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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.

The men’s Hockey team won 2-1 in overtime vs Team Finland, improving their record to 3-0. Carey Price got the win in net while Drew Doughty scored both goals who leads Team Canada with 4 goals.

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


1. Silver medalist in Snowboard Cross: Dominique Maltais