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Canada cools off on Day 2 with a single silver medal at Sochi Games

Posted: 02/9/2014 1:28 PM | Comments: 0

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Members of the Canadian team cheer on as they take the podium after winning the silver medal in the team figure skating event at the Sochi Winter Olympics Sunday, February 9, 2014 in Sochi. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

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Members of the Canadian team cheer on as they take the podium after winning the silver medal in the team figure skating event at the Sochi Winter Olympics Sunday, February 9, 2014 in Sochi. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

SOCHI, Russia - After a best opening day ever at a Winter Olympics, Canada cooled on Day 2 with a single silver medal in figure skating.

The second-place finish in the new team event gave Canada a total of four medals at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Canada opened with a medal of every colour Saturday, including Justine Dufour-Lapointe's gold in women's moguls.

The stated objective for Canada is to win the overall medal count after finishing third with 26 in 2010.

The good:

— Canada's figure skaters should feel good about themselves heading into their individual events after capturing silver in the new team event. A showdown is brewing in men's singles between Canada's Patrick Chan and Russia's Evgeni Plushenko.

The bad:

— Snowboard slopestyle world champion Spencer O'Brien of Courtney, B.C., had a rough day at Rhosa Kutor Extreme Park and finished last. A tearful O'Brien told reporters she was "really sad that I let Canada down."

— No medal in men's downhill, although Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., Manny Osborne-Paradis of Invermere, B.C. and Calgary's Jan Hudec have another chance in the Feb. 16 super-G to end a 20-year medal drought in alpine skiing.

— Alex Harvey of St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., will have more chances at a cross-country medal at these Winger Games, but he was 18th in his first attempt in the men's skiathlon.

Canada's grade: C

Ones to watch Monday: Moguls skiers Alex Bilodeau of Rosemere, Que., and Mikael Kingsbury of Deux-Montagnes, Que., alpine skier Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., in women's super combined, Charles Hamelin of Ste.-Julie, Que., in short-track speed skating and Edmonton's Jamie Gregg and Calgary's Gilmore Junio in long-track speedskating.

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