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Canadians Continue to Impress at Youth Olympic Winter Games

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA – Canadians were in action again today, on Day 4 of the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

“This is a unique event with unique athletes competing,” said Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut. “The Canadian Youth Olympic Team continues to impress and all Canadians can be proud of their team.”

“Every day brings new excitement, new challenges and new achievements,” said Beckie Scott, Chef de Mission of the 2012 Canadian Youth Olympic Team. “I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.”

Stuart Harden had Canada’s best chance to step onto the Youth Olympic podium. The Calgary biathlete finished the men’s Biathlon pursuit event in first place, but was penalized for not taking a penalty lap after missing a target in his last trip to the shooting range. The two-minute penalty dropped Harden to 7th place.

“I’m going to take this experience and learn from it,” Harden said. “Coming into this race, I didn’t know where I stood compared to the rest of these guys. Now I know I can race with them and I can win.”

Aidan Millar, from Canmore, Alta., finished 32nd.

Danielle Vrielink from Calgary was the top Canadian in the women’s Biathlon pursuit. She finished 11th, while teammate Sarah Beaudry, from Prince George, B.C., was 14th.

The Curling team split its two games today, beating Russia 7-1 before dropping the second game 6-5 to Sweden in extra ends. Canada rallied to tie the game with two points in the 8th end before Sweden scored the winning point in the 9th. Canada owns a 3-2 record and sits in a tie for third place in its group.

“We’ve really been gelling as a team,” said Corryn Brown from Kamloops, B.C. “We battled back in the second game, but we fell a little short in the end. We’ll just move on and focus on getting two wins tomorrow.”

Canada faces Japan and German Tuesday to complete the round robin portion of the tournament.

Calgary’s Tara Disturnal was 11th in the women’s singles Luge competition, with a time of 1:21.696 over two runs.

Day five will see medal events contested in the sports of Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing and Luge. Meanwhile, the Canadian men’s hockey team takes on the host Austrians and the Canadian Curling team wraps up the round robin portion of the mixed team event.

For the most up to date results and information about the Canadian Team, click onhttp://innsbruck.olympic.ca.