The flames atop the Vancouver Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza will be rekindled this evening to celebrate Canada’s gold medal victories in women’s curling and ice hockey.
The Olympic Cauldron will be lit from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 20. It will be lit in the evenings whenever Canada wins a Olympic gold medal – its lighting is being funded by a pair of anonymous private donors.
Canada’s women’s curling team was unable to secure a gold medal win at Vancouver in 2010, losing the gold to Sweden in front of the home crowd. However, their performance at Sochi was reversed with the Canadian women coming out on top against Sweden in the last moments of the match with a 6-3 score.
The women’s ice hockey gold final was a Vancouver rematch between Canada and the United States. The game ended in sudden death overtime with a score of 3-2 after Canada staved off a gold medal loss elimination with a tie-making goal during the final period with just 55 seconds left.
Canada’s women’s hockey team successfully defended their Olympic gold hockey title for the fourth consecutive time, having won gold in the same tournament at Salt Lake 2002, Torino 2006, and Vancouver 2010.
Canada will have several other opportunities to claim more medals during the final days of the Sochi 2014 Olympics. This includes men’s curling on Friday (beginning 5:30 a.m. PST) and men’s hockey on Sunday (beginning 4:00 a.m. PST).
The Olympic Cauldron was also relit on Wednesday night to celebrate the bobsleigh gold medal win by Canadian athletes Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse.
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