Canada's medal haul: 10 so far, hopes for more
Canada's Patrick Chan salutes the crowd following his program in the men's portion of the figure skating team event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. (Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Thursday, February 13, 2014 9:27AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, February 13, 2014 1:14PM EST
We're nearly one week into Olympic competition in Sochi, and Canadian athletes have already won 10 medals: four gold, four silver and two bronze.
Coming off of Denny Morrison's surprise silver medal win in the men's 1,000-metre long-track speed skating event Wednesday, Canada's Olympians were looking to continue the momentum during competition Thursday.
The pressure is on for Patrick Chan, who began his quest for gold Thursday as the men's figure skating competition short program got underway. Chan finished in fifth place at the 2010 Vancouver Games, but since then has won the world title three times. Chan already won a medal in Sochi – a silver from the team figure skating event.
There was disappointment for the other Canadian Olympians who competed Thursday.
Sliders Justin Snith, Sam Edney, Alex Gough and Tristan Walker came up short in the luge team relay. The team, who won silver at the 2013 world championship, finished in fourth place, behind Germany, Russia and Latvia.
Speed skater Christine Nesbitt finished ninth in the women's 1,000 metres. Nesbitt, who took gold in the same event at the Vancouver Games, was hoping to win another medal Thursday. But ultimately it was China's Zhang Hong who took the top spot, with Dutch skaters Ireen Wust and Margot Boer taking silver and bronze respectively.
Canada's short track 5,000-metre relay team failed to qualify for the Olympic final Thursday, after an early crash by Francois Hamelin knocked the team out of medal contention.
However, relay team member Charles Hamelin did win his heat in the men's short-track 1,000 metres. He will compete again on Saturday. Hamelin won the gold medal in the men's 1,500 metres on Monday – the third Olympic gold medal of his career.
In addition to Hamelin's win, Dara Howell and Kim Lamarre won gold and bronze medals respectively in the women's ski slopestyle event on Tuesday.
In the women's moguls, sisters Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe topped the podium with gold and silver medals respectively.
And the snowboarding wonder from Regina, Mark McMorris, claimed Canada's first medal of the Sochi games when he took bronze in snowboard slopestyle.