Open Olympic Thread Day 12- The Golden Dance

Aleqm5ifgwp8sawbf_pq_7bzqjtovelz4g_mediumTessa Virtue and Scott Moir accomplished a huge feat last night: being the youngest couple to win gold in Ice Dance for Figure Skating at the Olympics, as well as being the first North-American team to win gold.  This is what Canada needed yesterday to bring us back from misery: another gold medal.  Meanwhile, our Canadian women beat Finland in the hockey semifinals, and will play USA in the gold medal match on Thursday (Finland and Sweden will play for the bronze earlier that day).

Today is extremely busy.  The curling round robins end, the qualification games play out for men's hockey, women's bobsleigh begins, and medal events occur for ladies' ski cross, men's slalom, speed skating, and team relays for nordic combined and biathlon.  Schedule after the jump, check out and for tons of Canadian coverage.  (By the way, I apologize to all the international people on here for the obvious Canadian bias in my threads.)

9:00 Women's Curling: Japan vs Sweden, Switzerland vs Germany, USA vs China, Canada vs Great Britain

9:30 Alpine Skiing: Men's Giant Slalom 1st Run

10:30 Freestyle Skiing: Ladies Ski Cross Qualifications

10:30 Nordic Combined: Team 4X5km Competition Round

11:00 Speed Skating: Men's 10000m (medal event)

11:30 Biathlon: Women's 4X6km Relay (medal event)

12:00 Men's Hockey: Switzerland vs Belarus

13:00 Alpine Skiing: Men's Giant Slalom 2nd Run (medal event)

13:00 Freestyle Skiing: Ladies Ski Cross 1/8-finals

13:33 Freestyle Skiing: Ladies Ski Cross Quarterfinals

13:52 Freestyle Skiing: Ladies Ski Cross Semifinals

14:00 Men's Curling: China vs Canada, Sweden vs Denmark, Great Britain vs Norway, Switzerland vs France

14:00 Nordic Combined: Team 4X5km Relay (medal event)

14:03 Freestyle Skiing: Ladies Ski Cross Finals (medal event)

16:30 Figure Skating: Ladies Short Program

16:30 Men's Hockey: Canada vs Germany  (Sean will have a thread up later)

17:00 Women's Bobsleigh Run 1

18:10 Women's Bobsleigh Run 2

19:00 Women's Curling: Switzerland vs USA, Canada vs Russia, Japan vs Denmark, Sweden vs Germany

19:00 Men's Hockey: Czech Republic vs Lativa

21:00 Men's Hockey: Slovakia vs Norway


Canadian Athletes to Watch For:

-Cynthia Phaneuf and Joannie Rochette will skate in the women's figure skating for Canada.

-4 Canadians in the ladies' ski cross: Kelsey Serwa, Danielle Poleschuk, Julia Murray and Ashleigh McIvor.

-Eric Guay and Robbie Dixon will join fellow Alpine Canada teammates Brad Spence and Patrick Biggs in the slalom.

-Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse will be Canada1 in the bobsleigh, while Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown will be Canada2.

-The Canadian men's hockey team, of course, as they face Germany in the qualification round.  Maybe they should get some tips from the women on how to beat their opponents....

-Both the men's and women's curling teams are positioning themselves for the semifinals as their round robins finish off.


Funny Fact of the Day: Barring a major upset in the Ladies' Figure Skating, Russia was officially shut out of gold medals in all disciplines of figure skating in a single Winter Olympics last night for the first time since 1960.


Here's your thread.  What will happen today, I wonder?

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