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Vancouver Memories: Day 16 - Team Martin is marvelous

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2/27/2011 11:37:22 AM
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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 16 - Saturday, February 27, 2010

The second-last day of the 2010 Winter Games launched Canada into the record books while also setting the stage for the country to break another Olympic mark on the final day in Vancouver.

Canadians won three gold medals on Day 16, bringing their total to 13 at that point, and equalling the mark for total golds won by a single nation at the Winter Olympics. Canada's 13 golds also set the mark for most won by a host country at an Olympic Winter Games.

The day after Cheryl Bernard and the women's curling team won silver at the Vancouver Olympic Centre, Kevin Martin avenged his loss in the final game of the 2002 Winter Olympics, winning gold against Norway.

"When that rock was going to make contact," said Martin, about his gold medal-clinching shot, "that's about as good a feeling as you get. All the hard work and it all comes to fruition."

Martin and his rink of John Morris, Marc Kennedy, and Ben Hebert were dominant throughout the Games. The rink became the first team to go undefeated throughout the Olympics. They had been together for four years, winning Canadian and world championships along the way.

"That was a big game, honestly it was," said Martin.

"Because we wanted to get that one step higher on the podium. The other stuff was done and this feels really good."

On Cypress Mountain, 34-year-old Jasey-Jay Anderson persevered through torrid conditions to win the gold medal in men's parallel giant slalom.

"I had so much to make up - in these conditions, it's virtually impossible," Anderson said, adding that there was a problem with a starting gate. "True athletes thrive on adversity, so I tried to be a true athlete."

"You're swimming all day - you can't see anything," Anderson said. "You have to rise above that."

Anderson struggled through the qualification stage of the event, but advanced to the round of 16 before skiing to the final and eventually coming out on top.

"I would have been happy with the silver because so many Olympics have eluded me," Anderson told reporters after the event. "I feel greedy right now. How much do you deserve that medal? It's surreal. I'm probably not going to sleep tonight. I'm probably going to stare at the ceiling and just look at this thing."

"It's pretty hard to beat this. Olympic gold at home. That's the one. Today's the day."

Canada's third gold on Day 16 was won in the men's speed skating team pursuit at the Richmond Oval. The team of Francois-Olivier Roberge, Denny Morrison, Luca Makowsky, and Mathieu Giroux defeated the Americans in the final race to capture the gold medal.

After Canada jumped out to an early lead, the Americans closed the gap as the race wore on, but the Canadians managed to hold on for the win.

"We all have the speed for the 1,500m and we were able to build on that," Makowsky said following the race. "It is just surreal right now."

"I am tired. I gave everything I had out there," said Morrison. "It's pretty cool."

And while it wasn't gold, Canada added another medal on Day 16 - a bronze in men's four-man bobsled.

Lyndon Rush's team, which also included David Bissett, Lascelles Brown, and Chris LeBihan, finished just .01 seconds behind the silver medal-winning team from Germany at the Whistler Sliding Centre to capture the fourth medal of the day for Canada.

In other action, Julien Cousineau finished eighth overall in men's slalom and the team of Kristina Groves, Cindy Klassen, Christine Nesbitt, and Brittany Schussler finished fifth in women's speed skating team pursuit.

As the penultimate day of the games came to a close, all eyes looked ahead to the men's hockey gold medal final, when Canada was set to play the USA at Canada Hockey Place.

Re-live the memories of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games with an encore showing of the gold medal game between Canada and the U.S. in men's hockey, Sunday on TSN2 at 7pm et/4pm pt.

Enright, Hebert, Kennedy, Morris and Martin (Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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