While you were sleeping: Canada is definitely getting down to business at Olympics

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While you were sleeping

If you managed to stay up to see the men’s snowboard slopestyle, it was definitely worth it. Max Parrot and Mark McMorris finished with silver and bronze to give Canada its first medals of the Games.

McMorris, a Regina native who lives now in Whistler, B.C., said he thought about playing it safe with his last run, but after talking to his coaches decided against it.

“It’s worse when you play it safe and it doesn’t work out,” he said, and then corrected himself: “It did work out. I probably shouldn’t even be here, so I’m pretty stoked.”

Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer is basically unstoppable at this point, winning his third-straight men’s 5,000m medal. Canada’s Ted-Jan Bloemen, who is the world record holder, put up a valiant fight and settled for silver for Canada’s third medal of the Olympics. He ended up in second by a fraction – as you can see by the photo finish below. The Olympics: Never boring.

Ted-Jan Bloemen of Canada, right, crosses the finish line a fraction of a second before Norway’s Sverre Lunde Pedersen during the men’s 5,000 meters race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

If NBC is already making you tired with their non-stop chatter during broadcasts (minus Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir at figure skating, of course), please take heart that Korea isn’t all that happy with them either.

During the Opening Ceremony, analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo referred to Japan as “a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945, but every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation.” Which definitely did not go over well with Koreans, as the New York Times points out. NBC later apologized, with anchor Carolyn Manno stating: “We understand the Korean people were insulted by these comments and we apologize.”

Can’t-miss events

Freestyle skiing: Women’s moguls final
7 a.m. (TSN1,3-5)

Andi Naude and Justine Dufour-Lapointe placed second and fourth, respectively, in qualifying on Friday, lending credence to the idea that Canada could land two skiers on the podium in …read more

Source:: Nationalpost


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