Gold medal Canada (Photo by © Can Stock Photo / vepar5)

Canada Wins First Gold Medal of 2018 Games

Canada has struck gold for the first time in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Team Canada won the gold medal in the team figure skating event Monday morning at the Games in South Korea, or Sunday night in Ontario thanks to the 14-hour time difference.

Gabrielle Daleman finished first in the ladies’ free skate segment of the event, which was enough to put the Canadian figure skating team over the mark.

The ice dancing portion of the event was still to come, but with 63 points following the ladies’ free skate event, it was not mathematically possible for the next two teams, the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) and the United States, to take the lead or tie.

The duo of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, from the London-Middlesex area, represented the Canadian team in the ice dance portion of the team event. They also placed first.

This is the second Winter Games in which the team figure skating event was contested, with Canada winning the silver medal four years ago in Sochi, Russia.

Individual competition in figure skating is scheduled to begin Tuesday night with the pairs short program.