WEEKEND SPORTS PREVIEW—2018 OLYMPIC EDITION

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    This is the busiest time I have in my life every two years. Here are all of the events I will be watching this weekend. All times MT.

    Saturday, February 10

    12:15 AM—Women’s 15km Skiathlon—CBC—The first medals will be given out at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Canadians will not contend for a medal in women’s cross-country skiing.

    3:10 AM—Men’s Luge (Runs 1 & 2)—TSN2—Due to the controversial ruling by the CAS in the Russian doping scandal, Calgary’s Sam Edney will try to put the disappointing fact that Canada will not win a bronze medal in mixed relay luge from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi behind him.

    4 AM—Mixed Doubles Curling—Canada vs. Olympic Athletes From Russia–TSN

    4 AM—Women’s 3000m Speed Skating—Sportsnet—Ottawa’s Ivanie Blondin won the final Women’s 3000m World Cup race in Erfurt, Germany on January 21.

    4:15 AM—Women’s 7.5 km sprint Biathlon—Sportsnet One—Rosanna Crawford of Canmore, Alberta won a bronze medal in the women’s 15 km biathlon in Ruhpolding, Germany last month. A major reason why Crawford reached the podium is because of her perfect shooting.

    5:22 AM—Men’s 1500m Short Track Speed Skating—CBC—This is the event that Charles Hamelin of Levis, Quebec won gold at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Hamelin, who finished third in the distance during the 2017 World Cup circuit, and Samuel Girard of Roberval, Quebec, who won the silver medal at the 2017 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, are Canada’s best chance for an Olympic medal.

    5:30 AM—Men’s Normal Hill Ski Jumping–Sportsnet

    5 PM—Mixed Doubles Curling—Canada vs. South Korea–TSN3

    6 PM—Men’s Slopestyle Snowboarding—Sportsnet One—It is just remarkable that McMorris of Regina, Saskatchewan is even competing in this after a near fatal accident.  A legitimate medal contender, McMorris won slopestyle snowboarding bronze at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and at the recent 2018 Winter X Games in Aspen.

    6 PM—Team Event Figure Skating (Ice Dancing & Ladies Short Program, Pairs Long Program)–TSN—Team Canada got off to a great start after day one of the competition. At 17 points, they lead the United States by three points, and Japan and the Olympic Athletes from Russia by four points.

    7 PM—Men’s Downhill–TSN3—If you don’t get excited about the men’s downhill, you don’t have a pulse. Many thought Canada would not contend for a medal because Erik Guay of Montreal, Quebec was out with back pain. However, Manuel Osborne-Paradis of Vancouver, British Columbia won an Olympic training run this past week and could be in contention for a medal.

    11:15 PM—Men’s 30 km Skiathlon—Never before has a Canadian man won an Olympic medal in men’s cross country skiing. Canadians will be watching 50 km world champion Alex Harvey of Saint-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Quebec closely during the entire Winter Olympics.

    Sunday, February 11

    12 AM—Men’s 5000m Speed Skating–Sportsnet—Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary, Alberta is the world record holder in the men’s 5000m. He will get a huge test from Sven Kramer of the Netherlands, in one of the most intriguing head-to-head battles of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

    12:40 AM—Women’s Hockey—United States vs. Finland–TSN—Canada’s top two contenders in women’s hockey will play against each other. Finland and the United States both beat Canada at the 2017 Women’s World Hockey Championship in Plymouth.

    2:50 AM—Men’s Luge (Runs 3 & 4)–Sportsnet—Medals will be on the line in men’s luge. It is unlikely Sam Edney will contend for a medal as Germany, Austria and Italy have incredible depth.

    4 AM—Mixed Doubles Curling Tie-Breaker—Sportsnet One

    5 AM—Women’s Moguls–TSN—Two Canadians have a chance of reaching the podium. Reigning Olympic champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, Quebec and Andi Naude of Regina, Saskatchewan, who is the women’s mogulist entering the Olympics with the most momentum, are strong medal contenders.

    5:10 AM—Women’s Hockey—Canada vs. Olympic Athletes From Russia–CBC—Canada has their first game in Olympic women’s hockey. At the 2017 Women’s World Hockey Championship in Plymouth, Michigan, Jennifer Wakefield of Scarborough, Ontario led Canada with three points (two goals and one assist) in a 8-0 win over Russia.

    5 PM—Mixed Doubles Curling Semi-Final–TSN

    6 PM—Team Event Figure Skating (Men’s, Women’s, Ice Dance Long Programs)–TSN5—Patrick Chan of Ottawa, Ontario will need to skate much better in the long program than the short program if Canada hopes to maintain its lead and win Olympic gold.

    6 PM—Women’s Slopestyle Snowboarding—Sportsnet One—Spencer O’Brien of Alert Bay, British Columbia is a former world champion and Winter X Games champion.

    9:45 PM—Women’s Giant Slalom–Sportsnet

     

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