PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the End of Day 10

Monday, February 19, 2018

PYEONGCHANG (February 19, 2018) – Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of Day 10 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:

GOLD: 6   SILVER: 5   BRONZE: 6   TOTAL: 17

RESULTSTeam Canada’s competition results

COMPETITION SCHEDULETeam Canada Day-By-Day at PyeongChang 2018

QUICK FACTS:

  • Cassie Sharpe advances to the women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe final with a top score of 93.40;
  • Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir breaks their own short program world record with a score of 83.67 points;
  • Canada wins its third Olympic medal and second ever gold medal in the men’s two-man bobsleigh event;
  • Its also the second time Canada has tied for bobsleigh gold in the two-man event (Lueders at Nagano 1998);
  • The Canadian women’s team have won 24 consecutive games, the longest in Olympic ice hockey history – they also reach their sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal game

FLASH QUOTES:

Justin KRIPPS

On Pierre LUEDERS who won gold in a tie in two-man bobsleigh in 1998 and now coaches Rep. Korea:

“He actually taught me to drive a bobsled. It’s pretty insane that 20 years after he tied for a gold medal I did, about eight years after he taught me. I saw him briefly today in the Korean changing room. He taught me the fundamentals, pretty much everything I know about bobsleigh. It’s incredible.”

On sharing gold with the German pair:

“It’s great, it’s two more people as happy as we are. They are amazing competitors, we have been friends and rivals for years. “(Francesco) FRIEDRICH laid down such an amazing run and Thorsten (MARGIS) has been pushing really well. I tried to keep my mind clear and do my thing and we laid down the best run I have ever had. And we managed to take a couple of hundredths off the push too and we definitely needed it.”

Alexander KOPACZ

On the community feel in bobsleigh:

“The whole community supports each other, when people win they are happy and when they lose we all feel sad together. And to share it with such a tenacious team like FRIEDRICH and Thorsten is an honour.”

Tessa VIRTUE

On their third Olympic Winter Games and breaking the short dance record:

“I think there is something about taking time away and gaining perspective and also it’s a testament to our team in Montreal and our coaches Marie-France and Patrice. They really set us up for this moment. We are so prepared and we are savouring every bit of it.”

Scott MOIR

On their season best and the record in the short dance:

“That’s something we are really proud of. That is every athlete’s goal here and to come out and do the best you can. And to do it on this stage, we’re really, really proud of that. We know our work isn’t over. It’s a long event. The biggest chunk is tomorrow and we have to stay on our game.”

Cassie SHARPE

On having the top score in qualifying:

“I feel great. I feel confident and the pipe is amazing, so just riding through it is really great. On my first run I just really wanted to land, that’s like my biggest thing for my confidence. If I don’t land my first run, I have a hard time coming back from that, so I just really wanted to land my run, and then after that I was like ‘OK, I want to qualify first because I want to drop last in the final’. Because if you do well through that, you can drop last, and it’s your victory lap. It’s the best feeling in the world. So if I can get another one of those, I mean, I’m so excited.”

On men and women skiing the same halfpipe:

“Girls and guys are differently built, no matter who you look at, it’s just a fact, and I think for us to be out here pushing it, and most of us going as big as they do a lot of the time, it makes me really proud to be a part of it.”

On her strategy:

“We’ll go over it tonight on paper and really ‘Set, this is run one, this is run two, this is run three’. Obviously in the moment it can change, but you have a general idea. “We’ve got it fully planned out so you don’t wear yourself out and it’s not too mentally draining either.”

Story and Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee

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