OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: B.C. athletes move one step closer to the podium

Canadians fell short of medalling in the first day of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

The Winter Games are officialy in full swing.

Canadian athletes came close, but did not make it to the podium in the first day of competition. However, a handful of B.C. athletes are one step closer, qualifying for finals to take place in the week ahead.

While you were sleeping:

Three B.C. athletes competed in the women’s 7.5 km sprint biathlon, each qualifying for Monday’s 10-kilometre race.

Kelowna’s Julia Ransom was the top Canadian, finishing 40th out of 87 competitors. She completed the course in 23 minutes, 15 seconds.

Vernon’s Emma Lunder was 54th in 23:30.4 (two targets missed) and Megan Tandy of Prince George was 57th in 23:42.8 (two targets missed).

Jamie Macdonald, who’s hometown was Fort St. James, also competed in the Short Track women’s 500 m event, but received a penalty and did not qualify or the finals.

But Macdonald did qualify for the finals in the 3,000 metre relay, along with Marianne St-Gelais, Kim Boutin and Kasandra Bradette – all from Quebec. The foursome will be up against China, Italy and Korea on Feb. 20.

Defending Olympic champion Charles Hamelin came up short and not finishing the men’s short track 1500 m event. Meanwhile, Canada’s Samuel Girard finished just off the podium in fourth. “It was a tough race. I got a few good guys in there. I tried to make my way to the front and at some point it went wrong. It happens in short track,” Hamelin told reporters Saturday.

Canadian mixed doubles curlers John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes have also clinched a spot in the semifinals.

Who, what, when to watch (PST):

5 p.m.: Snowboard – Men’s slopestyle

Four Canadians will be heading into the final run in the men’s slopestyle. Returning contender and former MTV TV star Mark McMorris, of Saskatchewan, will compete alongside Tyler Nicholson of Ontario, and Sebastien Toutant and Max Parrot both of Quebec. “I’m going to get a few more rotations hopefully at practice and step up the rail line a bit,” McMorris told reporters Saturday.

6 p.m.: Alpine skiing – Men’s downhill

Manuel Osborne-Paradis, of Invermere, along with Whistler’s Broderick Thompson will both be representing Canada. Osborne-Pradis is ranked 20th internationally, while Thompson is ranked 24th.

8:30 p.m.: Snowboard – Women’s slopestyle

B.C. born-and-raised Spencer O’Brien, 30, is returning for her second Olympic Games, competing in slopestyle alongside Canadians Laurie Blouin and Brooke Voigt, who’s currently calling Whistler home.

Olympics highlight of the day:

The Winter Games are in full swing, but we still can’t get enough o the opening ceremonies. Check out this video by Summerland’s Justin Kripps, as we he walked into the stadium repping red and white for his country ahead of his bobsled events:

Canada’s standings so far:

Just Posted

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

Alberni wrestler heads to University of the Fraser Valley to compete

Ravi Manhas is one of 10 recruits signed to the Cascades for 2018-19

Taxing Vancouver Island

Big Read: find out which communities are paying the lowest and highest taxes on Vancouver Island

UPDATE: Construction on Hwy. 4 halted after tree crashes into traffic

Trees are being cleared along the highway between Port Alberni and the Tofino-Ucluelet junction.

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

Man shot dead in Surrey ID’d as hockey coach and father of two

Murder of Paul Bennett – a respected Peace Arch Hospital worker and ‘champion of sport’ – ‘not random’

Serial killer Robert Pickton transferred to Quebec: victim’s family

Pickton was convicted in December 2007 of six counts of second degree murder

Canadian Syrian children’s choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

Many kids are recent immigrants from countries covered by Trump travel ban

Amalgamation fails in North Cowichan and Duncan

North Cowichan says yes, but Duncan says no

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Most Read