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Mixed emotions for Canadians

Canada's Olympic inquisition was put on ice after an extraordinary day of raw emotion at the Vancouver Winter Games.

The planned inquiry into the host nation's failure to win an avalanche of gold medals was suddenly forgotten as Canadians experienced joy and relief tinged by grief.

Ashleigh McIvor won the women's ski cross to give Canada their sixth gold but her win was overshadowed by the relief of the men's ice hockey team surviving to fight another day, reaching the quarter-finals with an 8-2 thumping of Germany, and the brave performance of figure skater Joannie Rochette. Still grieving after the sudden death of her mother two days ago, Rochette kept her emotions in check long enough to dazzle the crowd with a short programme that left her in third behind South Korean Kim Yuna and Japan's Mao Asada at the halfway stage of the ice skating event.

The USA head the overall standings with seven golds and 26 medals in total. Germany also have seven golds but 23 medals in total. Canada, Norway and Switzerland all have six golds, ahead of South Korea on five and Austria with four.