The Canadian Olympic team had a strong finish to their first week of competition on Sunday. Cindy Klassen received her third medal of the games in the women’s 1000m speed skating. Finishing four one-hundreths of a second behind the Netherlands Marianne Timmer, Klassen was awarded her second silver medal to go along with her bronze from last week’s 500m competition. Along with Pierre Leuders and Lascalles Brown’s 2-man bobsleigh silver, the Canadians finished the first week in a tie for fifth place with 13 medals. Canada looks to add to add to their pair of golds Monday afternoon, as the women’s hockey team is virtually a sure thing against their over-matched Swedish oppontents.
With Canada initially planning on medals for both men’s and women’s curling and men’s hockey, all three teams have found trouble on the way to their medal rounds.
For the men’s hockey team it was a dreadful weekend of competition. Back-to-back shutouts by Switzerland’s Martin Gerber and Finland’s Antero Niittymaki have left the team with a 2-2 record, having only beaten the winless Italians and Germans. The one-time gold medal favourites face the Czech Republic Tuesday morning to see who will finish where in the group. It will likely be for 3rd and 4th place considering the Swiss should dispose of the tired Italian team.
It should be noted that Toronto Maple Leaf Bryan McCabe is making the most of his Olympic opportunity… No points, 14 penalty minutes and a minus-2 rating.