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PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 7

PYEONGCHANG (February 16, 2018) – Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of Day 7 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:


Alex Harvey finishes 7th in the cross-country skiing 15km free, Canada’s best-ever Olympic finish in that event


On his performance, having finished seventh:
“It was good. I think I found the good rhythm to fight for the podium and I just fell off the pace in the last lap. But it’s all I had today.”

On his chances in the men’s 50km classic:
“I’m feeling good. I’m still missing that little spark to get my foot on the podium, but I trust that the shape is there and sometimes it’s just a matter of having a bit of a special day, waking up on a mission for some reason. I’m still focused, still hopeful for the 50km.”


On his Olympic Winter Games debut:
“This was an amazing venue. Ten seconds before I go out there I was like, ‘I’m skating in the Olympics and I almost wanted to cry.’ I had to bring myself back and just focus again and said, ‘I’m just at another competition’. The crowd was so receptive and I nailed the quad. This was probably the first triple Axel I fell on in the programme this week. So I can’t wait for the free skate to show that off. I felt strong out there and I just performed as hard as I could perform. I feel that ‘special’ is almost too small of a word (to describe being at the Games). I have been working for this for 23 years and this is my third Olympic trials to get here. So just making it was a dream come true. Now skating here, it’s mind-blowing and I am excited. I am honoured.”

On having his family here for support:
“Even if I bombed they would be behind me 100% and I got my mom, my dad, my older brother and a couple of my friends all up there cheering for me. They are all so proud and my community is so proud of me. I just get the easy part now and come and skate and do what I have been doing.”

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 6

Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of Day 6 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:

RESULTS: Team Canada’s competition results
Team Canada wins eighth Olympic medal in the pairs figure skating event.
Canada has won 23 consecutive games in women’s hockey at the Olympic Winter Games;
Canada wins it’s first medal in the men’s 10,000m long track speed skating event since Lake Placid 1932;
Ted-Jan Bloemen sets the Olympic record in the men’s 10,000m long track speed skating event;
The team relay silver is Canada’s best ever Olympic luge result and second ever Olympic medal

Tristan WALKER
On their emotions:
"We've been working this past quad with the heartbreak of Sochi, and to finally capitalize not only bronze but silver - amazing."

Justin SNITH
On crossing the line:
"Anticipation. There's a break between punching the clock at the end there and knowing where you finish, and as soon as I saw my teammates celebrating it was just like the biggest weight off my shoulders, especially after a long four years."

Sam EDNEY (CAN) – silver
On the moment the double crossed the line:
"That was the moment that I think the four of us were just overwhelmed. We each did our job, we each put a great run down. I think we knew we had a chance to be up there. It's amazing. It's the moment that we were all dreaming of and wanting forever."

On training for the event:
"We basically committed to the four years right after Sochi. Sam and I definitely needed some other focuses to be able to come back here as fresh as possible and with as much motivation as possible. To pull it through with these guys is so incredible. This is the best."

On winning gold:
“It’s going to take a while for all this to sink in. It’s hard to say what’s going through my mind. It’s been very emotional. It’s the biggest stage I’ve ever been on and to win here is the highest you can get.”
On how hard he has worked:
“We’ve worked towards this competition for so long with my team. I’m just so proud of them that we made it happen today. It’s amazing.”
On his family and friends:
“They were already so proud when I won the 5000m silver. I really wanted to win a gold medal for them. But for them, they’ll always love me. It’s a comforting feeling having them here.”

On skating four programmes this week and taking bronze:
“We were really, really well trained when we came here. I think we are at the peak of our mental and physical state right now as the elderly skaters. I don’t think we could be any more prepared. Those four programmes this week are exactly along the lines of what we do in training every week. I think we paced our energy very well throughout the week so that we had enough in the tank to give it everything we had today.”
On becoming the first skater to land a quad throw Salchow at the Olympic Games:
“I didn’t even know until I had a message from Isabelle BRASSEUR (CAN, 1992 and 1994 Olympic pairs bronze medallist). She said, ‘You are the first girl to land a throw quad at the Olympics’. I couldn’t believe there is a skating fact I didn’t know, and now I know. I had a little bit of a mishap on the Lutz but the quad throw was going so well in training. I didn’t even question it and I said, ‘No, you are landing this.’ I wasn’t surprised. I said, ‘Now I have to go on to the next thing.’”

