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FIS Snowboard World Cup Calgary
The world’s best snowboarders, including multiple Olympic and X-Games medallists, are running the gauntlet of obstacles from Canada Olympic Park in Calgary at this weekend’s Snow Rodeo.
And of course, there’s nothing like home soil! The Snow Rodeo will be packed with local heroes including Jasmine Baird, Brooke Voigt and Laurie Blouin (who claimed her first World Cup win in Calgary in 2019/20).
This week’s competition in Calgary will be the second iteration of the Snow Rodeo after the inaugural edition back in the 2019/20 season, and will be the fourth snowboard slopestyle World Cup ever to hit the slopes in Calgary.
And despite the bone-chilling cold, the vibe is high in and around the 2021 Snow Rodeo as riders from around the world battle to lock down their spots for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, nearly one month away.
You don’t want to miss this! Make sure to watch Friday and Saturday at 12pm ET on CBC Sports!
Freestyle Skiing World Cup Calgary: Ski Halfpipe
The 2021/22 FIS Freeski halfpipe World Cup is set to resume in frosty Canada this week, with one more nighttime competition slated to go down this weekend at the Snow Rodeo presented by Toyota at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park.
The pipe at COP is ready to go and there’s a strong collection of the world’s best on hand in Calgary. With just three competitions before Beijing, it’s time to start turning the dial up on the season.
And I hate to be a broken record here but I’ll say it again… the weather is COLD with temperatures dipping as low as -30℃ at times. Sooooooo it looks like it’s shaping up to be a very Canadian competition this weekend. BUT the weather conditions forecasted are similar to what we might expect at the Secret Garden in Beijing so you can expect the athletes at the Snow Rodeo to overcome the cold and push the limits in the coming days.
Check out the Freestyle Skiing World Cup Saturday at 8pm ET on CBC Sports!
Cross Country Skiing World Cup
Let the Tour de Ski begin!!
The world’s best athletes hit the trails in cross country action from Val di’Fiemme, Italy THIS WEEKEND.
A large starting field is lined up for this weekend, and for many athletes the result during the Tour might end up with a qualification for the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing in February 2022. Annnddd most countries will have their final teams for the Olympic Games defined after the Tour.
The Tour de Ski also marks one step before the final preparation phase for athletes who have already qualified for Beijing 2022. There was a Women’s 10k Mass Start this morning from Oberstdorf, Germany and it was IMPRESSIVE… I can’t wait to tune in on Saturday.
Check out the Women’s 10k Mass Start from Val di’Fiemme on Monday at 6:40am ET on CBC Sports!
👋 Say goodbye to 2021 with these quick hits
🏅 End of year awards: I absolutely ADORE these two! ICYMI, our very own Leylah Fernandez was named CP Female Athlete of the Year. Her U.S. Open performance last summer was memorable and left us all smiling with the speech that won her the New York crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium. She made it past some HUGE names in the tournament including Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka. The Montreal native earned her first career WTA Tour title this year too. Not to mention... Look at this shout out from BILLIE JEAN KING!!!
The Chicago Sky’s Candace Parker was voted AP Female Athlete of Year for the second time. THIS is the second time a WNBA player has won the award after Parker won it in 2008. Two claps for that 👏👏. The 35-year-old working mom, basketball player, and TV analyst hasn't seemed to let Father Time get in her way. She brought her hometown its first ever WNBA championship this year before taking home the AP award. In the Game 4 title victory, Parker finished with a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double. That was SO FUN!
💪 Breaking barriers in hockey: Brigette Lacquette is now the first Indigenous woman scout for an NHL team. She started her new gig with the Chicago team. Not to mention she STILL PLAYS for Calgary in the PWHPA. Talk about a busy schedule! Lacquette was the first First Nations woman to play hockey for Team Canada in a Winter Olympics. The 29-year-old Ojibwa also played in three world championships, winning two silver and a bronze with the national team. The job with Chicago started with a pretty random message on Facebook from Chicago assistant general manager Ryan Stewart and the rest is history. I can't wait to see how far her great hockey mind will take her.
Hockey Night in Canada @hockeynightBrigette Lacquette becomes the the first Indigenous woman to scout for an NHL team after securing a position with Chicago's NHL team Lacquette also became the first First Nations woman to play hockey for Canada in a Winter Olympics in 2018 https://t.co/qdSrAgWIaK
🥅 Saves for dayssss: Let's finish off the year with a perfect record, shall we? Toronto Six's Elaine Chuli has been in talks as the favourite for the PHF’s 2022 Goaltender of the Year and she sure is making a strong case. Chuli holds a perfect 7-0 record and an AMAZING .952 save percentage. WOW! In a game against the Metropolitan Riveters she stopped all 25 shots she faced and in a game against the Minnesota Whitecaps she stopped all 28 shots. Need I say more? She has been on FIYAAA 🔥🔥🔥.
🏀 Hammon heading the Aces: Where are all my Becky Hammon fans?!? The former WNBA All-Star and current assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs is finalizing a five-year deal to become the head coach of the Las Vegas Aces. How awesome!!! This deal will make her the HIGHEST-PAID coach in the WNBA. YES! Hammon was a six-time All-Star and is in her eighth season as an assistant under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio. After interviewing for several head coaching positions in the NBA, we finally have some good news about her landing a head coaching gig. 🥳 Hammon plans to finish out the Spurs season, according to ESPN.
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