"She was an amazing skier but she was an amazing person. I think every girl here would embody that and it takes all of us to put on her shoes."
French sweep board in men's ski cross
A thrilling skicross competition at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ended with France taking a clean sweep of the podium.
Reigning world champion Jean-Frederic Chapuis added Olympic gold to his collection after beating compatriots Arnaud Bovolenta, who took silver, and third-placed Jonathan Midol. The result sealed France's first 1-2-3 at a Winter Olympics.
Canada's Brady Leman had to settle for fourth after falling before the penultimate jump.
"My goal was to make the podium," said Chapuis.
"I worked really hard throughout the summer. I had a good start to the season, after I was a little bit tired and the rest was not so good. But I trained again, I came back here with good form and I made it," the 24-year-old added.
"I'm better year after year. I make progress always. When I started ski cross my goal was the Olympic Games here in Sochi and I am happy with that."
Russia's Egor Korotkov finished fifth after crossing the line first in the small final.
Korotkov had earlier been involved in a memorable finish in the first quarterfinal heat. The 27-year-old crossed the line head first to claim second in a photo finish ahead of Sweden's Victor Oehling Norberg and Jouni Pellinen of Finland. All three riders crashed on landing off the final jump leading to a mad seated scramble for the finish line.
Tenth gold for Norway
Norway consolidated its place as the overall gold-medal leader Thursday after edging out Germany to win the Nordic combined team relay competition.
The event -- in which teams of four complete one jump each on the large hill before skiing a 4x5-kilometer relay -- went down to the wire as Joergen Graabak finished a second ahead of Germany's Fabian Riessle in a nailbiting climax. Austria finished third to take the bronze.
Graabak's second gold of the Games -- the 22-year-old won the 10 km sprint on Tuesday -- capped another good day for Norway, which now has 10 gold medals after making a slow start in Sochi.
"It was like two days ago, about being first into the stadium," Graabak said.
"I wasn't planning on going first in the first lap, but I think the two guys behind me were a bit scared and didn't want to go first, so I took it a bit easy and saved myself for the sprint at the end.
"I saw behind me that Riessle was throwing his foot forward, but I was confident that I was first."
Curling gold for Canada's ladies
Canada claimed its first Olympic women's curling gold since the Nagano Games in 1998, as a 6-3 defeat of Sweden avenged a heart-breaking 7-6 loss to the Scandinavians four years ago in Vancouver.
The Swedes were gunning for a third successive gold in Sochi but had to settle for silver after the Canadian team led by skip Jennifer Jones produced a composed display in the Ice Cube Curling Center.
"It's just crazy. It's a dream come true. It's just amazing. We just had the best week of our lives. We are gold medalists," Jones said.
The Canadians, unbeaten throughout the tournament, also have the distinction of winning a medal at every Winter Games since curling was made an official sport in 1998.
In the third-place playoff, Great Britain beat Switzerland 6-5 to claim a bronze medal.
Britain's men take to the ice on Friday in the gold medal match against Canada, with China and Sweden battling out for the bronze.