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ROUNDING THE CORNER – Team Yukon athlete Micah Taggert-Cox, front, competes in a Canada Winter Games 1500-metre short track speed skating race on Monday at the Gary. W Harris Canada Winter Games Centre in Red Deer, Alta. Photo by TEAM YUKON/SARAH LEWIS

Checking in on the Yukon CGW athletes

The Canada Winter Games which started Saturday are now in the full swing of things.

By John Tonin on February 19, 2019

The Canada Winter Games which started Saturday are now in the full swing of things.

Now that the Yukon athletes are entrenched in their events so let’s check in on how they are doing.

We will start with artistic swimming. The Yukon had two athletes compete on Sunday in the solo female event. Ella Laliberty ended her day with a score of 51.0780. Her teammate Helene Macquire finished one spot behind her with a score of 44.5939.

Biathlon also went on Sunday with the athletes having Monday off. In the female 6-kilometre sprint. Emma Marnik placed 33rd and Amélie Latour grabbed 39th.

In the male 7.5-kilometre sprint Jake Draper had the Yukon’s best finish of the games so far coming in 10th. Romeo Champagne came in 20th and Aidan Hupé got the 25th position.

On Monday it was the moguls event in the freestyle skiing category. Max Logan earned a top 20 finish coming in 16th.

The Yukon hockey will have a day off today before heading into the playoffs. The team had played four games from Saturday to Monday. The team got grouped into Pool C with Newfoundland, P.E.I., Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories.

Through round-robin play, the squad went 0-4 with some very close losses. They dropped their game to P.E.I. 3-2. Nunavut edged out the team 5-3. The Northwest Territories doubled up team Yukon 4-2 and Newfoundland handed the team their most lopsided loss 7-0.

The speed skaters took to the rink on Monday. The Yukon had two short track competitors in the 1500-metre competition. Micah Taggart-Cox was the top placing Yukon speed skater coming in 24th. Caius Shepherd Taggart-Cox day at the rink was good for the 48th spot.

Table tennis brought six athletes to the Games. On Monday the three female athletes played in stage two of the competition. Kass Dyer, Raghvi Sharma, and Ming Huang all lost their stage two encounters. Dyer and Huang will play today.

On Monday Jake Tucker was the only boy to play in stage two. Tucker was edged out 3-2 by David Dragon of N.W.T. Tucker’s teammates Krish Sharma and Seth Bennett will be playing today in stage two against two Albertan athletes.

Gymnasts Hailey Sherman and Bianca Berko-Malvasio will be competing today in the artistic all around event. The two will be doing the beam, a floor routine, uneven bars, and the vault.

Quebec currently leads the medal standings with 25 medals. Alberta has 13 medals and Ontario sits third in the medal count with seven.

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