the schedule. But it was a very successful day for the nation’s team sports, with Canada now guaranteed a medal in Para ice hockey thanks to a win in the semifinals, to go along with a spot in the medal rounds in wheelchair curling.

MEDAL CHART:
 
Gold – 5 Silver – 1 Bronze – 10 TOTAL – 16






TOP HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY:

Host South Korea was no match for Canada on the ice at the Gangneung Hockey Centre. In front of a packed crowd, Canada’s Para ice hockey team posted a 7-0 victory to earn the right to play for the gold medal. The team scored four goals in the first period and never looked back, only facing two shots on goal. Tyler McGregor (Forest, ON) and Billy Bridges (Summerside, PEI) scored two goals apiece to lead the way for Canada. Canada will now have two days off before facing off against the United States for gold on Sunday.
“We were tight early, the first five or six shots we took missed the net. Nobody got frustrated and the bench was really positive which is what you need in big games. Eventually we broke through and got the first one, the next and then we got rolling and that’s a good lesson going into the next game.” – Greg Westlake (Toronto, ON), captain of the Canadian Para ice hockey team
“We had some chances early and finally we got the first one and that seemed to get us going more. I thought our best period of the whole game was our first period and that set the stage for the rest of the game.” – Ken Babey, head coach
It was a great morning for skip Mark Ideson’s team at the curling rink, as Canada’s wheelchair curlers officially secured their place in the semifinals with a 6-2 triumph over Germany. That brought their record to 8-2 with one game still remaining in round-robin play. That took the pressure off for their last game, which they pulled off in comeback fashion 8-4 over Finland. With a 9-2 record, Canada has finished the round-robin tied for first place. Their semifinal opponent will be China.
“It feels great. It’s been a really long week. It feels like everyone is tired. We had a quick turnaround last night, not a whole lot of sleep. So I’m really proud of how everyone played today.” – Mark Ideson (London, ON)
“The pressure now is playing for each other. We’ve been a great group. We’re a team of ten, not just the five players out there. We’ve got a great support staff and they’ve been working hard all week. Together, if we can stick to our plan, we’ll be alright.” – Mark Ideson

 




Canadian Paralympic Team on Day 5:
Canada earns six podium finishes in a medal bonanza

PyeongChang, March 14, 2018 – The Canadian Paralympic Team had much to celebrate on the fifth day of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games as Canada captured a remarkable six medals on Wednesday – one gold and five bronze. With four days to go, Canada has matched its total medals from Sochi 2014 with 16, and the nation sits tied for third overall with Ukraine in total medal count in PyeongChang.

MEDAL CHART:
 
Gold – 5 Silver – 1 Bronze – 10 TOTAL – 16





TOP HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY:

Brian McKeever (Canmore, AB) clinched his second gold medal in PyeongChang with a win in the 1.5KM men’s visually impaired sprint alongside guide Russell Kennedy (Canmore, AB). McKeever and Kennedy took the lead on the last turn of the race and sped through the final stretch to cross the finish line first. Already the most decorated Canadian Winter Paralympian of all-time, McKeever continues to add to his long list of accomplishments. He now has 12 gold medals (tied for sixth overall at the Winter Paralympic Games) and 15 total.  
"These sprint races are miserable. They are so hard. The young guys are fast, and have natural snap. There is so much stress in sprint racing, and it goes all day long. I'm much more comfortable with the longer distances. But it was a great day for us. Russell carried the load for us today, and just thrilled we were able to cross the line first.” – Brian McKeever 
 
Natalie Wilkie (Salmon Arm, BC) raced to a bronze medal in the women’s standing 1.5KM cross-country race for her first Paralympic medal. At 17 years and two months old, she is the youngest member of the Canadian Paralympic Team. In the same race, Emily Young (North Vancouver, BC) and Brittany Hudak (Prince Albert, SK) finished fourth and sixth in the same final, respectively.
"It feels so awesome. This is my first Paralympics and I am just so happy to have won a medal. We are competing against each other, but we are also helping each other. It was calming for me to have them there with me. We talked about strategy as a team before the final because the goal was for us to win a medal for Canada." – Natalie Wilkie, on racing in the final alongside two other Canadian women
 
It was a photo finish for Mark Arendz (Hartsville, PEI) in the men’s standing 1.5KM sprint. Arendz crossed the finish line not knowing if he had medaled before it was determined he and Finland’s Ilkka Tuomisto crossed the finish line at the exact same time to tie for the bronze medal. It’s the 27-year-old’s first cross-country medal of these Games to go along with a silver and bronze won in biathlon. His total Paralympic medal count now stands at five.
“Sitting there in the finish waiting for the results of the photo finish, I was just hoping for a tie. It was a really good race but I made a mistake down the finishing stretch switching to try and find a faster track and that may have cost me the whole race. I came here for medals in biathlon and was hoping to get my first one in cross-country. To come away with my first bronze in cross-country skiing means a lot. I couldn't be happier.” – Mark Arendz
 
Eighteen-year-old Mollie Jepsen (West Vancouver, BC) continues to be a breakout star for Canada at these Games, announcing herself as one of the best women’s standing skiers in the world. Jepsen clinched her third medal of PyeongChang 2018 with a bronze in the giant slalom. This matches her hardware won in the downhill to go along with gold in the super combined. Alana Ramsay (Calgary, AB), a two-time medallist in PyeongChang, finished fourth.
“I’ve definitely had a big confidence boost since I’ve been here, so I’ve just been trying to attack the course every single day. When you have a good thing going on a hill – the crowd, good runs – it makes you want to attack more each day. It’s exciting.” – Mollie Jepsen
 
Alexis Guimond (Gatineau, QC) won his first-ever Paralympic medal with a bronze in the men’s standing giant slalom. He is the first Canadian male standing Para alpine skier to win a medal in 20 years. The podium performance comes on the heels of two tight fourth-place finishes in the downhill and super-G races. Guimond, age 18, sat in sixth place following the first giant slalom run but laid down the fastest time in the second run to bump himself up and earn the bronze medal.
“This is a dream come true for me. I’ve dreamt about the Paralympics since I was six years old, so being a medallist at my first Paralympics is an amazing feeling. It’s just magical for me.” – Alexis Guimond 
 
Mac Marcoux (Sault Ste-Marie, ON) rebounded from two did-not-finishes in his past two events to capture a bronze medal in the giant slalom, his second podium performance of the Games. A gold medal winner in the downhill on day one, Marcoux and guide Jack Leitch (Calgary, AB) entered the second giant slalom run of the day in fourth place but skied fast enough to move up to third. Twenty-year-old Marcoux now has five Paralympic medals, two from PyeongChang to go along with a gold and two bronze from Sochi 2014.  
“In the first run today, my mind wasn’t really in the right space. I was just trying to ski to the finish, but I was having a few little battles with myself, and we skied kind of conservatively. Those two super-G runs I didn’t finish were starting to get in my mind a little bit. But in the second run today we were feeling a bit better and skied faster – still not 100 per cent – but it was enough to step up and make it on the podium. I think now that we have that out of the way, we’re ready for slalom.” – Mac Marcoux
 
The drama continued early at the Gangneung Curling Centre as Canada’s wheelchair curlers pulled off another late triumph to open their day, 5-4 over the Neutral Paralympic Athletes. But they closed out the night with a more straightforward 9-5 win over Slovakia to push their record to 7-2 with just two games remaining in round-robin play. Making his debut in the evening game was alternate James Anseeuw (Oak Bluff, MB), who is the oldest member of the Canadian Paralympic Team at 58 years old. The team is in good position to qualify for the semifinals, as they sit tied for second place.
“I was excited to get out there. We were up quite a bit so they decided to give me a shot at it. I was a little nervous. I started halfway through the game, and went out there cold. So, you do your best!” -  James Anseeuw



Canadian Paralympic Team on Day 4: Canada hits 10-medal mark at PyeongChang 2018

PyeongChang, March 13, 2018 – It was a multi-medal day for the Canadian Paralympic Team at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games on Tuesday, as Mollie Jepsen (West Vancouver, BC), Alana Ramsay (Calgary, AB), and Mark Arendz (Hartsville, PEI) captured a gold and two bronze medals. Canada sits fifth in total medals with 10 through four days of action.

