Team Canada at Beijing 2022: Day 8

Canada’s dynamic duo of snowboard cross teamed up for bronze in an Olympic event debut, a star sprinter came oh so close to the podium in speed skating, and the country’s first top five finish in Olympic skeleton since 2010.

Here’s what you might have missed on Day 8 at Beijing 2022. 

Beijing 2022 Competition Schedule and Results


Medallists in their individual events at Beijing 2022, Eliot Grondin and Meryeta O’Dine joined forces to win bronze in the inaugural Olympic mixed team snowboard cross event. In the final, O’Dine was knocked down by an Italian competitor who landed on her back, but the Canadian quickly got back to her feet and finished the race to get the medal. Liam Moffatt and Tess Critchlow were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Eliot Grondin and Meryeta O'Dine raise their arms on the podium
Team Canada snowboarders Eliot Grondin and Meryeta Odine celebrate after winning bronze in the mixed teams snowboard cross event during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Photo by Leah Hennel/COC

READ: Grondin & O’Dine win bronze in Olympic debut of mixed team SBX
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Long Track Speed Skating

Reigning world champion Laurent Dubreuil got his second Olympic Games underway in the men’s 500m, finishing in fourth place with a time of 34.522, just 0.03 off the podium. Teammates Gilmore Junio and Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu finished 21st and 29th overall, respectively, in the shortest event on the big oval.

“I came here to win a medal and to be only 300ths off the podium is a tough day for me at the office but I still did my best and it’s just a few details here and there,” Dubreuil told CBC’s Anastasia Bucsis following the race. “Right now it’s is disappointment but for fourth place in the world, it’s still good, I did my best and it just wasn’t enough today.”

Laurent Dubreuil skates in a speed skating race
Team Canada long track speed skater Laurent Dubreuil competes in the men’s 500m event during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Photo by Andrew Lahodynskyj/COC


Mirela Rahneva set the women’s track record in her first run at the Yanqing Sliding Centre, but she went into the third run in ninth place after a tough second run. She climbed back up the standings with the second-fastest time in the third run, leaving her 0.42 of a second out of a podium position. But she couldn’t move any further up than fifth overall after the final run. That is still Canada’s best Olympic skeleton result since Vancouver 2010. Jane Channell finished in 17th place.


Christian Gow was the top Canadian in the men’s 10km sprint, finishing 12th. That is a personal best for him in solo events at the Olympic Games. Jules Burnotte placed 29th while Scott Gow and Adam Runnalls finished 34th and 35th, respectively.

Figure Skating

It was rhythm dance day as the individual ice dance event began. Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier improved upon their score from the team event, earning 83.52 points from the judges. Their technical mark took a little hit when they only received a level two for their midline step sequence. They are currently in sixth place, 3.61 points out of a podium position. Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen are in eighth place with 78.54 points while Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha are 13th with 72.59 points.  

Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier skate in orange jumpsuits
Team Canada figure skaters Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier compete in the rhythm dance event during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Photo by Darren Calabrese/COC

Ice Hockey

Mat Robinson and Corban Knight scored in Canada’s 4-2 loss to the United States in men’s hockey preliminary round play at National Indoor Stadium. Edward Pasquale made 23 stops in the loss. Canada, now 1-1, will play their final game of the preliminary round on Sunday at 8:10 a.m. ET against host China.

READ: Canada drops close men’s hockey contest to United States

Team Canada goaltender Eddie Pasquale (80) makes a save
Team Canada goaltender Eddie Pasquale (80) makes the save on Team United States forward Nick Abruzzese (16) as Team Canada’s Mark Barberio (44) moves in during first period men’s ice hockey preliminary action Saturday, February 12, 2022 at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz


It was an all Canada versus Sweden day. It started with Team Jennifer Jones coming up just short against the squad skipped by Anna Hasselborg who won gold at PyeongChang 2018. A 10th-end measurement didn’t go in the Canadians’ favour, resulting in a 7-6 loss. Brad Gushue had a tough day against the undefeated Niklas Edin, who is a five-time world champion and the reigning Olympic silver medallist. The skip missed a few key shots and ended up on the wrong side of a 7-4 score.  

READ: Measurement gives Sweden 7-6 win over Canada in women’s curling at Beijing 2022
READ: Lack of scoring, poor shooting results in second straight loss for Team Canada in men’s curling

Cross-Country Skiing

Katherine Stewart-Jones, Dahria Beatty, Cendrine Browne, and Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt finished ninth in the women’s 4x5km relay. That is Canada’s best Olympic result in a women’s cross-country relay since 2002.

Two cross country skiers make a handoff during a relay
Team Canada cross-country skier Cendrine Browne taps teammate Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt while competing in the women’s 4x5km relay event during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Photo by Kevin Light/COC

Ski Jumping

Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes and Matthew Soukup competed in the first round of the men’s individual large hill. Unfortunately they were not among the top 30 who advanced into the final. Boyd-Clowes placed 33rd while Soukup finished 49th.

READ: Canada wins first ever Olympic ski jumping medal in debut of mixed team event