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USA can check speedskating medal off list

USA can check speedskating medal off list

The first couple of short-track, with seven Olympic medals between them, have so far been shutout.

And when you're that close, you might as well finish the job.

The bad: No medals in the men's 1,500 metres in short track or women's freestyle skiing slopestyle, as well as a rough 0-3 start by Rachel Homan's curling team before winning its first game.

Girard had finished fourth in the 1,500 last Saturday while Hamelin was also penalized in that final. USA skater John-Henry Krueger got silver in 1:24.864 and South Korea's Seo Yira took bronze in 1:31.619.

Hamelin, the victor of three golds and competing in his fourth and final Olympics, got up and was in Girard's corner when he stepped onto the ice for the final.

Elisabeth Vathje, who earned her first Crystal Globe this season with a third-place finish in the overall World Cup standings, posted a four-run time of three minutes, 28.65 seconds to finish ninth on Saturday at the Alpensia Sliding Centre. In speedskating, a lot can happen in a short amount of time. "We'll see but I just don't think I'm done".

"I bumped into the American and that is it", Knegt said.

"He would have loved to have this medal here, but he's happy that I'm the one who has it", Girard said. "It's a bit of passing the torch, it's a bit of that image".

The Canadian, who is retiring, ends his career with an Olympic silver in the men's event from the 2014 Games and a team gold won earlier in Pyeongchang.

The carnage was not quite as spectacular as in Salt Lake as Girard still had to fight off a challenge from Krueger to break Asia's domination of the 1,000m.

"I realized it as soon as I saw the decision", Hamelin said.

"This is the best Olympic experience out of the three, because I was in control", he said.

"I think we played really well in those other games, but we each had a couple key mistakes that really cost us", the Ottawa skip said.

Hamelin, from Sainte-Julie, Que., and Girard will both participate in the 500 and the 5,000 relay on Thursday. If he's able to reach the podium twice, he would join Cindy Klassen and Clara Hughes one of the most decorated athletes in Canadian Olympic history.


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