Friday, March 3, 2023
If Team BC’s success at the PEI 2023 Canada Winter Games seems unprecedented, that’s because it is.
BC’s 41 gold medals and 93 medals are Canada Winter Games records for the province. The previous highs for BC were 30 gold medals (Red Deer 2019) and 88 total medals (Halifax 2011 and Prince George 2015).
MEDAL STANDINGS* | SCHEDULE + RESULTS | TEAM BC PHOTOS | LIVESTREAM
*Note: official medal table may be behind.
Friday saw Team BC add 11 medals to the table, including four total gold medals across cross country skiing, fencing, and snowboard. Archery also secured its first medals of the Games in individual recurve and compound competition.
Team BC Today
- Archery: In the first opportunity for medals, BC scored a pair with a bronze in compound and a silver in recurve. The team will be back in action on Saturday in team competition with a chance to add to their totals.
- Badminton: With preliminary team competition in the books, BC heads into Saturday with a chance to secure a place in the finals on Sunday. The day will begin with quarterfinals (9:00-12:00 AST) and end with semis (18:00-21:00 AST).
- Boxing: BC split their bouts on Friday night, with William Veroni (North Vancouver) and Kailash Raju (Pitt Meadows) scoring advances. Saturday will see BC take to the ring with multiple bronze medals on the line.
- Cross Country Skiing: Another day, another haul of medals for cross country skiing, including another in Para Nordic from Logan Cox (Prince George) and three across 15km male and 10km female events.
- Curling (M): Team Parkinson dropped the final match of round robin play 3-8 to Alberta to finish Pool B action with a 3-2 record. Next up are the quarterfinals against Manitoba early on Saturday morning.
- Fencing: In a thrilling gold medal faceoff that required overtime, BC won gold in the mixed team event. The medal capped off an excellent Games for the province, which won six medals, including three gold medals.
- Figure Skating: In figure skating pairs competition, Jessie Sun and Mitchell Dunn finished 9th while Ava Cheung and Stephen Lee finished 11th. That wraps up the games for the sport, as BC finishes with three medals – a gold and two silver.
- Hockey (F): It was a dominant win for BC over Manitoba on Friday as the blue and yellow won 5-0 over Manitoba. BC outshot Manitoba 43-20 in the game. Next up is a quarterfinal matchup with Quebec, who beat Alberta 3-0 in their quarterfinal.
- Snowboard: BC won four medals in snowboard cross on Friday, including two gold medals courtesy of Hannah Turkington (Whistler) and Kai Hooper (Vancouver). Anthony Shelly (Whistler) won a silver medal while Marlie Molinaro (Revelstoke) won bronze.
- Gold | Logan Cox (Prince George) | Cross Country Skiing | Para Nordic 5 km Standing
- Gold | Fencing | Team Mix | Veronica Scherk (North Vancouver), Finn Liu (Surrey), Ivan Lu (West Vancouver), Yuchen Zhu (Vancouver), Danise Leung (Vancouver), Adrian Wong (White Rock)
- Gold | Hannah Turkington (Whistler) | Snowboard | Snowboard Cross - Female
- Gold | Kai Hooper (Vancouver) | Snowboard | Snowboard Cross - Male
- Silver | Eliana Stein (Falkland) | Archery | Compound - Female
- Silver | Emily Yen (Vancouver) | Archery | Recurve - Female
- Silver | Alexandra Luxmoore (Revelstoke) | Cross Country Skiing | 10km - Female
- Silver | Eamon Wilson (Burnaby) | Cross Country Skiing | 15km - Male
- Silver | Anthony Shelly (Whistler) | Snowboard | Snowboard Cross - Male
- Bronze | Marlie Molinaro (Revelstoke) | Cross Country Skiing | 10km - Female
- Bronze | Billy Pelchat (Whistler) | Snowboard | Snowboard Cross - Female
Team BC Spotlight
Team BC Talks
Lynn Seguin (Vancouver) | Coach | Fencing | on the team’s gold medal performance today
“I am so proud. They are six fantastic young people who have pulled together as a team. It is unusual for fencers because we typically compete as individuals, so to be able to come together, work as one, and not fear anyone was great to see. It was a great day.”
Emily Yen (Vancouver) | Archery | on her silver medal performance today and her overall Canada Games experience
“I was shooting pretty good, but there’s always room for improvement. Hoping to shoot better tomorrow but I’m pretty proud of what I’ve done today. It’s all very new and exciting and it’s really cool to be around athletes from across Canada who are all the best from their province or territory at what they do.”
Gracie Graham (Kelowna) | Hockey | on what made a difference in the team’s 5-0 victory over Manitoba
“The team played well together tonight. We had positive attitudes on the bench and had lots of fun. [Going into tomorrow,] I’m going to stick to what I’ve been doing throughout the week; keeping a positive attitude and making sure I’m there for my teammates.”
Hannah Turkington (Whistler) | Snowboard | on winning gold in snowboard cross
“There’s been so much leading up to this moment. It feels so good to finally be able to grasp it. It was such a hard race. The rest of the girls in the field tried so hard and all around there was so much sportsmanship.”
Kai Hooper (Vancouver) | Snowboard | on winning gold in snowboard cross
“I am so stoked. The past two years have led up to this moment and it is such a big relief to have been able to put [a winning run] down when it counted.”
Marlie Molinaro (Revelstoke) | Cross Country Skiing | on thoughts before competition, especially with the snowfall
For sure. The first few days of racing were a little bit tough for BC - I know lots of people didn't have the results that they wanted - and I was definitely part of that crew. so i had high hopes for day, and i was super excited to get to work with Alexandra, and see what we could do together. And that's kinda the race unfolded as well- we definitely worked together as much as we could.
Eamon Wilson (Burnaby) | Cross Country Skiing | on thoughts before competition, especially with the snowfall
I was thinking more about just trying my best throughout the race. I'm on the younger end of the athletes here, so I really didn't have any goals when it came to placement. I really just wanted to stick with the leaders and the athletes that I knew would be very fast, and I was just thinking about trying my best in the race and holding on as long as I could.
Alexandra Luxmoore (Revelstoke) | Cross Country Skiing | on challenges
I don't really think there were many obstacles other than being in a really big group, a really big pack. But if we did fall behind, our skis would help us be fast to catch up to everyone else. Yeah, it was really great to have fast skis to keep things together.
Team BC Tomorrow (Saturday, March 4)
*medal opportunity | Times are in AST (PST +4hrs)
Note: Due to the Canada Games scheduling system being temporarily down, the full schedule is not available and exact times may vary. Check back on 2023canadagames.ca for updates and the full schedule on Saturday.
Alpine Skiing | Ski Cross Qualification (12:30 AST)
*Archery | Team Competition | Compound (09:00 AST) and Recurve (13:00 AST)
Badminton | Team Competition | Quarterfinals vs New Brunswick (09:00 AST)
*Boxing | Bronze Medal Matches (17:00 - 21:30)*Cross Country Ski | Para Nordic Ski Interval Start 5 km (09:00 - 10:45) and Free Technique Mixed Relay (10:00 - 11:15)
Curling (M) | Championship Round Quarterfinal vs Manitoba (09:00)
*Curling (X) | Championship Round Semifinal (14:00)
Hockey (F) | Semifinal vs Quebec (19:30)
*Judo | Team Competition (10:00 - 17:00)
*Snowboard | Big Air (13:00 - 20:30)