MEDAL CHART:
 
Gold – 4 Silver – 1 Bronze – 5 TOTAL – 10




TOP HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY:

Mollie Jepsen, who was the first Canadian to clinch a medal back on day one of the Games, added a gold medal to her resume with a win in the women’s standing Super Combined event, which sees racers compete in both a Super-G and Slalom run in the same day. Though Jepsen has competed in both disciplines before, it was her first time racing them together in the Super Combined. At only 18 years of age, Jepsen has emerged as a rising star and now has two medals – a gold and a bronze in the downhill – at her first Paralympic Games.
“Because I’ve never raced in a super combined, the expectations were quite low, which I think took the pressure off. Before I left the start, the only words going through my head were ‘be aggressive’. I knew that if I just kept the tempo up, I could potentially do it.” – Mollie Jepsen
 
Alana Ramsay joined her compatriot on the podium as she claimed a bronze medal in the same Super Combined event. It’s the 23-year-old’s second third-place finish in PyeongChang as she also earlier reached the podium in the Super-G for her first Paralympic medal.
“This one feels really good. After Super-G the other day, I felt really confident with my skills and on the hill. Going down the hill, I could feel that confidence showing through. I had a really good training day yesterday, and I brought that into today. That’s what helped out.” – Alana Ramsay
 
Mark Arendz won his second medal of the Games, grabbing bronze in the 12.5KM men’s standing biathlon. He also placed third in the same event at Sochi 2014 and now has four Paralympic medals through two Games (two silver and two bronze). On Tuesday, Arendz led for part of the race but gave up his lead with two kilometres to go following a missed target. He’ll have more opportunities to add to his medal count with four races left across biathlon and cross-country in PyeongChang.
“I knew there were some tired guys, so I went for it from the start and tried to put some pressure on. I decided in that last bout (of shooting) to go for it all, throw it down, and go for the win. Unfortunately, I had the one miss and it made it a tight and interesting race.” – Mark Arendz
“I ran out of energy at the end. I am really happy with my race and it is another medal for Canada. I know everything is going well. I just need that last little tweak to finally win one.” – Mark Arendz
 
Brittany Hudak (Prince Albert, SK) gave Canada its top finish in women’s biathlon, coming in fifth in the standing 10KM event.
 
It was a nail-biting day for the Canadian wheelchair curling team but they came out of it with two well-deserved wins. First, Canada posted a thrilling comeback to open the day. Down 5-1 after four ends to China, the Canadians then scored seven unanswered points to take the 8-5 victory. China had entered the match-up as the only undefeated team in the competition so far. Skip Mark Ideson (London, ON) and his team then pulled off a 6-5 extra-end triumph over the United States. After four days of play, Canada’s curlers now have a 5-2 record.
“It was a fun game. We don’t get down on each other on this team. There may be one player having a bad game, but we know how to pick each other up. It’s a pretty cool thing to be part of.” – Mark Ideson on the win over the U.S.


Canadian Paralympic Team on Day 3:
Brian McKeever wins gold for Canada at PyeongChang 2018

The Canadian Paralympic Team added another gold to its medal haul at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games on Monday, as Opening Ceremony flag bearer Brian McKeever continued to make history with his 14th Paralympic medal.  

MEDAL CHART:
 
Gold – 3 Silver – 1 Bronze – 3 TOTAL – 7



TOP HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY:

Brian McKeever (Canmore, AB) added to his legacy with a gold in the men’s visually impaired 20KM cross-country race with guides Graham Nishikawa (Whitehorse, YK) and Russell Kennedy (Canmore, AB). Making his fifth Paralympic Games appearance, the 38-year-old officially has the most medals of any Canadian Winter Paralympian with 14, edging past the late Lana Spreeman, who won 13 medals in Para alpine skiing from 1980 to 1994. McKeever now holds a remarkable 11 gold medals, three ahead of the nearest Canadian Winter Paralympic athlete, Lauren Woolstencroft with eight. McKeever is also one of the most decorated Winter Paralympians ever – only eight winter athletes have more gold medals than him.
“I wasn’t aware of this record, but it is pretty cool. I think for me more than anything is this is a testament to our entire program. We’ve had so many great skiers leading the way for me with my brother, Robin who is now coaching us, and Colette Bourgonje. Now it is awesome for me to be a part of a new generation that has arrived in Mark (Arendz), Collin Cameron, and the young women like Emily (Young), Brittany (Hudak) and Natalie (Wilkie) who are ready to carry the torch. I’m so excited to be around all of them this week and to be there cheering them on.” – Brian McKeever
In the women’s 15KM cross-country race, Emily Young (North Vancouver, BC) posted a fifth-place finish followed closely by Natalie Wilkie (Salmon Arm, BC) in sixth. Both athletes were making their Paralympic debut.
 
On the first day of Para snowboard competition, Canada just missed the podium as Michelle Salt (Calgary, AB) posted a fourth-place finish in snowboard cross in the women’s LL1 category, coming in second in the small final. Curt Minard (Weyburn, SK), John Leslie (Arnprior, ON), and Sandrine Hamel (Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, QC) all fell in the quarter-finals of their respective races. Para snowboard is making its second appearance in the Paralympic Games, having debuted in Sochi.
“Today I rode my heart out, I put it all out on the course and I couldn’t be happier with my fourth-place finish. I also just want to say a big thanks to Canada for all the love and support. I feel like I was able to accept my fourth-place finish today because I had my country behind me and I know that no matter what they are proud.” – Michelle Salt
 
Canada wrapped up preliminary Para ice hockey action with an 8-0 victory over Norway. The team cruised through their first three games without giving up a single goal and will finish first atop Group A, advancing to the semifinals on Thursday. Against Norway, first-time Paralympian Rob Armstrong (Erin, ON) led the way with two goals and an assist, while veteran Billy Bridges (Summerside, PEI) also notched two past the Norwegian goaltender.
“I think I just need to keep working to my skill set and place that into the team system. Whatever they need me to do – if that means getting in the corner, getting a pass out, that’s what I hope to do; just work within my skill set and not change anything.” – Rob Armstrong 

“Norway is a good team, and they play a defensive style. It took some second efforts from guys like (Brad) Bowden and Armstrong to open it up for us and we were able to get rolling. We expected this from Norway, they’re a good team and play a defensive style and their goaltender played outstanding. Our guys stuck together, played as a team and we were able to get out of penalty trouble. Dom (Larocque) came and made a couple of saves, it was good and the guys played a clean game.” – Ken Babey, Head Coach
 
In wheelchair curling, Canada was dealt its first two losses of the Games so far, falling to South Korea 7-5 in morning play and then Great Britain 8-1 in the evening. The team’s record is now 3-2. The top four teams after round-robin play will advance to the semifinals.
“You know, some days you’re one with the rock. Other days, it’s like you're two completely different entities. We just didn’t have the zen of curling today.” – Ina Forrest (Armstrong, BC)


Canadian Paralympic Team on Day 2:
Canada claims gold and bronze medals at PyeongChang 2018

PyeongChang, March 11, 2018 – The Canadian Paralympic Team added to its medal count at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games on Sunday, making it six medals through two days of competition. This puts Canada in second place (tied with France and Ukraine) in total medal count.

MEDAL CHART:
 
Gold – 2 Silver – 1 Bronze – 3 TOTAL – 6

TOP HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY:
It was a golden day for Kurt Oatway (Calgary, AB), who finished atop the podium in the Super-G for his first Paralympic medal in his second Games. The 34-year-old won in the men’s sitting classification with a time of 1:25.83.
“It’s hard to explain how good I feel right now. Yesterday’s downhill was a big disappointment for me. Coming back and winning the super-G is the best feeling ever. I went from feeling super low, to super high. It’s amazing.” – Kurt Oatway
 
Alana Ramsay (Calgary, AB) brought home a bronze in the women’s Super-G standing race for her first Paralympic medal. The result shows the progress the 23-year-old has made since her first Games in Sochi, where she finished 10thin this event as a prospect skier. Finishing just off the podium behind Ramsay was Mollie Jepsen (West Vancouver, BC), already a bronze medallist here in the downhill.
“It has been a long four years. Going to Sochi as a prospect was a little different. Now, coming here and having that experience behind me and finally getting on the podium, it really means a lot to me.” – Alana Ramsay 
 
In other Para alpine news, Alexis Guimond (Gatineau, QC) has just missed the podium in PeyongChang so far. He finished fourth in the Super-G in men’s standing, matching his result from the day prior in downhill.
 
In Para nordic skiing, the long distance cross-country sit ski runs took place with Collin Cameron (Sudbury, ON) posting Canada’s best finish, fifth place in men’s 20KM. This comes a day after Cameron won a bronze in biathlon.
“It’s tough to go from biathlon to this event. It is a totally different mindset for pacing, a totally different game. I wasn’t even thinking about (winning a medal yesterday), I just wanted to build off it and take that momentum with me the rest of the week. Today was a different day and I’m happy with how I was able to perform.” – Collin Cameron
 
On the ice, the Canadian Para ice hockey team was a force once again, defeating Italy by a score of 10-0. 2014 Sochi bronze medallist Ben Delaney (Ottawa, ON) notched a hat trick, while James Dunn (Wallacetown, ON) and Liam Hickey (St. John’s, NL) each put two goals past the Italian net. Dunn is the youngest member of the team at 17 years old while Hickey is making his Winter Games debut after playing wheelchair basketball for Canada at Rio 2016.
“I’m trying not to be nervous or overly excited, I just want to go out there and play my game. It is fun and a bit overwhelming but it’s been an incredible experience so far.” – James Dunn
 
In wheelchair curling, Canada improved its record to 3-0, staying unbeaten through the first two days of play. The Canadian team came back from a 4-0 deficit after the first two ends to dish out an 8-4 win over Sweden.
“We were hoping to be 2-1 at this point, so to be 3-0 is a great feeling. I think our team can be proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, but we’ve got a long way to go. We’re just on the third kilometre of the marathon right now. We’ve still got a way to go.” – Dennis Thiessen (Sanford, MB)

PyeongChang 2018: Looking ahead at
Canadian Paralympic Team action on Day 1

Para alpine skiing kicks off with the downhill races starting at 9:30 a.m. local time/7:30 p.m. Friday ET. Mac Marcoux captured the bronze medal in this discipline as a 16-year-old in Sochi four years ago and is a medal favourite once again with guide Jack Leitch in men’s visually impaired competition. Among the other Canadians in contention are Alana Ramsay and Mollie Jepsen in women’s standing, Alexis Guimond in men’s standing, and Kurt Oatway in men’s sitting.
 
