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