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PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 8

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 8
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PYEONGCHANG (February 17, 2018) – Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of Day 8 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:

GOLD: 5 SILVER: 5 BRONZE: 5 TOTAL: 15

RESULTS: Team Canada’s competition results

COMPETITION SCHEDULE: Team Canada Day-By-Day at PyeongChang 2018

QUICK FACTS:

  • Kim Boutin wins her second Olympic bronze medal at PyeongChang 2018 and Canada’s first ever medal in the women’s 1500m short track speed skating event;
  • Kim Boutin is the first Canadian female short track speed skater to win two individual medals at the same Olympic Winter Games;
  • Samuel Girard captures his first career Olympic medal;
  • The 1000m short track speed skating gold is Canada’s first ever in the event and the first time Canada has won an Olympic medal in the event since Salt Lake City 2002.

FLASH QUOTES:

Samuel GIRARD

On winning gold:

“I think I’m not realising right now. I think I will realise a little later. For now I’m just enjoying the moment. For my family, my coach, I’m really, really happy right now.”

On the race:

“It was a pretty good race. A fast race. I took the first place right away. Something happened at the back. I don’t want to be there when those things happen. So I really want to be in the front. That was my plan and I executed pretty well.”

On the crash involving three of the finalists:

“I didn’t see it, I just heard a big boom in the mats. After that I was just thinking about my race and what I had to do. I was looking if someone was around to pass me on the line.”

On what HAMELIN said to him before the final:

“Just before the race he said to me, ‘Let’s go, you can do this’. He gave me a tap on the back. We train together, all the team was behind me on this medal.”

Patrick CHAN

On his final performance at his third and final Olympic Winter Games:

“The way I have been training and the way I went into this competition, I didn’t really want to be emotional to be honest. I am here to do a job and this is the most trained I have been in my life. This is the best Olympic experience out of the three, because I was in control. I was not dying out of breath. I had no fear. That was my whole goal, to start the programme, embracing my programme, on an Olympic stage, and I did that. I feel great, I feel happy and only positive.”

On his career:

“My career has had a lot of challenges like this and I think I can learn a lot more from having a lot of ups and downs. But today my goal was to land both Axels and get them solid. I am happy I landed on my feet on both of those. I wasn’t paying attention to the results of the other skaters. I am really happy with the performance. It’s already over and I wanted to make the best out of it and I did.”

On ending his career:

“I kind of ended on my terms. I am in the best shape I have ever been in my career. I’m the most technically strong I have been. I am the happiest I have ever been in my skating career. I think that is really a positive thing, that many skaters end their career without really being happy in their heart and knowing that they gave it their all and they’re good people.”

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