On winning the bronze medal:
“This is better than anything we could have imagined. This competition, there were so many good pairs that anything could have happened. So for us to go out and lay it down, it meant so much to us.”
On their upcoming retirement:
“That was a better way to end, with an awesome long 

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 5

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 4

​​Meagan DUHAMEL
On returning to the ice after winning gold in the team event:
“We felt better than we anticipated yesterday when we came back to train. Of course, you are on the highest high of your life and all of a sudden you are back down to reality and you need to compete again. So I am really proud how we handled the practice yesterday and how we approached today. I really enjoyed the moment out there on the ice today and at the end of the day that’s what we are going to remember most.”
On being out on the ice as Olympic gold medallists:
“I thought of it yesterday for a split second. I was stroking around the ice and thought, ‘I am an Olympic champion’. Then I went, ‘I want another Olympic medal, get back to work’.”

On whether the challenge of having three skates in less than a week is more mental or physical:
“You know what, it was both. But now that we have this one under our belt, we feel like this is right where we want to be. This was a really good short and we are really ready for the long programme.”
On the short programme:
“It felt really, really good, It felt really in the moment and we maybe could have had a little bit cleaner elements, maybe some higher grades of executions on some things but we are really, really happy.”
On coming into the pairs event as team event gold medallists:
“I think we really enjoyed that moment for what it was and then we hit a reset button because we have work to do here. But I mean it was incredible and unforgettable and if anything it gave us more energy for this competition.”

On setting up the team four years ago:
“This is kind of the age where we thought we’d be peaking as a team… (after) four years together. Certainly there were a lot of teams in Canada that put in just as much work as we did that easily could have been here as well, but we were the ones that got hot at the trials and played a really good week. This is what we were originally built for and our first goal was accomplished by getting here. Obviously we want to play well here and do what we set out to do.”
On the bronze medal:
“I came down behind Dajana (EITBERGER), and was like, ‘Uh, here we go, another fourth’. Then for it to turn around for me and to come out with the bronze medal was huge. It’s what I came here to do. I didn’t give up. I put together what I thought was a good run. It was enough in the end. I was over the moon. I felt like the runs were really solid.”
On the past four years:
“It’s a culmination of all that hard work. It’s everything paying off. It’s four years of keeping going and committing to another Games and getting a reward at the end of it.”

On winning bronze:
“A lot of work has gone behind this and I’m really proud to win this medal. It’s a lot of emotion right now. I just have this little thing (soft toy, not a medal). Right now I’m happy.”
Kaitlyn LAWES
On winning the first Olympic Winter Games mixed doubles gold and her second Olympic gold medal:
“It’s surreal, to be honest. I don’t think even the first one has sunk in and I don’t think it ever will. But it’s just a dream come true to represent our country on the world’s biggest stage, and to be able to bring this home for Canada is so special.”
On how she approached the final game:
“I went out there and I wanted to embrace every moment and I want to have fun and enjoy sliding over those Olympic rings. “And no matter what is going to happen out there, we are so proud of what we were able to accomplish. I really wanted to enjoy every second of it.”

On winning the first Olympic Winter Games mixed doubles gold and his second Olympic gold medal:
“I don’t think it has sunk in yet, but you don’t have a lot of chances to go to the Olympics, especially being from Canada. The curlers from Canada, we have a lot of depth there. It feels fantastic, we have a lot of support back home and to be able to help our team out with a gold medal and to be able to bring it back to all our friends and family and all our support back home, it just feels amazing.”
“You know what, it feels unbelievable – two golds for Canada. This is for everybody back home, who have always been supportive, and it just feels so great. We got off to a great start. It just feels awesome to be part of this team.”
On the future of mixed doubles:
“I think this game of mixed doubles is just fantastic. It’s something that everyone back in Canada should try. It’s fast-paced, athletic, a lot of fun and the beer still tastes just as good after the game.
“I think that it’s here to stay and I can’t wait to see how well it does in Canada.”