Medals will also be awarded in biathlon, with the 7.5KM men’s and 6KM women’s races. The sitting category will start the day at 10 a.m. local time/8 p.m. Friday ET followed by standing and visually impaired at 11:45 a.m. local time/9:45 p.m. Friday ET. Six Canadians will be in action: Mark Arendz, Collin Cameron, Sebastien Fortier, and Derek Zaplotinsky in men’s and Brittany Hudak and Emily Young in women’s. Arendz was a silver medallist for Canada at Sochi 2014 in this event.
 
Canada opens against Sweden in its first preliminary Para ice hockey game. Puck drop is 7 p.m. local time/5 a.m. ET. Canada is looking for its first gold medal since Torino 2006, and won bronze in 2014.
 
In wheelchair curling action, skip Mark Ideson will lead Canada into its first two round-robin matches, versus Switzerland at 2:35 p.m. local time/12:35 a.m. ET and versus Norway at 7:35 p.m. local time/5:35 a.m. ET. Three members of the squad were part of the gold medal-winning team in Sochi: Ideson, Ina Forrest, and Dennis Thiessen.  



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Ending Statements

​Statement by the Prime Minister on the closing of the 2018 Winter Olympics 


The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on the closing of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea:

"Today, as the 2018 Olympic Winter Games draw to a close in PyeongChang, we celebrate the extraordinary athletes who represented Canada during this year's events. Team Canada reached new heights this year and earned 29 medals – our national best.

"For the last two weeks, Canadian athletes filled us with pride, kept us up late, and took our breath away, event after event. You brought power, speed, grace, and spirit, and pushed the boundaries in every sport. You showed us what it looks like to give your all – and you taught us the true meaning of being a team.

"Our athletes' achievements are a testament to the effort, sacrifice, and perseverance it took to make it to the Olympics – and behind every athlete stand coaches, families, friends, and communities. Their strong support over the years has helped our Canadian athletes to shine and represent us all with passion and pride on the world stage.

"I also salute the athletes from around the world on their remarkable achievements and extend my heartfelt thanks to South Korea for organizing such successful games. We look forward to the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, where sport, athletes, and their stories will once again bring us all together.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I congratulate all our Olympic athletes. You represent the best of Canada's diversity and strength, and your achievements will inspire us for generations to come. Team Canada, you make us proud."
COC statements on incident in South Korea

Statement from David and Maja Margrethe Duncan

We are deeply sorry. We engaged in behaviour that demonstrated poor judgement and was not up to the standards expected of us as Members of the Canadian Olympic Team or as Canadians. 

Statement from William Ryan Raine
I would like to apologize profusely for my inexcusable actions. Words are not enough to express how sorry I am. I have let my teammates, friends and my family down. I would also like to apologize to the owner of the vehicle that was involved.

Statement from Chris Overholt, CEO and Secretary General of the Canadian Olympic Committee
The Korean police have concluded their investigation and our team members have been released. We expect our athletes and team members to conduct themselves responsibly and in keeping with our Canadian and Olympic values. We are deeply disappointed in the behaviours of these individuals. All team members are expected to respect the laws of South Korea and all places we compete in around the world. 

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Air Canada Proudly Brings Canada's Olympic Athletes Home - Competitors from PyeongChang to arrive on February 26

 Air Canada will be flying members of Canada's Olympic team back to Canada from the PyeongChang Olympic Games. Flights are scheduled to arrive from Korea at Toronto Pearson and Vancouver airports on Monday February 26th with several athletes connecting to flights across the country including Calgary and Montreal. Details of athletes' arrivals are provided by the Canadian Olympic Committee:
https://olympic.ca/press/arrival-details-for-the-pyeongchang-2018-canadian-olympic-team/

"Congratulations to Team Canada for bringing home a record number of medals. Our athletes have inspired all of us at Air Canada with their skills, determination and sportsmanship. As an Official Sponsor of Canada's Olympic and Paralympic teams, we are proud to play our part by safely transporting competitors, team officials and their supporters home to Canada from the PyeongChang Olympic Games," said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

Transporting Canada's team to the Olympics in PyeongChang was a large logistical undertaking requiring the dedicated efforts of hundreds of Air Canada employees. Here are some key facts about Air Canada's involvement:

Renewed its Altitude Podium Program to provide qualified athletes 35K status and access to International Maple Leaf lounges while competing abroad;
Sponsored the outdoor area, Air Canada Flight Deck, available to the public, at the Canadian Olympic House in PyeongChang;
In total, Air Canada transported approximately 750 athletes, coaches and support staff with the Canadian Team to PyeongChang;
Air Canada's "Our Time" ad supported the athletes by paying tribute to the unique Canadian values that make us all so proud to be a part of this country. Five high-profile athletes featured in the ad are figure skaters Patrick Chan, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir; hockey player Marie-Philip Poulin; and freestyle skier (halfpipe) Cassie Sharpe.
Air Canada's #FlyTheFlag initiative struck a chord with Canadians keen to show their pride throughout the games and achieved peak mentions in social media.

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 16

PYEONGCHANG (February 25, 2018) – Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:

TOTAL MEDALS:

GOLD: 11 SILVER: 8 BRONZE: 10 TOTAL: 29

PYEONGCHANG 2018 TEAM CANADA FACTS:

Olympic Records (2)
– Ted-Jan Bloemen, long track speed skating, men’s 10,000m – 12:39.77
– Charles Hamelin, short track speed skating, men’s 1000m – 1:23.407
World Record (1)
– Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, figure skating, short dance – 83.67
– Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, figure skating, total – 206.07
Start Record (1)
– Justin Kripps, Alex Kopacz, Jesse Lumsden, Seyi Smith – 4.80 seconds
Multi-Medallists (9)
– Kim Boutin, short track speed skating, 1 silver, 2 bronze
– Tessa Virtue, figure skating, 2 gold
– Scott Moir, figure skating, 2 gold
– Ted-Jan Bloemen, long track speed skating, 1 gold, 1 silver
– Meagan Duhamel, figure skating, 1 gold, 1 bronze
– Eric Radford, figure skating, 1 gold, 1 bronze
– Kaetlyn Osmond, figure skating, 1 gold, 1 bronze
– Samuel Girard, short track speed skating, 1 gold, 1 bronze
– Alex Gough, luge, 1 silver, 1 bronze
First-Time Olympic Medallists (53)
Repeat Medallists (29)
Sports in Which Medals Have Been Won (9)
– Bobsleigh
– Curling
– Freestyle Skiing
– Figure Skating
– Ice Hockey
– Luge
– Snowboard
– Long Track Speed Skating
– Short Track Speed Skating
Medals by Gender of Event
– Men – 12 (6 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze)
– Women – 12 (2 gold, 5 silver, 5 bronze)
– Mixed – 5 – (3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)


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PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 15

PYEONGCHANG (February 24, 2018) – Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of Day 14 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:

GOLD: 11 SILVER: 8 BRONZE: 10 TOTAL: 29
QUICK FACTS:

Sébastien Toutant’s gold medal is Canada’s 500th top-3 finishes in Olympic history;

Alex Harvey finishes 4th in the men’s 50km classic cross-country skiing event – Canada’s best ever Olympic finish;

Kim Boutin named Team Canada’s PyeongChang 2018 Closing Ceremony Flag Bearer – she is the second short track speed skater to carry the maple leaf at a Closing Ceremony (Nathalie Lambert at Albertville 1992)

Rob KLINKHAMMER

On Canada's turnaround in form for the bronze medal match after losing the semifinal:
"There was a lot of regret after last night and we woke up feeling pretty crappy and we did not want to feel like that again. It was a big response by the guys and I am proud of everyone stepping up. I am super proud. I am honoured to have won a medal at the Olympics. I know it is not what Canadians were hoping for and it was not what we were hoping for but I will remember this the rest of my life. I never thought I would be an Olympian let alone have a medal."

Sébastien TOUTANT
On winning gold, having finished last in the snowboard slopestyle final:
“I just love snowboarding so much and I’ve been through so much lately. To be here, come so close and do well in slopestyle and to actually take the win today in big air, at the first ever big air at the Olympics, it’s awesome.”

On what he has been through:
“I had a back problem for a couple of months. A couple of months ago I couldn’t even snowboard so it definitely feels great that I’m able to ride at my best and to put the tricks down. “To be able to show up and to show the world what I can do is just awesome.”

On his feelings:
“So happy, it’s insane. Today I knew I had the tricks and I knew I could’ve done well, I’m just so happy it’s gone my way. The format is three jumps, best two count. I put down my first two runs, I mean, that’s the best scenario you can ask for. “I am really happy it went my way and that I can share the podium with some good homies (silver medallist Kyle MACK, USA and bronze medallist Billy MORGAN, GBR).”

On coming back from finishing last in the slopestyle final:
“I’ve always been saying, ‘If you’re not first, you’re last’. I’m always trying my best to get on the podium. I had those two tricks in mind I wanted to do for big air. Landing those, I’m really happy. Didn’t matter which position I was going to get but to end up with gold is awesome.”


