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Grondin skates into silver, Crawford creates history

Key takeaways: 

  • Canadian varied aerials team scored bronze in the event’s Olympic debut.
  • Éliot Grondin skates across the finish line for a silver award in the big final of the men’s snowboard cross at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, China.

Silver for Grondin in snowboard cross: 

Éliot Grondin triumphed Canada’s 10th award of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Thursday, grabbing silver in the men’s snowboard cross.

The 20-year-old from Sainte-Marie, Que., arrived within two hundredths of a second of the gold award, with Austria’s Alessandro Haemmerle prevailing the race in a photo finish.

Grodin posted the quickest qualifying time and moved in every race on his path to the medal race throughout the day.

The two other Canadians in the contest, Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., and Liam Moffatt of Truro, N.S., were both stopped in the 1/8 final.

Crawford succeeds historic bronze

Toronto’s Jack Crawford soared to Canada’s first-ever medal in the men’s alpine combined, earning bronze.

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Grondin gets silver for the nation

Three days after he missed the podium by seven hundredths of a double in the downhill, Crawford put up the second-fastest time in the downhill half of the alpine combined contest. He later placed himself into medal contention, skiing the slalom part in 48.97 seconds.

Broderick Thompson of Whistler, B.C., ended in eighth place, and Brodie Seger, who posted the third-fastest time in the downhill, completed ninth.

Trevor Philp of Banff, Alta., skated out on a gate in the slalom run and did not complete. He was in 19th position after the downhill.

Weidemann persists in her medal haul

Isabelle Weidemann succeeded in her second medal of the Beijing Games, grabbing up a silver medal in the 5,000 meters.

The 26-year-old from Ottawa slid a 6:48.18 behind Dutch skater Irene Schouten, who prevailed in the gold medal in Olympic-record fashion only as she did in the 3,000 meters — the race where Weidemann triumphed her bronze.

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