Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023
The gold rush continued for Team BC in karate and freestyle skiing on Tuesday in PEI as the sports were back on top of the podium to help move BC to nine gold medals.
Medals also came from biathlon, squash and artistic gymnastics. Biathlon won a gold and two bronze medals, the squash team delivered with two golds and a silver and gymnastics earned a bronze in the female team event. Team sports were buzzing on Tuesday as wheelchair basketball, hockey, ringette and curling all picked up victories.
Team BC Today
- Biathlon: Molly Caldwell (Golden) was back on the podium Tuesday after delivering a silver in the 6km sprint on Sunday, winning gold in the 7.5km female pursuit. Teammate Mia Rodger (North Vancouver) joined her on the podium with bronze while Liam Simons (Vernon) also won bronze in the male 10km pursuit.
- Curling (F): Team Rempel came from behind to move to 2-1 at the Games, beating Newfoundland and Labrador 7-5. Next up is a meeting with Saskatchewan on Wednesday.
- Freestyle Skiing: Jordan Peet capped off a strong day standing on top of the podium with a gold medal in the big air competition. Freestyle heads into a breather but will be back in action in New Brunswick on Friday for moguls.
- Gymnastics: A strong team effort saw Team BC earn bronze in the artistic gymnastics female team event. On Wednesday, attention turns to individual competition.
- Hockey (M): One day after turning a 12-2 victory, BC delivered a strong performance in a 4-2 win against previously-undefeated Alberta. Cameron Schmidt had a goal and an assist to be named player of the game for BC.
- Karate: After a successful opening day in the kata discipline on Monday, Team BC was back at it on Tuesday with three more medals in kumite competition. With her gold in kumite, Olivia Brodie (Victoria) became the first karate double-medallist.
- Ringette: Team BC was back in the win column on Tuesday with an 8-3 victory over Nova Scotia. They will be back at it against Ontario on Wednesday.
- Speed Skating: There were a number of positive performances Tuesday as BC hit the ice in both long and short track speed skating. Short track will be training Wednesday while long track will compete in 500m and team pursuit in Halifax.
- Squash: Two days of hard work paid off on Tuesday as BC swept the top of the podium in individual competition. Ocean Ma (Richmond) beat twin sister Spring in the final as they earned gold and silver on the female side while Jacob Lin (Richmond) won gold on the men’s side.
- Table Tennis: It was a day of team competition on Tuesday and BC will be back at it on Wednesday culminating in the team final at 3:30 p.m. AST.
- Wheelchair Basketball: Two games, two wins for wheelchair basketball. BC earned a 72-36 victory over Ontario to remain undefeated as they head into a rest day and then a Thursday matchup with Alberta.
- Gold | Molly Caldwell | Biathlon | Female 7.5km Pursuit
- Gold | Jordan Peet | Freestyle Skiing | Female Big Air
- Gold | Olivia Brodie | Karate | Female 53kg Kumite
- Gold | Ocean Ma | Squash | Female Individual
- Gold | Jacob Lin | Squash | Male Individual
- Silver | Spring Ma | Squash | Female Individual
- Bronze | Artistic Gymnastics | Female Team Event
- Bronze | Liam Simons | Biathlon | Male 10km Pursuit
- Bronze | Mia Rodger | Biathlon | Female 7.5km Pursuit
- Bronze | Lena Andres | Karate | Female 53kg Kumite
- Bronze | Nia Haftlang | Karate | Male 61kg Kumite
Team BC Talks
Jordan Peet | Freestyle Skiing | on winning gold for BC in big air
“Honestly, it’s so awesome. I’m super hyped to have landed my tricks that I hadn’t done before. It’s just a crazy feeling. I just did a left 900 tail grab and it’s like two and half rotations.I’m super stoked.”
Ocean Ma (Richmond) | Squash | on winning a Canada Winter Games gold medal
“It’s a moment that I’ve been thinking about since a year ago when I knew that I was going to be going to the Canada Winter Games. Winning at a multi-sport games is a medal that means more in squash.”
