Sochi Chronicles: Part TWO

The 22nd Winter Games: SOCHI 2014

The 22nd Winter Games: SOCHI 2014

Canada’s Medal Count has doubled since the last post!- 17 MEDALS: 4 GOLD, 9 SILVER, and 4 BRONZE.[As of February 18th, 2014].

Women’s Slopestyle Skiing: GOLD- Dara Howell & BRONZE- Kim Lamarre

Dara Howell & Kim Lamarre celebrating their podium triumph after the Women's slopestyle finals!

Dara Howell & Kim Lamarre celebrating their podium triumph after the Women’s Slopestyle Skiing finals!

Men’s Speed Skating (1000m/1500m): SILVER/BRONZE- Denny Morrison

Denny Morrison celebrating his SILVER medal perfomance in the 1000m with Gilmore Junio [who gave his spot in the final to Morrison].

Denny Morrison celebrating his SILVER medal perfomance in the 1000m with Gilmore Junio [who gave his spot in the final to Morrison].

Morrison celebrating his BRONZE medal performance in the 1500m on the podium.

Morrison celebrating his BRONZE medal performance in the 1500m on the podium.

Denny Morrison is one of many feel good stories in the Sochi 2014 games and will looking to go 3-for-3 picking up a medal in his final event when he takes part in the team pursuit event.

Men’s Figure Skating: SILVER- Patrick Chan

Patrick Chan made Canada proud with his SILVER medal performance in the MEN's figure skating competition.

Patrick Chan made Canada proud with his SILVER medal performance in the MEN’s figure skating competition.

Patrick Chan after finishing in 5th place in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver skated himself to an impressive 2nd place SILVER medal finish. Congratulations Patrick!

Men’s SUPER-G(Alpine): BRONZE- Jan Hudec (*TIED with USA’s Bode Miller)

Jan Hudec & Bode Miller TIED to win BRONZE in the Men's SUPER G Alpline SKiing event!

Jan Hudec & Bode Miller TIED to win BRONZE in the Men’s SUPER-G Alpline Skiing event!

Ladie’s Snowboard Cross: SILVER- Dominique Maltais

Dominique Maltais celebrating her SILVER medal performance in the Women's Snowboard Cross event!

Dominique Maltais celebrating her SILVER medal performance in the Women’s Snowboard Cross event

ICE DANCE: SILVER LININGS for VIRTUE & MOIR/ TESSA & SCOTT

Virtue & Moir - Canada's Olympic darlings.

Virtue & Moir – Canada’s Olympic darlings.

Virtue & Moir skated their both their short skate and their free dance to PERFECTION. There is something magical that happens between these two when they are on the ice together and when the day comes that they do retire, NO pair will ever exude that magic again.

Women’s 3000m Relay: SILVER

Marie-Eve Drolet, Valerie Maltais, Jessica Hewitt & Marianne St-Gelais, celebrate their SILVER medal finish in the 3000m relay.

Marie-Eve Drolet, Valerie Maltais, Jessica Hewitt & Marianne St-Gelais, celebrate their SILVER medal finish in the 3000m relay.

It’s been tough for the women’s speed-skating team in Sochi, but they came together with a united effort in their relay. Initially they had won bronze, BUT when China’s team was eliminated they were upgraded to SILVER and Italy took the bronze.

Men’s Half-pipe (SKI): SILVER- Mike Riddle

Riddle earned 90.60 points to WIN the SILVER medal in the Men's Half-pipe (SKI) final.

Riddle earned 90.60 points to WIN the SILVER medal in the Men’s Half-pipe (SKI) final.

Riddle’s first run was not perfect BUT his second run in the final of the half-pipe course was very near perfection (USA’s Wise won gold with 92 points). Riddle’s medal performance was Canada’s 17th of the games.

The games are far from over with many events and games still to take place…and some will be sure to capture the world by storm. Hockey madness has begun to take over as the Women’s tournament is now in the medal round and the Men’s tournament is heating up with the Quarterfinals finally set.

Team Canada Women have posted a 4-0 undefeated record and a spot in the GOLD medal game. The GOLD medal game will be a 2010 rematch against the USA on February 20. As it always is with these two teams, it is bound to be one heck of a hockey game. These two play at the highest level and it will be a great game to watch no matter what the final outcome. Switzerland will face off against Sweden for the bronze medal.

12 teams have become 8 and after the quarterfinals only FOUR will remain.

The Men’s Quarterfinals have now been set to take place February 19: (all time’s below are set in the Pacific time zone)

12:00 AM – SWEDEN v. SLOVENIA [Slovenia has a tough task ahead of them taking on the top seeded team that everyone expects to beat them].

 4:30 AM – FINLAND v. RUSSIA [Finland and Russia is sure to be an impeccable game and the home team is sure to make it memorable for their fans!]

 9:00 AM – CANADA v. LATVIA [Latvia stunned Switzerland to earn their spot in the quarterfinal proving they won’t go out quietly].

 9:00 AM – USA v. CZECH REPUBLIC [The Czech Republic surprised Slovakia with a 5-goal outburst that won them a spot in the quarterfinal against a tough opponent].

Are you ready for insanity that will ensue from the results of the Quarterfinals? You may want to take cover when the results are in and social media makes its voice heard LOUDLY. When all is said and done tomorrow, only 4 teams will remain and we will be ever closer to gold medal Sunday. Semifinal Friday will tell us which teams are assured a medal and who will fight for bronze.

Best of luck to all the teams remaining as the puck is about to drop on the madness that is the playoff round of the hockey tournament!

Semifinals – Friday Feb. 21
*OPPONENTS TBD @ 4:00 AM
*OPPONENTS TBD @ 9:00 AM

Bronze medal game – Saturday Feb. 22
*OPPONENTS TBD @ 7:00 AM

Gold medal game – Sunday Feb. 23
*OPPONENTS TBD @ 4:00 AM

We are in for an amazing finish to the hockey tournament and the remaining events over the next few days! Lots of drama is yet to come. Where will you be watching from?

As always, until next time, nuck said.

Sarah E.L.

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