Olympics, Day 15: Jacobs wins gold in Curling; Thompson, Serwa win ski cross medals; Bronze for Cornoyer
Canada starts its third weekend in Sochi with 24 total medals, now five back of the Russian Federation for the lead at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
While the Canadians started off on fire, racing to share the opening weekend's medal count lead with a rotation of Norway and the Netherlands, they stalled in the middle and dropped down below the Russians and the Americans.
But the maple leafs had a huge Friday, capturing Gold in the men's curling tournament – congratulations, by the way, to Northern Ontario's rink led by Brad Jacobs, which crushed Great Britain 9-3 in only eight ends of play.
The win – combined with Thursday's curling gold by the women's team led by Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones – gave Canada its first-ever Olympic double gold in curling.
Canada also won Gold and Silver on Friday in women's ski cross. North Vancouver's Marielle Thompson took the Au and Kelowna's Kelsey Serwa finished second, getting the Ag. (Enjoy that, Chemistry students.)
Then, also on Friday, Jesse Eisenberg lookailke Charlie Cornoyer took Bronze in the men's 500m short track final, helping Canada to increase its total haul in a sport in which they had fallen behind expectations this year.
As you most certainly know, Canada's biggest event on Friday wasn't for a gold medal at all, but it was a semifinal.
The Canadian men's ice hockey team – led by Victoria, B.C.'s Jamie Benn and Anahim Lake, B.C. goalie Carey Price – shutout and shutdown Team USA for the second straight Olympics, winning 1-0 off Benn's second period goal.
Canada will now play Sweden for the gold medal on Sunday – tomorrow – with puck drop at 4:30 a.m. PST.
So, the golden question is, of course... do you stay up, or wake up?