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PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 14

PYEONGCHANG (February 23, 2018) – Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of Day 14 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:

GOLD: 10 SILVER: 8 BRONZE: 9 TOTAL: 27
QUICK FACTS:

Canada has surpassed its best ever medals total won at an Olympic Winter Games;

Canada wins gold in women’s ski cross for the third consecutive Games (McIvor at Vancouver 2010, Thompson at Sochi 2014 and Serwa at PyeongChang 2018);

Kaetlyn Osmond is now the sixth Canadian woman to stand alone on an Olympic figure skating podium, 70 years after the first, Barbara Ann Scott, won gold at St. Moritz 1948.

Kevin KOE

On if Canada need to change their selection strategy:
“History shows you it’s worked. Maybe people are thinking otherwise after this event but we were ready. We were playing well no matter when we’d been chosen, we felt great coming in here, we’d had great preparation, everyone got us in tip-top shape and we got to where we needed to be. But unfortunately for us, we didn’t play our best games in the playoffs.”
On what he will take away from the Games:
“I don’t know. It’ll take some time to get over the sting of losing and not winning a medal. But proud of the guys, we battled, we knew we didn’t have our greatest A-game the whole time but I’m sure at some point we’ll look back on it. I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world.”

Marc KENNEDY

On the loss:
“Just sad for the guys. We’ve been on such a great journey for four years and for it to end like that is disappointing. We’ve done a really good job of putting ourselves into the final weekends of almost every big event we play, and this was one where we just didn’t perform well enough. All credit to Switzerland, it’s not like we beat ourselves. They played great. Benoit (SCHWARZ, SUI) didn’t miss much. We did our best to claw back and it wasn’t quite enough. (It is) kind of the story of the last few days. I sound like I’m repeating myself over and over. But you dig yourself a hole against these great teams and it’s really hard to come back.”
On the increasing globalisation of curling: “As a fan, it’s wonderful, I love seeing the sport grow. As a Canadian that wants to win everything, it sucks. But I’m a fan of the sport so if other countries are getting to finals and winning, then it’s awesome because I love curling more than anything.”

Kaetlyn OSMOND

On the programme and her emotions going into the free skate:
“I was so excited, I was so ready for this programme. All day I was terrified, I was so nervous, but it is a programme I feel super comfortable with in practice and I was so ready to show it in competition, that’s exactly what I felt.”
On her fight to make it to the podium:
“Not long after the last Olympics, I didn’t even know that I would be competing at this one. It means so much and to know that I fought so hard in the last four years. My main goal was to place higher than 13th, which I did, and I improved that by 10 placements. I am so excited. It means so much to me, I was so confident and so ready to go into this event. I felt strong and in the best shape I have ever been in my entire life. To be able to put out two clean programmes on Olympic ice – it means so much to me.”
On the difference in her skating in the past four years:
“In the last four years I’ve definitely improved a lot on maturity. My presence on the ice, I don’t feel as young, and bring a different side to my skating and I feel so much in control and that is something I lacked at 18. I feel a lot stronger overall.”

Kelsey SERWA

On becoming Olympic champion:
“It is very cool. It is very surreal to be the best in the world at something you put your heart into. I have an amazing support team around me who, from my head to my body, made sure everything was good. Our skis were rockets today. I had a plan and executed it, and was so fired up. And to be there with my teammate and best friend Britt (Brittany PHELAN, CAN) too.”
On Canada winning the gold and silver medals:
“It was cool. We went 1-2 in Sochi (CAN, Marielle THOMPSON followed by SERWA), and to do it again is unbelievable. Not only that, to go one (win gold) on the men’s side too, with our teammate Brady (LEMAN, CAN), is really surreal. I think it speaks volumes about how strong our programme is.”
On winning gold after taking silver at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games:
“It’s been a long four years for me in between. Definitely a lot of ups and downs, (I) had to take some time off, went back to school, had another surgery. “It’s been a tedious process a bit, but everyone believed in me the whole way. I put everything into this and I couldn’t do any better.”

Brittany PHELAN

On taking silver:
“It’s absolutely amazing. It couldn’t have worked out any better: to finish second behind my best friend, it’s like a dream come true. This is what I’ve been working for my whole life, since I was six years old I wanted an Olympic medal. For it to happen, it’s unreal. It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”
On Canadians taking gold and silver:
“We had a lightning fast qualification run and we just really like the course here. And then our teammate Brady (LEMAN) with the gold (in men’s ski cross on Wednesday), it was like such a high. I’ve slept like a total of five hours since he won. I was just so excited about it. It’s amazing, an amazing day.”
On switching to ski cross from Alpine skiing:
“I knew I always wanted to switch to ski cross once my other teammate, who unfortunately is injured right now, Georgia SIMMERLING, switched in 2010. It was a big leap of faith and so happy it all worked out and everything. It’s been so fun and this whole season has been amazing. Just travelling the world with my best friend. Getting to race at the Olympics and be on the podium together, it’s absolutely amazing.”


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PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 13

PYEONGCHANG (February 22, 2018) – Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of Day 13 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:

GOLD: 9 SILVER: 7 BRONZE: 8 TOTAL: 24
QUICK FACTS:

Valérie Grenier finishes 6th in alpine skiing combined – a Canadian best ever;

The Canadian women’s Olympic hockey team winning streak comes to an end at 24 games;

Kim Boutin becomes Canada’s first triple medallist at PyeongChang 2018;

Boutin wins Canada’s second ever Olympic medal in the women’s 1000m short track speed skating event (Nathalie Lambert won silver at Lillehammer 1994);

Boutin is the second woman to win a medal in all three individual short track speed skating events at an Olympic Winter Games (Wang Meng of China at Turin 2006);

Boutin joins Cindy Klassen, Marc Gagnon and Gaetan Boucher as the only Canadian athletes to win at least three medals at a single Winter Games;

Charles Hamelin joins Marc Gagnon, François-Louis Tremblay and Phil Edwards as Canada’s most decorated male Olympian with five medals;

Hamelin is the first short track speed skater to win a gold (2010), silver (2006) and bronze (2018) in the short track speed skating 5000m relay.

Charle COURNOYER
On what the bronze medal means, especially after not winning a medal in the men’s 5000m relay at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games:
“It’s a big progression. We came into these Games wanting revenge. Especially since Sochi. Sochi we had kind of a medium performance. We wanted to do our best and I think with a medal, we just bring a pretty good response.”

Pascal DION
On winning bronze:
“We showed the world that we are one of the best countries in that sport. We trained so hard. The relay is so nice to win as a team, to show that together we are strong.”

Samuel GIRARD
On how satisfying this bronze medal is:
“Just show the work we have done the last four years. We are a new team right there. Two was there in Sochi, and two new guys. Just created this chemistry together. Was really nice. And also Francois HAMELIN (CAN) wasn’t on the ice with us but huge, huge part of the relays. This medal is to him.”

Charles HAMELIN
“We all four right there are getting the ceremony and the medal, but the whole Team Canada, not just here, but back home in Canada, it’s because of them that we have the medal right now. It’s something that means a lot for us because in Sochi we didn’t win like we wanted. Here, even if we didn’t win like we wanted, we are still on the podium. The team can be really proud of what we did. Once again it’s another medal for Canada. We are happy.”

Kim BOUTIN
 On winning silver:
“Oh, just incredible. I feel I did a lot of work and just to be consistent all the years. That was pretty unbelievable for me.”
On winning three medals at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, her first Games:
“I don’t know how to express that but it’s just, I’m proud of myself, all the work I did with all my teammates and all my staff is just incredible. I know that I couldn’t do that alone.”
On her best memories from PyeongChang 2018:
“It’s all the moments that I have with my teammates. I feel we are five girls, really just different. “I feel in the condo we’ve been together, it was really unbelievable. It’s a small moment I’m going to keep for myself and my memories.” 

Marie-Philip POULIN
On taking the silver medal after winning gold at the last two Games:
“Obviously in women’s hockey (it) is all different with the colour of the medal, but we work all year and it was tight game. I think it’s good for women’s hockey, but obviously it’s a tough one to swallow.”
On the team:
“This team really gave their heart out tonight. It’s my second family and I’m so proud of all of them. This team was very special. We had a great group of veterans. The young ones as well, they were so mature throughout the year and they showed it at the Olympics.”
On her Olympic experience:
“Any time you have the chance representing your country at the highest level, there is no better feeling and it was amazing. We tried to make Canadians proud and hopefully we did.” 

Natalie SPOONER
On losing the game:
“This is something you will never forget and will use for motivation going forward. It is not a good feeling at all. You work for four years for this and you dream about it every day and when it does not come true it is a tough pill to swallow. But I know we have a strong group and everyone will remember this moment and how much it sucks and use it for motivation.”

Laurie BLOUIN
On pulling out of her third jump after aggravating an injury on her first run:
“I just have a bruise on my bum. Practice went pretty good, I did my trick I was supposed to do in the final. I guess I wasn’t stressed enough, I guess I was just too chilled at the top and I couldn’t put one down, but after falling after my first one that was like agony for my butt.”
On how the competition showcased ladies’ big air:
“That was insane, Anna GASSER (AUT) deserved it (winning the gold medal) for sure, it’s so nice to see the girls doing more doubles, nines and 10s, it’s so good. “All the girls love the jump, that jump was perfect and we were able to do big tricks on it because it was really well built and really good. “We showed the world what we’re really capable of.”

