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Hoser heroes: Canada's best on Day 7

Fourth-Place Medal

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

Canuck gold: Christine Nesbitt (gold, women's 500-metre speed skating). After winning all season primarily on talent first, won on grit. It's the first of its kind for the 24-year-old with unlimited potential, and the second could be just a few days away in the 1,500 on Sunday.

It's the fifth medal for a Canadian woman out of the country's total of seven. That's in line with the 16 out of 24 from Turin.

Canuck silver: Shea Weber (defence, men's hockey; beat Switzerland 3-2 in shootout). Logged at game high 27 minutes, 13 seconds, was not on the ice for a goal against and had the highest grade of any of Canada's defencemen.

Sidney Crosby getting a second chance to score the decider in the shootout, thanks to the IIHF having a different rule than the NHL, should be a talker. The international that allows a player who was among the first three shooters to go again in a sudden-death round makes more sense. After all, isn't the shootout a little bit of a skills competition, as Tom Renney famously described it in 1994?

Canuck bronze: Kristina Groves (fourth, women's 500-metre speed skating). Going with two competitors in one event is kind of frowned upon, personally. However, Groves was only six-100ths of a second out of a medal, and winning her pairing confirmed Canada had the gold. She was philosophical, pointing out that she only got bronze in Sunday's women's 3,000 by a smidgen, three-100ths of a second.

Also considered were Mercedes Nicoll, who was sixth in women's halfpipe, and Mellisa Hollingsworth, third in women's skeleton qualifying heading into tomorrow's final. Hollingsworth's event wasn't a final and she made some inexcusable mistakes, so it's pretty hard to justify it.

Canada's medal count after Day 7:
Vancouver, 2010: 7 (3-3-1)
Turin, 2006: 8 (1-3-4)

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