Day 3 of the Sochi Olympics proved to be outstanding for several athletes. It is certainly a golden day for Canada. Two of Canada's Vancouver 2010 champions successfully defend their titles.
Canadian Charles Hamelin wins the gold medal in 1500m short track speed skating race. In the thrilling and spilling chaotic sport of short track, Hamelin was able to hold off the powerhouse South Korean and Chinese men in a strategic move that catapulted him from 3rd to 1st in the race.
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And once again, Alex Bilodeau delivers Canada its first gold medal of the Olympics!
His Sochi 2014 gold along with Hamelin's granted Canada 2 golds for the day. In a tough field of full of talent, the Canadian Bilodeau outscored his competitors in the moguls by putting in an incredible performance that earned him the gold medal and allowed him to successfully defend his Vancouver 2010 champion title! Fellow Canadian Mikael Kingsbury takes the silver, adding to the Canadian medal haul. While another Canadian, Marc-Antoine Gagnon. was edged off the podium by Russian Alexandr Smyshlyaev who took the bronze.
And the Orange Crush rolls on! For the first time ever, Netherlands wins gold in the 500m speed skating sprint. Moreover, it was a clean sweep for the Dutch! Wonder twins: Michel Mulder takes gold while brother Ronald takes bronze, and fellow teammate Jan Smeekens takes silver.
Meanwhile, in the fast and furious world of the Ladies Super Combined, Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch, world champion, successfully defends her Vancouver 2010 champion title, by taking gold at Sochi.
And it's a great day for France! In the Men's Biathlon 12.5km pursuit, Martin Fourcade, silver medalist at Vancouver 2010, out skis and out shoots his opponents to claim gold to put France on the medal board! Fellow Frenchman Jean Guillaume Beatrix delivers Frances second medal with a bronze. And Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic takes the silver.
Veteran and legend Veteran Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who all ready won gold earlier in the games, was 4th. Still, he put in an impressive performance as the 40 year old battles against a much younger competition.
What an amazing day for the athletes and what an amazing display of heart and skill from all the athletes who gave it their all.