The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 02/20/2014 6:47 PM | Comments: 0
SOCHI, Russia - A doubly golden day for Canada courtesy of the women's curling and hockey teams Thursday at the Winter Olympics.
At 20 medals — seven gold, nine silver and four bronze — Canada ranked fifth in the medal standings.
The United States was still the frontrunner at 25 ahead of host Russia at 23, the Netherlands at 22 and Norway with 21.
Canada is assured at least one medal Friday from the men's curling final.
The host team finished third overall with 26 medals four years ago in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C.
Canada topped the gold-medal count in 2010 with a record 14.
— Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen capped an unbeaten run in women's curling with a 6-3 win over Sweden for gold.
— Marie Philip-Poulin scored twice, including the overtime winner, to lift Canada to a 3-2 overtime win over the U.S. and the gold medal in women's hockey.
— A two-time X-Games champion in freestyle halfpipe, Calgary's Rosalind Groenewoud was seventh. Double knee surgery two months ago hampered her preparation.
— Calgary's Brady Lehman made the four-skier men's ski cross final, but crashed. France swept the podium
Canada's grade: A
Ones to watch Friday: Sidney Crosby and the Canadian men's hockey team face the U.S. in a semifinal; Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., curling team face Britain for gold; Speedskater Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., will try for a third medal in Sochi in the men's team pursuit.
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