SOCHI, Russia - Canada is still in the mix for the most overall medals at the Sochi Olympics after capturing a pair of silvers on Tuesday, but the leaders may be starting to pull away.

Canada's team has a goal of winning the most medals in Sochi, and silvers from halfpipe skier Mike Riddle and the women's short-track relay team helped keep the leading Dutch and American teams in sight.

But time may be running out, with just five days of competition left. Like Canada, the U.S. will win a medal in women's hockey, and will likely at least match the Canadian team in men's hockey and women's bobsled.

The Netherlands has dominated in long-track speedskating, and with three more medal events to go are likely to add to their total.

Canada could make up a couple of medals in curling, where the men and women's teams will compete in Wednesday's semifinals. Neither the Dutch nor the Americans are factors in those events.

Canada can also move closer to a men's hockey medal when they play 11th-ranked Latvia in Wednesday's quarter-finals. Latvia shocked Switzerland 3-1 Tuesday to set up a favourable matchup for the defending-champion Canadians.

Canada has 17 medals (four gold, nine silver, four bronze) through Day 12 of the Games, good for fifth place. The Netherlands and the U.S. each have 20, while host Russia has 19 and Norway 18.

Germany leads the gold-medal table with eight.

Riddle's silver increased Canada's medal count in freestyle skiing to an Olympic-best seven (three gold, three silver, one bronze).

The native of Sherwood Park, Alta., overcame wet and snowy conditions at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park to score 90.60 points on his final run. That was bettered only by the 92 scored by David Wise of the United States.

"It's unbelievable," said Riddle. "I put down a good run in what were difficult conditions. I knew I had a chance."

Riddle said he'd never done the combination that won him the medal — back-to-back double cork 1260s.

"I decided it was a good time to do it for the first time," he said.

Ski halfpipe is making its Olympic debut in Sochi, thanks in part to the efforts of Canada's Sarah Burke, who died in a training accident in 2012.

"I don't think we would be here without her," said Riddle. "Ski halfpipe has got to where it is because of her."

While Canada's freestyle ski team has exceeded expectations in Sochi, its short-track speedskating team has been a disappointment.

The women's 3,000-metre relay team won just the second short-track medal for Canada with Marie-Eve Drolet of Chicoutimi, Que., Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, B.C., Valerie Maltais of Le Baie, Que., Marianne St-Gelais of St. Felicien, Que., and Jessica Gregg of Edmonton finishing second behind South Korea.

Silver seems to be Canada's destiny lately, with the women being bumped up from third to second place after China was disqualified for not clearing the track fast enough after passing the baton.

It was a welcome result for Canada's team, which seemed poised for a medal haul after Charles Hamelin won gold in the men's 1,500 metres early on but has suffered bad luck since.

"The medal helps take away some of the pain," St-Gelais said.

The result came after Hamelin fell in qualifying in the men's 500, an event in which he was the defending champion.

"I don't know what happened. I could feel my skate give out a little bit," said Hamelin. "It's like the ice was breaking under my blades just then, but everything up until that moment was really smooth.

"Short track can be a cruel sport. It doesn't take much to make a person fall."

Canada may yet win another medal in short-track, as Maltais advanced out of the heats of the women's 1,000 metres with an Olympic-record time of one minute 28.771 seconds.

Canada is also poised for a medal in women's bobsled, with Calgary's Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse of Summerside, P.E.I., sitting in second place after two runs.

The defending Olympic champions are solidly in medal contention, though they have a lot to do in Wednesday's final two runs as they trail the American sled of Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams by 0.23 seconds.

"We don't really look at times so I don't even know how big the gap is," Humphries said. "And we don't want to know.

"Heather and I go in and focus on ourselves. I have no idea how anyone else did, how their runs were. We stick to us."

"We just try to have fun," she added. "Knowing where other people are just complicates that."

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  • DAY 16

    A golden finish in the men's hockey and an elegant closing ceremony mark the end of the Sochi Olympics.

  • OLY-2014-CLOSING

    Canada's athletes parade during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014.

  • OLY-2014-CLOSING

    Canada's flag bearers, bobsledders Kaillie Humphries (R) and Heather Moyse take part in the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014.

  • OLY-2014-CLOSING

    Canada's figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond (top R) and speed skaters Denny Morrison (bottom L) and Gilmore Junio (top L) parade during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014.

