After scraping by the US, 3-2, in a shootout Tuesday, the Canadian women’s hockey team completely dismantled Switzerland 13-0 Wednesday, as Canada took advantage of the Ottawa home ice, outshooting its opponent 79-16.
Marie-Philip Poulin led the team with a record four goals in Wednesday’s rout, and tossed in an assist for good measure. All told, nine players scored against Swiss goalie Sophie Anthamatten, who won her team’s player of the night award because, to be fair, she still stopped 66 shots.
Canada has outscored the Swiss 50-0 in their last five meetings, but still needs to beat the 2010 bronze medalists from Finland on Friday if they want to advance out of the group stage, or simply hope the Swiss somehow beat Team USA.
15-year-old Alina Zagitova won the first gold medal for the Olympic Athletes from Russia on Thursday night in the ladies’ free skate in PyeongChang.
Yevgenia Medvedeva, her training partner and the two-time world champion, earned silver by a margin of 1.31 points. That’s the exact margin Zagitova led Medvedeva by after the short program on Tuesday.
This marks the first time two women from the same country have shared the ladies’ figure skating podium since Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan in 1998. Speaking of Lipinski – Zagitova is less than a month older than Lipinski was when she won gold in Nagano, and Zagitova is now the second-youngest individual ladies’ Olympic champion in history.
Kaetlyn Osmond earned bronze – Canada’s first Olympic medal in ladies’ figure skating since 2010.
Gold: Alina Zagitova (OAR)
Silver: Yevgenia Medvedeva (OAR)
Bronze: Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN)
9. Bradie Tennell (USA)
10. Mirai Nagasu (USA)
11. Karen Chen (USA)
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Canadian skiers Kelsey Serwa and Brittany Phelan took the top spots in women’s ski cross at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, giving Canada its third consecutive gold medal in this event.
Switzerland’s Fanny Smith edged out Sweden’s Sandra Naeslund in the big final to claim the final spot on the podium.
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