Canada breaks its Winter Olympics medal record

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With Kaetlyn Osmond’s figure skating bronze medal on Day 14 in PyeongChang, Team Canada has broken its record for most medals won at a Winter Olympic Games.

Mark Feb. 22, 2018 in your calendars with a big red checkmark: it’s the date Canada can officially say that PyeongChang is the most successful Winter Olympics in Canadian history.

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The record was previously set at the 2010 Vancouver Games when Canada earned 26 medals, including 14 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze. Team Canada’s motto in Vancouver was “Own the podium” and they did just that, but now the 2018 edition has raised the bar.

There are still a few days left of competition in PyeongChang, and with 10 gold, 8 silver and 9 bronze medals already won, Team Canada still has chances to bring home even more.

Team Canada has earned 20 or more medals at every Winter Olympics since the 2006 Turin Games where they won 24 medals, crushing their previous record of just 17 from Salt Lake City in 2002.

Four years later, Team Canada broke that record again; with the goal of finishing first in the medal table, and the Vancouver Games became the most successful Winter Olympics for the red and white.

The Canadians had the same goal going into the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, but came up short by just one medal, with 25 medals overall including 10 gold, 10 silver and 5 bronze.

Team Canada has won 20 medals (including 12 gold) in Olympic hockey since 1924 — medalling in at least men’s or women’s every year. This year, the women’s team earned the silver medal and the men will battle for bronze.

Canada has won the most medals in speed skating in its Olympic history, with 37. Since the addition of the short track speed skating program in 1992, the True North has won three of medals in the event at each Games. Athletes like Marc Gagnon and François-Louis Tremblay won a combined 10 medals between 1994 and 2010.

In PyeongChang, first-time Olympian Kim Boutin will add her name to the record books after earning one silver and two bronzes in the short track program. In addition to the Boutin, Samuel Girard nabbed a gold medal in 1,000 m short track speed skating event and the a bronze as part of the men’s 5,000 meter relay team.

Men’s and women’s speed skating mass start event is still yet to come on Feb. 24 , with Canadians participating in both races. Canada’s Olivier Jean will compete in the men’s event; and Keri Morrison and former world champion Ivanie Blondin will both look for their first Olympic medals in the women’s event.

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