  • Ice Hockey Gold Medal - Sweden v Canada

    Sidney Crosby #87 of Canada celebrates with teammate Ryan Getzlaf #15 of Canada after scoring his team's second goal in the second period during the Men's Ice Hockey Gold Medal match against Sweden on Day 16 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Ice Hockey Gold Medal - Sweden v Canada

    Chris Kunitz #14 of Canada scores his team's third goal with a long range shot during the Men's Ice Hockey Gold Medal match on Day 16 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Ice Hockey Gold Medal - Sweden v Canada

    Henrik Lundqvist #30 of Sweden defends his goal as Sidney Crosby #87 of Canada closes in during the Men's Ice Hockey Gold Medal match on Day 16 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • OLY-2014-IHOCKEY-MEN-MEDALS

    (From L) Canada's gold medallists Duncan Keith, goalkeeper Carey Price and Jonathan Toews celebrate during the Men's Ice Hockey Medal Ceremony at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 23, 2014.

  • Ice Hockey Gold Medal - Sweden v Canada

    Gold medalists Ryan Getzlaf #15, Jonathan Toews #16 and Jay Bouwmeester #19 of Canada celebrate during the medal ceremony after defeating Sweden 3-0 during the Men's Ice Hockey Gold Medal match on Day 16 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • OLY-2014-IHOCKEY-MEN-MEDALS

    Canada's gold medallist team poses during the Men's Ice Hockey Medal Ceremony at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 23, 2014.

  • Ice Hockey Gold Medal - Sweden v Canada

    Head coach Mike Babcock of Canada applauds his team following their 3-0 victory during the Men's Ice Hockey Gold Medal match on Day 16 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Speed Skating - Winter Olympics Day 15

    (L to R) Lucas Makowsky, Denny Morrison and Mathieu Giroux of Canada react after competing during the Men's Team Pursuit Final B Speed Skating event on day fifteen of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • DAY 15

    A close call for Canada in the speed skating team pursuit.

  • Speed Skating - Winter Olympics Day 15

    Denny Morrison, Mathieu Giroux and Lucas Makowsky of Canada compete during the Men's Team Pursuit Final B Speed Skating event on day fifteen of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Speed Skating - Winter Olympics Day 15

    (L to R) Lucas Makowsky, Denny Morrison and Mathieu Giroux of Canada compete during the Men's Team Pursuit Final B Speed Skating event on day fifteen of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Day 14

    A four-medal day for Canada. Gold and silver in the women's ski cross, a bronze in speedskating and a gold in curling. The U.S. and Canada play in a classic hockey grudge match.

  • OLY-2014-IHOCKEY-USA-CAN-MEN

    Canada's Jamie Benn (2nd L) scores against US goalkeeper Jonathan Quick (C) during the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinals USA vs Canada at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014.

  • Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 14 - United States v Canada

    Canada and the United States shake hands after Canada defeated the United States 1-0 during the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinal Playoff on Day 14 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 14 - United States v Canada

    Carey Price #31 of Canada and Jonathan Quick #32 of the United States shake hands after Canada defeated the United States 1-0 during the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinal Playoff on Day 14 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 14 - United States v Canada

    Ryan Getzlaf #15 of Canada shakes hands with Jonathan Quick #32 of the United States after the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinal Playoff on Day 14 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Canada defeated the United States 1-0.

  • Canada's players celebrate after winning the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinal match between the USA and Canada at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014.

  • Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 14 - United States v Canada

    Sidney Crosby #87 of Canada skates during the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinal Playoff against the United States on Day 14 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • US goalkeeper Jonathan Quick reacts at the end of the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinals USA vs Canada at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014. Canada won 0-1.

  • Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 14 - United States v Canada

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Brooks Orpik #44 of the United States and Sidney Crosby #87 of Canada fall to the ice during the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinal Playoff on Day 14 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 14 - United States v Canada

    Sidney Crosby #87 of Canada gets ready for a face off during the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinal Playoff against the United States on Day 14 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Short Track Speed Skating - Winter Olympics Day 14

    Bronze medalist Charle Cournoyer of Canada celebrates during the flower ceremony for the Short Track Men's 500m on day fourteen of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Russia's Victor An (C) celebrates after winning ahead of China's Wu Dajing and Canada's Charle Cournoyer (R) the Men's Short Track 500 m Final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014.

  • Canada's Charle Cournoyer celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the Men's Short Track 500 m Final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014.

