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Thankless Thursday. Canadians held off the podium for the first time in Sochi

Posted: 02/13/2014 1:29 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 02/13/2014 1:47 PM

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SOCHI, Russia - Shut out of the medals Thursday, other countries caught and passed Canada at the 2014 Winter Games.

It was the first day Canada didn't win at least one medal in Sochi.

With just one medal in the last two days, the Canadian team stalled at 10 medals and was tied with Germany.

Russia leapfrogged Canada to 11 and the United States and the Netherlands jumped ahead to 12. Norway remained the frontrunner at 13.

Canada's goal is to top the overall medal count in Sochi after finishing third with 26 in 2010.

The good:

— The Canadian men's hockey team opened with a 3-1 win over Norway.

— Toronto figure skater Patrick Chan ranked second after the men's short program.

— The Jennifer Jones curling team from Winnipeg remained unbeaten at 5-0. The men's team skipped by Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., won their second in a row to get to 3-2.

The bad:

— The lugers were fourth for the third time in as many nights. This one hurt because Canada was a solid medal contender in the new team relay.

— Speedskater Christine Nesbitt did not come close to the podium in the women's 1,000 metres after winning gold in the distance in 2010. She was ninth.

— The men's short track team will not defend their relay gold after finishing fourth in the semifinals, while 2010 silver medallist Marianne St. Gelais of St-Felicien, Que., was eliminated in the 500-metre semifinal.

Canada's grade: D

Ones to watch Friday: Patrick Chan in the men's free skate, cross-country skier Alex Harvey of St.-Ferreol-Les-Neiges, Que., in the men's 15k race, Canada versus Austria in men's hockey.

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