Weekend roundup: Team Canada takes gold and more around the world – Team Canada
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What a weekend it was for Canadian athletes!
Ellie Black concluded a historic World Championship with a second podium performance. The Gushue team has added a brand new title to their resume. The Canadian short trackers had a second straight weekend of six World Cup medals. Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps took gold at the French Grand Prix. Plus, another trophy for the Canadian Women’s 3×3 Basketball Team.
Here are the details of it all and a few other things you might have missed:
Artistic gymnastics: The blacks are 🔙 on the podium! 🔥
On Tuesday, Canada won its first-ever team medal at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships and earned a ticket to the women’s team for Paris 2024. In addition to being that team’s veteran leader, Ellie Black achieved remarkable individual performances in Liverpool, England.
On Sunday, she earned the silver medal in the women’s balance beam final with her score of 13.566 points. This is her second career individual medal at the world championships, following the all-around silver she won in 2017.
READ: Ellie Black wins silver on balance beam at Artistic Gymnastics World Championships
She had two more individual top-five finishes. In the women’s all-around final on Thursday, the 27-year-old finished fifth. On Saturday, she finished fourth in the vault final, missing out on the podium by just 0.05 points.
Figure skating: Gold and silver at the Grand Prix de France ⛸
Deanna Stellato-Dudek made French Grand Prix history on Saturday by becoming the oldest athlete to win a figure skating Grand Prix. The 39-year-old athlete and his partner Maxime Deschamps skated to gold in the pairs event with a total score of 185.84 points.
READ: Stellato-Dudek & Deschamps claim gold at French Grand Prix; Fournier Beaudry & Soerensen win silver
Combined with the silver medal they won at Skate America, Stellato-Dudek and Deschamps secured one of six duo spots for the Grand Prix Final in Turin in mid-December. The Stellato-Dudek story is making headlines around the world. She was the 2000 World Junior silver medalist in women’s singles while representing the United States, but retired a year later due to injury. After nearly 16 years away from the sport, she decided to make a comeback as a pair skater. She and Deschamps teamed up in 2019 and clearly found their match in each other.
In ice dancing, Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen won the silver medal on their first outing in the Grand Prix series. They will compete again in the NHK Trophy in Japan in two weeks.
Short Track: 6 medals in Salt Lake City 🙌
Team Canada raced to six podiums in the second leg of the ISU World Cup short track speed skating circuit. This total included three gold medals. On Saturday, Kim Boutin clinched her first individual World Cup medal of the season with victory in the first women’s 500m while Maxime Laoun won the first men’s 500m final to claim the first individual World Cup medal over the distance. his career. On Sunday, Pascal Dion, Steven Dubois, Laoun and Jordan Pierre-Gilles won gold in the men’s 5000m relay.
READ: Boutin and Laoun celebrate a pair of World Cup golds in Salt Lake City
READ: Team Canada skates to four more World Cup medals in Salt Lake City
Also on Sunday, Courtney Sarault took silver in the women’s 1000m. Rikki Doak skated to her first career individual World Cup medal, capturing bronze in the second women’s 500m. Boutin, Sarault, Danaé Blais and Renee Steenge won Canada’s second consecutive World Cup silver medal in the women’s 3000m relay.
Curling: Team Gushue wins gold 🏆
Team Gushue is the first-ever Pan-Continental Curling Championship men’s champion. On Sunday, skip Brad Gushue, vice-skip Mark Nichols, second EJ Harnden and lead Geoff Walker beat South Korea 11-3 in the final in Calgary. The tournament was introduced this season as a World Championship qualifier for countries outside of Europe. Canada will host the men’s world championships in Ottawa in early April.
On the women’s side, Team Einarson (skip Kerri Einarson, vice-skip Val Sweeting, second Shannon Birchard and lead Briane Harris) bounced back to hold off the Americans in the bronze medal game, winning 7-5. Canada needed to be among the top five teams in the women’s event to qualify the country for the world championships in Sweden at the end of March.
Judo: Deguchi & Margelidon are back 🥋
Two Canadian judokas made their return to an IJF Grand Slam podium over the weekend, winning their first medals since April 2021. First, Christa Deguchi won gold in the women’s 57kg event in Baku , in Azerbaijan on Friday for his seventh career Grand Slam medal. Then Arthur Margelidon took silver in the men’s 73kg weight class on Saturday.
READ: Deguchi wins judo gold at Baku Grand Slam
READ: Margelidon wins judo silver at Baku Grand Slam
Basketball: Golden Sunday for the women’s 3 × 3 team 🏆
The Canadian women’s 3×3 basketball team of Katherine Plouffe, Michelle Plouffe, Kacie Bosch and Paige Crozon won gold at the FIBA 3×3 AmeriCup in Miami. They picked up a 15-11 win over Brazil in the last game. Michelle scored or assisted on 11 of Canada’s 15 points in the final. The 30-year-old was named the most outstanding player of the women’s tournament.
After a very successful summer that saw this foursome claim silver at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup and win four stages of the FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series, this is their first tournament whose Ranking points will count towards Olympic qualification for Paris 2024.
Tennis: Félix is preparing for the ATP finals ✨
It took 17 games and over a month, but someone finally snapped Felix Auger-Aliassime’s winning streak. At the Paris Masters in France, an ATP 1000 event, Denmark’s Holger Rune avenged his loss to the Canadian in the Basel final last week with a 6-4, 6-2 win.
Despite the loss, Auger-Aliassime’s second appearance in a Masters 1000 semi-final means he will reach a career-high No. 6 in the ATP rankings from Monday. He has the No. 5 spot close at hand as he prepares to compete in the prestigious ATP Finals for the first time starting November 13 in Turin, Italy. Only the top eight men of this season will compete.
Swimming: 16 medals in Indianapolis
Canada concluded the third and final round of the FINA Swimming World Cup with 16 medals. Three gold medals were won by Kylie Masse (50m backstroke), Summer McIntosh (200m butterfly) and Sydney Pickrem (400m individual medley). McIntosh broke the national record in the 800m freestyle (8:07.12) winning the silver medal. Pickrem won silver medals in the 200m individual medley and 200m breaststroke.