GET READY! We’ve got hockey, skating and downhill action PLUS unexpected results in women’s tennis 👀
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Dream Gap Tour: Sonnet Showcase 🏒
Next stop… OTTAWA!
The Professional Women’s Hockey Player Association (PWHPA) is heading to Canada’s capital for the third stop of the 2021-22 Secret Dream Gap Tour. Officially titled the Sonnet Showcase, the event is taking place THIS WEEKEND, and will feature Team Adidas (Minnesota), Team Bauer (Boston), Team Harvey’s (Montreal) and Team Sonnet (Toronto).
The games will take place at the Steve Yzerman Arena and, once again, all teams will vie to take home the weekend prize pot 🤑. Game one will feature a battle between Team Adidas and Team Sonnet, while Team Bauer and Team Harvey’s will face off in game two. Winners of the Saturday games will meet in the championship, and the remaining two teams will square off in the consolation game.
The event will mark the first time the PWHPA has played in Ottawa. AND Team Scotiabank (Calgary), who won the first two showcases this season, will not be at the event, which leaves the door open for a new weekend winner to be crowned.
If you tuned in to women’s hockey during the Olympics and crave more action, I have great news for you! There are BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLEHEADERS going down in the PHF this weekend!
The Toronto Six will be headed East for two games against the Metropolitan Riveters. Toronto currently sits in 🥇first place🥇 in the standings, but winning both games this weekend would put a comfortable distance between them and the Connecticut Whale. The Riveters sit in fourth place and hope to creep closer to the Boston Pride.
The Pride on the other hand will play two games against the last-place Buffalo Beauts, in hopes of breaking into the race for a top-two spot in the standings.
LET’S GOOO! Catch all the action this weekend. Here’s the lineup. 👇
2022 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships ⛸
Ok… you know those sports that you start watching and then just can’t take your eyes off? Synchronized Swimming is one – but did you know that SYNCHRONIZED SKATING exists too?? That’s right! And the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships are THIS weekend in Calgary! 🎉
This event will host about 40 teams and 800 athletes from across Canada to compete for national titles in senior, junior, novice, intermediate, and open categories. The senior teams will be competing for two spots to represent Canada at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, being hosted in Hamilton, Ont., this year.
This event used to be called “Precision Skating” and the key elements are unison and precision as the teams skate programs to music and perform tricks much like traditional figure skating events.
I can already feel myself getting lost in the synchronized skating. All of the action will be on CBC Sports, Friday to Sunday! Check it out!
TENNNIISSS 👏 🎾
We’ve been on winter sport overload lately sooooo let’s shake things up a little bit. Time for some TENNIS!
We’ve got Abierto Akron Zapopan tennis action this weekend and it should be fun! The WTA 250 tournament began on Monday and there’s been some interesting results so far. Britain’s Emma Raducanu was the top seed going into the tournament.
BUT things didn’t work out in Raducanu’s favour in her match against former World No.20 Daria Saville.
The match was a grueling tug-of-war from the outset. Having battled for over 2 hours and 40 minutes, both women fought off physical woes in the deciding set. Raducanu ultimately decided to retire down a break at 4-3.
Sooooo, clearly anything can happen, especially with such a strong field. I can’t wait to see more results!
ALSO, the Qatar Open semis and finals are this weekend as well! DO NOT MISS THIS!
Alpine Ski World Cup: Downhill ⛷
More skiing? OKAY!
Crans-Montana in Switzerland is gearing up to host the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Ski World Cup downhill on Saturday! The best female skiers in the world are coming together (again) to compete on the demanding Mont-Lachaux Piste.
Known for being one of the most difficult trails on the circuit, Crans-Montana is the 28th stop of the women’s 2021-22 Alpine Ski World Cup and the first event since the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
All eyes will be on a strong 12-member Swiss squad, including Olympic champions Corinne Suter, Lara Gut-Behrami and Michelle Gisin.
The Italian duo of Sofia Goggia and Nadia Delago, who won silver and bronze in Beijing respectively, will look to get the better of their Swiss rivals.
I’ll also be watching out for Canadian, Marie-Michèle Gagnon who has had most of her success in downhill competitions. The 32-year-old came directly to this World Cup stop after the Olympics and I’m rooting for her!
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