Each night, Fourth-Place Medal will pick a gold, silver and bronze from among Canada ’s competitors.
Canuck gold: Jon Montgomery (gold, men’s skeleton). Four incredible runs, included a track-record 52.20 seconds in Heat 3 that ultimately gave him the gold over Latvia's Martins Dukurs, who had a poor run by his standard (52.61). A phenomenal way to salvage something of the first week for Canada.
Canuck silver: Erik Guay (fifth, Alpine men’s super-G). A slight mistake on the third turn was enough to drop him out of the medals, as he finished just eight-100ths of a second from winning a bronze.
The National Post’s Joe O’Connor was prompted to dub him, "Good ol’ reliable old Erik Guay ... with 22 top tens and no wins on the World Cup circuit in the last three years,” plus two fifth-place runs at the Olympics.
The Alpine team knew it fell short, was willing to wear a hair shirt made of home-country hype, so they have that goin’ for them, which is nice.
Canuck bronze: Jeff Pain (ninth, men's skeleton) and Sara Renner (10th, women’s 15-km pursuit). Splitting the honor is probably an easy way out, but two Canadian veterans deserve the nod. Pain, in his likely final competitive run ever, and racing with a torn oblique muscle, finished a solid ninth.
The 33-year-old Renner also rebounded from the disappointment of failing to make it out of qualifying during her previous run.
Canada's medal count after Day 8:
Vancouver, 2010: 8 (4-3-1)
Turin, 2006: 11 (2-4-5)