Hoser Heroes: Canada's best on Day 5

Neate Sager

Each night, Fourth-Place Medal will pick a gold, silver, and bronze medalist from among Canada's competitors.

Canuck gold: Maelle Ricker (gold, women's snowboard cross). The way Ricker finished off revealed a lot about her, if you go by the Wall Street Journal's premise that "the Olympics are just an elaborate character study."

Ricker was reminded by CTV's Brian Williams about a news conference months ago when she was asked what the highlight of her career was, and she said, "It hasn't come yet." For pity's sake, Ricker now has a rider's equivalent of a career grand slam. She has four consecutive wins in the Legendary Mt. Baker Banked Slalom, three X Games titles, two World Cup season titles, and now an Olympic gold medal.

Not talking about that is Canadian reticence. Ricker should be doing those commercials instead of Galen Weston Jr. It's also good to be excused from hearing "Lindsey Jacobellis" and "redemption" in the same sentence, at least until 2014.

Canuck silver: Kevin Martin (skip, men's curling). Martin curled 91 percent en route to a 2-0 start. Did you see the angled takeout for three in the seventh end that put away Germany's Andy Kapp in a 9-4 win? It stretched a one-point lead to four points. Two ends later, it was handshakes after Martin played a tap for two points with his last stone.

To some readers, none of this makes much sense. But it was nails. Martin's rink of John Morris, Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert, which beat Norway 7-6 in an extra end in the morning draw, more than earned a day off. (They next play Thursday.)

Canuck bronze: Jean-Phillippe Le Guellec (11th, men's biathlon 12.5-kilometer sprint). Handled it like a champ when he was dropped six places because of an official's error. Also had Canada's best-ever result in the sport, joining the -10 finish he had earlier in the week.

It seems best to give a nod to Le Guellec and not get too wrapped in picking lint out of the nation's navel after an 8-0 men's hockey win over Norway. Ballyhooing that would be like the Laval Rouge et Or rubbing it in after beating Mount Allison.