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Bow Valley Olympians Feb. 7 recap: Canada taken out of mixed doubles curling; biathlete fights for top 30 in Games debut

What's new and what's upcoming from local athletes in Beijing.

BEIJING – As some local Olympians just get started in China, one Canmore Olympian heads back home.

Biathlon: Megan Bankes finished 33rd in the women’s 15 km individual on Monday (Feb. 7) morning, shooting 18/20 in her Olympics debut.

Emma Lunder was 67th (13/20), Emily Dickson finished 70th (15/20), and Sarah Beaudry was 80th (15/20).

RELATED: Emma Lunder: Bow Valley's Beijing Bound Athletes

Curling: Canada was eliminated from mixed doubles on Sunday (Feb. 6).

Canmore's John Morris and Beaumont's Rachel Homan lost a nail-bitter to Italy, 8-7, in extra ends.

RELATED: Canada beaten by Italy in extra ends, eliminated from Olympics in mixed doubles curling

On social media, Morris wrote: "I know you’re all disappointed, and so are we. This wasn’t what we envisioned when we flew to Beijing nine days ago, but I can tell you we left it all on the ice. [Homan] and I did everything we could, and we wore that Maple Leaf with pride. It just didn’t go our way today.

"I’m extremely proud of the way Rachel and I did here, even if it didn’t always show up on the scoreboard. We never quit. Not once. We were always in there fighting. We couldn’t be prouder to be Canadian curlers, and to have a chance to represent the best country in the world at the Olympics is something we both treasure."


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Notable upcoming competitions:

Feb. 7: alpine: men’s super-G at 8 p.m. featuring skier Trevor Philp.

RELATED: Trevor Philp: Bow Valley's Beijing Bound Athletes

Feb. 8: cross-country country: women’s sprint race at 1 a.m. featuring skiers such as Katherine Stewart-Jones, Dahria Beatty, Cendrine Browne, Laura Leclair and Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt.

RELATED: Dahria Beatty: Bow Valley's Beijing Bound Athletes

Feb. 8: biathlon: men’s individual at 1:30 a.m. featuring biathletes Adam Runnalls, Jules Burnotte, Scott Gow and Christian Gow.

RELATED: Christian Gow: Bow Valley's Beijing Bound Athletes

Feb. 8: speed skating: men’s 1,500m race at 2:30 a.m. featuring skater Connor Howe.

RELATED: Connor Howe: Bow Valley's Beijing Bound Athletes

All times MST.

Jordan Small

About the Author: Jordan Small

An award-winning reporter, Jordan Small has covered sports, the arts, and news in the Bow Valley since 2014. Originally from Barrie, Ont., Jordan has lived in Alberta since 2013.
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