Over the weekend Team Canada won lots of gold, produced double podiums and delighted fans from around the world and on Canadian soil.
There were a lot of medals, so lets get to it.
Erik Guay, found his second podium at the Alpine Ski World Championships over the weekend. The Canadian’s downhill silver medal came after he won super-G gold on Wednesday. With less than one year to the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Guay’s impressive performance puts him on the world’s radar.
Speed Skating – Long Track
Over the weekend Canadian long track skaters tested out the Gangneung Oval at the world single distances championships, which doubled as an Olympic test event. Canadians picked up three medals starting with a 5000m bronze by Ivanie Blondin. Vincent De Haître followed up with a 1000m silver, before Olivier Jean capped off the medal count for Canada with a mass start bronze.
And here are your Olympic Test Event podium winners in Bokwang, Korea. What a night for these guys! Thanks to the organizing committee, the course is awesome. Congratulations to @justinedufourlapointe, @andi_naude, @philmarquis and @mikaelkingsbury for his 38th win! // Et voici les médailles de l'épreuve test des Jeux olympiques à Bokwang, Corée. Quelle soirée! Merci au comité organisateur, le parcours est incroyable. Bravo à @justinedufourlapointe, @andi_naude, @philmarquis et @mikaelkingsbury pour sa 38e victoire!
The world’s best moguls skiers also got to test out their sports’ PyeongChang 2018 venue. At the World Cup event Canada produced two double podiums. Mikael Kingsbury led the way winning the men’s event, while Philippe Marquis took bronze. On the women’s side Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Andi Naude claimed silver and bronze respectively.
Snowboard – Big Air
The final stop of the World Cup big air circuit brought athletes home to Quebec City. Mark McMorris picked up a lot of hardware on Saturday winning the men’s big air competition, overall FIS tour and the super series title. Max Parrot also landed on the big air podium in Quebec with a silver medal.
Snowboard – Slopestyle
On Sunday Sebestian Toutant claimed the top spot in slopestyle, sharing the podium with silver medallist McMorris. Toutant’s family and friends got celebrate with his as he stood atop the podium listing to the national anthem play in his home province. On the women’s side Brooke Voigt left the competition with a bronze medal.
SAY WHAT! First podium at 19 I am SO stoked on this!! 3rd place in the Feldberg World Cup here in Germany 🇩🇪!! Had an amazing time today in the sun representing @canadasnowboardteam and my home town! For those at home CBC will air the race at 1:00 pm PST!! Huge shout out to my coaches, techs, teammates, friends and family for the ongoing support! MUCH LOVE💯💝 #sbx #sunnydays #worldcup #snowboarding #lovingit
Over in Germany World Cup rookie Meryeta O’Dine picked up a snowboard cross bronze. Her first World Cup medal came just two weeks before she celebrates her 20th birthday.
Freestyle Skiing – Slopestyle
Local Hero @abmskier did not disappoint the home crowd, finishing 3rd in today's @fisfreestyle @snowjamboree World Cup. Congrats to his teammates @kim_lamarre, @evanmceachran, @hay_bells and @teal_harle, whom all finished in 6, 7, 9 and 11th places. A great debut showing for Slopestyle skiing in Canada! 🇨🇦🥉 #livefree // Le héros local Alex Beaulieu-Marchand a ravi la foule aujourd’hui, s’emparant de la 3e place de l’épreuve masculine de Coupe du monde FIS de slopestyle. Bravo aussi à ses coéquipiers Kim, Evan, Alex et Teal, qui ont respectivement terminé aux 6e, 7e, 9e et 11e places. Une excellente performance à cette toute première Coupe du monde de slopestyle au Canada! #vivrelibre
Alex Beaulieu-Marchand also found the podium in Quebec City. After an intense men’s competition the Canadian came out with a bronze medal, that he got to celebrate in front of family and friends in his hometown.
Brady Leman and Marielle Thompson gave Canada a double gold podium at the world Cup stop in Idre Fjall, Sweden. Leman found his first victory of the season after five silver and a bronze medal. Olympic champion Thompson returned to the top of the podium for her sixth gold on the 2016-17 circuit.
Speed Skating – Short Track
Francois Hamelin grabbed a short track bronze at the World Cup event in Minsk, Belarus. The Canadian finished behind Kazakhstan skaters Denis Nikisha and Abzal Azhgaliyev, who placed first and second respectively.
Three Canadians were victorious at the prestigious Millrose Games in New York. Olympic champion Derek Drouin won men’s high jump with a leap of 2.27m, tying his Canadian teammate Mike Mason for height, but won based on having a cleaner record sheet. On the women’s side Phylicia George won the women’s 60 metre hurdles in 7.98 seconds and Kate Van Buskirk won the 3000m in 8:52.08s.
At one of the highest level tournaments this season, Kelita Zupancic grabbed a Paris Grand Slam silver in Judo. The Canadian who finished seventh at Rio 2016 and is currently ranked 17th in the world, fell to world number three Chizuru Arai from Japan in the gold medal final.