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A look at notable quotes from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

A look at some notable quotes Thursday from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics:

 

"I always felt from deep inside that I was able to do something special on the ice, but I was never able to show it. I had to find a different way to do it because I found I hit a wall in my career.

"I found that different way and got way more than I ever would have hoped." — Olympic 10,000-metre speedskating champion Ted-Jan Bloemen on how his move from the Netherlands to Canada boosted his career.

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"It's incredible. The first one was awesome, but to get to come out here and race it with these guys ... it's such an amazing feeling to do it in a team format. I wanted it so bad for them. I put together the best run I could. They followed it up and we got the redemption from four years ago." — Alex Gough on winning her second luge medal in Pyeongchang by helping the relay team win silver. The team finished just off the podium at the 2014 Games.

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"It's the sweetest (ending) it could possibly be right now. I don't think that there's any better way." — Canadian figure skater Eric Radford, on winning  pairs bronze with Meagan Duhamel in what is likely their last Olympic appearance.

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"It was a close game, could have gone against us. Obviously any time you win here it feels good because that one especially was a grind," Canada men's curling skip Kevin Koe, whose team improved to 3-0 in Pyeongchang with a 7-4 win over Norway.

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"I didn't even know about it until someone mentioned it to me before the tournament. It's not in my vision. That's not what we're here for. We're here to win a gold medal." — Canada women's hockey forward Meghan Agosta on moving into second all-time with her 16th Olympic goal in a 2-1 win over the United States.

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"I thought it was a good game for us. I think the Swiss have a very good team, we had a lot of respect for them. I think we were fortunate to get a couple of goals early. The power play was good. But I think they played hard throughout. For us though, it was a good start." — Canada men's hockey head coach Willie Desjardins after a tournament-opening 5-1 win over Switzerland.

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