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Vancouver Memories: Day 6 - Canada continues success

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TSN.ca Staff
2/17/2011 1:28:51 PM
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CTV and TSN are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and TSN.ca looks back at all the memories every day from Day 1 through Day 17.

Day 6 - Wednesday, February 17, 2010

One day after Canadian Maelle Ricker won gold in snowboardcross last year, fans poured into B.C. Place on February 17 to watch her step to the top of the podium and receive her medal.
 
"It feels incredible," Ricker explained after the ceremony. "Wow, it's beautiful. It's a beautiful piece of art and there are so many people behind this medal. It's wonderful."
 
Canada followed up Ricker's success by earning a silver one day later, on the sixth day of the Vancouver Games, when Canadian short track speed skater Marianne St-Gelais of St. Felicien, Quebec, took home silver in the ladies' 500m final.
 
Edmonton's Jessica Gregg narrowly missed the podium, finishing fourth behind gold medalist Wang Meng of China, St-Gelais, and Arianna Fontana of Italy.
 
Elsewhere on the ice, the Canadian women's hockey team completed their third straight dominating performance by hammering Sweden 13-1. The highlight of the game came as Canada found the net three times in one minute during the second period.
 
Things weren't so easy for Canada's women's curling team on the sixth day of the Games. Cheryl Bernard had to rely on her final rock in the tenth end to earn a 7-6 victory over Japan in Draw 2.
 
"It's nice to pull one of those out of your hat," admitted Bernard after the win.
 
Unfortunately for cross-country skier Chandra Crawford, the Canmore, Alberta native was unable to deliver when it mattered most. Crawford fell short of her goal to repeat as women's individual sprint champion, after being eliminated when she finished sixth in her quarter-final heat. Norway's Marit Bjoergen went on to capture gold in the event.
 
"I gave it my all in that race, trying to hang with the big dogs, but it was a hard race today and classical is certainly not my forte," said Crawford, who took home gold at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy while competing in freestyle, not classical.
 
Canadian brothers Charles and Francois Hamelin crossed the finish line first in their 1,000-metre short track speed skating heats, which allowed them to advance to the quarter-finals later in the week.
 
On the mountain, Whistler resident Britt Janyk skied her way into sixth place in the women's downhill, but it was American Lindsey Vonn who secured her country's first gold medal in Olympic women's downhill, en route to becoming one of the stars of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Re-live the memories of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games with an encore showing of the Short-Track Speed Skating, Thursday on TSN2 at 5:30pm et/2:30pm pt and Thursday night at 2am et/11pm pt.

Marianne St-Gelais  (Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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