  • Canada's Charle Cournoyer prepares for the Men's Short Track 500 m Semifinals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014.

  • Canada's Brad Jacobs reacts during the Men's Curling Gold Medal Game between Canada and Great Britain at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014. Dominant Canada won their third successive Olympic men's curling gold medal with a convincing 9-3 victory over Britain in the final.

  • Canada's Brad Jacobs observes the movement of a stone during the Men's Curling Gold Medal Game between Canada and Great Britain at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014.

  • Curling - Winter Olympics Day 14

    Brad Jacobs of Canada (C) plays a stone as Ryan Harnden (L) and EJ Harnden (R) assist during the Men's Gold Medal match between Canada and Great Britain on day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Great Britain's players walk past Canada's Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden and Brad Jacobs as they celebrate after winning the Men's Curling Gold Medal Game at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014. Dominant Canada won their third successive Olympic men's curling gold medal with a convincing 9-3 victory over Britain in the final.

  • (L-R) Canada's gold medallists Caleb Flaxey, Ryan Harnden, E.J. Harnden, Ryan Fry and Brad Jacobs stand on the podium during the Men's Curling Flower Ceremony at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014.

  • Curling - Winter Olympics Day 14

    (L-R) EJ Harnden, Ryan Fry, Brad Jacobs and Ryan Harnden of Canada celebrate as they win gold during the Men's Gold Medal match between Canada and Great Britain on day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Curling - Winter Olympics Day 14

    EJ Harnden and Brad Jacobs of Canada are congratulated as they win gold during the Men's Gold Medal match between Canada and Great Britain on day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Silver Medallist, Canada's Kelsey Serwa celebrates at the Women's Freestyle Skiing Ski Cross Flower Ceremony at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014.

  • Gold Medallist, Canada's Marielle Thompson (L) and Silver Medallist, Canada's Kelsey Serwa race in the Women's Freestyle Skiing Ski Cross Final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014.

  • Freestyle Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

    Marielle Thompson of Canada leads Kelsey Serwa of Canada in the Freestyle Skiing Womens' Ski Cross Big Final on day 14 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Freestyle Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

    (L-R) Ophelie David of France, Kelsey Serwa of Canada, Marielle Thompson of Canada and Anna Holmlund of Sweden compete in the Freestyle Skiing Womens' Ski Cross Final on day 14 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Freestyle Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

    Marielle Thompson (R) of Canada celebrates winning the gold medal with silver medalist Kelsey Serwa of Canada during the flower ceremony in the Freestyle Skiing Womens' Ski Cross Final on day 14 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • (L-R) Bronze Medallist, Sweden's Anna Holmlund; Silver Medallist, Canada's Kelsey Serwa; and Gold Medallist, Canada's Marielle Thompson celebrate at the Women's Freestyle Skiing Ski Cross Flower Ceremony at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014.

  • Medal Ceremony - Winter Olympics Day 14

    (L-R) Gold medallist Marielle Thompson of Canada and silver medalist Kelsey Serwa of Canada celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Women's Ski Cross on day fourteen of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • DAY 13

    Curling gold from Jennifer Jones and a women's hockey showdown with the United States ends in dramatic fashion.

  • Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 13 - Canada v United States

    Gold medalists Canada celebrate after the flower ceremony for the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 13 - Canada v United States

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Jessie Vetter #31 of the United States gives up a goal in overtime to Marie-Philip Poulin of Canada during the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • OLY-2014-IHOCKEY-WOMEN-MEDALS

    Canada's Rebecca Johnston poses with her gold medal during the Women's Ice Hockey Medal Ceremony after the final game Canada vs USA at the Bolshoy Ice Dome plaza during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 13 - Canada v United States

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Rebecca Johnston #6 of Canada celebrates goal in the third period against United States during the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

  • Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 13 - Canada v United States

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Gold medalists Brianne Jenner #19, Haley Irwin #21, Hayley Wickenheiser #22 and Natalie Spooner #24 of Canada celebrate during the medal ceremony after defeating the United States 3-2 in overtime during the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 13 - Canada v United States

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Marie-Philip Poulin #29 of Canada celebrates after scoring against Jessie Vetter #31 of the United States during the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

  • Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 13 - Canada v United States

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Jennifer Wakefield #9 and Melodie Daoust #15 of Canada celebrate with teammates after defeating the United States 3-2 in overtime during the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)