Thursday, August 28, 2014

Jacobs completes golden sweep

SOCHI, Russia—Canada won men’s curling gold today with a 9-3 win over Britain.
Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. team took control of the game early.

They scored three in the third and stole one point in the fourth for a 6-1 lead.
It’s double curling gold for Canada in Sochi after Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones won the women’s event yesterday.
Three different Canadian men’s teams have won three-straight Olympic titles.
Ryan Fry plays third for Canada while second E.J. Harnden and lead Ryan Harnden are brothers.
Meanwhile, Canadian women have done it again.
Marielle Thompson of Whistler, B.C. won a gold medal while Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C. captured silver in women’s skicross today.
The final pitted the four fastest women in qualifying. Thompson, ranked third, took an early lead against the first-ranked Serwa and never let it slip.
Both crossed the finish line ahead of bronze-medallist Anna Holmund of Sweden.
The 1-2 finish allowed Canada to bookend gold-silver performances in Olympic freestyle skiing.
Freestyle opened Feb. 8 with Montreal sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe finishing 1-2 in women’s moguls.
Canadians also finished 1-2 in the men’s moguls two days later, with Alex Bilodeau of Rosemere, Que. winning the gold medal and Mikael Kingsbury of Deux-Montagnes, Que. taking the silver.
And Charle Cournoyer has won bronze in the men’s 500-metre short-track speedskating race.
The Boucherville, Que. native finished behind gold-medal winner Victor An of Russia and China’s Dajing Wu.
Cournoyer advanced to the final with second-place results in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.
He was assured of a medal when China’s Wenhao Liang fell during the four-skater final.
The 22-year-old, making his Olympic debut, hadn’t finished better than sixth during the current World Cup season.
Cournoyer was the only Canadian in the final after Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, Que. was fourth in his quarter-final race to finish 13th overall.
Charles Hamelin of Saint-Julie, Que. was the defending champion but failed to advance out of the heats.
The medal will be a relief to a short-track team that has just two medals in a disappointing overall performance at the Winter Games.
The four medals today, which came a day after Canadian women won gold medals in hockey and curling, propelled Canada into second place on the medal table with a total of 24—nine gold, 10 silver, and five bronze.

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