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Olympics, Day 3: Heartbreak for O'Brien; Canadian Cowboys medal-less; Silver for Team figure skating (VIDEO)
Heartbreak, perhaps predictable disappointment, and a silver lining. That was Day 3 for Canada at Sochi's 2014 Winter Olympics.
Alert Bay, B.C.'s Spencer O'Brien, who was medal favourite entering her slopestyle snowboard final, slipped on her final jump in her second run on Sunday, falling to 12th. The disappointment drove O'Brien to tears and a heartbreaking post-run interview from the 26-year-old.
"Sorry I'm just really disappointed right now," she told reporters (Comox Valley Record). "I had a really hard year coming back from some injuries. I was really happy to be riding the way I was here. I was just really excited to be a part of Team Canada. Just after watching Mark yesterday, I was really inspired to just try really hard to bring home a medal.
"I went for my hardest run and it didn't work out today. So I'm really disappointed and really sad that I let Canada down."
Fans took to Twitter to back O'Brien up, and the boarder responded:
I don't know if this helps, Spencer O'Brien, but honestly, you didn't let me down at all. Or any other Canadian. Just did your best.— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) February 9, 2014
Thank you all for the love and support, it means so so much. I am disappointed in myself but so proud to be Canadian! #MotherCanuckers— Spencer O'Brien (@spencerobrien) February 9, 2014
Also on Day 3 – or Day 2, depending on what you counted that Friday with the Opening Ceremonies but no events – Canada's 'Cowboy' ski team fell short yet again in men's alpine skiing, extending the country's 20-year medal-less run in the event, which stretches back to 1994 in Lillehammer.
Montreal' Erik Guay – Canada's top medal hope coming into Sochi – finished in 10th place, Invermere's Ben Thomsen finished 19th, Calgary's Jan Hudec finished 21st, and Whistler's Manny Osborne-Paradis finished 25th.
"I skied all right. I made some mistakes around the lake jump," Guay said (CTV News). "The snow was getting soft, and I had new skis, but I did try.
"I am disappointed, but after how I did this season, it's OK."
Canada won a silver medal in team figure skating on Sunday, however, bringing their total count to four. Canada is now tied with the Netherlands, the United States, and Russia in the overall medal count. All four nations are three medals back of Norway, which leads with seven.
North Vancouver's Kevin Reynolds finished second in the men's free program, Kaetlyn Osmond finished fifth in women's free, and Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue came in second in the free dance ice dance.
Their combined results gave Canada its second Silver of the Sochi Games. Russia took Gold and the United States won Bronze.
In the team comp, Ottawa's Patrick Chan came third, pair Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford came second, and Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch came in second.