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 3

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 2

On the highlight of her day:
“Just landing my run. It was really challenging conditions and we had to deal with the wind so sometimes we were going too big, or too short, so, yeah, that was challenging.”
On her family:
“They’re crying right now. I just called my mum and she was crying, my friend was crying. They’re pretty stoked for me.”
On the event:
“There is something so incredibly special skating by those team boxes and seeing the sea of red and white and feeling the support from our teammates. The energy was just incredible.”
“It’s a unique pressure. You are out there performing and you don’t want to let your teammates down. That also comes from traditional support. We embraced that today, we felt that to the very end and we are very grateful for that.”
Scott MOIR
On winning:
“We believed in ourselves. We are really proud about the energy we brought and it helped in winning the gold medal. I think we had a sour taste in our mouth since Sochi (2014 Olympic Winter Games, where Canada took silver). We wanted this medal for four years. It feels great.
“We are really proud of each other and it is great to be part of this team. I think for being a member of Canadian skating, it’s a long history of greats who came before us, who didn’t have team events. We kind of stand on the shoulders of those champions.”
On the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games so far:
“Amazing. We all did a great performance and contributed and we did our part for the team. Everyone stepped up their game and we took this gold medal very seriously as a team.”
“The team is not just us, it’s that entire Canadian skating team in that box with us, every single day. They are just a big part of this team as we are. Unfortunately, not everybody gets to skate but they are just as important and they are there to support us.”
Gabrielle DALEMAN
On what helped them to win gold:
“Honestly it was the team. Not just the team that was in the box today, but the teams up in the stands, back at Canada House, where we are staying in the athletes’ village. We are not only representing a great team but a great country.”
Patrick CHAN
On winning the team event gold late in their careers:
“It’s very special. I have grown up, since I was 15, with Tessa and Scott, Eric and Meagan. It’s to see them being part of this, people that have shaped me for who I am, and kind of made me who I am. I grew up through skating, it’s extremely special.”
On whether the silver feels as sweet as the gold she won at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games:
"Yes, because it meant so much more. So much more hard work, and yes it does make more sense right now. And when I was up there, I was just thinking, this is it, this is my last run, my moment and I want to control it and decide what to do, despite everyone, all the world watching me now. It's only me who decides what happens next.”
On having her parents at PyeongChang 2018:
"My parents are here which is the thing that I'm most happy for. It's having happy, healthy parents, happy, healthy family around me. It's the only thing that counts at the end of the day, if you don't have anybody to hug."
On hugging teammate Andi NAUDE, who did not finish in the final:
"I know that girl. She works so hard. I would have loved to give her a thousand hugs and a thousand kisses. But she has to give it to herself. It's a big moment for her and she has to live it. But I just told her that I was proud of her."
On his race:
"I started a little bit too fast maybe, but it came really easy and the skating was going really well. But then a couple of laps in, I couldn't find a really good rhythm or flow or however you want to call it, and it turned into a really tough fight and a big struggle. I'm really happy that I could come through at the end and beat my (pair) opponent (Sverre Lunde PEDERSEN, NOR) by two-thousandths of a second."
On winning silver, behind gold medallist Sven KRAMER (NED):
"I'm happy with my fight. I'm a little bit getting over losing first place. Obviously I'd rather have won this race but, after all, being on the podium at the Olympics is amazing, and I think I'll be really proud in a little bit of time."
On his silver:
“I’m really, really happy. You know, the Olympic (medal) was one of the medals I was missing in my career and I got one today. So I’m super, super happy.”
On waiting for his last score:
“I knew I put down a really good run – clean from top to bottom – and I saw that the judges really wanted to see more of something clean. And to end up second, I was happy. It made my day.”
On the support of his friends and family in Canada:
“I know they’re having a big party back home in a big place. I mean, all my friends and family are over there and I’m sure they’re super stoked as well.”
On taking bronze with a score of 85.20:
“It’s been a rough road for sure, but it definitely feels super, super good to be here and even better to put a run down. To land on the podium is always a really good feeling.
“Definitely wonder what would have happened if I would have done that run in my second run, because in my last run there, definitely hooking up some big scores at the end there for way less technical runs. But, whatever, I’m stoked. It feels good.
“It means a lot to be on the podium today. It’s not an easy contest to ride your best at. There’s a lot of expectation and pressure and everybody is riding to the best of their ability. So I feel pretty grateful to be on the podium for sure.”
On recovering from injuries:
“I spent a lot of time in the gym, not a lot of time on my snowboard. But I’m here and I feel like I’m riding to the best of my ability. I’m just glad to be able to snowboard at all.”
Sebastien TOUTANT
On missing his landing on the last run:
“It would have been definitely a good run, probably not enough for first place.”
“It’s hard, it’s super hard, so close – it’s like someone just took it away from me.”
On medallists Mark McMORRIS and Max PARROT:
“Mark definitely had a really good run, very clean, he would have liked that last run, everything was very clean.”
“Max definitely played it well, he was going for a winning run, he played it safe on the last run, did the same run he did in qualification.”

