Holy Hamelin!

Hair-rais­ing short-track race nets Canada gold and bronze

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY JAMES MCCARTEN

brake­man Neville Wright of Ed­mon­ton. They were sixth, a dis­tant eight-tenths of a sec­ond be­hind the leader in a day of crashes.

Lued­ers swore as he walked past re­porters fol­low­ing the race. Wright said they were up­set with the mul­ti­ple track de­lays be­cause of the wipe­outs.

“ We’re just dig­ging deep for the next two runs and any­thing can hap­pen,” said Wright.

The gold medal goes to the team with the best com­bined time in four heats. The fi­nal two heats go Satur­day.

Jean-Philippe LeGuel­lec, the sole Cana­dian male to qual­ify for the in­di­vid­ual cross-coun­try races in the Cal­laghan Val­ley, was joined Fri­day by the fresh legs of his team­mates in the men’s four-by-7.5kilo­me­tre biathlon re­lay.

The team, which in­cluded Robin Clegg, 32, of Ed­mon­ton; Marc-An­dre Bedard, 23, of Val­cartier, Que; and Bren­dan Green, 23, of Hay River, N.W.T., fin­ished 10th. Nor­way, Aus­tria and Rus­sia took the podium.

Snow­board­ers were also in action, re­turn­ing to the slopes of Cy­press Moun­tain in the women’s par­al­lel gi­ant slalom.

None of the Cana­di­ans — Caro­line Calve of Aylmer, Que., Alexa Loo of Rich­mond, B.C., and Kimiko Zakreski of Cal­gary — ad­vanced to the fi­nals, where Ni­col­ien Sauer­breij of the Nether­lands won gold over Eka­te­rina Ilyukhina of Rus­sia.

Aus­tria’s Mar­ion Kreiner de­feated Ger­many’s Selina Jo­erg to win the bronze.

In the alpine events in Whistler, Maria Ri­esch be­came the first Ger­man woman in 12 years to win the Olympic slalom, while three Cana­di­ans fin­ished in the top 20.

Ri­esch bat­tled wet, fall­ing snow and fog to win her sec­ond gold of the Games, while Mar­lies Schild of Aus­tria was sec­ond and Czech Sarka Zahrob­ska third.

Brigitte Ac­ton of Mon­tTrem­blant, Que., was the top Cana­dian, fin­ish­ing 17th. Anna Good­man of Pointe-Claire, Que., ski­ing with a torn lig­a­ment in her right knee, was 19th, with Erin Mielzynski, a 19-year-old from Guelph, Ont., in 20th.

Marie-Michele Gagnon of LacEtchemin, Que., was 31st in 1:49.51. Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper was in the crowd to watch the race.

The Cana­dian Press

Canada's Charles Hamelin kisses his girl­friend Mar­i­anne St-Ge­lais af­ter winning the gold medal in the men's 500 me­ter fi­nal in the short track speed­skat­ing com­pe­ti­tion, Fri­day, at the 2010 Van­cou­ver Olympic Win­ter Games in Van­cou­ver.

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