Canadian Women Killed It At The Olympics

Feb 26 2018 by
Categories : Health & Fitness

Canada had record-breaking success at this year’s Olympics, winning a total of 29 medals—more than we’ve ever won at a single winter games. And, no surprise, the Canadian women killed it. Not only did we send more female Olympians to PyeongChang than we have in the past—103, or 46 percent, to be exact—Canada’s female athletes helped win 17 of our total medals (including mixed events and singles). Let’s take a moment to celebrate them, shall we? 
 

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    Tessa Virtue

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    Age: 28
    Hometown: London, Ontario
    Sport: Ice Dance
    Medal: Gold

    Tessa Virtue and life-long ice dance partner Scott Moir leave PyeongChang as double gold medallists—they landed on top of the podium at both the team figure skating and individual ice dance events. With a total of five Olympic medals to their name, they also leave these games the most decorated figure skaters ever.
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    Justine Dufour-Lapointe

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    Age: 23
    Hometown: Montreal, Quebec 
    Sport: Freestyle skiing - moguls
    Medal: Silver

    Justine Dufour-Lapointe was the first Canadian woman to earn a medal at these games. The youngest of three skiing sisters, her second-place finish also happens to be her second Olympic medal: she won gold at her first winter games in Sochi. 
     
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    Kim Boutin

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    Age: 23
    Hometown: Sherbrooke, Quebec
    Sport: Short track speed skating
    Medal: Silver and two bronze

    Speed-skater Kim Boutin made a splash with her Olympic debut, winning three medals. Her awe-inspiring success made her the clear choice to be the flag bearer at the closing ceremonies. 
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    Alex Gough

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    Age: 30
    Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
    Sport: Luge
    Medal: Bronze, silver

    Gough, a Canadian luge veteran, made history at these Olympics: her bronze medal win in the women's individual event was the first-ever Olympic medal a Canadian has ever won in the sport. She built on that success, helping the luge relay team win silver at their race. 
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    Gabrielle Daleman

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    Age: 20
    Hometown: Newmarket, Ontario 
    Sport: Figure skating 
    Medal: Gold

    Although Gabrielle Daleman had a disappointing skate during the women's individual event, she started off the PyeongChang Olympics with a gold-medal win in the team figure skating event. In fact, Daleman guaranteed the team gold with her free skate at the competition. 
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    Kaitlyn Lawes

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    Age: 29
    Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Sport: Curling
    Medal: Gold

    Along with partner John Morris, Kaitlyn Lawes won gold in the inaugural mixed-doubles curling tournament at the winter games. Lawes, who was part of Canada's gold-medal winning women's team in Sochi, only practiced with Morris once before even qualifying for the Olympics.
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    Cassie Sharpe

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    Age: 25
    Hometown: Comox, B.C.
    Sport: Freestyle skiing - halfpipe
    Medal: Gold

    Cassie Sharpe's skills are no joke. Not only did she win gold at her Olympic debut, she won Canada's first-ever Olympic medal in the women's halfpipe event. 
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    Kaillie Humphries and Phylicia George

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    Age: 32 and 30
    Hometowns: Calgary, Alberta and Markham, Ontario 
    Sport: Bobsleigh 
    Medal: Bronze

    Bobsledders Kallie Humphries and Phylicia George are a history-making duo. The pair's bronze medal win is Humphries third straight Olympic medal (she won gold in Vancouver and Sochi) and George's first. Unlike veteran Humphries, however, George is quite new to the sport; after competing for Team Canada in London and Rio, she became the first black Canadian woman to compete in both the summer and winter games.
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    Meagan Duhamel

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    Age: 32
    Hometown: Lively, Ontario 
    Sport: Pairs figure skating 
    Medal: Gold and bronze

    Meagan Duhamel and pairs figure skating partner Eric Radford were key members of Canada's gold-medal winning group at the team event. But the duo, who are set to retire from competitive skating, also had their sights set on the podium at their individual event. Mission accomplished: they skated to a season's best score to land a bronze medal that is all their own.
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    Kelsey Serwa and Brittany Phelan

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    Ages: 28 and 26
    Hometowns: Kelowna, B.C. and Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
    Sport: Ski cross
    Medals: Gold and silver

    IRL training partners and BFFs Kelsey Serwa (right) and Brittany Phelan (left) took the top two spots on this year's ski cross podium, giving Canada's its second-straight double podium at the Olympic event. Serwa won silver in Sochi, while this was Phelan's first ski cross competition (she was previously an alpine skier). 
     
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    Laurie Blouin

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    Age: 21
    Hometown: Stoneham, Quebec
    Sport: Snowboard - slopestyle
    Medal: Silver

    First-time Olympian Laurie Blouin wasn't even sure if she'd be able to compete in the finals at her event—just days before at practice, she took a hard fall and had to be checked out at a hospital. A gash on her cheek didn't stop Blouin, though. She won silver at the women's slopestyle finals, Canada's first-ever Olympic medal in a women's snowboarding event other than snowboard cross.
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    Kaetlyn Osmond

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    Age: 22
    Hometown: Marystown, Newfoundland/Sherwood Park, Alberta
    Sport: Figure skating
    Medal: Gold and bronze 

    Kaetlyn Osmond is yet another member of Canada's gold-medal winning figure skating team. After suffering injuries and almost leaving the sport, Osmond fought to stand on the podium at her individual event and takes home a bronze for Canada.
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    Women's Hockey

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    Medal: Silver

    Canada's women's hockey team had their sights set on one goal coming into PyeongChang: a fifth-straight gold medal. And while the gold-medal game against the USA ended in a heartbreaking shootout, the women still excelled at the tournament and made their talent clear. 
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