Vanvover 2010: A week in review

Canada finishes strong at the Olympic Games as they set the record for most gold medals with 14

by Alison Henstridge

Canada finished strong at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, with a total of 26 medals: five bronze, seven silver and a record breaking 14 gold.
The second week at the Olympics was by far the best for Canada, where they captured more medals than any other country.

Charles Hamelin finally demonstrated to Canada why he was a medal hopeful in the short track speed skating event, finishing with a gold medal after the disqualification of American, Apolo Anoton Ohno, who shoved Canadian Francois-Louis Tremblay, which led him to fall as well as crashing into Korean Sung Si-Bak. Tremblay received the bronze medal and Si-Bak took home the silver medal after many reviews from Olympic officials.

A few hours later, the Hamelin brothers with Olivier Jean and Guillaume Bastille took home the gold medal for the men’s 5000-meter relay. Canada took the lead after Charles Hamelin sprinted so fast that he almost lost control of his skates.  South Korea took home the silver and the American team that consisted of Ohno brought home the bronze.

On another rink, Canada’s powerhouse curling teams both finished with medals. The women took home the silver after an overtime loss. Canada’s Cheryl Bernard  had the last chance to win the gold but unfortunately miss-calculated the distance and let the gold slip away. In the men’s category, Kevin Martin and his team easily captured the gold medal as they went undefeated in the tournament and be Norway in the finals.

Now for hockey, Canada’s women captured the gold medal after Dawson’s Marie-Philip Poulin scored two goals in a three-minute span giving Canada a two-point lead. Shannon Szabados, who was considered the third goalie, had the opportunity to start in the final match-up, stopping all 28 of the shots against. Canada not only had the early lead but had to protect it when officials gave the United States two three-man advantages. This was the third consecutive gold medal for the women’s hockey team.

It was a different story for the men’s hockey team. While an entire nation held their breath for sixty minutes, Canada fought for two-periods, maintaining a 2-1 lead. It was with 24 seconds to go that American Zach Parise tied the game at 2-2, Roberto Luongo letting one slide to the back of the net. It would be seven minutes and 40 seconds into overtime that Sidney Crosby would get one past American goaltender Ryan Miller, making the score 3-2 and most importantly winning gold.With the Olympics now complete, Canada stands with 26 medals and a record breaking 14 gold: officially the best winter games ever.

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