Spencer O’BRIEN
On finishing ninth:
“It’s pretty disappointing I couldn’t put out my best, but that’s kind of what I had today and that’s how it goes. As athletes we always want to do our best and when you don’t do your best you don’t feel proud of it. But I was happy to have made the finals and do a few jumps.”
On the introduction of big air at the Olympic Winter Games:
“I’m just really excited about the level of riding here today. It’s incredible and all the girls are throwing it down. I’ve had a really long career and I feel really lucky to have been able to compete competitively for this long and it feels really good to have seen the inclusion of both slopestyle and big air into the Olympics. I’m just so proud of these woman and where we’ve taken it.”


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PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 12

PYEONGCHANG (February 21, 2018) – Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of Day 12 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:

GOLD: 9 SILVER: 5 BRONZE: 7 TOTAL: 21
QUICK FACTS:
Brady Leman wins Canada’s first Olympic medal in men’s ski cross – the sport made its debut at Vancouver 2010;
With three Olympic medals, Kaillie Humphries has the most of any Canadian bobsleigh athlete;

Three-time Olympian Phylicia George, who competed at Rio 2016 and at London 2012, wins her first Olympic medal

Kaillie HUMPHRIES

On winning bronze:

“I’m extremely happy right now. Each time I’ve been able to come to the Olympics and compete for Canada is a huge honour but to know that six months ago Phylicia (GEORGE) came in…We’ve worked extremely hard to be in this position (and) the competition was stiff.”

On how it compares to winning gold at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and at Sochi 2014:

“This is probably my most emotional medal, how hard we’ve worked, how much went into this medal and how much it means – and how great a person Phylicia is.”

Phylicia GEORGE

On winning bronze:

“I started bobsleigh six months ago so it’s been a lot of work. Kaillie has been an amazing mentor to me, I’ve had great coaches, great therapists so I’m just thankful to everybody who’s put themselves into me and the fact that we were able to come together and do this, I’m just really excited by it.”

Brady LEMAN

On becoming Olympic champion:

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. It’s something I have been working so hard for, for 10-plus years now, especially the last four after coming fourth in Sochi. To battle back from that and stay strong and confident in myself is huge, and I’m just so proud right now.”

On his previous Olympic Games:

“This blows them out of the water. The other two were in a sense always disappointing. I broke my leg the day before competition in Vancouver and then just missing the podium in Sochi was kind of bittersweet. Fourth at the Games is a big accomplishment, but at the same time you’re the first guy who doesn’t get a medal. So it’s a tough one to swallow, but I’ve had such a great experience regardless of results at all my Games. This one I really tried to enjoy a little more and be part of the Olympic experience and I used that on race day.”

On overcoming adversity:

“I had a lot of support from my team around me. My family stuck with me through it all and some good results in between the Games always helps to fuel the fire and I just love the sport. I get to do what I love everyday. If it’s in the summer or winter I’m skiing or training, so that kind of makes it easy.”

On family support:

“They’ve always been right beside me or right behind me and they got me started in skiing, my parents, my sister, and they let me go away all the time and always have smiles and hugs and love no matter what happens. They’re super proud and I couldn’t be happier they were here.”

Kaetlyn OSMOND

On the short programme:

“I just really wanted to enjoy my programme. I got to skate it in the team event and as much fun as I had it still wasn’t the enjoyment that I wanted. Today that was my goal, to have fun, enjoy it and to stay focused. I am very happy. That programme is exactly how I have been training it and to be able to have that much fun in my short programme means everything to me.”

On her personal best:

“It means so much I have been fighting to keep this programme and improving it at each event. I was a little upset after the team event short programme, but to come out here, not long afterwards and do this programme and do a personal best and season’s best it’s really important to me.”

Max PARROT

On qualifying first from heat 1:

“Qualifying first in my heat is really awesome because it means I’m going to be dropping in the last seeds of the final so I get to watch everybody’s runs before I do mine.”

On going for a difficult second jump despite scoring well in the first run:

“I already knew with my 89 (points) that I would go to the finals so no stress at all for the second one, I was just trying to make it better. Most of the guys rode pretty well and judges scored pretty well as well so I’m happy with how it went today.”

On overcoming fear in big air:

“I think (with) fear you can actually work on that, so everybody that has some fear you can through that and have no fear. I think it’s like that for any sports. I feel like I’m still young today but I’ve had some fears just trying quads in the past and I’ve been able to get through that so I think anyone can get through that no matter what the age.”

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PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 11

PYEONGCHANG (February 20, 2018) – Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of Day 11 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:

GOLD: 8 SILVER: 5 BRONZE: 6 TOTAL: 19
QUICK FACTS:
Canada wins its first medal in the women’s ski halfpipe event (which made its debut at Sochi 2014) and the 10th gold medal in Canadian freestyle skiing history;
With five medals, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are now the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history;
With three gold medals, Virtue and Moir are tied with Gillis Grafström (SWE), Sonja Henje (NOR) and Irina Rodnina (USSR) for the most in Olympic figure skating history

Tessa VIRTUE

On if she ever imagined they would become the most decorated Olympic figure skaters:  
“Certainly not, although in grade one I did write in my journal that I wanted to be at the Olympics with Danny MOIR, Scott’s brother, so I’m close. I am thrilled with this competition. That performance was really special and truly memorable. The gold medal is the cherry on the cake. We are so grateful to our team for having prepared us for this. We are taking in every single moment.”

Scott MOIR

 On the difference to winning their first gold in 2010:
“Extremely different this time. Obviously, 2010 we were in our own country. Those are moments we will never forget. But eight years later we’re completely different people, we’re completely different athletes. We still love what we do. It’s personal this time. It was for each other, we skated with each other in mind the whole way and we skated with our hearts. It’s extremely fulfilling.”

On a retirement announcement:
 “If it is the end we are extremely pleased with that. We’ll probably make an announcement in the coming days, but for us we just want to enjoy this right now and let the dust kind of settle and figure out what’s next.”

Cassie SHARPE

On realising she had won:
“My coach Trennon (PAYNTER) hugged me at the top and it was just the biggest hug and I said, ‘I can’t hug you because I’m going to cry’ and he said, ‘I’m going to cry on national television’.”

On doing her last run already knowing she had won:
“I had so much going through my mind that I couldn’t put that third run down, but I still wanted to give a bit of a show and did the 10 at the bottom. When you got your hard-as-nails coach in tears at the top, it’s kind of hard to zone into what you’re doing. I fell, but I didn’t just give up the run.”

On painting her nails in gold:
“I always paint my nails gold before every contest. A lot of people have superstitions or things that they have to do. This is not a superstition by any means, but it’s a habit. And I like to have that on my nails.”

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 10

PYEONGCHANG (February 19, 2018) – Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of Day 10 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:

GOLD: 6 SILVER: 5 BRONZE: 6 TOTAL: 17
QUICK FACTS:

Cassie Sharpe advances to the women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe final with a top score of 93.40;

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir breaks their own short program world record with a score of 83.67 points;

Canada wins its third Olympic medal and second ever gold medal in the men’s two-man bobsleigh event;

Its also the second time Canada has tied for bobsleigh gold in the two-man event (Lueders at Nagano 1998);

The Canadian women’s team have won 24 consecutive games, the longest in Olympic ice hockey history – they also reach their sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal game

Justin KRIPPS

On Pierre LUEDERS who won gold in a tie in two-man bobsleigh in 1998 and now coaches Rep. Korea:
“He actually taught me to drive a bobsled. It’s pretty insane that 20 years after he tied for a gold medal I did, about eight years after he taught me. I saw him briefly today in the Korean changing room. He taught me the fundamentals, pretty much everything I know about bobsleigh. It’s incredible.”

On sharing gold with the German pair:
“It’s great, it’s two more people as happy as we are. They are amazing competitors, we have been friends and rivals for years. “(Francesco) FRIEDRICH laid down such an amazing run and Thorsten (MARGIS) has been pushing really well. I tried to keep my mind clear and do my thing and we laid down the best run I have ever had. And we managed to take a couple of hundredths off the push too and we definitely needed it.”

Alexander KOPACZ

On the community feel in bobsleigh:
“The whole community supports each other, when people win they are happy and when they lose we all feel sad together. And to share it with such a tenacious team like FRIEDRICH and Thorsten is an honour.”

Tessa VIRTUE

On their third Olympic Winter Games and breaking the short dance record:
“I think there is something about taking time away and gaining perspective and also it’s a testament to our team in Montreal and our coaches Marie-France and Patrice. They really set us up for this moment. We are so prepared and we are savouring every bit of it.”

Scott MOIR

On their season best and the record in the short dance:
“That’s something we are really proud of. That is every athlete’s goal here and to come out and do the best you can. And to do it on this stage, we’re really, really proud of that. We know our work isn’t over. It’s a long event. The biggest chunk is tomorrow and we have to stay on our game.”

Cassie SHARPE

On having the top score in qualifying:
“I feel great. I feel confident and the pipe is amazing, so just riding through it is really great. On my first run I just really wanted to land, that’s like my biggest thing for my confidence. If I don’t land my first run, I have a hard time coming back from that, so I just really wanted to land my run, and then after that I was like ‘OK, I want to qualify first because I want to drop last in the final’. Because if you do well through that, you can drop last, and it’s your victory lap. It’s the best feeling in the world. So if I can get another one of those, I mean, I’m so excited.”

On men and women skiing the same halfpipe:
“Girls and guys are differently built, no matter who you look at, it’s just a fact, and I think for us to be out here pushing it, and most of us going as big as they do a lot of the time, it makes me really proud to be a part of it.”

On her strategy:
“We’ll go over it tonight on paper and really ‘Set, this is run one, this is run two, this is run three’. Obviously in the moment it can change, but you have a general idea. “We’ve got it fully planned out so you don’t wear yourself out and it’s not too mentally draining either.”

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 9

PYEONGCHANG (February 18, 2018) – Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of Day 9 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:

GOLD: 5
SILVER: 5
BRONZE: 6
TOTAL: 16
QUICK FACTS:
Alex Beaulieu-Marchand’s bronze is Canada’s first ever Olympic medal in men’s ski slopestyle

Rachel HOMAN
On winning from 6-8 down:
“We made some huge shots, some really precision shots we had to make as a team. The sweepers had to judge a tonne in the right spots and we missed a few here and there which cost us but we stuck with our processes and didn’t panic. We had a good handle on what the rocks were doing, what the ice was doing, and we were able to get that three in nine and have a look at a tough one in the last end. I know we all wanted a couple of shots back there at times. but we stuck with each other and believed in making that next shot. It was a real character win, we had to grind it out and couldn’t let off at all. Really proud of my team for how well they played.”
On a tough start to their campaign, losing the first three matches:
 “It’s been a challenge but obviously we’re still at the Olympics and we’re trying to soak up everything we can. Obviously feel gutted after losing by one or two rocks here and there (in their first three matches). It’s tough to take but got to move on. It’s not going to help you, staying upset for any longer than you need to be. So we’ve moved on as a team and we’re trying to stay as strong as we can as a unit, and we’re excited that we still have an opportunity here to do what we know we can do.” 

Lisa WEAGLE
On what they said to each other after the win:  
“We gave each other a hug and said we were proud of each other for sticking with it and supporting each other.”
On curling:  
“It really is a game of inches and one shot can change everything around. One shot can change your life. When we won the Scotties (Canada’s national women’s championships) last year, that one shot just changed everything for us.”

Alex BEAULIEU-MARCHAND
On showing his best skiing:
“Today was an unreal contest, the craziest contest I have ever seen. I came here just to show the world what I can do on my skis and that’s what I did. I had this crazy feeling, I was skiing so good today, I have never skied that good in my life. The jumps I was landing so consistently, those are jumps I have barely practised. I did more triple flips today than I did in my entire life before.”
On the bronze medal not defining him:
“If I had crashed in qualies would that have made me less of a good skier? Now everyone is like, ‘Yes, cool, he got a bronze medal’ but would that (a crash) have made me less of a hard-working person? I don’t think so. For me the medal isn’t necessarily what I was going for. Had the others landed and bumped me into fourth or fifth place, I would have been happy anyway because I skied the best in my life today.”

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 8

Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of Day 8 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:

GOLD: 5 SILVER: 5 BRONZE: 5 TOTAL: 15
QUICK FACTS:
Kim Boutin wins her second Olympic bronze medal at PyeongChang 2018 and Canada’s first ever medal in the women’s 1500m short track speed skating event;
Kim Boutin is the first Canadian female short track speed skater to win two individual medals at the same Olympic Winter Games;
Samuel Girard captures his first career Olympic medal;
The 1000m short track speed skating gold is Canada’s first ever in the event and the first time Canada has won an Olympic medal in the event since Salt Lake City 2002.

Samuel GIRARD 
 
On winning gold:
 
"I think I'm not realising right now. I think I will realise a little later. For now I'm just enjoying the moment. For my family, my coach, I'm really, really happy right now."
 
On the race:
 
"It was a pretty good race. A fast race. I took the first place right away. Something happened at the back. I don't want to be there when those things happen. So I really want to be in the front. That was my plan and I executed pretty well."
 
On the crash involving three of the finalists:
 
"I didn't see it, I just heard a big boom in the mats. After that I was just thinking about my race and what I had to do. I was looking if someone was around to pass me on the line."
 
On what HAMELIN said to him before the final:
 
"Just before the race he said to me, 'Let's go, you can do this'. He gave me a tap on the back. We train together, all the team was behind me on this medal."

Patrick CHAN

On his final performance at his third and final Olympic Winter Games:
“The way I have been training and the way I went into this competition, I didn’t really want to be emotional to be honest. I am here to do a job and this is the most trained I have been in my life. This is the best Olympic experience out of the three, because I was in control. I was not dying out of breath. I had no fear. That was my whole goal, to start the programme, embracing my programme, on an Olympic stage, and I did that. I feel great, I feel happy and only positive.”

On his career:
“My career has had a lot of challenges like this and I think I can learn a lot more from having a lot of ups and downs. But today my goal was to land both Axels and get them solid. I am happy I landed on my feet on both of those. I wasn’t paying attention to the results of the other skaters. I am really happy with the performance. It’s already over and I wanted to make the best out of it and I did.”

On ending his career:
“I kind of ended on my terms. I am in the best shape I have ever been in my career. I’m the most technically strong I have been. I am the happiest I have ever been in my skating career. I think that is really a positive thing, that many skaters end their career without really being happy in their heart and knowing that they gave it their all and they’re good people.”

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 7

PYEONGCHANG (February 16, 2018) – Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of Day 7 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:

GOLD: 4 SILVER: 5 BRONZE: 4 TOTAL: 13




QUICK FACTS:
Alex Harvey finishes 7th in the cross-country skiing 15km free, Canada’s best-ever Olympic finish in that event

Alex HARVEY

On his performance, having finished seventh:
“It was good. I think I found the good rhythm to fight for the podium and I just fell off the pace in the last lap. But it’s all I had today.”

On his chances in the men’s 50km classic:
“I’m feeling good. I’m still missing that little spark to get my foot on the podium, but I trust that the shape is there and sometimes it’s just a matter of having a bit of a special day, waking up on a mission for some reason. I’m still focused, still hopeful for the 50km.”

Keegan MESSING

On his Olympic Winter Games debut:
“This was an amazing venue. Ten seconds before I go out there I was like, ‘I’m skating in the Olympics and I almost wanted to cry.’ I had to bring myself back and just focus again and said, ‘I’m just at another competition’. The crowd was so receptive and I nailed the quad. This was probably the first triple Axel I fell on in the programme this week. So I can’t wait for the free skate to show that off. I felt strong out there and I just performed as hard as I could perform. I feel that ‘special’ is almost too small of a word (to describe being at the Games). I have been working for this for 23 years and this is my third Olympic trials to get here. So just making it was a dream come true. Now skating here, it’s mind-blowing and I am excited. I am honoured.”

On having his family here for support:
“Even if I bombed they would be behind me 100% and I got my mom, my dad, my older brother and a couple of my friends all up there cheering for me. They are all so proud and my community is so proud of me. I just get the easy part now and come and skate and do what I have been doing.”

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 6

Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of Day 6 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:


RESULTS: Team Canada’s competition results
GOLD: 4 SILVER: 5 BRONZE: 4 TOTAL: 13
QUICK FACTS:
Team Canada wins eighth Olympic medal in the pairs figure skating event.
Canada has won 23 consecutive games in women’s hockey at the Olympic Winter Games;
Canada wins it’s first medal in the men’s 10,000m long track speed skating event since Lake Placid 1932;
Ted-Jan Bloemen sets the Olympic record in the men’s 10,000m long track speed skating event;
The team relay silver is Canada’s best ever Olympic luge result and second ever Olympic medal

Tristan WALKER
On their emotions:
"We've been working this past quad with the heartbreak of Sochi, and to finally capitalize not only bronze but silver - amazing."

Justin SNITH
On crossing the line:
"Anticipation. There's a break between punching the clock at the end there and knowing where you finish, and as soon as I saw my teammates celebrating it was just like the biggest weight off my shoulders, especially after a long four years."

Sam EDNEY (CAN) – silver
On the moment the double crossed the line:
"That was the moment that I think the four of us were just overwhelmed. We each did our job, we each put a great run down. I think we knew we had a chance to be up there. It's amazing. It's the moment that we were all dreaming of and wanting forever."

Alex GOUGH
On training for the event:
"We basically committed to the four years right after Sochi. Sam and I definitely needed some other focuses to be able to come back here as fresh as possible and with as much motivation as possible. To pull it through with these guys is so incredible. This is the best."

Ted-Jan BLOEMEN
On winning gold:
“It’s going to take a while for all this to sink in. It’s hard to say what’s going through my mind. It’s been very emotional. It’s the biggest stage I’ve ever been on and to win here is the highest you can get.”
On how hard he has worked:
“We’ve worked towards this competition for so long with my team. I’m just so proud of them that we made it happen today. It’s amazing.”
On his family and friends:
“They were already so proud when I won the 5000m silver. I really wanted to win a gold medal for them. But for them, they’ll always love me. It’s a comforting feeling having them here.”

