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It was a proud moment for Canada as Gabrielle Daleman won the first gold medal in the team figure skating competition at the Winter Olympics on Sunday night (Feb 11).

Since then social media is abuzz with praise for the skater:

Team Canada has finally won gold in Pyeongchang.

Daleman took up the figure skating boots and bladed past her competitors to finish third in the ladies’ free skate with a score of 137.14.

Now Canada stands five points ahead of the Olympic Athletes from Russia, an invincible lead in the event.

While Canada entered the final three events of the team competition with a six-point lead, Patrick Chan value-added in the first skate of the night.

Daleman and Chan contributed stellar performances to earn Canada its first ever Olympic gold medal in the team figure skating competition.

“We placed a lot of emphasis on our performance today because we needed to deliver a message and I think we needed to verify that our training plan was on track,”  ice dancers Tessa Virtue told reporters. Virtue with partner Scott Moir still left to compete.

Moir, who won silver for Canada in the team event and in the ice dance at the 2014 Sochi Olympics with Virtue, said “Every opportunity you have to skate on Olympic ice is special. That’s what it came down to today. It’s interesting taking the ice and having no impact really on what is going to happen in the team event. You just can’t blow one of those chances.”

Daleman was a bronze medallist at last year’s world championships. On the other hand, Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple Axel at the Olympics, guarantying a season’s best score of 137.53

The 2018 Winter Olympics kickstarted on 9 Feb 2018 and will end on 25 Feb.

Feature Image Credit: Gabrielle Daleman/Twitter

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