Sochi Olympics Open Thread - February 16

Eric Guay will look to rock the Super-G today. - Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Multiple events that Canadians are good at are either starting up or approaching playoff mode today.

Yesterday was a quiet day on the Canadian front, but it could easily get noisy again today. We have lots of events kicking off today that the Canadians are quite good at, with a few others approaching playoff mode that have Canada ranked at the top!

Before I dive in, a quick programming note: we will not be posting additional gamethreads for the Canadian men's ice hockey games again until the gold-medal match, so just hang out here for the game.

Alpine Skiing

The men take on the Super-G today, and the fastest time down the speedy and turn-y terrain wins. Morgan Pridy, Jan Hudec, Eric Guay and Manuel Osborne-Paradis will represent Canada. The runs start at 10:00.

Biathlon

The men get to ski the 15km Mass Start today. This will feature the already-seen 5 loops of a 3km track with 4 rounds of shooting, but this involves all 30 men starting at the same time. Unfortunately, the list of competitors had not yet been posted when I was typing this, so keep an eye on the Sochi event page to see if there are any Canadians participating. Everybody starts at 19:00.

Bobsleigh

The luge and skeleton have seen the spotlight, and now the bobsleighers take to the course! The sport starts with the Two-Man Bobsleigh competition. The Canadians have 3 pairs competing: Lyndon Rush with Lascelles Brown, Chris Spring with Jesse Lumsden, and Justin Kripps with Bryan Barnett. Heat 1 starts at 20:15, followed by Heat 2 at 21:50.

Cross-Country

The men will have the 4x10km Relay today, in which each teammate will ski 10km. Canada's team will have Len Valjas, Ivan Babikov, Graeme Killick and Jesse Cockney. The racing starts at 14:00.

Curling

Jennifer Jones and her ladies continued their dominance yesterday with wins of 8-6 and 5-3 over Japan and Russia, respectively. Today, the ladies take on the USA team at 14:00. Brad Jacobs and his men also did well yesterday, gong 7-5 against Great Britain. They also play USA today at 9:00, followed by a match against China at 19:00.

9:00 (Men's Session 10): USA meets Canada, Sweden plays Russia, and Great Britain faces Norway.

14:00 (Women's Session 10): USA meets Canada, Sweden plays Russia, Denmark faces Korea, and Japan battles Switzerland.

19:00 (Men's Session 11): China meets Canada, USA plays Sweden, Norway faces Switzerland, and Germany battles Denmark.

Figure Skating

Let the ice dancing really begin! After the team competitions last weekend, the Ice Dance pairs now begin their individual competition with the Short Dance. Canadian gold-medal incumbents Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will look to defend their crown, and are joined by two fellow Canadian pairs: Kaitlyn Weaver with Andrew Poje, and Alexandra Paul with Mitchell Islam. Tessa and Scott are favourites, but American duo Meryl Davis and Charlie White will serve as stiff competition. The dancing starts at 19:00.

Ice Hockey

On the women's side, Sweden and Switzerland won their quarterfinals games yesterday, and will go on to the semi-finals tomorrow against the USA and Canada respectively. Finland will play Germany today at 12:00, followed by Russia playing Japan at 21:00, to determine the rankings for 5th through 8th.

On the men's side, the preliminaries wrap up today with 4 games. Norway will take on Austria at 12:00 to kick things off. The two 16:30 games will feature Russia against Slovakia and Slovenia versus USA. At 21:00, the preliminaries wrap up with Canada playing Finland, and the winner of this game gets a bye to the quarterfinals.

Snowboarding

Hey, remember back in 2010 when snowboard and ski cross were added to the Olympics, and we thought they were awesomely entertaining? Well, they're back! The ladies kick off the snowboard cross today with their event. Canadian Maelle Ricker is back to defend her gold, and will be joined by Dominique Maltais. Seeding starts at 11:00 with 2 heats, followed by quarterfinals at 13:15, semifinals at 13:30, and the medal-awarding finals at 13:40.

Speed Skating

The ladies take on the 1500m today. Canadians Brianne Tutt, Kali Christ, Christine Nesbitt and Brittany Schussler will look to get onto the podium here. Racing starts at 18:00.

For lots of coverage and results, be sure to check out the official Sochi Olympics, CBC Olympics, and Team Canada Olympics websites.

Canada go!

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