Meagan DUHAMEL
On skating four programmes this week and taking bronze:
“We were really, really well trained when we came here. I think we are at the peak of our mental and physical state right now as the elderly skaters. I don’t think we could be any more prepared. Those four programmes this week are exactly along the lines of what we do in training every week. I think we paced our energy very well throughout the week so that we had enough in the tank to give it everything we had today.”
On becoming the first skater to land a quad throw Salchow at the Olympic Games:
“I didn’t even know until I had a message from Isabelle BRASSEUR (CAN, 1992 and 1994 Olympic pairs bronze medallist). She said, ‘You are the first girl to land a throw quad at the Olympics’. I couldn’t believe there is a skating fact I didn’t know, and now I know. I had a little bit of a mishap on the Lutz but the quad throw was going so well in training. I didn’t even question it and I said, ‘No, you are landing this.’ I wasn’t surprised. I said, ‘Now I have to go on to the next thing.’”

Eric RADFORD
On winning the bronze medal:
“This is better than anything we could have imagined. This competition, there were so many good pairs that anything could have happened. So for us to go out and lay it down, it meant so much to us.”
On their upcoming retirement:
“That was a better way to end, with an awesome long 

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 5

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 4

​​Meagan DUHAMEL
On returning to the ice after winning gold in the team event:
“We felt better than we anticipated yesterday when we came back to train. Of course, you are on the highest high of your life and all of a sudden you are back down to reality and you need to compete again. So I am really proud how we handled the practice yesterday and how we approached today. I really enjoyed the moment out there on the ice today and at the end of the day that’s what we are going to remember most.”
On being out on the ice as Olympic gold medallists:
“I thought of it yesterday for a split second. I was stroking around the ice and thought, ‘I am an Olympic champion’. Then I went, ‘I want another Olympic medal, get back to work’.”

Eric RADFORD
On whether the challenge of having three skates in less than a week is more mental or physical:
“You know what, it was both. But now that we have this one under our belt, we feel like this is right where we want to be. This was a really good short and we are really ready for the long programme.”
On the short programme:
“It felt really, really good, It felt really in the moment and we maybe could have had a little bit cleaner elements, maybe some higher grades of executions on some things but we are really, really happy.”
On coming into the pairs event as team event gold medallists:
“I think we really enjoyed that moment for what it was and then we hit a reset button because we have work to do here. But I mean it was incredible and unforgettable and if anything it gave us more energy for this competition.”

Ben HEBERT
On setting up the team four years ago:
“This is kind of the age where we thought we’d be peaking as a team… (after) four years together. Certainly there were a lot of teams in Canada that put in just as much work as we did that easily could have been here as well, but we were the ones that got hot at the trials and played a really good week. This is what we were originally built for and our first goal was accomplished by getting here. Obviously we want to play well here and do what we set out to do.”
Alex GOUGH
On the bronze medal:
“I came down behind Dajana (EITBERGER), and was like, ‘Uh, here we go, another fourth’. Then for it to turn around for me and to come out with the bronze medal was huge. It’s what I came here to do. I didn’t give up. I put together what I thought was a good run. It was enough in the end. I was over the moon. I felt like the runs were really solid.”
On the past four years:
“It’s a culmination of all that hard work. It’s everything paying off. It’s four years of keeping going and committing to another Games and getting a reward at the end of it.”

Kim BOUTIN
On winning bronze:
“A lot of work has gone behind this and I’m really proud to win this medal. It’s a lot of emotion right now. I just have this little thing (soft toy, not a medal). Right now I’m happy.”
Kaitlyn LAWES
On winning the first Olympic Winter Games mixed doubles gold and her second Olympic gold medal:
“It’s surreal, to be honest. I don’t think even the first one has sunk in and I don’t think it ever will. But it’s just a dream come true to represent our country on the world’s biggest stage, and to be able to bring this home for Canada is so special.”
On how she approached the final game:
“I went out there and I wanted to embrace every moment and I want to have fun and enjoy sliding over those Olympic rings. “And no matter what is going to happen out there, we are so proud of what we were able to accomplish. I really wanted to enjoy every second of it.”

John MORRIS
On winning the first Olympic Winter Games mixed doubles gold and his second Olympic gold medal:
“I don’t think it has sunk in yet, but you don’t have a lot of chances to go to the Olympics, especially being from Canada. The curlers from Canada, we have a lot of depth there. It feels fantastic, we have a lot of support back home and to be able to help our team out with a gold medal and to be able to bring it back to all our friends and family and all our support back home, it just feels amazing.”
“You know what, it feels unbelievable – two golds for Canada. This is for everybody back home, who have always been supportive, and it just feels so great. We got off to a great start. It just feels awesome to be part of this team.”
On the future of mixed doubles:
“I think this game of mixed doubles is just fantastic. It’s something that everyone back in Canada should try. It’s fast-paced, athletic, a lot of fun and the beer still tastes just as good after the game.
“I think that it’s here to stay and I can’t wait to see how well it does in Canada.”

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 3

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 2

Laurie BLOUIN
On the highlight of her day:
“Just landing my run. It was really challenging conditions and we had to deal with the wind so sometimes we were going too big, or too short, so, yeah, that was challenging.”
On her family:
“They’re crying right now. I just called my mum and she was crying, my friend was crying. They’re pretty stoked for me.”
Tessa VIRTUE
On the event:
“There is something so incredibly special skating by those team boxes and seeing the sea of red and white and feeling the support from our teammates. The energy was just incredible.”
“It’s a unique pressure. You are out there performing and you don’t want to let your teammates down. That also comes from traditional support. We embraced that today, we felt that to the very end and we are very grateful for that.”
Scott MOIR
On winning:
“We believed in ourselves. We are really proud about the energy we brought and it helped in winning the gold medal. I think we had a sour taste in our mouth since Sochi (2014 Olympic Winter Games, where Canada took silver). We wanted this medal for four years. It feels great.
“We are really proud of each other and it is great to be part of this team. I think for being a member of Canadian skating, it’s a long history of greats who came before us, who didn’t have team events. We kind of stand on the shoulders of those champions.”
Meagan DUHAMEL
On the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games so far:
“Amazing. We all did a great performance and contributed and we did our part for the team. Everyone stepped up their game and we took this gold medal very seriously as a team.”
“The team is not just us, it’s that entire Canadian skating team in that box with us, every single day. They are just a big part of this team as we are. Unfortunately, not everybody gets to skate but they are just as important and they are there to support us.”
Gabrielle DALEMAN
On what helped them to win gold:
“Honestly it was the team. Not just the team that was in the box today, but the teams up in the stands, back at Canada House, where we are staying in the athletes’ village. We are not only representing a great team but a great country.”
Patrick CHAN
On winning the team event gold late in their careers:
“It’s very special. I have grown up, since I was 15, with Tessa and Scott, Eric and Meagan. It’s to see them being part of this, people that have shaped me for who I am, and kind of made me who I am. I grew up through skating, it’s extremely special.”
Justine DUFOUR-LAPONTE
On whether the silver feels as sweet as the gold she won at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games:
"Yes, because it meant so much more. So much more hard work, and yes it does make more sense right now. And when I was up there, I was just thinking, this is it, this is my last run, my moment and I want to control it and decide what to do, despite everyone, all the world watching me now. It's only me who decides what happens next.”
On having her parents at PyeongChang 2018:
"My parents are here which is the thing that I'm most happy for. It's having happy, healthy parents, happy, healthy family around me. It's the only thing that counts at the end of the day, if you don't have anybody to hug."
On hugging teammate Andi NAUDE, who did not finish in the final:
"I know that girl. She works so hard. I would have loved to give her a thousand hugs and a thousand kisses. But she has to give it to herself. It's a big moment for her and she has to live it. But I just told her that I was proud of her."
Ted-Jan BLOEMEN
On his race:
"I started a little bit too fast maybe, but it came really easy and the skating was going really well. But then a couple of laps in, I couldn't find a really good rhythm or flow or however you want to call it, and it turned into a really tough fight and a big struggle. I'm really happy that I could come through at the end and beat my (pair) opponent (Sverre Lunde PEDERSEN, NOR) by two-thousandths of a second."
On winning silver, behind gold medallist Sven KRAMER (NED):
"I'm happy with my fight. I'm a little bit getting over losing first place. Obviously I'd rather have won this race but, after all, being on the podium at the Olympics is amazing, and I think I'll be really proud in a little bit of time."
Max PARROT
On his silver:
“I’m really, really happy. You know, the Olympic (medal) was one of the medals I was missing in my career and I got one today. So I’m super, super happy.”
On waiting for his last score:
“I knew I put down a really good run – clean from top to bottom – and I saw that the judges really wanted to see more of something clean. And to end up second, I was happy. It made my day.”
On the support of his friends and family in Canada:
“I know they’re having a big party back home in a big place. I mean, all my friends and family are over there and I’m sure they’re super stoked as well.”
Mark McMORRIS
On taking bronze with a score of 85.20:
“It’s been a rough road for sure, but it definitely feels super, super good to be here and even better to put a run down. To land on the podium is always a really good feeling.
“Definitely wonder what would have happened if I would have done that run in my second run, because in my last run there, definitely hooking up some big scores at the end there for way less technical runs. But, whatever, I’m stoked. It feels good.
“It means a lot to be on the podium today. It’s not an easy contest to ride your best at. There’s a lot of expectation and pressure and everybody is riding to the best of their ability. So I feel pretty grateful to be on the podium for sure.”
On recovering from injuries:
“I spent a lot of time in the gym, not a lot of time on my snowboard. But I’m here and I feel like I’m riding to the best of my ability. I’m just glad to be able to snowboard at all.”
Sebastien TOUTANT
On missing his landing on the last run:
“It would have been definitely a good run, probably not enough for first place.”
“It’s hard, it’s super hard, so close – it’s like someone just took it away from me.”
On medallists Mark McMORRIS and Max PARROT:
“Mark definitely had a really good run, very clean, he would have liked that last run, everything was very clean.”
“Max definitely played it well, he was going for a winning run, he played it safe on the last run, did the same run he did in qualification.”

