Rob Klinkhammer

Woe, Canada: Germany stuns Canada 4-3 in Olympic semis

First curling, now this.

It has been a rough few days for Canada at its best Winter Olympics ever because of struggles in the two sports that are most tightly woven into its national identity.

In perhaps the biggest blow of all, the men's hockey team didn't even make it to the final courtesy of a stunning 4-3 loss to Germany on Friday night in the semifinals. For a nation already in despair over no men's or women's curling medals and the women's hockey team losing to the rival Americans in a shootout in the gold-medal game, this one won't be easy to swallow as Canada's bid to win three consecutive Olympic golds fell horribly short.

Through 14 days, 10 of Canada's...