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Final Olympic tuneups are upon us
The weekend is already off to begin for Canada’s winter Olympic athletes. Ski cross racer Kevin Drury captured a silver medal in at present’s World Cup males’s race in Alberta, while Mirela Rahneva took bronze within the World Cup skeleton season finale in Switzerland. She’ll head to Beijing ranked eighth after incomes Canada’s solely two medals of the season (each bronze).
Here’s what else to look out for this weekend with the Olympic opening ceremony simply three weeks away and several other Canadian standouts competing for the final time earlier than Beijing:
Drury can win his second medal in as many days
Another set of males’s and girls’s ski cross occasions is being held Saturday in Alberta. While Drury appears to maintain the momentum from at present’s podium efficiency going, other Canadian stars will attempt to do higher. Reigning Olympic males’s champion Brady Leman and defending World Cup champ Reece Howden have been each eradicated within the quarter-finals at present. In the ladies’s occasion, 2014 Olympic gold medallist Marielle Thompson additionally misplaced within the quarters, while 2018 silver medallist Brittany Phelan could not get previous the semis.
Saturday’s races begin at 2:15 p.m. ET. Then there’s yet one more World Cup cease earlier than the Olympics, subsequent week in Sweden. But Canada’s Olympic athletes are more likely to skip it with their journeys to Beijing so shut and all people seeking to keep away from COVID-19 an infection proper now.
Mikaël Kingsbury is on a severe roll
The Canadian moguls famous person hit a couple of bumps earlier this season, shedding his World Cup result in Japan’s Ikuma Horishima. But Kingsbury is again on top and using a three-competition successful streak after beating Horishima yesterday at Utah’s Deer Valley. That was Kingsbury’s one hundredth profession World Cup podium and 71st victory. He’s on monitor to seize his tenth consecutive World Cup moguls season title and is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Olympic champion in Beijing.
Kingsbury and Horishima are battling for the final time earlier than the Olympics at present at Deer Valley. The occasion began at 4 p.m. ET. If you are studying this in time, watch it stay right here.
Canada’s Olympic bobsleigh contenders can end sturdy
The World Cup season finale is going on in Switzerland, where bobsledders have one final likelihood to construct momentum for the Olympics. First up is the ladies’s monobob, which begins Saturday at 3 a.m. ET. Canada’s Christine de Bruin ranks fourth within the World Cup chase and has a pair of victories underneath her belt. Cynthia Appiah is 2 spots behind her on the power of three podium appearances. They each appear like sturdy medal contenders for the Olympic debut of this occasion, which has been delightfully unpredictable this season. A tiny variety of factors separates the sixth-ranked Appiah from second place, with former Canadian group star Kaillie Humphries (now racing for the U.S.) a part of that combine in third. Even the chief, American Elana Meyers Taylor, might fall from her perch if she has an off day.
De Bruin can also be an Olympic medal risk within the two-woman occasion with brakewoman Kristen Bujnowski. They’ve gained 4 World Cup bronze medals this season, plus a third-place end within the Olympic check occasion in Beijing. The Canadians rank third within the World Cup standings heading into the ultimate race, which goes Sunday at 3 a.m. ET. Read extra about how they’re making ready for the Olympics in this story by CBC Sports’ Doug Harrison.
On the boys’s aspect, Canadian pilot Justin Kripps is an extended shot to repeat the Olympic gold medal he gained within the two-man occasion in 2018. The man he tied for the title, Germany’s Francesco Friedrich, has gained six of the seven World Cup races this season. But Kripps ought to contend for the rostrum once more in Beijing. He ranks third after successful three bronze medals this season. The two-man race goes Saturday at 7 a.m. ET.
Kripps additionally has shot at an Olympic medal within the four-man. He’s second within the World Cup chase after making it to the rostrum 3 times to date this season. Unfortunately, Friedrich is by some means much more dominant on this occasion. He’s gained all seven races. The four-man goes Sunday at 7 a.m. ET.
How to observe:
Everything talked about above is being live-streamed on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem. Those platforms are additionally carrying one of many jewels of the alpine snowboarding season — the World Cup males’s races on the revered Lauberhorn mountain in Wengen, Switzerland. There’s a downhill race Saturday at 6:30 a.m. ET, adopted by a slalom Sunday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Plus, you’ll be able to stream World Cup luge, snowboard (slopestyle and halfpipe) and freestyle ski halfpipe occasions. See the complete schedule right here.
Saturday’s Road to the Olympic Games present on the CBC TV community options ski cross, moguls, snowboard slopestyle and the Lauberhorn males’s downhill. Watch it from 1-6 p.m. ET. Sunday’s present options bobsleigh and skeleton. Watch it from 1-2 p.m. in your native time.
Alphonso Davies will miss Canada’s subsequent three World Cup qualifying matches as a consequence of a coronary heart situation. The soccer famous person has been identified with myocarditis, an irritation of the center muscle. It was detected within the follow-up examination carried out by his membership, Bayern Munich, when Davies returned to coaching Wednesday after a bout with COVID-19. Viruses, together with the one that causes COVID-19, are thought-about a possible explanation for myocarditis. Bayern’s supervisor stated Davies’ case seems delicate, however he’ll be sidelined for a couple of weeks. The Canadian nationwide group officially dominated Davies out at present for all three matches within the upcoming World Cup qualifying window. The first one is Jan. 27 in Honduras, adopted by a giant showdown with the United States in Hamilton, Ont., on Jan. 30, then a go to to El Salvador on Feb. 2. Losing Davies for this stretch is hard, however Canada has put itself in nice place to succeed in this 12 months’s World Cup in Qatar by hovering to the top of its regional qualifying desk with six matches left. The top three groups will obtain a ticket to Qatar, and the fourth-place group can nonetheless get in by successful a one-match intercontinental playoff. The second-place U.S. is a troublesome opponent within the upcoming window, however El Salvador and Honduras are the 2 worst groups within the standings. The ultimate window is in late March. Read extra about Davies’ coronary heart downside right here.
Novak Djokovic seems to be getting the boot from Australia. The defiantly unvaxxed tennis star is as soon as once more dealing with deportation after the nation’s immigration minister exercised his energy to revoke Djokovic’s visa for not complying with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for overseas guests. Djokovic and his legal professionals are interesting — a transfer that labored final week when his unique deportation order was overturned. If they’re unsuccessful this time, the world No. 1 will miss the Australian Open, which begins Monday. Djokovic has gained it 9 instances, together with the final three in a row. He wants yet one more Grand Slam singles title to interrupt a tie with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the all-time males’s file. Read extra in regards to the latest developments within the Djokovic/Australia saga right here.
Something else to take a look at
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