Statement by the Prime Minister on the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympics

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea:

"Today, at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea, the world will unite to officially open the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The spirit of the Olympic Games has connected the world for over a century, creating moments of awe and milestones we cannot forget.

"Our Olympians represent the best of Canada. Through hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to their dreams, they show us what it means to push yourself and give your all. They set the bar higher, and inspire us, especially our young people.

"When Team Canada marches into the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, young Canadians can look at our team and see themselves. Our Olympians hail from across the country and from all kinds of different backgrounds. Together, they represent the diversity that Canada so proudly stands for, and remind us all that no matter where we are from, we can succeed with drive and discipline.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I wish our athletes the best of luck. We will all be cheering for you, and know you will make us proud!"

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 1



Charles HAMELIN

On not finishing the race:
“It was a tough race. I got a few good guys in there. I tried to make my way to the front and at some point it went wrong. It happens in short track.”
On his other events: 
“I’ll put my focus on the next two races and make sure I’ll get into the final again. Right now I’m just trying to get my head together and focus for the next day.”

Mark McMORRIS
On how he will prepare for Sunday’s finals:
“I’m going to get a few more rotations hopefully at practice and step up the rail line a bit.”
“I’m going to save all the magic for tomorrow.”

Max PARROT
On the slopestyle course:
“The rails are really high. Some of the rails are higher than me, and I’m 5’11” (1.8m) so it’s pretty high, pretty risky. But you know, we got three days of practice and we have time to figure it out.
“The angle jumps are definitely not what I’m used to having, but it’s nice to have these challenges in slopestyle.”
On scoring 83.45 in his first run and 87.36 in his second run:
“I’m really happy with my first run. I just cleaned up a little bit of the tricks. They were the same tricks in my first run, just cleaner. I went bigger the last jump and I think the judges liked it, so I’m happy.
“Right after the first run I knew with 83 points that it would be enough to pass, but you know I just really wanted to clean it up and have a really good run down, and I did it.”
On training:
“It’s been many, many years of riding, of training. I’ve worked pretty hard, and have a whole team around me, helping me, and I’m so thankful.”

Alex GOUGH
On comparing her fourth Olympic Games with the previous three:
“It’s kind of the same show. I’m a little older, hopefully a little wiser, It’s been fun with the girls, especially with Brooke (APSHKRUM) because she’s here for the first time so I’m kind of reliving the excitement through her experiences. We have a great group.”
On what she can do to win a medal, after finishing fourth at Sochi 2014:
“I want to slide clean. All I can do is control what I do on the track with my starts and my sliding and then look for the results at the end of the day.”
“The track is in good shape and the runs seem like they are going really well, so we’ll see how (it) goes on race day.”

Statement regarding Canadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin​​


PYEONGCHANG (February 9, 2018) – The Canadian Olympic Committee has issued the following statement regarding Canadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin:
Canadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin fell during training this morning. She has been taken to the regional hospital as a precaution. She is conscious and alert and on her way back to the Village with a team doctor. Her condition will continue to be monitored.

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 0


Patrick CHAN

On the start of his third Olympic Winter Games: “I felt
really very much in control of my thoughts and how my body felt. It’s been four years since I’ve been here. I am the type of skater that takes time, since I’ve gotten older, to warm up and to get up to the quads and get comfortable in competition. This is a long two weeks and I am not going to look back too much and it’s a good opportunity to get the early jitters out.”

What it would mean to win Team Event gold: “I think it would mean a lot to me to see my teammates around me, seeing them at the top of their lives and that feeling of being Olympic champions.That is going to be the greatest satisfaction in everything. This is why this is a team event. Some of us are going to make mistakes. We’ve got it started and I’m looking forward to it.”

On his short programme: “Obviously, I am not super happy with the skate. I am going to be here a while and there are a lot of programmes to be competed. It’s not the best start I wanted, but I have the support of my teammates. They make me feel so much better even when it’s not the best skate, they are holding me up and making me feel like I belong here. That’s the best thing about the team event.”


Mikaël KINGSBURY 

On his compatriot Alexandre BILODEAU winning gold in the event at the Vancouver 2010 Games: “I was at the bar in the crowd, cheering. It was so inspiring to see a guy that I’d known since I was eight years old winning a gold. It made me want to go to the Olympics even more. I wanted to be in that position and I ended up in that position in Sochi. You know, your first Olympic Games is always stressful. This is my second and it’s so different. It’s good to have a bit of experience.”

On taking advice from BILODEAU: “We chat a little bit. He sent me a text on New Year’s, but he’s been a big inspiration since I was young and he’s one of the reasons I’m doing it right now. I train with him a lot in the gym and ski against him. We always try to push each other.”

On the Canada team’s spirit: “I’ve been winning a lot and every win this year has felt special. The guys are skiing very strong and I need to be at my best to beat them any day. “It’s always fun to win and celebrate with my teammates. I have the best teammates in the world. They push me every day and I room with them. They’re always there. If I do well, or not well, and if they do well, we will always be there together to celebrate and party. In the tough ​moments we’re close together and we try to help each other.”

On watching Philippe MARQUIS (CAN) coming back from a serious knee injury: “Oh my God, I think I was more nervous watching him than I actually was for my run. “Phil is one of the toughest men I know and his attitude this week has been amazing. You couldn’t tell that this guy was missing an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). “This was his first run, top to bottom. And of course it’s not easy on the body, so I’m just proud he made it down. It’s not easy to go down that course without an ACL.”


Statement by Minister Kirsty Duncan on Canada's First Medals at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018


On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I would like to congratulate Max Parrot and Mark McMorris on winning Canada's first medals of the Olympic Winter Games today in PyeongChang!

Parrot, from Bromont, Québec, and McMorris, from Regina, Saskatchewan, made their respective silver and bronze medal podium finishes in the slopestyle event.

The final was a highly anticipated event for Canadian fans as four talented Team Canada athletes qualified and had to deliver an exemplary performance for a place on the podium. The competition was fierce but our athletes once again showed incredible perseverance and blew us away with amazing performances that resulted in Canada's first medals of the Games!

Along with all Canadians, I am extremely proud of Max and Mark's outstanding performances. They have given our Canadian Olympic team a fantastic start to the Games and have set the stage for future successes.

Canada is a leading sport nation, and each of our athlete's performances is a reflection of our country's amazing athletic talent and national pride.

It is a great honour for me, on behalf of the Government of Canada, to congratulate Max and Mark on their respective silver and bronze achievements. Best wishes to all Canadian athletes for continued success in the Games.
Greatness is Rare: Canadian Paralympic Committee launches new campaign ahead of PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

 As the nation's top Paralympians prepare to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, in partnership with BBDO Canada, launches today its exciting new Team Canada PyeongChang 2018 brand campaign Greatness is Rare: Witness it.
With a goal of building awareness and support for Canada's athletes heading to PyeongChang, the ads highlight just how small a percentage of the Canadian population qualifies to compete at a Paralympic Games, or reaches the pinnacle of their sport and wins a Paralympic medal.

"Paralympians are extraordinary athletes with unique skills and capabilities," said Martin Richard, Executive Director of Communications and Brand, Canadian Paralympic Committee. "Few people know what it feels like to compete on the world stage in sport or win medals for Canada, which makes our athletes truly rare. Alongside our longstanding partner BBDO Canada, we are seeking to show Canadians they won't want to miss our great Paralympians compete.
"We want every Canadian to know they will be able to witness every minute of the Paralympic Games with unprecedented coverage through our media consortium from traditional broadcast to live coverage on social platforms."
The campaign launches today, starting with an ad featuring two-time Paralympic gold medallist Ina Forrest, who has been nominated to the wheelchair curling team once again for the 2018 Winter Games. Two additional spots will be released throughout the weekend featuring Para alpine skiing and Para ice hockey. The ads will be featured on broadcast and digital.
"It is truly an amazing accomplishment to compete at the Paralympic Games and represent your country," said Todd Nicholson, Team Canada's Chef de Mission for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. "This campaign truly captures the spirit of our athletes. These are superb athletes who have worked so hard to compete at the highest level for sport and who are proud to wear the maple leaf. Greatness is rare, and we hope all Canadians witness it for themselves with the Games this March."
The second phase of the campaign will launch in March directly ahead of the Paralympic Games and will make it easier than ever for Canadians to connect with the Games and watch Canada's athletes compete for gold.
"For any athlete to be recognized as their country's best is a rare feat," said Todd Mackie, Chief Creative Officer, BBDO Toronto. "But what these athletes have achieved is very rare, truly special and something that shouldn't go uncelebrated."
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place March 9-18, with the Opening Ceremony just one month away. The full Canadian Paralympic Team heading to the Games will be announced later this month.
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