1. Kaetlyn Osmond
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Kaetlyn Osmond won bronze in women’s figure skating on Feb. 23, adding to her gold in the team event. The 22-year-old, who nearly quit skating after suffering a broken leg in 2014, now has a complete set of Olympic hardware — she earned a silver medal in the team event in Sochi.
2. Kelsey Serwa
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At the 2014 Games in Sochi, Kelsey Serwa won a silver medal in ski cross while fellow Canadian Marielle Thompson took gold. This time around, Serwa found herself on the top of the podium after leading the final race from start to finish. “Everything today went perfect,” the 28-year-old told reporters after her gold medal win.
3. Brittany Phelan
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In her second Olympic appearance, Brittany Phelan earned her first Olympic medal — a silver in the women’s ski cross. The 26-year-old from Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que., came second behind her training partner and best friend, Kelsey Serwa.
4. Kim Boutin
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Racing in her first Olympics, Canadian speedskater Kim Boutin crossed the finish line of the 500-metre short-track final in fourth place. But when South Korea’s Minjeong Choi was disqualified for impeding another racer, Boutin was bumped up to the bronze medal — not bad considering the 500 is, according to Canadian women’s team coach Frederic Blackburn, “her worst distance.”
The 23-year-old added two more medals in Pyeongchang — a bronze in the 1,500-metre race and a silver in the 1,000.
5. Canadian women’s hockey team
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After earning four consecutive Olympic gold medals, Canada’s women’s hockey team came oh-so-close to a record fifth straight gold. They lost a riveting battle with Team USA — heartbreakingly, in an overtime shootout — and as the Canadians received their silver medals, many of them wept. “I’m proud of this whole team,” said defenceman Jocelyne Larocque, “but we were chasing that gold medal.”
6. Phylicia George and Kaillie Humphries
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Kaillie Humphries won gold in the two-woman bobsled in both Vancouver and Sochi. In Pyeongchang, she picked up her third consecutive medal — this time a bronze — with new brakeman Phylicia George, a former hurdler and sprinter who only took up the sport about six months ago. While Humphries wasn’t able to defend her gold, she told reporters that the third-place finish was her most emotional Olympic medal win. “I know how hard Phylicia and I have really had to work and how hard our team us had to work to get to this position,” she said, “and we earned our bronze tonight.”
7. Tessa Virtue
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Tessa Virtue picked up her second medal of the Games alongside partner Scott Moir, winning gold in the ice dance. Virtue and Moir are now the most-decorated figure skaters in Olympic history, with five medals total.
8. Cassie Sharpe
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9. Alex Gough
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Alex Gough knows the agony of just missing out on an Olympic medal. The 30-year-old Calgary native finished fourth in Sochi in both the women’s singles luge and the team relay. On Feb. 13, Gough finally picked up her first piece of Olympic hardware, winning bronze in the singles event. She picked up her second medal two days later, earning a silver in the team relay alongside Sam Edney, Justin Snith and Tristan Walker.
10. Meagan Duhamel
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Meagan Duhamel and partner Eric Radford won a bronze medal in pairs figure skating. The two now boast Olympic medals in each colour — a gold in the team event in Pyeongchang, along with a silver in the team event in Sochi four years ago.
11. Gabrielle Daleman, Meagan Duhamel, Kaetlyn Osmond & Tessa Virtue
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Canada’s first gold medal of these Games was a group effort, with a first-place finish in the figure skating team event that came thanks to standout performances from everyone involved — including Patrick Chan, who put up a season’s best performance to win the men’s free skate. Meagan Duhamel crushed the pairs short program and free skate alongside partner Eric Radford, while Tessa Virtue and partner Scott Moir stole the show in the ice dance competition. Kaetlyn Osmond skated the women’s short program, while Gabrielle Daleman nailed a clean free skate, finishing third — thereby clinching gold for Team Canada.
Duhamel and Radford earned a second medal at the Games on Feb. 15, winning bronze in the pairs event.
12. Kaitlyn Lawes
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Lawes and teammate John Morris dominated the field in mixed doubles curling, which made its debut as an Olympic event in Pyeongchang. The two lost just once — to Norway in the round robin — before capturing the gold medal with a 10–3 win over Switzerland. Lawes is the first Canadian curler to earn a medal in back-to-back Olympics — she won gold in Sochi as part of the team skipped by Jennifer Jones.
13. Laurie Blouin
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After suffering a nasty crash in training earlier in the week, Blouin picked up a silver medal in women’s slopestyle snowboarding. The 21-year-old from Stoneham, Que., battled fierce winds — and sported a black eye — while nailing her second run of the competition.
14. Justine Dufour-Lapointe
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At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Dufour-Lapointe won gold in the women’s moguls while her sister Chloé picked up silver. The pair held hands as they stood on the podium in what became an iconic image from those Games. This time around, the 23-year-old Montreal native won a silver in the event — earning the first medal by a Canadian woman in Pyeongchang. “I’m prouder of this medal than gold in Sochi, because I worked even harder to get there,” she said.