Canada won its first gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Monday. Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., Put Canada in first place in team-based figure skating, finishing third in the women’s freestyle program.
The 137.14 Daleman points allowed Canada to add eight points to its total in Pyeongchang Olympics.
Just before Daleman took to the ice, triple world champion Patrick Chan placed first in the men’s free program with 179.75 points and kept Canada in the lead with an added 10 ranking points.
Skating under the words of the song “Hallelujah”, played by Jeff Buckley, the 27-year-old from Toronto won two quadruple jumps, but he fell while trying his triple axel.
Russia’s Olympic athletes follow with 58 points while the United States completes the top-3 with 53 points.
Canada earned a six-point lead over Russia’s Olympic athletes before entering the third and final day of competition.
Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford skated for Canada while Kaetlyn Osmond ran for the short program.
The Canadians have not won a gold medal in figure skating since Virtue and Moir climbed to the top of the podium at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
Canada won the silver medal in the team event at the Sochi Games in 2014. Four years later, its veteran training made the country come to South Korea as a team. the team ranked first.
This team competition, which looks like Ryder Cup in golf, saw the top 10 countries perform a short program in each of the four sports disciplines. Only the top five nations were able to complete a free program.