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Bobsleigh gold bright spot for Canada with four days to go at Winter Games

Posted: 02/19/2014 2:34 PM | Comments: 0

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SOCHI, Russia - Bobsleigh gold kept Canada in striking distance of the top countries Wednesday at the Winter Olympics.

Canada ranked fifth with 18 medals — five gold, nine silver and four bronze. The United States was alone in front at 23 with host Russia and the Netherlands tied for second at 22 and Norway fourth at 20.

Canada and Russia lead all countries in silver medals with nine apiece. One medal the host Russians will not win is in men's hockey as after a 3-1 quarter-final loss to Finland on Wednesday.

The Canadian team's goal is to win the overall medal count after finishing third four years ago in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., with 26 medals.

Canada also wants to beat its medal count from 2010, which will require nine medals over the next four days. Three are already assured in curling and women's hockey.

The good:

— Calgary's Kaillie Humphries and brakeman Heather Moyse of Summerside, P.E.I., defended their gold medal in women's bobsleigh in thrilling style. The Canadian women won their gold on their fourth and final run after trailing the U.S. by .011 seconds.

— The Canadian men's hockey team advanced to the semifinal with a 2-1 win over Latvia.

— The curling teams skipped by Brad Jacobs and Jennifer Jones will both play for gold after semifinal wins.

The bad:

— No cross country ski medals for Canada. Former world pursuit champions Alex Harvey of St-Ferreol-Les-Neiges, Que., and Devon Kershaw of Sudbury, Ont., were eliminated in the semifinal.

Canada's grade: B

Ones to watch Thursday: Wednesday: Canadian women's hockey team faces United States for gold; Jones's curling team takes on Sweden for gold; Calgary's Roz Groenewoud and Edmonton's Keltie Hansen in freestyle halfpipe; Dave Duncan of London, Ont., Montreal's Chris Del Bosco and Calgary's Brady Lehman in men's ski cross.

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