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Para Nordic Skiing World Cup
It’s a Paralympic year and some of the best skiers in the world have shown up for the Para Nordic Skiing World Cup in Canmore, Alta. These athletes are serious and the competition is tight across all categories… It's going to be a really good season.
It’s the beginning of the road to Beijing and Canadian skiers have been medal hungry in the starting days of competition at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Showing little rust in the first World Cup competition in almost two years, Canada has 13 medals on the board going into the weekend.
Two local Para Nordic athletes - Brittany Hudak and Natalie Wilkie - are leading Canada’s charge in the women’s events at the World Cup event with a combined eight medals! Hudak and Wilkie have been neck-and-neck in competition going back to last weekend, when they shared a gold medal in the women’s 7.5km standing race.
FIS World Cup: Freeski and Snowboard Halfpipe
This weekend the world’s best freestyle skiers and snowboarders run the gauntlet of the halfpipe from Copper Mountain in Colorado. And it’s not just the halfpipe, this weekend see FIS World Cup events contested in snowboard cross, ski cross, freeski halfpipe and freeski aerials.
Jaw dropping action is highlighted by the opening legs of the freeski and snowboarding halfpipe and world SUPERSTARS will be competing.
Chloe Kim, the dominant force in women’s halfpipe, will not be competing in the season opener, which opens the door to the rest of a quality field. Chinese riders Cai Xuetong and Liu Jiayu will be among the leading contenders, along with Spain’s Queralt Castellet.
Check out the freeski and snowboard halfpipe events, Friday at 2:30pm ET and Saturday at 2pm ET on CBC Sports!
ISU Speed Skating World Cup
Speed skating action live from the ISU World Cup stop in Calgary is on the women’s sports docket for this weekend!
Canadian athletes will have one last chance to pre-qualify spots at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games THIS WEEKEND. The ISU Speed Skating World Cup series is in full stride and our Canadian skaters are killing it.
Canada’s Ivanie Blondin captured gold in the women’s Mass Start last Sunday, narrowly outstretching Dutch skater Marijke Groenewoud at the finish line to reach the top step of the podium. The win helped Blondin leap past Dutch rival Irene Schouten in the World Cup rankings, with Groenewoud sitting in third.
Will there be a Canadian gold rush this weekend?? Tune into the ISU Speed Skating World Cup, Friday, Saturday and Sunday on CBC Sports to find out!
Four PHF games last weekend, including a pair of home-ice sweeps, means the season has surpassed the one-quarter mark.
After a 3-0 start to the season the Toronto Six had a winless weekend in the two-game series against the Boston Pride. The first game was pretty evenly matched with goals across the board. The second game however, didn’t go so well and the Six were totally under fire.
The Connecticut Whale and Minnesota Whitecaps played as well. The Taylor Girard and Kennedy Marchment dynamic duo helped the Whale take both games of the weekend.
In this weekend's PHF series, the Toronto Six face off against the Metropolitan Riveters while the Buffalo Beauts take on the Minnesota Whitecaps. It’ll be interesting to see if the Six can bounce back after last weekend's losses.
A Quick Look Back: SO much happened this week!
🏆 Chelsea FA Cup Champs: Remember when I was HYPED for the FA Cup Finals last weekend? Well the match DELIVERED! And with a hint of Canada in the mix. Chelsea defeated Arsenal 3-0, marking the first time the club clinched a domestic treble. London, Ont. native Jessie Fleming played the FULL 90 at Wembley Stadium to help Chelsea get the W. Chelsea has now won three Women's FA Cup victories in five appearances. What. A. MOMENT.
👏 WTA Hardware: I love that we get to talk about tennis! I've missed it. And now we've got tournaments all month long before we wrap up 2021. That also means... The awards are OUT! It's no surprise Australian Ashleigh Barty won Player of the Year. She has been AMAZING! Other award winners include: Emma Raducanu as Newcomer of the Year, Barbora Krejcikova as MIP, Carla Suárez Navarro as Comeback Player of the Year, and Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova for as the Team of the Year.
😔 Out of Play Updates: OK... This news hurts. Sorry - really not trying to bring down the mood on a Friday, but I have to drop the facts. I bet you were excited to see Serena Williams and Bianca Andreescu in the 2022 Australian Open. So was I!!! But they will not be participating. Williams had to withdraw after advice from her medical team and Andreescu explained needing to take time off to focus on herself, reset, and train (check out her tweet below). AND there's a big blow in the NCAA world with UConn losing sophomore Paige Bueckers for six to eight weeks. Bueckers suffered a tibial plateau fracture in her left knee.
⚽️ A Canadian Expansion?!?: Let's end with some happy news! Our soccer sense is tingling up north... Could this be true? Is the Women's Premier Soccer League expanding to include Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal? This video sure got me excited.
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