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As Mikael Kingsbury crossed the finish line, fists pumping at the end of an aggressive yet smooth final run, he did so with Canada’s third medal of the day, and its second gold.

Watch @MikaelKingsbury’s gold medal winning run#PyeongChang2018 #MoreCanada @Bell pic.twitter.com/pWDfxjZmxV

— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) February 12, 2018

The 25-year-old from Deux-Montagnes, Que., who has been a force throughout the World Cup season and brought home silver from the 2014 Sochi Games, was the overwhelming favourite to win gold. And those expectations only heightened when his stiffest competition, Japan’s Ikuma Horishima, took a brutal crash in his top-12 run and didn’t qualify for the final.

But you still have to make your run. And Kingsbury took his final trip down the hill with confidence and zeal. When his score was announced, he reacted so strongly his helmet flew off his head. Say this for Kingsbury — the man enjoys his moment.

But there was heartbreak, too, as Marc-Antoine Gagnon finished just off the podium in fourth and Phillipe Marquis, who was racing on a torn ACL, crashed out during his first run. That prevented Canada from claiming multiple medals in the sport — but it didn’t prevent multiple medals on the day.

By the time Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took the ice for their free dance, the team figure skating competition at these Olympics was already over. Virtue and Moir could have taken off their skates and laid down at the middle of the rink for a nap, and Canada still would have brought home gold. Instead, they put on a first-place performance.

That’s how dominant the Canadians — including Virtue and Moir, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, and Gabrielle Daleman, who clinched the gold with her free program — were in this competition. Canada finished first in four of the eight combined events, and no lower than third. The Olympic Athletes from Russia, who finished second, were seven points back.

It was Canada’s first gold medal at these Games, and the second career gold for Virtue and Moir, two of the best figure skaters this country’s ever produced.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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