Statement by the Prime Minister on the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympics

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea:

"Today, at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea, the world will unite to officially open the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The spirit of the Olympic Games has connected the world for over a century, creating moments of awe and milestones we cannot forget.

"Our Olympians represent the best of Canada. Through hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to their dreams, they show us what it means to push yourself and give your all. They set the bar higher, and inspire us, especially our young people.

"When Team Canada marches into the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, young Canadians can look at our team and see themselves. Our Olympians hail from across the country and from all kinds of different backgrounds. Together, they represent the diversity that Canada so proudly stands for, and remind us all that no matter where we are from, we can succeed with drive and discipline.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I wish our athletes the best of luck. We will all be cheering for you, and know you will make us proud!"

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 1


On not finishing the race:
“It was a tough race. I got a few good guys in there. I tried to make my way to the front and at some point it went wrong. It happens in short track.”
On his other events: 
“I’ll put my focus on the next two races and make sure I’ll get into the final again. Right now I’m just trying to get my head together and focus for the next day.”

On how he will prepare for Sunday’s finals:
“I’m going to get a few more rotations hopefully at practice and step up the rail line a bit.”
“I’m going to save all the magic for tomorrow.”

On the slopestyle course:
“The rails are really high. Some of the rails are higher than me, and I’m 5’11” (1.8m) so it’s pretty high, pretty risky. But you know, we got three days of practice and we have time to figure it out.
“The angle jumps are definitely not what I’m used to having, but it’s nice to have these challenges in slopestyle.”
On scoring 83.45 in his first run and 87.36 in his second run:
“I’m really happy with my first run. I just cleaned up a little bit of the tricks. They were the same tricks in my first run, just cleaner. I went bigger the last jump and I think the judges liked it, so I’m happy.
“Right after the first run I knew with 83 points that it would be enough to pass, but you know I just really wanted to clean it up and have a really good run down, and I did it.”
On training:
“It’s been many, many years of riding, of training. I’ve worked pretty hard, and have a whole team around me, helping me, and I’m so thankful.”

On comparing her fourth Olympic Games with the previous three:
“It’s kind of the same show. I’m a little older, hopefully a little wiser, It’s been fun with the girls, especially with Brooke (APSHKRUM) because she’s here for the first time so I’m kind of reliving the excitement through her experiences. We have a great group.”
On what she can do to win a medal, after finishing fourth at Sochi 2014:
“I want to slide clean. All I can do is control what I do on the track with my starts and my sliding and then look for the results at the end of the day.”
“The track is in good shape and the runs seem like they are going really well, so we’ll see how (it) goes on race day.”

Statement regarding Canadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin​​

PYEONGCHANG (February 9, 2018) – The Canadian Olympic Committee has issued the following statement regarding Canadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin:
Canadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin fell during training this morning. She has been taken to the regional hospital as a precaution. She is conscious and alert and on her way back to the Village with a team doctor. Her condition will continue to be monitored.

PyeongChang 2018: Team Canada at the end of Day 0

Patrick CHAN

On the start of his third Olympic Winter Games: “I felt
really very much in control of my thoughts and how my body felt. It’s been four years since I’ve been here. I am the type of skater that takes time, since I’ve gotten older, to warm up and to get up to the quads and get comfortable in competition. This is a long two weeks and I am not going to look back too much and it’s a good opportunity to get the early jitters out.”

What it would mean to win Team Event gold: “I think it would mean a lot to me to see my teammates around me, seeing them at the top of their lives and that feeling of being Olympic champions.That is going to be the greatest satisfaction in everything. This is why this is a team event. Some of us are going to make mistakes. We’ve got it started and I’m looking forward to it.”

On his short programme: “Obviously, I am not super happy with the skate. I am going to be here a while and there are a lot of programmes to be competed. It’s not the best start I wanted, but I have the support of my teammates. They make me feel so much better even when it’s not the best skate, they are holding me up and making me feel like I belong here. That’s the best thing about the team event.”


On his compatriot Alexandre BILODEAU winning gold in the event at the Vancouver 2010 Games: “I was at the bar in the crowd, cheering. It was so inspiring to see a guy that I’d known since I was eight years old winning a gold. It made me want to go to the Olympics even more. I wanted to be in that position and I ended up in that position in Sochi. You know, your first Olympic Games is always stressful. This is my second and it’s so different. It’s good to have a bit of experience.”

