Olympic Cauldron will be lit tonight for double golds in men's curling, women's ski cross

Dec 19 2017, 9:45 am

For the third consecutive evening, the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza will be relit to celebrate Canadian gold medals at Sochi 2014.

Early this morning, North Vancouver’s Marielle Thompson and Kelowna’s Kelsey Serwa won gold and silver in women’s ski cross. Several hours later, the Canada’s men’s curling team defended their title from Vancouver and secured another gold for the country to make this a Canadian gold sweep in curling at Sochi following yesterday’s women’s win.

Canada’s Charle Cournoyer also captured a bronze medal in the men’s 500-metre short track speed skating, just before the men’s hockey team defeated the United States again with 1-0 to advance to Sunday’s gold medal game against Sweden.

The Olympic Cauldron will be relit from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 21. 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.

With two days remaining in the Sochi Olympics, Canada’s two consecutive days of stellar medal performances has pushed the nation back up in the standings into third place based on most golds won.

By the end of Day 14, Canadian athletes won 9 gold, 10 silver and 5 bronze for a total of 24 medals – just two medals shy of tieing the record 26 medals won at Vancouver in 2010. Norway (10 gold, 4 silver, 8 bronze) and Russia (9 gold, 10 silver, 7 bronze) currently sit above Canada.


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