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Five Canadian highlights from the Sochi Winter Games

Posted: 02/23/2014 11:14 AM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 02/23/2014 1:17 PM

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SOCHI, Russia - A look at the top highlights for Canada at the Sochi Olympics:

CANADA'S GAME — The Canadian men's hockey team put an emphatic exclamation mark on the country's domination by downing Sweden 3-0 to successfully defend its gold medal. Canada went 6-0 through the tournament and surrendered just three goals over that span. Goaltender Carey Price finished by registering consecutive shutouts over the U.S. and Sweden. The national women's team also went undefeated in its event but rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over the U.S. to capture a fourth straight Olympic gold medal.

ROCK STARS— Canada swept the Olympic curling gold medals for the first time. Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones dominated the women's event, capping an impressive 11-0 run by downing Sweden 6-3 in the final. Jones earned Canada its second women's curling gold but first since the late Sandra Schmirler emerged victorious at the first women's event in 1998 in Nagano, Japan. On the men's side, Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., teammates opened the tournament losing two of their first three games, then didn't lose again en route to winning the gold medal, needing eight ends to down Britain 9-3 in the final.

AIR SUPERIORITY — Much was expected these Games of Canada's high-flying freestyle ski team, and the squad certainly delivered as it accounted for nine of Canada's 25 medals. Freestyle competitors claimed six of the first nine medals that put the Canadian team atop the overall standings following the fourth day of competition. On four separate occasions Canadian freestyle athletes secured two medals in the same event, including in women's moguls where Montreal sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe finished 1-2 and held hands before stepping onto the podium to receive their medals.

TITLE DEFENCE — Much has been made of Canada's hockey teams and the men's curling squad successfully defending their Olympic titles. But so too did Alex Bilodeau of Rosemere, Que., in the men's moguls as well as Kaille Humphries of Calgary and Heather Moyse of Summerside, P.E.I., in the women's bobsled event. In fact, Humphries and Moyse were named Canada's flag-bearers for the closing ceremonies.

OLYMPIC SPIRIT — Long track speedskater Denny Morrison of St. John, B.C., gave Canadians plenty to cheer about after claiming a silver medal in the 1,000-metre event. But Morrison got to skate in the final only after teammate Gilmore Junio gave up his spot in the event in an act of unselfishness. During the men's cross-country ski free sprint, Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth noticed Russian competitor Anton Gafarov was trying to compete despite having a broken ski. So Wadsworth grabbed a spare he'd brought for Canadian team member Alex Harvey, raced on to the course and replaced Gafarov's ski.

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