by Erin Richards
February 8, 2014 (ISN) – A busy day of competition from Sochi on Sunday, February 9 features several events in which Canadian athletes are strong medal contenders, including Ladies’ Slopestyle, Men’s Downhill, Men’s Skiathlon and Team Figure Skating.
Other medal events featuring Canadians include Ladies’ 3000m Speed Skating, Women’s Biathlon (7.5km Sprint), Men’s Ski Jumping (Individual Normal Hill) and Men’s Luge Singles.
Programming highlights for Sunday, February 9 include
(All times are ET, visit cbc.ca/olympics for full TV schedule)
SNOWBOARD: LADIES’ SLOPESTYLE SEMIFINALS (1:25 – 2:40 a.m. ET) on TSN
Canada’s Spencer O’Brien, the 2013 World Champion in this event, is already confirmed for the final by virtue of her top-four finish in qualifying, having finished third in her heat on Thursday. However, O’Brien’s teammate Jenna Blasman of Kitchener, Ontario, finished sixth in her heat and will compete in the semifinal for a spot in Sunday’s final. Three-time X-Games Champion Jenny Jones of Great Britain and 2014 X-Games champion Silje Norendal of Norway will also be competing for a berth in the final.
ALPINE SKIING: MEN’S DOWNHILL FINAL (2 – 4:15 a.m. ET) on CBC
Erik Guay, Canada’s most successful alpine skier of all time, leads a Canadian contingent including Jan Hudec and Manny Osborne-Paradis looking to break a 20-year Olympic medal drought for the country. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway are two skiers to watch, having finished first and second in the overall World Cup standings last year, respectively, and are leading the way again this season. Other strong competitors include Italian skiers Dominik Paris and Christof Innerhofer, France’s Adrien Theaux, Klaus Kroell of Austria and American Bode Miller.
SNOWBOARD: LADIES’ SLOPESTYLE FINAL (4 – 5:25 a.m. ET) on TSN
*CBC will also have live coverage of this event from 4:15 – 5:15 a.m. ET)
Canada’s Spencer O’Brien won the 2013 World Championship in Ladies’ Slopestyle and has her sights set on becoming the sport’s first Olympic champion. She’ll face stiff competition including 2014 X-Games silver medallist Jamie Anderson of the USA and Australia’s Torah Bright.
CROSS-COUNTRY: MEN’S SKIATHLON FINAL – 15km CLASSIC AND 15km FREE (4:55 – 6:45 a.m. ET) on TSN2
*CBC will also have live coverage of this event from 5:15 – 5:45 a.m. ET
Canada’s Devon Kershaw, Alex Harvey, Len Valjas and Ivan Babikov will all be looking to make Olympic history by winning Canada’s first medal in men’s Cross-Country. Petter Northug of Norway is the 2013 World Champion at 15km as well as a four-time medallist at Vancouver 2010. Johan Olsson of Sweden won silver in this event at the 2013 World Championships and took home three medals from Vancouver 2010 in longer distances.
SPEEDSKATING: LADIES’ – 3000m FINAL (6:25 – 8:35 a.m. ET) on TSN and CBC
Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg and Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa are Canada’s best hopes for this event at Adler Arena. Ireen Wust of the Netherlands is the 2013 World Singles Distance Champion at 3000m and has won three Olympic medals including gold in this event in 2006. Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic is the reigning Olympic gold medallist and finished second behind Wust at the 2013 World Championship held in Sochi.
BIATHLON: WOMEN’S – 7.5km SPRINT FINAL (9:25 – 10:50 a.m. ET) on TSN
*This event will be re-broadcast on CBC from 4:30 – 5 p.m. ET
Canada will be represented by Rosanna Crawford, Zina Kocher and Megan Imrie in this event. Tora Berger of Norway won silver in this event at the 2013 World Championship and also won gold at Vancouver 2010.
TEAM FIGURE SKATING: MEN’S FREE, LADIES FREE AND FREE DANCE PROGRAMS (10 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. ET) on CBC
The first ever Olympic team figure skating event wraps up on Friday with the final three competitions and the Canadians have their sights set on gold. On the Ladies’ side, Kaetlyn Osmond will skate the free program for Canada and reigning Olympic gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will skate the free dance in the final competition of the team event.
SKI JUMPING: MEN’S INDIVIDUAL HILL FIRST ROUND AND FINAL (12:25 – 2:15 p.m. ET) on TSN
*CBC will also have live coverage of this event from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET
As many as four Canadians could challenge four-time Olympic gold medallist and defending Olympic Champion, Simon Ammann of Switzerland, who will look to continue his success on the big stage.
LUGE: MEN’S SINGLES FINAL RUN (2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET) on CBC
Sam Edney leads the way for Canada along with Mitchel Malyk and John Fennell. Felix Loch is the defending Olympic Champion and should set the pace for the powerful German team looking to carry on the strong tradition of German lugers. Armin Zöggeler of Italy has won a medal in five consecutive Olympics in the men’s singles event including two golds (2002, 2006), one silver (1998) and two bronze (1994, 2010).
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