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Pyeongchang medal haul beats Canadian record

It wasn’t the most golden of Games for Canada, but overall Canadian athletes have never won more winter Olympic hardware

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It’s official: The Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games were a record breaker for Canadian athletes.

With 29 medals won (11 gold, eight silvers and 10 bronze), this year’s Olympic medal haul surpassed the previous high of 26 medals from the Vancouver Olympic games in 2010.

Canada finished third in the overall medal count, behind Norway with 39 medals (14 of both gold and silver, 11 bronze), and Germany with 31 medals (14 gold, ten silvers, seven bronze).

While Team Canada beat its overall medal record, it didn’t quite match the record for number of gold medals won at an Olympic Games. The current gold medal high still belongs to the Olympic Games where athletes had the hometown advantage: the Vancouver games in 2010. Team Canada kept 14 gold medals at home that year.

While 29 medals were won in Peyongchang, a total of 82 Canadians athletes are bringing home Olympic hardware (largely thanks to both hockey teams making the podium). Nine athletes are bringing home multiple medals.

Despite Team Canada sending less women than men, the overall medal breakdown by gender is split: 12 medals (six gold, two silver and four bronze) were won in men’s events, 12 medals (two gold, five silver and five bronze) in women’s events and five medals (three gold, one silver and one bronze) in mixed events.

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