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Three medals for Canada at the end of day one

Canada picks up a medal of each colour

Canada is holding onto three medals after day one of the Sochi games wraps up.

The bronze medal came first, courtesy of Regina's Mark McMorris, who placed in the slopestyle - a snowboarding event that's making its first appearance this year.

McMorris competed while recovering from a broken rib. He overcame a rough opening run in the men's slopestyle final, capping a trying couple of weeks with a bronze-medal performance.

The gold and silver medals were a family affair. Two of the Dufour-Lapointe sisters, Justine and Chloe placed in the women's moguls.

"It feels amazing,'' Chloe said of being on the podium with her sister. "It happened at the World Cup, but now it's at the Olympics. We had to do three runs and we did it together. We're just really happy.''

The medalists put Canada into a tie with the Netherlands for second in the medal standings. Norway has one additional gold to lead after the first day.

Early success is crucial to the Canadian team, which some predict will win more medals in Sochi than it did four years ago at the highly successful Vancouver Games. Canada started slow in Vancouver with just one silver on the first day before finishing with 26 medals, including a record 14 gold.

Canada will almost certainly add to its medal haul Sunday, when the final three events of figure skating team competition take place. Canada is currently in silver-medal position after second-place finishes in the short dance and free pairs skates and a fifth in the women's short on Saturday.

 

 

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