Sask. Olympians donate three medals for Team Canada total

Saskatchewan was represented by six Olympians in this year’s winter games; hauled three medals for Team Canada.

The Winter Olympics in Beijing have ended. Canada finished with 26 medals – four gold, eight silver and 14 bronze – to rank fourth behind Norway (37), the Russian Olympic Committee (32) and Germany (27).

Remember, gold medals are weighed more heavily into the equation than the total medals won. Canada’s four golds was the lowest since the 1994 match in Lillehammer, Norway, but Canadian athletes managed to clinch a record number of bronze medals. Canada’s Olympic Committee said all but one of the country’s 215 athletes were able to fully compete in their event because Keegan Messing did not make it to China in time for the team skating event.

One of the gold medals belongs to Emily Clark of Saskatoon. Team Canada edged their rivals from the US 3-2 to win the tournament. Clark scored twice and added one assist through the team’s seven games en route to gold.

Mark McMorris continues to add to his snowboarding legacy. The 28-year-old athlete from Regina won bronze in the men’s slopestyle snowboard event. McMorris scored 88.53 in his third round to finish third. Canadian colleague Max Parrot took gold with a score of 90.96. McMorris would then finish 10th on the big air snowboard.

Regina’s Ben Coakwell was part of the bronze-medal four-man bobsleigh team piloted by Justin Kripps. The team finished with a time of 3:55:08 just 0.79 of the lead.

Graeme Fish of Moose Jaw cruised in one of his best races of the season in the men’s 10,000 meter speed skating competition which ended in 12:58:80 and was the top Canadian in the event. Nils van der Poel of Sweden changed the world record pace (12:30:74) to win gold.

White City, Marsha (Hudey) Sweeney of Saskatchewan is the top Canadian finisher in the women’s 500 meter speed skating competition. The 31-year-old recorded a time of 38.79, just 1.75 seconds from the lead. He was only ahead of fellow Canadian Brooklyn McDougall. Erin Jackson from the United States won gold.

Prince Albert’s Adam Cracknell was part of the Canadian men’s hockey team that lost in the quarter-finals of the tournament to Sweden. Technically this is a 6th finish for Canada.

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