Winter Olympics 2018: Girard claims gold in men's short track 1000m

  • Winter Olympics 2018: Girard claims gold in men's short track 1000m

Winter Olympics 2018: Girard claims gold in men's short track 1000m

Canada's Samuel Girard has won gold in men's 1,000-metre short-track speedskating at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

One of the pre-race favorites, Korean Yi-Rah Seo finished a distant third for the bronze, after being taken out in a crash along with his teammate Hyo-jun Lim, who finished fourth.

The bad: No medals in the men's 1,500 metres in short track or women's snowboard slopestyle, as well as a rough 0-3 start by Rachel Homan's curling team before winning its first game.

Girard is a multiple medallist at the world championships, but this is his first podium finish in an Olympic event. "After that I was just thinking about my race and what I had to do".

"It's an emotion that you can't really describe", Girard said. "I tried to protect my spot because I knew it was an easy moment for getting passed on the inside. I'm finally able to put away the story about how I was a young kid who had swine flu and ended up missing the Olympics", Krueger said after the race.

"To finish in front, even if it required a bit more energy.it was the last race of the day and we were going for a medal". That's what the referees saw on the replay.

Girard moved on at the expense of countryman Charles Hamelin, who was penalized for impeding.

In the women's 1,500 final, Choi Min-jeong won the host nation's second short-track gold in front of President Moon Jae-in.

Li Jinyu of China took silver and Kim Boutin of Canada earned bronze to go with her same colored medal in the 500. "Part of the sport", Knegt said to the ISU.

Girard's victory comes at a point of transition for the short-track program, with Hamelin and his fiancée Marianne St-Gelais both saying Pyeongchang are their last Olympics.

Krueger's road to the Olympic podium has been a long one.