Canadians take fourth
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia—It was three close calls but no Olympic medal for Canadian lugers at the Sochi Olympics.
Alex Gough, Samuel Edney, Tristan Walker, and Justin Snith just missed the podium with a fourth-place finish today in the first-ever Olympic luge relay event.
Calgary’s Gough finished fourth in the women’s event while Walker, of Cochrane, Alta. and Calgary’s Snith were fourth in doubles.
Canada now will have to wait four years for another shot at its first-ever luge medal.
Canada came into the Olympics as a medal hopeful in the relay—winning silver at the 2013 world championships and bronze in 2012.
Germany won to complete its golden sweep of luge events in Sochi while Russia finished second and Latvia third.
Meanwhile, it was a disappointing day for Canada’s Olympic short-track speedskating team.
The Canadian men won’t be defending their gold medal in the 5,000-metre relay after finishing fourth in the semi-finals.
Francois Hamelin fell early in the race and Canada was unable to catch up.
The result means Charles Hamelin won’t get the chance to become Canada’s most-decorated Olympian.
He needed a medal in all four of his events to pass speedskater Cindy Klassen and speedskater/cyclist Clara Hughes, who each have six medals.
And Marianne St. Gelais of St-Felicien, Que. won’t have a chance to win another medal in the women’s 500 metres after finishing third in her semi-final.
Only the top two skaters advanced.
In other action, Canada improved to 3-2 in men’s curling following a 7-6 victory today over Denmark (2-3).
The Canadian women’s curling team improved to 4-0 in the round-robin portion with an 8-5 victory over Denmark earlier today.
Skipped by Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones, Canada scored three points in the ninth end to pull away with the win.
Jones and her squad played Switzerland (3-0) later today.
Finally, Evgeni Plushenko withdrew from the men’s figure skating competition at the Sochi Olympics for medical reasons.
The four-time medallist who helped Russia win the team gold over the weekend fell on a triple Axel during warm-ups today for the short program and immediately grabbed his back.
He was expected to duel with Canada’s Patrick Chan for a spot on the podium.