Start the week with the Big Air Final, speed skating FINALS tomorrow, TONS of skiing AND MORE!
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Snowboarding - Big Air Final
Make sure those bindings are secure… it’s time for Big Air! The snowboard Big Air FINAL is taking place at Genting Snow Park on Monday evening.
We’re about to see some HUGE tricks and progression! And for the female snowboarders, the 1260 is the name of the game. Any athlete who hopes to win Olympic gold will almost certainly have to attempt one.
New Zealand snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott topped the Big Air qualifier event, while U.S. athlete Jamie Anderson's quest for Games glory at Beijing ended early after the two-time Olympic gold medallist failed to qualify for the finals.
Sadowski-Synnott extended her dominant performance in Beijing by delivering the best single score of 91.00 with a stellar frontside double cork 1080 in her third run, drawing cheers from the crowd in the Shougang venue that was showered with some fresh snow the day before.
Canada's Laurie Blouin and Jasmine Baird also cleared the Big Air qualifying round sooooo keep an eye out for them in the final! 🇨🇦
Cross Country Skiing - Team Sprint Final
Skiing in Beijing continues this week as the Women’s Cross Country Team events take place back to back Wednesday morning.
Teams consist of two athletes who alternate legs, skiing three legs each. Each Olympics, the event switches from Classical style skiing to Freestyle skiing – this time around it’s Classical.
The teams will compete in a semifinal, and then the top three teams from each semi will advance to the final, along with the four fastest “lucky losers.” The first team to complete the six laps is the winner.
Canada has yet to medal in this event – the only three cross-country skiing medals to ever be won for Team Canada were for individual events. They also all happen to be won by women – so will the Canadian Cross Country Ski team add another medal into the mix?
Figure Skating - Women’s Short Program
One of the most anticipated events of the Winter Olympics continues this week as the Women’s Singles Figure Skating Short Program event gets underway. Skaters perform two programs, one short and one free program, for a combined score.
Representing Canada after skating them into the Team Final is Madeline Schizas of Oakville, Ontario. She was able to score her personal best to reach the final, although Team Canada was unable to medal in the event.
Now she competes alone in her first Olympic Women’s Singles event of her career. She is currently the top ranked Women’s Singles skater in Canada, and won her first national championship in 2022.
Madeline will be up against figure skating powerhouses from the United States and the Russian Olympic Committee, who won silver and gold in the team event. Kamila Valieva, who broke records by landing two quad jumps in the team event, is expected to be a favourite – a decision was made about her doping scandal on Monday morning and she will skate in the event. Though if she wins, there will be no medal ceremony.
Alpine Skiing - Women’s Downhill
Snow finally fell on the Beijing Winter Olympics anndddd it’s a bit of a problem for some events.
Heavy snowfall disrupted Olympic events over the weekend and in response, organizers postponed training for the women’s downhill. BUT as long as weather conditions don’t get in the way, the race is still a go for Monday night.
The downhill event is super fun to watch. Athletes get one chance to make their mark in the competition. And unlike the other alpine skiing events, downhill stresses the six components of skill, courage, speed, danger, physical condition and judgement.
Mikaela Shiffrin will be competing in the women’s downhill events, after finishing 9th in the Super G. The fact that Shiffrin finished the Super G race could be the confidence boost she needs to perform at her best in the downhill.
Italy’s Sofia Goggia will also be competing in the women’s Downhill. After a crash that left Goggia with knee and leg injuries last month, Goggia is hoping to make her mark on the hill. Will she beat fellow Italian Federica Brignone on Monday? We’ll see!
ALSO keep an eye out for Canada’s Marie-Michele Gagnon. She was the top Canadian in the Super G event and although she placed just outside of the top 10, it was a great performance! I’m excited to see how Gagnon does in the Downhill.
📺 Must-see Event: Speed Skating - Team Pursuit Final
Four years ago, Team Japan took over this event in record-breaking fashion. The Japanese women broke the Olympic speedskating team pursuit record back then. It went from 2 minutes 53.89 seconds to 2:53.61 in just the quarterfinal round. The two sisters, Miho and Nana Takagi, as well as Ayano Sato also set the WORLD RECORD — 2:50.76 — in 2020. So clearly Japan has been making their presence known in this discipline.
Some of the teams participating in this year’s Speed Skating Team Pursuit Finals are Norway, People's Republic of China, Belarus, and Poland. Norway and People's Republic of China will meet in Final ‘C’ and Belarus will race Poland in the Final ‘D’ matchup.
In the Team Pursuit Semifinal ‘1’, we’ll see ROC race Japan and in Semifinal ‘2’ Netherlands and Canada. The winning team of each race advances to Final A – the gold medal event – and the two losing teams will race in Final B.
All of this is going down TONIGHT (literally at night), so go to bed EARLY this evening and set those alarms because this is going to be worth it! This speedy action begins at 1:30 am ET Tuesday with the finals at 2:20 am ET and you can catch it all on CBC Sports and CBC Gem.
🍁 Canada Watch 👀
TOTAL MEDAL COUNT || Women: 5 | Men: 7 | Mixed Team: 3
RACK ‘EM UP, BABYYYYY! I love medal talk… And we’ve got MORE!!! 🎊
It might be another bronze, but I don’t care. It’s a MEDAL! LET’S GOOOO! Christine de Bruin claimed the bronze medal in monobob with a time of 4:21.03. She has now stamped her Canadian mark on the first-ever Olympic monobob race. 👏 The 32-year-old looked on her way to winning silver before the fourth run, but a strong finish from American Elana Meyers Taylor pushed her down to bronze. This is the second Olympics for de Bruin, who in the past four years began cementing herself as a podium contender in the monobob.
ALSO!!! Canadian-now-American pilot Kaillie Humphries WON the monobob event and achieved her third career gold medal.
Also grabbing a bronze medal over the weekend were Eliot Grondin and Meryeta O'Dine in the Mixed Team Snowboard Cross. This duo also left their mark on a first-ever Olympic event. The pair finished 23.20 seconds behind Team U.S.A. who won gold, and Italy finished with silver. This was the SECOND medal for BOTH of them at the Beijing Winter Olympics. Grondin won the silver in the men's snowboard cross and O'Dine earned bronze in the women's snowboard cross. Talk about being on FIYYYAAA! 🔥🔥🔥 More of these moments please ⬇️:
🥉 BRONZE - Count: 7
Isabelle Weidemann (Speed Skating - Women's 3000-metre)
Kim Boutin (Short Track Speed Skating - Women’s 500-metre)
Team Canada (Ski Jumping - Mixed Team)
Meryeta O’Dine (Snowboard Cross)
Team Canada (Aerials - Mixed Team)
Team Canada (Snowboard Cross - Mixed Team)
Christine de Bruin (Monobob - Women’s)
🥈 SILVER - Count: 1
Isabelle Weidemann (Speed Skating - Women's 5000-metre)
🥇 GOLD - Count: Not yet, but we got this!
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