Ben Uliana (Coach) | Squash | on a dominant performance in the individual portion of competition and a look ahead at the team event
“We’ve never done so well. Getting Spring into the final to play her sister, upsetting her opponent in the semifinals was the best part. The team competition is a different game. It’s not something we usually do. In the team competition, every point counts. If you let one point go, it could be the difference between a gold and silver medal.”
Hannah Rempel (Kelowna) | Skip | Curling | on being down 4-0 after three ends, then scoring a 7-5 come-from-behind victory against team Newfoundland and Labrador
“We had a team reset at the fourth-end break. The first half of that game, we were trying to fight the ice. It was a little bit wonky. We were overshooting rocks. I started to look more closely at the ice [in the second half of the game] and tried to work with the ice.”
Liam Simons (Prince George) | Biathlon | on winning bronze in 10 km pursuit male
“It was really tough mentally today to go into the hurt further. The last lap really was a fight, I really had to tell myself to go. The shooting was really good today – 16 for 20”
Olivia Brodie (Victoria) | Karate Female – 53 kg Kumite | on winning gold, her second medal of the games.
“I was feeling a bit nervous at first, but after the first round I started to feel really good. It was awesome to be surrounded by my teammates and wonderful coaches. I am proud to be part of Karate BC with their awesome support.”
Lena Andres (West Vancouver) | Karate Female – 53 kg Kumite | on winning bronze
“My goal for this Canada Games was to represent BC and to perform my best and represent BC to the fullest and do my province proud. Medalling is just an amazing gift. It’s so amazing to be a medallist for BC.”
Nia Haftlang (North Vancouver) | Karate Male – 61 kg Kumite | on winning bronze
“You know, I put a lot of hard work, going into this. It’s an amazing experience. I am overall pretty happy.”
Kai Iwaasa (Richmond) | Athlete | Gymnastics Male | on team silver medal on Feb. 20.
“It was a roller coaster actually. The team did amazing overall. Everyone backed each other up so it was really positive and I am really proud of my team. I have high expectations for myself, so I make sure I focus on what needs to be done.”
Team BC Spotlight
Team BC Tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 22)
*medal opportunity | Times in AST (PST +4hrs)
9:00am – Karate (F) | Individual -59 kg Kumite | Canada Games Multi Sport Dome
9:00am – Karate (M) | Individual -68 kg Kumite | Canada Games Multi Sport Dome
9:00am – Squash | Team Competition Starts | Eastlink Centre
*9:35am – Speed Skating (Long track) | 500 m (F) Final | Halifax Oval
10:00am – Curling (F) | vs. SK | The Silver Fox Entertainment Complex
10:00am – Gymnastics (Trampoline) | Individual Competition (F) | Eastlink Centre
10:00am – Table Tennis | Team Competition | PEI Convention Centre
*11:42am – Speed Skating (Long Track) | 500 m (M) Final | Halifax Oval
*11:45am – Freestyle Ski (Slopestyle) | Finals | Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale
*12:00pm – Karate (F) | Individual -59 kg Kumite Finals | Canada Games Multi Sport Dome
*12:00pm – Karate (M) | Individual -68 kg Kumite Finals | Canada Games Multi Sport Dome
12:00am – Table Tennis | Team Semi-Finals and Positions | PEI Convention Centre
*1:06pm – Speed Skating (Long track) | Team Pursuit Final (F) | Halifax Oval
*1:26pm – Speed Skating (Long track) | Team Pursuit Final (M) | Halifax Oval
3:15pm – Gymnastics (Trampoline) | Individual Competition (M) | Eastlink Centre
*3:30pm – Table Tennis | Team Finals and Bronze Game | PEI Convention Centre
4:00pm – Wheelchair Basketball | vs. AB | Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre-A
*4:30pm – Gymnastics (Artistic) | All Around Finals (M) | Morton Diamond Soccer Complex
5:30pm – Ringette | Preliminary | vs. ON | Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre (MOA)
*6:30pm – Gymnastics (Trampoline) | Individual Finals (F) | Eastlink Centre
*7:00pm – Gymnastics (Trampoline) | Individual Finals (M) | Eastlink Centre