Canuck gold: Charles Hamelin, François Hamelin, François-Louis Tremblay, Olivier Jean and Guillaume Bastille (gold and bronze, men's 500-meter short-track speedskating; gold, 5,000 relay). As Jean said, they "saved the Olympics" for the men's short-track team with three medals in a span of less than a hour, a controversial 1-3 finish in the 500 (Hamelin and Tremblay) followed by the relay win.
Tremblay skated the final laps of the relay to get his sixth Olympic medal, tying the record of Canadian legend Marc Gagnon. Canada also made a great adjustment, switching its handoffs from one side of the ice to get away from the heavy traffic caused by a five-team final.
Overall, Canada earned five medals in short track. Charles Hamelin and girlfriend Marianne St-Gelais (pictured) had a hand in four.
Canuck silver: Denny Morrison, Lucas Makowsky, Mathieu Giroux (advanced to final, speedskating men's team pursuit). The long-trackers did it for themselves, no doubt, advancing to a head-to-head showdown against the favored Americans on Saturday. They also made up for a tough result for the favored women's team, which was thought to be a gold-medal favorite.
Since Makowsky is a cousin of Saskatchewan Roughriders guard Gene Makowsky, Canadian comedian Brent Butt should show up at the Richmond Olympic Oval in full Saskaman apparel to cheer on Canada on Saturday. It would be a great way to promote Butt's new show, which premieres Monday on CTV. How have the network suits not thought of this?
Canuck bronze: Cheryl Bernard, Susan O'Connor, Carolyn Darbyshire, Cori Bartel, Kristie Moore (silver, women's curling). Let the come-latelies say she lost the gold with her two big misses. That overlooks that Bernard had been getting most of the breaks over two weeks, and that Sweden's Anette Norberg had a lot more experience in these matters.
Feel free to call it crazy talk, but silver is a better result than many curling buffs expected from Bernard's team after it won the right to represent Canada in December.
Medal count after Day 15:
Vancouver 2010: 21 (10-7-4)
Turin 2006: 20 (6-8-6)
- Charles Hamelin