Canada has developed into a powerhouse at the Winter Olympic Games. In 2010, on home soil, Canadian athletes won 14 gold medals to top the table. This was followed by another strong showing in Sochi, where we returned from Russia with 10 golds to our name.
Now three days into the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, our athletes are once again shining on the world stage.
As of writing, Canada sits in a six-way tie for third place at the 2018 Winter Olympics (one Gold medal).
If ranked by total medals won, Canada would own the two spot (six medals).
Here’s who’s earned hardware in the red and white so far:
Gold: Figure Skating Team Event
Canada’s figure skating team brought home our first Gold medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics. The achievement is especially notable for Patrick Chan, Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who are retiring after the Games.
A classic performance by Patrick Chan gives the Ontario skater a score of 179.75 points in the free skate. Team Canada takes the lead, with the Olympic Athletes from Russia sitting second. pic.twitter.com/0wuOEXLvtA
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) February 12, 2018
Silver: Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Ladies’ Moguls
Dufour-Lapointe followed up her gold in Sochi with a strong silver over the weekend. At just 23 years old, it’s safe to assume she’ll finish a few more Games on the podium.
Justine Dufour-Lapointe is back on the podium. ??
— Team Canada (@TeamCanada) February 11, 2018
Silver: Max Parrot, Men’s Slopestyle
Part of what makes the Olympics so great are the narratives that define each athlete’s road to the Games. Like this fun fact about silver medalist Max Parrot:
At age 9, Max Parrot begged his parents for a snowboard. They refused for safety reasons. So he cut lawns all summer long to raise the $. Now he's an Olympic silver medallist.
— Vicki Hall (@vickihallch) February 11, 2018
Silver: Laurie Blouin, Ladies’ Slopestyle
Blouin was questionable to participate in the ladies’ slopestyle event after suffering a head injury in training just three days ago. Her face still bruised, she finished on the podium all smiles.
Can’t believe this just happened ??. Thanks for the love y’all!! Much appreciated. pic.twitter.com/QryvJyhFV8
— Laurie Blouin (@LaurieBlouin) February 12, 2018
Silver: Ted-Jan Bloemen, Men’s 5000m Speed Skating
Ted-Jan Bloemen, who struggled to break through in the Dutch figure skating team, switched to Team Canada in 2014 in search of a chance to shine. The 31-year-old proved his pedigree on Sunday, finishing two-one-thousandths of a second ahead of Bronze medal-winner Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Norway.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 11, 2018
Bronze: Mark McMorris, Men’s Slopestyle
That McMorris even participated in the Games is an impressive feat considering he almost died in a backcountry snowboarding accident in Whistler less than a year ago. His bronze is as good as gold in my books.