by Erin Richards
February 7, 2014 (ISN) – Saturday, February 8 marks the first day that a medal will be awarded at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games for Men’s Slopestyle. Other medal events will include the Men’s Biathlon, Ladies’ Skiathlon, Freestyle Skiing Ladies’ Moguls and Men’s 5000m Speed Skating.
Programming Highlights for Saturday, Feb. 8 Include (All Times are ET)
Visit cbc.ca/olympics for full TV Schedule:
SNOWBOARD: MEN’S SLOPESTYLE SEMI-FINALS (12:30-2:15 a.m. ET) on CBC
After placing 7th in the Men’s Slopestyle qualification, Regina’s Mark McMorris, the two-time reigning X Games Champion, will now need to qualify through the semi-finals to contend for a medal alongside teammate Charles Reid who placed 9th in his heat.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY – USA VS. FINLAND PRELIMINARY ROUND (3-5:30 a.m. ET) on Sportsnet
The last time these teams faced off at the Women’s World Championship in 2013, USA won 3-0. Finland, the Vancouver 2010 bronze medallists, will need to come out strong up against the younger and faster team USA.
SNOWBOARD: MEN’S SLOPESTYLE FINAL (3:45-5 a.m. ET) on CBC
Quebec’s Maxence Parrot who posted the highest in the final slopestyle heat will be joined by Canadian teammate Sebastien Toutant in the race for the podium and Canada’s first medal of the games.
CROSS COUNTRY: LADIES’ SKIATHLON FINAL (7.5 KM CLASSIC + 7.5 KM FREE) (5 – 6 a.m. ET) on CBC
Canadians Daria Gaiazova and Perianne Jones go up against Norway’s Kristen Stoermer Steira, who won the test event in Sochi this past February.
SPEEDSKATING: MEN’S 5000m (6:30 – 7:15 a.m. ET) on CBC
*Can been seen in its entirety from 6:15 – 9:30 a.m ET on Sportsnet
The World Champion at this distance, the Netherland’s Sven Kramer begins his assault at the Adler Arena.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY: CANADA VS. SWITZERLAND (8 – 10:30 a.m. ET) on CBC
*Encore presentation from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. ET on TSN
This is the first game for the Women’s hockey team who has won three consecutive gold medals at the Olympics. The last time these teams played at the World Championships in 2013, Canada won 13-0.
MEN’S BIATHLON 10 KM SPRINT FINAL (9:30 – 10:55 a.m.) on Sportsnet
Canada’s Jean Phillipe LeGuellec will compete for Canada’s first ever men’s biathlon medal.
TEAM FIGURE SKATING: DANCE SHORT, LADIES SHORT AND PAIRS PROGRAMS (10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET) on CBC
*Encore presentation from 7 – 10 p.m. ET on Sportsnet
Canada battles to win the first Olympic Figure Skating Team medal with their sights set on gold. Reigning Olympic ice dance championScott Moir will serve as Canada’s team captain, and his partnerTessa Virtue is the assistant team captain.
FREESTYLE SKIING LADIES’ MOGULS FINAL (1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m) on CBC
Canada’s Dufour-Lapointe sisters compete in the final for Canada. This is first time three sisters have all competed together at the Olympic Winter Games (Chloe competed in Vancouver 2010). The USA’s Hannah Kearney will look to defend her Olympic title.
OLYMPIC PRIMETIME hosted by Ron MacLean, CBC-TV and cbc.ca/olympics will be bringing Canadians context from the first day of Olympic Competition from Sochi starting at 7 p.m. ET/5 p.m.
The full broadcast schedule can be found here.
CBC.CA/OLYMPICS – Canada’s Olympic Network Website
During the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, cbc.ca/olympics will offer Canadians a number of commentated, multilateral feeds — a Canadian first. A continuously updated version of the daily schedule across all networks is available at cbc.ca/olympics. The website will also feature the latest news, sports and videos from Sochi 2014. This will be the first Olympic Winter Games in which Canadians will be able to livestream all events directly to their smartphones or tablets.
CBC/Radio-Canada is the place to be as we count down to Sochi 2014. With coverage across all platforms — including TV, radio, online and mobile — Canadians can connect with the biggest stories and the latest content whenever and wherever they want. In addition to world-class storytelling and the best performance coverage available through CBC/Radio-Canada, Canadians can engage with the broadcasts throughout the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games online in English at cbc.ca/olympics as well as on Twitter @cbcolympics (#cbcolympics) and at facebook.com/cbcolympics and in French at olympiques.radio-canada.ca/ and on Twitter at @RC_Sports (#RColympiques) and on Facebook at facebook.com/radiocanada.sports.