Sochi Olympics Open Thread - February 21

Brad Jacobs better hurry hard for the gold medal. - Pascal Le Segretain

The men's hockey and curling teams have big matches today: one is trying to get back to the gold-medal match, while another is ready to win it.

After yesterday's big day for Canada in hockey and curling, you'd think the excitement is over. Well, it isn't, because that was just the women. Now the men need to go it as well. Brad Jacobs and his men battle Great Britain in the gold medal match for men's curling, while Canada faces the USA in the semifinals with a gold-medal match spot up for grabs.

Alpine Skiing

The women take on the regular slalom today. Marie-Michele Gagnon is back in to represent Canada, along with Erin Mielzynski, Brittany Phelan, and Elli Terwiel. Run 1 starts at 16:45, while Run 2 starts at 20:15.

Biathlon

The women take on the 4x6km relay, where each lady takes on 3 laps of the 2km track with 2 rounds of shooting. This event will have the 3 spare bullets again, with additional loops of the 150m penalty loop for any misses after that. The Canadian team will have Rosanna Crawford, Megan Imrie, Megan Heinicke, and Zina Kocher. The race starts at 18:30.

Curling

Now that the women have their gold, it’s time for the men to do the same! The bronze medal match between China and Swedeb starts at 12:30, with Canada taking on Great Britain for the gold at 17:30.

Freestyle Skiing

The ladies take on the ski cross today. Canada will have Marielle Thompson, Georgia Simmerling and Kelsey Serwa in the mix. Seeding starts at 11:45, followed by the 18 finals at 13:30, quarterfinals at 14:05, semifinals at 14:25, and finals at 14:41.

Ice Hockey

The semifinals for men’s hockey will take place today. The winners will go on to Sunday’s gold medal match, while the losers will battle for bronze tomorrow. Sweden takes on Finland at 16:00, followed by USA and Canada at 21:00.

Short Track

It will be a busy day on the short track. The men’s 500m will have their races interspersed with the ladies 1000m. The men’s 500m quarterfinals will start at 20:30, followed by semifinals at 21:13 and finals at 21:43. The ladies 1000m will have quarterfinals at 20:44, semifinals at 21:21, and finals at 21:53. Charle Cournoyer and Olivier Jean will be in the men's event, while Valerie Maltais and Marie-Eve Drolet will be in the women's. Finally, to wrap everything up, the men’s 5000m relay finals will go at 22:18. Charles Hamelin, Francois Hamelin and Michael Gilday will join Charle and Olivier in the B final, as they did not do well enough in the semifinals.

Speed Skating

No medals today, but major set-up for them. Both the men and ladies will have the quarterfinals for the Team Pursuit today. The men will have the quarterfinals at 17:30, followed by the semifinals at 19:13. The Canadian men will have Vincent De Haitre joining gold-medal incumbents Mathieu Giroux, Lucas Makowsky and Denny Morrison. The ladies will only have quarterfinals today at 18:23. Ivanie Blondin, Kali Christ, Christine Nesbitt and Brittany Schussler will be the Canadian women's team.

Check out the official Sochi Olympics, CBC Olympics, and Team Canada Olympics websites for lots of coverage and results.

Canada go!

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