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Canada still trading elbows with top countries at Winter Olympics in Sochi

Posted: 02/17/2014 3:15 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 02/17/2014 3:18 PM

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SOCHI, Russia - Canada continued jostling with the top five winter sport countries and collected a figure skating silver medal Monday at the Winter Games.

The United States and host Russia were out front with 18 medals apiece in Sochi ahead of the Netherlands at 17 and Canada tied for fourth with Norway at 15. Germany fell off the pace at 13.

The Canadian team had four gold, seven silver and four bronze with six more days of medal events.

Canada's goal is to win the overall medal count in Sochi. The host team finished third overall with 26 in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., four years ago.

The good:

— Ice dancers Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., and Tessa Virtue of London, Ont., delivered "their best performance of the year" in the free skate. It wasn't quite enough to defend their gold, but silver was welcome on a day when Canada won no other medals.

— Jennifer Jones and her Winnipeg curling team were the first to go through the Olympic women's round robin with a perfect record at 9-0.

— Canada will play for a fourth straight gold medal in women's hockey Thursday after a 3-1 semifinal win over Switzerland.

The bad:

— Freestyle skier Travis Gerrits of Milton, Ont., won aerials silver at last year's world championship, but wasn't able to get on the podium in Sochi in seventh.

— Pilot Justin Kripps of Summerland, B.C., and Edmonton brakeman Brian Barnett were fourth heading into the final two-man bobsled run and couldn't make up track on the top three.

Canada's grade: C

Ones to watch Monday: Mike Riddle of Sherwood Park, Alta., in men's freestyle halfpipe; Canada's short-track speedskating team races the women's relay; Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., and Calgary's Chris Robanske in snowboard cross.

 

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