Sochi Olympics Open Thread - February 14

Go for gold, Patrick Chan. - Matthew Stockman

Patrick Chan goes for a medal, Canada plays Austria, and the Olympics continue.

Yesterday was a quieter day on the Canadian front. There weren't any medals won, but the men did well in their hockey game. Today, we have a definite shot at a medal, with all kinds of hopes and pressures on Patrick Chan to do well in his free skate. We also have more hockey for Canada.

Alpine Skiing

The men take on the Super Combined today, doing a run each of the downhill and the slalom. Morgan Pridy is the only Canadian participating. The downhill starts at 11:00, followed by the medal-awarding slalom at 15:30.

Biathlon

The women get to do their individual 15km today, with missed shots on the shooting each adding a penalty minute to their time. Canada will be represented again by Megan Imrie, Zina Kocher, Rosanna Crawford and Megan Heinicke. The race starts at 18:00.

Cross-Country

The men will ski the 15km Classic today. Graeme Killick, Devon Kershaw, Ivan Babikov and Alex Harvey will once again represent Canada. The race starts at 14:00.

Curling

Jennifer Jones and her ladies have a well-deserved day off today, after beating both Denmark and Swizterland by an 8-5 score yesterday. Brad Jacobs and his men edged Denmark 7-6 yesterday, and only have the morning match today against Norway and those awesome pants.

9:00 (Men’s Session 7): Sweden faces China, USA meets Germany, and Canada plays Norway.

14:00 (Women’s Session 7): USA faces Denmark, Great Britain meets Japan, Korea plays China, and Russia battles Switzerland.

19:00 (Men’s Session 8): Russia faces USA, China meets Norway, Great Britain plays Denmark, and Switzerland battles Germany.

Figure Skating

The men’s event wrap up today with the Free programs. Patrick Chan is ranked 2nd overall after the short skate with a 10-point lead over 3rd place, and will look to lock up another medal. Kevin Reynolds made it to the free program, but Lucas Firus did not. Russian superstar Evgeny Plyushchenko had to withdraw from the competition yesterday, which is a shame. The skating starts at 19:00.

Freestyle Skiing

The ladies have their aerials today. Canada has no competitors in this event, so watching this would just be for the entertainment of the sport. The qualification rounds start at 17:45 and 18:30 respectively. The 3 final rounds start at 21:30, 21:55 and 22:12.

Ice Hockey

The women get a day off today, so the men dominate the headlines. Action starts at 12:00 with Czech Republic playing Latvia, followed by Sweden against Switzerland at 16:30. There are two games at 21:00, which are Norway playing Finland and Canada facing Austria. Roberto Luongo is scheduled to start in net, and we’ll see how ex-Canuck Michael Grabner can do on the international stage.

Skeleton

It will be a busy day on the skeleton track, as both the men’s and women’s events have runs. The men have their first 2 heats at 16:30 and 18:05 respectively. Watch for John Fairbairn and Eric Neilson to represent Canada. On the women's side, Sarah Reid is in 8th after the first 2 heats, and Melissa Hollingsworth is in 16ht. The women have their last 2 heats today at 19:40 and 20:51, with the last run determining the medals.

Ski Jumping

The men have their Large Hill Individual qualifications today. Canadians Matthew Rowley, Trevor Morrice, Dusty Korek and Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes will participate. The jumping starts at 21:30.

Be sure to check out the official Sochi Olympics, CBC Olympics, and Team Canada websites for plenty of coverage.

Canada go!

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