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Each day of the Olympic Games, we will feature the Top 7 Canadian Olympic Athlete Photos drawn from the Bell Olympic Lens Fan-powered Photo Experience http://lens.olympic.ca.
Canadians had awaken this morning, Day 9, with Dominique Maltais winning Silver in Snowboard Cross and Jan Hudec winning Bronze in Super-G! Both of these medals have a similar inspirational story which all Canadians who face challenges in life can relate to: dedication and perseverance pay off!
Canadian Cowboy, Jan Hudec, won Silver at the 2007 World Championship before persevering through a string of injuries that didn’t see him return to Worlds competition until 2009-10. He made his first Olympic appearance at Vancouver 2010. Hudec won Bronze in Super-G in a time of 1:18.67. Teammates Morgan Pridy finished 10th with a time of 1:19.19 and Manuel Osborne-Paradis finished 24th in 1:20.19.
Dominique Maltais‘ Silver medal win in Women’s Snowboard Cross is a story of dedication. Coming off a Bronze medal in Turin 2006, Maltais suffered a devastating crash causing internal injuries at Vancouver 2010. Determined to reach the podium, Dominique devoted the next 3 years to training for her return in Sochi.
Team Brad Jacobs won two very challenging back to back matches in the same day with an 8-6 win versus Team USA and 9-8 win versus Team China to finish the round robin 7-2, currently seeded in 2nd place. Team Jennifer Jones also had their toughest match of the Sochi Games vs Team USA, winning 7-6. Jones Rink is undefeated 8-0 with one more round robin game tomorrow vs Team Korea.
There are potential medals in 2-Man Bob Sled with 3 Canadian teams in the top 10 for tomorrow’s finals. After 2 out of 4 runs they sit as follows: Canada-3: Justin Kripps / Bryan Barnett – 4th – (1:53.26); Canada-2: Jesse Lumsden / Christopher Spring – 8th - (1:53.43); and Canada-1: Lyndon Rush / Lascelles Brown – 9th – (1:53.48).
The Canadian ice dancing pairs sit as follows after the Short Dance: Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir finish 2nd with 76.33 points; Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje finish 7th with 65.93 points; and Alexandra Paul / Mitchell Islam finish 8th with 55.91 points. Closing Free Dance event takes place Monday morning.
7. Clockwise (starting top left): Jan Hudec Bronze Super-G, Dominique Maltais Silver SBX, Tessa and Scott Figure Skating, and Drew Doughty 2 goals today in Men’s Hockey
6. Figure Skating Short Dance: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir
5. Men’s Hockey: Team Canada Jeff Carter in 2-1 OT win vs Team Finland
4. 2-Man Bob Sled: Canada-3 Justin Kripps
3. Men’s Curling: Team Brad Jacobs won 2 games today: Team USA 8-6 and Team China 9-8
2. Bronze medalist in Super_G: Jan Hudec