Hoser Heroes: Canada's best on Day 9

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

Canuck gold: Ivan Babikov (fifth, men's 30-km pursuit). The medal shutout took attention away from Babikov, eighth-place George Grey, and ninth-place Alex Harvey giving the country three top-10 finishes in a men's cross-country race.

In a sport dominated by Scandinavians, that never happens for Canada. (In the words of a Dan Jenkins character, cross-country is basically just how a Norwegian gets to the Safeway.) Babikov's fifth-place finish was the highest ever for a Canadian in the event.

The rub is that if Canada's best performer of the day was in cross-country, then it was not much of a day. The U.S. is now up 23-8 in the medal standings, so it probably won't do any good to point out Canada was blanked on the second Saturday of the 2006 Games, too.

Canuck silver: Kevin Martin (6-0 in men's curling). He rode the "fifth man" – the crowd, which broke into "O Canada" in the middle of an end – to a comeback 7-6 win over rival David Murdoch of Great Britain. Martin knew he'd seen something that happens once, maybe twice in a lifetime, according to The Canadian Press:

"That's one you want to put in the old memory bank right in the back of your head. You don't forget that one, because I've never heard that in any sport I've ever been to or watched on TV."

Meantime, Murdoch is now 3-3 and might be hard-pressed to make the medal round. So he wins the Worlds for Scotland and struggles at the Olympics under the Union Jack.

Canuck bronze: Charles Hamelin (fourth, men's 1,000-meter short-track speedskating). Having two skaters in a five-man final and coming away without a medal is a major bummer. Hamelin still has one shot left at that elusive gold medal, in the men's 500.

After Day 9:
Vancouver 2010: 8 (4-3-1)
Turin 2006: 11 (2-4-5)

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