The Sochi Winter Olympics are under way


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“No Guts No Glory”

Most of the news in the world of sports over the next three weeks will center around Sochi Russia, where the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are taking place. So far Canada is doing well at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Here is what has happened this week from a team Canada perspective.

The sisters finished first and second in women's moguls

Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe


Justine Dufour-Lapointe won a gold medal for Canada, and if that was not amazing enough, her sister Chloe won the silver. The eldest sister, Maxime at the ripe old age of 24, blazed the trail for her younger siblings and finished in a respectable 12th position. Moguls are truly a family affair.

Mark McMorris  started things for Canada with a bronze in men’s slopestyle snowboard. This is a new event at the Olympics this year and the amazing thing was McMorris did it with a broken rib. He is from Regina which is also kind of ironic because our great prairies are flatter than pee on a plate with no hills in sight.

Canada took silver in team figure skating just behind the Russian host team. In speed skating, Charles Hamelin won gold in the 1,500 meter short track event.

Alex Bilodeau has won his second straight gold medal in men’s  Olympic moguls. His teammate Mikael Kingsbury captured the silver. The Canadians narrowly missed sweeping the podium as Marc-Antoine Gagnon finished fourth. Teenage freestyle skier Dara Howell won gold in ladies slope style. Her teammate, Kim Lamarre, from Lac-Beauport, Que., won bronze.

Gilmore Junio  gave up his spot to teammate Denny Morrison in the 1000 meters speed skating  race and Morrison payed him back by winning the silver medal. Now that is true Team Canada Olympic spirit. Morrison had fallen during the Canadian qualifying trials while leading his race and Junio thought Morrison had a better chance of winning. Morrison followed up with a bronze medal in the 1500 meters and credits Junio with helping him become faster with his starts which were always the problem area for him.   Gilmore Junio has Allsports vote for carrying the Canadian Flag during the closing ceremonies.

Patrick Chan missed a golden opportunity when the front running Japanese skater fell, but Chan had a stumble of his own and had to settle for a silver medal in the men’s figure skating. .

The Canadian men's hockey team opened with two wins in the preliminary round

Olympic Hockey

The Canadian men’s hockey team started the defense of their 2010 Vancouver gold medal with two wins in the preliminary round  of the Sochi Winter Olympics Hockey tournament. A 3-1 win over Norway and a 6-0 win over Austria.

Currently Canada is sitting in fourth place on the strength of four gold and five silver medals. With a total of twelve medals. Canada is staying right up there with the countries who historically do well in the winter Olympics. Go Canada and keep up the great work there at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

And that’s the sports news and sports on the web, or the way I see it anyway.

“No Guts No Glory”

Walt Webb

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