All’s well that ends well for Team Canada 

Seven gold medals in last four days helps set Olympic record

The Canadian Olympic Committee warned Canadians not to panic and that medals would be coming, and they were right. In the last four days of the 2010 Games Canadians earned seven gold medals, on the way to setting a new Winter Games record of 14 gold medals. The total number of medals won by Canadians also increased to 26, two more than the previous record of 24 set at the 2006 Winter Games.



Canada has not won a medal in alpine skiing since 1994, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. There were some near misses in the speed events over the first week of the Games. In the final week the technical events took place, where Canada had fewer medal hopefuls. The women's technical team is rebuilding and prior to the Games the athletes were more focused on getting results in the top 30 and top 15 than on Olympic gold medals.

On the men's technical team, both Francois Bourque and Jean-Philippe Roy were injured, which meant that Whistler's Mike Janyk was the only Canadian competing who had won a World Cup or World Championship medal.

In the men's giant slalom, Erik Guay was the fastest Canadian, finishing 16 th . He moved up from 29 th after his first run with the second-fastest run of the afternoon.

It was similar to the men's slalom where Julien Cousineau moved up from 19 th in his first run to eighth place with the second fastest run of the afternoon.

Mike Janyk was 11 th after his first run and ended his day in 13 th place after making a mistake that cost him some momentum on the lower part of the course.

The giant slalom podium went to Carlo Janka of Switzerland, followed by Kjetil Janrus and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway. The slalom was won by Guiliano Razzoli of Italy, followed by Ivica Kostelic of Croatia and Andre Myhrer of Sweden.

It's interesting to note that the Austrian men's team failed to win a single medal during the 2010 Games, although they placed fourth, fifth and sixth in the GS and fourth and fifth in the slalom.



The final event in the snowboarding program was the parallel slalom. It was Jasey-Jay Anderson's last chance to win an Olympic medal after participating in four Games. He managed to pull off a gold despite the fact that he started in a deep hole of more than seven-tenths of a second after the first of two runs in the finals. Teammates Matthew Morison and Adam Lambert were 11 th and 12 th respectively.


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