Canada entered these Olympics on an almost frantic gold-medal watch. As Canadians were well aware, Canada was the only country only to hold an Olympics twice and never win a gold medal in either (Montreal 1976 and Calgary 1988). So whoever won that first gold was going to be celebrated throughout Canadian Olympic history.
It was supposed to be moguls skier Jennifer Heil, but she we toppled by American Hannah Kearney on the last run of a rainy night. Not to fear mogul skier Alexandre Bilodeau won gold the next night – perhaps the sweetest gold for Canada, save a men's hockey gold.