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Three of Team Canada’s medals come from Saskatchewan Olympians

Three medals for Team Canada come from Saskatchewan Olympians.

Key Takeaways:

  • This year’s winter games included six Olympians from Saskatchewan, who brought home three medals for Team Canada.
  • Emily Clark of Saskatoon has one gold medal to her name. With a 3-2 victory against their American opponents, Team Canada won the championship.

Six Olympians from Saskatchewan competed in this year’s winter games, winning three medals for Team Canada.

The Beijing Olympic Winter Games have come to an end. Canada came in fourth place with 26 medals — four gold, eight silver, and 14 bronze – behind Norway (37), Russia’s Olympic Committee (32), and Germany (27).

It’s important to remember that gold medals count for more than the total medals won. Canada’s four gold medals were the fewest since the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, while Canadian competitors’ number of bronze medals was a new high. 

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According to the Canadian Olympic Committee, all but one of Canada’s 215 competitors were able to compete completely in their competitions since Keegan Messing didn’t get it to China in time for the figure skating team event.

Emily Clark of Saskatoon is the proud owner of one gold medal. Team Canada won the competition with a 3-2 against their American opponents. During the team’s seven games en route to gold, Clark scored two goals and provided an assist.

Mark McMorris kept adding to his snowboarding resume. In the men’s snowboard slopestyle event, the 28-year-old from Regina took bronze. McMorris finished third with an 88.53 on his third run. Max Parrot, a fellow Canadian, won gold with 90.96. McMorris would subsequently place 10th in the snowboard big air competition.

Three medals for Team Canada come from Saskatchewan Olympians.
Three medals for Team Canada come from Saskatchewan Olympians. Image from CTV News

Ben Coakwell of Regina was a member of Justin Kripps’ bronze-medal winning four-man bobsleigh team. The team completed in 3:55:08, barely 0.79 seconds behind the leaders.

Graeme Fish of Moose Jaw skated one of his greatest races of the season in the men’s 10,000-meter speed skating competition, ranking first among Canadians with timing of 12:58:80. Nils van der Poel of Sweden won gold in a world record time of 12:30:74.

Marsha (Hudey), Sweeney of White City, Saskatchewan, took first place in the women’s 500-meter speed skating competition. The 31-year-old finished in 38.79 seconds, barely 1.75 seconds behind the leader. Brooklyn McDougall, a fellow Canadian, was barely ahead of her. Erin Jackson of the United States was the gold medalist.

Adam Cracknell of Prince Albert was a member of the Canadian men’s hockey team defeated by Sweden in the tournament’s quarterfinals. Technically, Canada came in sixth place.

Source: CTV News

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