Sochi, while you were sleeping: Erik Guay and Spencer O’Brien miss podium

But team figure skating is yet to come

Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press

Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press

A downhill surprise

Amercian star Bode Miller struggled to control his nerves and finished 8th. Norwaya’s pre-race favourite Aksel Lund Svindal missed out on a medal too. The men’s downhill skiing podium was full of surprises, but Erik Guay could not end Canada’s 20-year alpine medal drought, finishing 10th.

All four Canadians missed the podium, while Austria’s Matthias Mayer was the surprise gold medallist.

For more on Erik Guay, read Ken McQueen reporting from Sochi this morning O’Brien slipes out in slopestyle Spencer O’Brien just couldn’t get that perfect run. The 2013 women’s world champion in slopestyle finished well of the podium as she didn’t complete either of her two attempts in the finals.

 

 


Like the men’s slopestyle yesterday, the Americans took home the gold medal with Jamie Anderson winning the inaugural Olympic event.

Dispatches from Sochi (Be sure to follow: @ChasGillis, @JonGatehouse and @kmqyvr.)

Jonathon Gatehouse: Gold, silver and a sea of tears for the Dufour-Lapointe sisters

Ken McQueen: Rough ride for ‘Canadian Cowboy’

Ken McQueen: Mark McMorris and the mellow ethos of slopestyle

Charlie Gillis: Sochi, Pyeongchang and hating on the Games

Charlie Gillis: Target practice for Canada women’s hockey

Wake up! Still to come today: figure skating medals and Christine Nesbitt on the oval

It’s impossible to turn off the TV when Patrick Chan, Tessa Virtue or Scott Moir are on the ice. Canada’s best figure skaters will likely get their first medals in Sochi as the team figure skating event wraps up today. It’ll be a tall task to leapfrog the Russians for gold, but Canada currently sits comfortably in 2nd place. 10 a.m. EST/7 a.m.PST

Christine Nesbitt already has a few Olympic medals in her trophy case. The London, Ont.-native won gold in Vancouver and silver in Turin. Nesbitt has fallen off speed skating radar since, fininshing 12th at last year’s world cup event. Can she regain her form in the 3000-m event? Find out at 6:30 a.m. EST/ 3:30 a.m. PST.




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Sochi, while you were sleeping: Erik Guay and Spencer O’Brien miss podium

  1. A tough day for both.
    But results like these are an excellent reason why Canadian athletes should abandon the annoying “trash” talk habit they seem to have adopted from the Americans … in the end it can come back to bite you … better to just put your head down and do the work … let others look & sound like idiots when it all comes to naught.

  2. I feel sorry for Ms. O’Brien. I have no doubt she tried her hardest (perhaps too hard) and fates weren’t with her. The failure wasn’t in her effort but in some people’s perception. I have always tried to instill in my children: Did you do your best effort? Then you have nothing to be ashamed of.
    Hold your head up, there’s always another day.

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