Canada's Samuel Girard wins gold medal in 1000 metre speedskating

Canada's Samuel Girard wins gold medal in 1000 metre speedskating

Veteran Canadian short-track speedskater Charles Hamelin's pain was his teammate's gain on Saturday at the Winter Games.

Six of the eight gold medals in this event have been claimed by South Koreans while another was won by Russian Viktor Ahn, who was born in Korea.

The carnage was not quite as spectacular as in Salt Lake as Girard still had to fight off a challenge from Krueger to break Asia's domination of the 1,000m.

Krueger and ultimate gold medalist Samuel Girard of Canada were the only competitors left standing in the men's 1,000-meter short-track final after a crash temporarily wiped out the rest of the field.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. For Canada it was their fifth gold medal and 15th medal overall. If he's able to reach the podium twice, he would join Cindy Klassen and Clara Hughes one of the most decorated athletes in Canadian Olympic history.

Keegan Messing of Sherwood Park, Alta., was 12th, finishing with a total score of 255.43. Kim Lamarre, the bronze medallist four years ago in Sochi, Russia, was 22nd.

"He did it a little bit better than I did", said Krueger. "I think every Olympics is a different experience and you learn so much along the way". "After that I was just thinking about my race and what I had to do".

Yuki Tsubota of Whistler, B.C., was the lone Canadian to make the final, finishing sixth with a score of 74.40 points.

Wojtek Wolski scored for Canada in the shootout while Maxim Lapierre, Derek Roy, Rene Bourque and Maxim Noreau missed.

Koe, 43, is throwing 84 per cent in the tournament and is pleased with the 4-1 performance of his Calgary-based team, which will try to rebound against Switzerland on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

It was mixed results for Canada in curling, with both teams going against the trend they set to start the Games.

"I think we played really well in those other games, but we each had a couple key mistakes that really cost us", the Ottawa skip said. "And learning from those mistakes moving forward I think was the key to today". She is also the first woman to medal in back-to-back Olympics in skeleton.

Fellow Canadians Jane Channell (3:29.07) and Mirela Rahneva (3:29.52) finished 10th and 12th, respectively.

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