Wednesday was Emma Miskew’s birthday.
Based on photos posted online, the now 29-year-old curler from Ottawa spent at least parts of the day celebrating with family and friends.
However, it’s a better than safe bet that Miskew spent another chunk of birthday hours on the ice, joining teammates Rachel Homan, Joanne Courtney and Lisa Weagle in preparing for the start of their Olympic women’s curling competition.
The foursome, which won the right to represent Canada in the tournament during the Roar of the Rings Olympic team trials at Canadian Tire Centre in early December, started the preliminary round of play Thursday morning at Pyeongchang — Wednesday evening back home in Canada — with a matchup against the host South Koreans.
They also have a second game on Thursday against Sweden.
Keep an eye on this website for coverage of not only women’s curling, but also the rest of the Olympic sports menu, from Postmedia journalists.
Here’s a summary of our reporting from Wednesday:
‘We got cheated’: How the hockey crime of the 20th century cost Canada an Olympic medal
Brian Conacher has a sprained right wrist, but that is not what was bothering him on a recent afternoon in Toronto. The wrist would heal, but some hurts last forever. Forever, for Conacher, refers to the 1964 Winter Olympics, and a last-minute flurry of hockey/backroom/diplomatic chicanery that deprived the first edition of the Canadian national hockey team of a medal at Innsbruck.
Duhamel and Radford in the mix for medals after short program, but this field is deep
Canadian pairs skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford were just good enough for third place in the short program. Good, but not great, as Radford put it so succinctly.
‘Has it been done within this sport? No. But nobody is me’: Kaillie Humphries drives for bobsleigh history
If the Canadian medal hopeful drives to a third consecutive title in Pyeongchang, she will become the first back-to-back-to-back Olympic champion in her sport.
The Russian enigma is the biggest question of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament
To choke or not to choke. It has been 26 years since the last Olympic hockey gold medal for Russian hockey players, and the crew now competing under the Olympic Athletes of Russia banner then played as the Unified Team, columnist Steve Simmons writes.
Christie Blatchford: Threats typed to Canadian skater Kim Boutin pale next to plight of Otto Warmbier
Anyone genuinely interested in health and safety matters in this part of the world would do well to remember the late Otto Warmbier, the U.S. college student who, en route to a stint at a Hong Kong university, took a quickie tour of North Korea in late December of 2015/early January of 2016.
How Canadian women’s hockey maintains an Olympic edge
The Americans as favourites narrative must bring a smile to the Canadian players, who won their opening two games of this Olympic competition by a combined score of 9-1. Of course, they have won the past four Olympic gold medals and also ended 2017 exhibition play with a four-game winning streak over their archrivals. Their Olympic formula provides a proven edge.
Slovenia, Slovakia stun titans as men’s hockey marks its arrival at Olympics
The United States and Russia both coughed up 2-0 leads and lost in their opening games of the men’s hockey competition.
Canadian men’s hockey team has to work harder, says coach — three pre-tournament wins be damned
But Team Canada coach Willie Desjardins sure sounded adamant of one thing on the eve of his team’s opener against Switzerland: The two-time defending Olympic champs need to give more than they have in the past couple of weeks if they are to both be competitive and win over fans back home.
‘It’s unreal’: How a 16-year-old snowboarder ended up at the Olympics last minute
As Eliot Grondin took his final training run down the snowboard-cross course at Phoenix Snow Park, Shaun White was about to enter the halfpipe on the adjacent trail. It was an interesting bit of symmetry: the Canadian rider took up snowboarding after he watched White win his first gold medal at the 2006 Olympics in Turin. Also: Grondin was four years old at the time, columnist Scott Stinson writes.
Kevin Koe’s difficult decision to walk away from Team Canada in 2014 has paid off
The foursome with Marc Kennedy at third, Brent Laing at second and Ben Hebert at lead was formed in April 2014. There was controversy at the time because word of the new team leaked out before Koe and his Brier-winning team of Pat Simmons, Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen competed at the world championship.
Short track at the Olympics gives you glory and heartache in equal measure
Four years after the Canadian men’s team suffered a semifinal disaster in Sochi and missed the relay final, the 2018 squad survived the event’s requisite chaos and the added complication of Samuel Girard’s damaged skate blade to advance and keep its podium dreams alive.
Simmons: Team USA is playing Olympic hockey with a heavy heart
General manager Jim Johannson died in his sleep 24 days ago. He will not be replaced for the Olympics, quite possibly because he can’t be replaced.
While you were sleeping: Shaun White says sexual harassment allegations are ‘gossip’
A former bandmate accused him of harassment in a 2016 lawsuit and they reached an undisclosed settlement in May 2017. White admitted at the time to sending the explicit texts mentioned in the lawsuit, but claimed the woman was a former friend who was trying to ruin his career.
Wind is making it impossible to hold the Olympic alpine events
Delays are complicating a packed competition schedule and mean that some athletes will be sometimes be forced to compete twice in one day.