On taking advice from BILODEAU: “We chat a little bit. He sent me a text on New Year’s, but he’s been a big inspiration since I was young and he’s one of the reasons I’m doing it right now. I train with him a lot in the gym and ski against him. We always try to push each other.”

On the Canada team’s spirit: “I’ve been winning a lot and every win this year has felt special. The guys are skiing very strong and I need to be at my best to beat them any day. “It’s always fun to win and celebrate with my teammates. I have the best teammates in the world. They push me every day and I room with them. They’re always there. If I do well, or not well, and if they do well, we will always be there together to celebrate and party. In the tough ​moments we’re close together and we try to help each other.”

On watching Philippe MARQUIS (CAN) coming back from a serious knee injury: “Oh my God, I think I was more nervous watching him than I actually was for my run. “Phil is one of the toughest men I know and his attitude this week has been amazing. You couldn’t tell that this guy was missing an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). “This was his first run, top to bottom. And of course it’s not easy on the body, so I’m just proud he made it down. It’s not easy to go down that course without an ACL.”

Statement by Minister Kirsty Duncan on Canada's First Medals at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018

On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I would like to congratulate Max Parrot and Mark McMorris on winning Canada's first medals of the Olympic Winter Games today in PyeongChang!

Parrot, from Bromont, Québec, and McMorris, from Regina, Saskatchewan, made their respective silver and bronze medal podium finishes in the slopestyle event.

The final was a highly anticipated event for Canadian fans as four talented Team Canada athletes qualified and had to deliver an exemplary performance for a place on the podium. The competition was fierce but our athletes once again showed incredible perseverance and blew us away with amazing performances that resulted in Canada's first medals of the Games!

Along with all Canadians, I am extremely proud of Max and Mark's outstanding performances. They have given our Canadian Olympic team a fantastic start to the Games and have set the stage for future successes.

Canada is a leading sport nation, and each of our athlete's performances is a reflection of our country's amazing athletic talent and national pride.

It is a great honour for me, on behalf of the Government of Canada, to congratulate Max and Mark on their respective silver and bronze achievements. Best wishes to all Canadian athletes for continued success in the Games.
Greatness is Rare: Canadian Paralympic Committee launches new campaign ahead of PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

 As the nation's top Paralympians prepare to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, in partnership with BBDO Canada, launches today its exciting new Team Canada PyeongChang 2018 brand campaign Greatness is Rare: Witness it.
With a goal of building awareness and support for Canada's athletes heading to PyeongChang, the ads highlight just how small a percentage of the Canadian population qualifies to compete at a Paralympic Games, or reaches the pinnacle of their sport and wins a Paralympic medal.

"Paralympians are extraordinary athletes with unique skills and capabilities," said Martin Richard, Executive Director of Communications and Brand, Canadian Paralympic Committee. "Few people know what it feels like to compete on the world stage in sport or win medals for Canada, which makes our athletes truly rare. Alongside our longstanding partner BBDO Canada, we are seeking to show Canadians they won't want to miss our great Paralympians compete.
"We want every Canadian to know they will be able to witness every minute of the Paralympic Games with unprecedented coverage through our media consortium from traditional broadcast to live coverage on social platforms."
The campaign launches today, starting with an ad featuring two-time Paralympic gold medallist Ina Forrest, who has been nominated to the wheelchair curling team once again for the 2018 Winter Games. Two additional spots will be released throughout the weekend featuring Para alpine skiing and Para ice hockey. The ads will be featured on broadcast and digital.
"It is truly an amazing accomplishment to compete at the Paralympic Games and represent your country," said Todd Nicholson, Team Canada's Chef de Mission for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. "This campaign truly captures the spirit of our athletes. These are superb athletes who have worked so hard to compete at the highest level for sport and who are proud to wear the maple leaf. Greatness is rare, and we hope all Canadians witness it for themselves with the Games this March."
The second phase of the campaign will launch in March directly ahead of the Paralympic Games and will make it easier than ever for Canadians to connect with the Games and watch Canada's athletes compete for gold.
"For any athlete to be recognized as their country's best is a rare feat," said Todd Mackie, Chief Creative Officer, BBDO Toronto. "But what these athletes have achieved is very rare, truly special and something that shouldn't go uncelebrated."
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place March 9-18, with the Opening Ceremony just one month away. The full Canadian Paralympic Team heading to the Games will be announced later this month.
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