Winter Olympics: Canada's Gabrielle Daleman overcomes obstacles to secure gold medal

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

Winter Olympics: Canada's Gabrielle Daleman overcomes obstacles to secure gold medal

The three-time world champion was a gold-medal favorite in Sochi, but fell short to Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu.

Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., who Canada subbed in for the long program after Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L., handled the short, skated to Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue", and her third-place performance mathematically guaranteed Canada gold.

In other night finals, Ireen Wust won her fifth Olympic title and the Dutch speedskaters picked up gold and bronze in the 1,500 meters, biathlon No. 1 Martin Fourcade won the 12.5-kilometer pursuit, and Maren Lundby of Norway won the women's ski jumping normal hill.

The Americans stood in third place following the event's second day of competition Sunday and couldn't move up the standings on the final day.

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After the women's free skating, Canada had already secured first place, with ice dancers Virtue and Moir still left to compete. NBC said; "SHE DID IT. HISTORY MADE", the U.S. Figure Skating Association said - but the style and flow of her skate also offered a stark contrast to the highest score (158.08) from the Russian skater Alina Zagitova, who loaded the back half of her program with jumps. And, they clinched it before the ice dance - the third event of the day - even began.

The gold medal is the first medal for Canada in the 2018 Winter Games. "Going into it, I was like a train, get on those tracks and get some speed", she said. If you've been wondering how that's possible (I know I have) thankfully the good folks at Inverse Science have the explanation, complete with the explanatory physics.

"I'm really happy with my skate". "We were committed to this, we wanted to be an integral part of the team, we wanted to contribute as best we could".

"This is literally a dream come true for all of us", Nagasu said, in comments transcribed by the Olympics news service. "We've talked about how we weren't thrilled with our approach in Sochi [2014 Olympic Games]", Moir told ESPN.

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"Gosh, we've experienced so much together", Chan said. We're proud of ourselves that we set our goals and committed to that. Even Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann was feeling their performance, tweeting his appreciation of their dramatic portrayal of the ill-fated lovers. "It's moving to see so many champions skating their way to to the music from #MoulinRouge, including 's &". The top five out of 10 teams after the short program/short dance qualify for the free skating/free dance segment on Monday.

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The Newmarket, Ont., native had 137.144 points which was more than enough for Canada to take the top spot in the event beating out the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation and the USA with 73 points for their first gold medal at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeonchang.

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