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Olympics, Day 4: More Golds for Alex Bilodeau, Charles Hamelin; Canada leads Sochi medal count
Enjoy the Monday, Canada. Your nation leads the Sochi medal count, after picking up three more medals via short track speed skater Charles Hamelin and mogul skiers Alex Bilodeau and Mikael Kingsbury.
Bilodeau became the first ever to win back-to-back Gold medals in the Winter Olympics with his performance on Monday, a blistering, flaw-free, and thrilling run down Sochi's Rosa Khutor park.
"I knew I had done everything to get ready," Bilodeau told CBC Sports after his win. "I knew I had to put the pressure on that young kid who's so good," referring to his teammate, Kingsbury.
"I went for the best run of my career."
Kingsbury's silver gave Canada two of three sports on the men's moguls podium, although Montreal's Marc-Antoine Gagnon finished fourth, just behind Bronze medallist Alexandr Smyshlyaev from Russia.
Hamelin won Gold on Monday in the 1,500-metre short track finals, edging out China's Tianyu Han and Russia's Victor An.
Hamelin won three medals in Vancouver in 2010, and is three more medals away from becoming Canada's most decorated Olympian ever. The 29-year-old is racing in three more events in Sochi, all of which he's considered a medal contender for.
Canada's women's ice hockey team fought through a stingy Finnish team and goaltender Noora Raty on Monday.
After the score remained kinked at 0-0 through two periods – with Canada outshooting Finland, 27-10 – the Canadians broke through with three third-period markers, winning their second game of the Sochi Games, 3-0.
Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Jayne Hefford, and Rebecca Johnston scored for the maple leafs.
Meanwhile, the men's ice hockey team has landed and practiced in Russia.
2010 'Golden Goal' scorer Sidney Crosby was skating with Penguins linemate Chris Kunitz and Los Angeles's Jeff Carter. Jonathan Toews centered the second line between Chicago buddy Patrick Sharp and Rick Nash. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry teamed up with Patrick Marleau on the third line. And, John Tavares centered the fourth line between Patrice Bergeron and Jamie Benn.
Martin St. Louis and Matt Duchene skated as extras.
On defence, Duncan Keith skated with Shea Weber, Jay Bouwmeester with Alex Pietrangelo, Marc-Edouard Vlasic with Drew Doughty, and Dan Hamhuis and P.K. Subban were so-called extras.
There's no guarantee these reported lines will remain that way when Canada takes on Norway in its first game of these Olympics, on Thursday.