Canada's Samuel Girard wins gold medal in 1000 metre speedskating

Canada's Samuel Girard wins gold medal in 1000 metre speedskating

Girard's victory recalled one of the more memorable finals seen on the Olympic short track when Stephen Bradbury skated away with the 1,000m gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games after all four other skaters fell on the last turn.

Six of the eight gold medals in this event have been claimed by South Koreans while another was won by Russian Viktor Ahn, who was born in Korea.

The 23-year-old Boutin was forced to close all her social media accounts to block out the anger, while the RCMP and the International Olympic Committee began investigating threats made against her.

"It's not really fun to have those comments", she said. "Everything is in control", she said.

Hamelin, the victor of three golds and competing in his fourth and final Olympics, got up and was in Girard's corner when he stepped onto the ice for the final. I just said to him: "'OK I've gotta go four more years, '" an emotional Howell said with a laugh.

Boutin had already run into Choi at the athletes' village dining hall the day before and she and Choi hugged and settled any leftover awkwardness. "So I really want to be in the front".

"I just heard a big boom in the mats", he said.

With the 3,000-metre event still ahead on Tuesday, Boutin says she is putting this week's tensions behind her, taking the advice of the teammates who have banded around her. "You're an Olympic medallist and that's what you need to remember", she said.

Yuki Tsubota of Whistler, B.C., was the top Canadian - and the only one of three to make the final.

Back on the ice, the Canadian men's hockey team suffered its first loss of the tournament. Noreau actually beat goalie Pavel Francouz with Canada's final shot but the puck bounced off the goalpost.

It was mixed results for Canada in curling, with both teams going against the trend they set to start the Games.

"Charles played a huge role for him", Campbell said. "And learning from those mistakes moving forward I think was the key to today".

The Swedes now lead the men's standings at 5-0, with Canada right behind at 4-1. Jane Channell of North Vancouver, B.C., was 10th and Ottawa's Mirela Rahneva was 12th.

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