Gold, Bronze in Slopestyle Skiing Gives Canada Nine Medals So Far at Sochi Games

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Gold, Bronze in Slopestyle Skiing Gives Canada Nine Medals So Far at Sochi Games


Canada increases medal count to nine in Sochi

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SOCHI, Russia - It's becoming quite common to see two Canadian flags rising together at the Sochi Olympics.

For the third time at the Games, two Canadians found themselves on the same podium. Freestyle skier Dara Howell won Canada's fourth gold medal Tuesday with a dominating performance in the women's slopestyle event, while teammate Kim Lamarre was third.

With a pair of 1-2 finishes in men's and women's moguls already in the books, Canada totalled their previous high of three double-podium finishes from the 2006 Turin Games. And there are 12 days of competition left to break that record.

Howell's winning run earned a score of 94.20, well ahead of the 85.40 posted by silver medallist Devin Logan of the United States.

"I think that's the best run I've ever done in my entire life," said Howell, who was cheered on by a vocal, red-clad contingent that included her parents.

"The course just worked for me today," the native of Huntsville, Ont., added. "I could not be happier."

The two medals give Canada a total of nine (four gold, three silver, two bronze). That's four more than at this point at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Norway leads Canada atop the medal standings with 11 (four gold, three silver, four bronze). The Netherlands is third with eight.

Lamarre, from Quebec City, continued an impressive run from Quebec athletes at these Games. Athletes from the province have contributed six of Canada's nine medals.

"It's amazing how many coaches are coaching outside Quebec and it's amazing how many coaches we produce here," said Alex Bilodeau, who won his second straight Olympic gold in men's freestyle moguls on Monday. "When you produce coaches, athletes and people it inspires others and it snowballs. It's like the economy. If the economy's doing well, it leads to other gains. It's the same in sports."

Bilodeau credited a boost from the Vancouver Games for the rise of winter sport in Quebec, and said it's only going to get better.

"The number of clubs and registrations increased unbelievably after Vancouver but wait until next year," he said. "It's just going to continue to grow in our sport and in others. With (Olympic champion short-track speedskater) Charles Hamelin and all the other Quebecers, you have to keep it going so it continues to inspire the young people in Quebec. We're on a nice roll, and we can't let it slip away."

While Canadian freestyle skiers have been dominant at the Games, it was a tough day for Kaya Turski.

Turski, who came back from a knee injury to win her fifth Winter X Games title last month, crashed on both her training runs. …

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