Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

OLYMPICS ROUNDUP: Canada gets skating gold, American Nagasu lands triple axel

OLYMPICS ROUNDUP: Canada gets skating gold, American Nagasu lands triple axel

The Canadians won the men's moguls title for the third consecutive Olympics, with six-time world champion Mikael Kingsbury filling the only hole in his resume. It was Nagasu (who finished second in the women's free skate), Adam Rippon (third in the men's free skate after a dazzling performance) and the Shibutani siblings, Alex and Maia (second in the ice dance free dance), who helped clinch the United States' third-place finish ahead of Italy.

Invermere's Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Invermere's Ben Thomsen and Whistler's Benjamin Broderick Thompson are back on the ski hill to compete for a gold medal in the slalom portion of the event.

The Americans stood in third place following the event's second day of competition Sunday and couldn't move up the standings on the final day.

Virtue and Moir won the free skate, anyway, to give Canada another 10 points, and then the team got together in that purple booth and they group-hugged and jumped and yelled.

Virtue said they learned before arriving at Gangneung Ice Arena that Chan had "nailed it", and strategized on the bus ride over about how to skate when there was nothing left on the line.

In another notable result from the team competition, the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation team, as it's called under an anti-doping punishment, now has its first silver medal of these games. This is Canada's first gold medal in this Olympic competition and the 7 overall Olympic medal for Canada.

Chan put it perfectly (and humbly as ever), acknowledging that it was truly a team effort: "I'm an Olympic gold medalist now, thanks to a team".

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"I think edgy would probably summarize most of the program quite well and that's what we were going for", Virtue told The Toronto Star. "I'm sorry, that's how I'm going to see it, that's how I'm going to enjoy it, and that's for me to decide". "I just skated with all my heart and just was in the moment completely", said Daleman. "We approached it as if it all came down to us".

Within an hour of the figure skating gold, Canadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin earned silver in the women's slopestyle. "We take so much pride in that".

"We wanted to make sure one of us would beat the Russians in our events, and I'm so honored to have done it", Chan said. We're proud of ourselves that we set our goals and committed to that.

"I mean, it's so emotional and so layered and so nuanced that you feel the spectrum of emotions".

Even Hollywood producer and director Baz Luhrmann, who won a Golden Globe for Moulin Rouge: "Moulin Rouge on ice!"

Turns out, Tessa and Scott actually "toned down" the program for the Olympics. Chan took a year off after Sochi, while Virtue and Moir took a two-year hiatus.

After winning their country's first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games, the seven figure skaters held hands and tried to jump onto the podium together.

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