Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Olympic Roundup: Canadian Athletes All Smiles after Record Haul in Pyeongchang

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Olympic Roundup: Canadian Athletes All Smiles after Record Haul in Pyeongchang

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Olympic Roundup: Canada delivers in Pyeongchang


PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of - Canada did not figure into the medals on the final day of competition at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, but its athletes were all smiles Sunday as they marched in the closing ceremony en masse to the country's best-ever showing at a Winter Games.

Canadians won a record 29 medals in Pyeongchang (11 gold, eight silver, 10 bronze), finishing behind only powerhouses Norway (39) and Germany (31) in the overall standings. Canada also finished third in gold medals, with Norway and Germany both topping the podium 14 times.

The Canadian Press predicted 29 medals going into the South Korean Games with a breakdown of nine gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze.

The Canadian Olympians were represented at the closing ceremony by flag-bearer Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que. The 23-year-old short-track speedskater won a silver and two bronze in an impressive Olympic debut.

Canada had a chance to add to its record medal haul in four-man bobsled, as the sled piloted by Justin Kripps of Summerland, B.C., was in fourth place heading into Sunday's final two runs.

Despite posting the best start times in each heat, Kripps's sled finished sixth with a four-run time of three minutes 16.69 seconds.

The German sled piloted by Francesco Friedrich, who tied Kripps for gold in the two-man bobsled competition, won the four-man in 3:15.85.

South Korea's Won Yunjong and Germany's Nico Walther tied for silver in 3:16.38.

"Really proud of the crew," said Kripps, whose team included Alex Kopacz of London, Ont., his brakeman from the two-man competition, plus Jesse Lumsden of Burlington, Ont., and Ottawa's Seyi Smith. "They did their job extremely well. I thought I drove well, just little mistakes."

Hamilton's Nick Poloniato, Cam Stones of Whitby, Ont., London's Josh Kirkpatrick and Ben Coakwell of Moose Jaw, Sask., were 12th in 3:17.81.

Chris Spring of Priddis, Alta., Calgary's Lascelles Brown, and the Edmonton duo of Bryan Barnett and Neville Wright wound up 16th in 3:17.96.

The race marked the end of the line for both Lumsden, a former CFL player who took up bobsled ahead of the 2010 Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B. …

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