Canada wins two big air gold medals at the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games

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Team Canada won two gold medals on Sunday at the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Gangwon, South Korea. Both of the gold medals came in big air events. Canadian Opening Ceremonies flag bearer Charlie Beatty of Horseshoe Valley, Ontario won gold in the men’s freestyle skiing big air event and Eli Bouchard of Lac-Beauport, Quebec won gold in the men’s big air snowboarding event. For Bouchard, it was his second medal for Canada at the Winter Youth Olympic Games. He won silver in men’s slopestyle snowboarding on Tuesday.

In men’s big air freestyle skiing, Beatty posted a winning score of 177.75 points. Olly Nicholls of Japan won the silver medal with 174.5 points. Luke Harrold of New Zealand won the bronze medal with 172.25 points. Beatty reached the podium by 11.25 points. Aimo Mandelin of Finland finished in fourth place with 166.55 points.

In men’s big air snowboarding, Bouchard had a winning score of 183.25 points. Oliver Martin of the United States won the silver medal with 179.5 points. Campbell Melville Ives of New Zealand won the bronze medal with 153 points. Bouchard reached the podium by 58.75 points over Luca Merimee Mantovani of France, who was in fourth place with a score of 124.5 points. Meanwhile, in mixed doubles curling, Canada improved to a record of two wins and zero losses after a 8-5 win over Hungary.

Canada now has two gold medals and two silver medals for four medals overall. They are 14th overall in the medal standings.

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