Canada Celebrates Record Gold Medal Haul at the Winter Olympics
Team Canada is able to reflect on a hugely successful games in Pyeongchang after taking an impressive 29 medals including 11 gold. Despite some unexpected defeats in the hockey and the curling, the 2018 Winter Olympics can be marked down as a memorable and triumphant two weeks.
Only all-conquering Norway and Germany finished ahead of Canada in the final medals table, with USA trailing in fourth position. 2018’s total eclipses the previous record of 26, which was set just eight years ago in Vancouver and that is a huge cause for celebration. Some of the more unexpected successes include Kelsey Serwa and Brittany Phelan’s gold and silver medals in the ski cross. The pair are former roommates and good friends and they described the result as “absolutely amazing”. They weren’t the only Canadian success story in this event, with Brady Leman also taking gold in the men’s event.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir continued to dominate the ice dance events whilst Ted-Jan Bloeman secured an Olympic record time of 12 minutes and 39.77 seconds in the men’s 10,000 metres speed skate. That was a second medal in Pyeongchang for Bloeman, who had already claimed a silver in the men’s long track event just days earlier.
The Winter Olympics may be complete but there are still plenty of winter sports betting markets available with online Canadian sportsbooks such as Pinnacle. Upcoming events include the men’s cross country skiing sprint classic, where Norway’s Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo has been priced up as the -175.00 favorite.
Disappointment in the Curling Events
Canada has previously dominated the curling events at the Winter Olympics, but 2018 was largely forgettable in this sphere for the Red and Whites. The women’s team had won a medal at each of the last five games but could only finish sixth in Pyeongchang, whilst the men’s team were beaten by Switzerland during their bronze medal match. There was a notable triumph for the mixed doubles pair of John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes, who lit up the opening week with a gold medal despite only training together for a month. They dominated throughout and didn’t take long to see off the Swiss duo of Martin Rios and Jenny Perrett.