Canada capped the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Sunday with 26 medals — four gold, eight silver, and 14 bronze.
The 26 medals won ranked Canada fourth among all countries. That total tied with Vancouver 2010 as Canada’s second-best medal haul ever at an Olympic Winter Games.
The only downside was a gold reduction — Canada stood at the top of the podium four times, after being in double digits in gold the past three Winter Olympics. It was Canada’s fewest number of gold medals since it won three in Lillehammer in 1994.
Canada had four gold, eight silver, 14 bronze and eight fourth-place finishes.
Canada fell three medals short of its record total of 29 from the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics and finished fourth in the total medal count — down one spot from four years ago.
However, considering Canada has been one of the most locked-down countries during the pandemic, Beijing should be viewed as a relatively successful Games on the field of play.
Driver Justin Kripps led Canada to the last medal (bronze medal) in the four-man bobsled event on the final day of the Olympics.
Kripps, Ryan Sommer, Cam Stones, and Benjamin Coakwell held on to the third place after carrying just a .08-second lead over the fourth-place sled from Germany in the final run. The Canadians ended up six-hundredths of a second ahead of Germany’s Christoph Hafer after leading by just .01 seconds at the penultimate interval.
“Absolutely huge. I’m at a loss for words. The boys did amazing and I couldn’t be happier,” Kripps told CBC.
The 35-year-old Kripps, who won gold in the two-man bobsled at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, held onto third place by six-hundredths of a second.
The bronze was the first Olympic medal for Ryan Sommer of White Rock, B.C., Cam Stones of Whitby, Ont., and Ben Coakwell of Moose Jaw, Sask.