Yesterday was a very strong day for Canada. Ashleigh McIvor won a gold for Canada in the ski cross, Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse broke a track record in the first runs of the bobsleigh, Canada beat Germany in qualifications for men's hockey, and both of Canada's curling teams advanced to the semifinals. Unfortunately, from now on, the rest is just going to get harder and harder.
Today has a few less events than yesterday, but still lots of hype. The biggest event, of course, will be the quarterfinals for men's hockey, where Canada will face Russia. There are also medal events for giant slalom, long track speed skating, short track speed skating, cross-country skiing, aerials and bobsleigh. Schedule after the jump, check out ctvolympics.ca and vancouver2010.com for plenty of Canadian coverage.
10:00 Alpine Skiing: Ladies' Giant Slalom 1st Run
11:15 Cross-Country Skiing: Men's 4X10km Relay Classic/Free (medal event)
12:00 Men's Hockey: Quarterfinals - USA vs Switzerland
13:00 Speed Skating: Ladies' 5000m (medal event)
13:15 Alpine Skiing: Ladies' Giant Slalom 2nd Run (medal event)
14:00 Curling: Men's Tiebreaker Session: Sweden vs Great Britain
16:30 Men's Hockey: Quarterfinals - Canada vs Russia
17:00 Bobsleigh: Women's Heat 3
17:00 Short Track: Ladies' 1000m Heats
17:47 Short Track: Men's 500m Heats
18:15 Bobsleigh: Women's Heat 4 (medal event)
18:26 Short Track: Ladies' 3000m Relay Finals (medal event)
19:00 Men's Hockey: Quarterfinals - Finland vs Czech Republic
19:30 Freestyle Skiing: Ladies' Aerials Final (medal event)
21:00 Men's Hockey: Quarterfinals - Sweden vs Slovakia
Canadian Athletes to Watch For:
-Beating the track record yesterday has helped put Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse in 1st-place ranking after the first 2 runs of the women's bobsleigh. Canada's other pair, Shelley-Ann Brown and Helen Upperton, are ranked 4th right now. Both pairs are (obviously) in strong medal contention today.
-Ivan Babikov, George Grey, Devon Kershaw and Alex Harvey are expected to have a strong showing against the top guns in the cross-country relay.
-The 5000m speed skating will be the Olympic farewell for Clara Hughes, who is retiring at the end of the season. This event is also speculated to be the swan song for Cindy Klassen. Kristina Groves will be skating as well.
-Kalyna Roberge, Marianne St.-Gelais, Tanya Vicent, and Jessica Gregg hope to continue Canada's podium streak in the short track 3000m relay. Their team is currently very strong in the World Cup event, having finished 0.06 seconds behind the Koreans and earning silver in 2009. Roberge, Vicent, and Gregg will also be in the 1000m individual heats that are happening before the relay.
-Charles Hamelin, Olivier Jean and François-Louis Tremblay will skate in the heats for the men's 500m short track speed skating heats.
Fact of the Day: This is the 5th time that the Women's Short Track 3000m Relay has been in the Olympics. In the other 4 times, Canada has never missed the podium, earning a gold, a silver, and 2 bronze.
Here's your thread, Sean will have a hockey one up later for the Canada-Russia game. Since I am in class until 16:20 today and have to catch the bus home afterwards, I will be missing the beginning of the hockey game :( So, to make up for the time that will be lost on the bus, I will post this now: