What to watch in Olympic sports this weekend

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Olympic places are up for grabs this weekend

Ten weeks before the official opening of the Beijing Games, the Olympic winter sports season has really taken off. Here are the main events taking place this weekend:

Canada’s Olympic men’s and women’s curling teams will be nominated.

Today is the last day of round robin practice in Saskatoon, and we already know a few things. Tracy Fleury (7-0) won first place in the women’s standings and a direct ticket to Sunday’s final. She will face the winner of Saturday’s semi-final between Jennifer Jones (5-2) and the one who comes out of the final round robin draw. It started at 3 p.m. ET (difficult timing for us), and defending Scotties champion Kerri Einarson (4-3) can clinch last playoff spot with a win over last-place Kelsey Rocque. If Einarson misses that, it gets complicated – there could be up to four teams tied at 4-4, triggering a tiebreaker on Saturday morning. Defending champion Rachel Homan will not be involved. At 2-5, she is eliminated. Check out the live scoreboard here and follow CBC Sports curling reporter Devin Heroux on Twitter for updates.

On the men’s side, Brad Gushue and Brad Jacobs are fighting for the automatic place in the final, as planned. They head to the final draw (8 p.m. ET) tied at 6-1 and both are guaranteed to advance to the playoffs. Gushue beat Jacobs head-to-head, so if he beats Mike McEwen tonight, he’ll go straight to the final. Defending champion Kevin Koe (5-2) has the indoor track on last place in the playoffs.

The semi-finals are on Saturday – women at 3 p.m. ET, men at 8 p.m. ET. The finals are Sunday – women at noon ET, men at 8 p.m. ET. Learn more about today’s results here. To concern This curling show with Devin Heroux and Colleen Jones live each night at 7 p.m. ET on the CBC Sports YouTube channel.

This is the last chance to qualify for the final of the Grand Prix in figure skating.

The way the Grand Prix works is that skaters can enter two of the six standard events on the circuit. When they are all completed, the top six from each discipline are invited to the Grand Prix final. Leading up to the regular season final, which kicked off today in Russia, the only Canadians to clinch a berth in the final were ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, who are Canada’s top prospect for a medal. figure skating at the Beijing Olympics.

The four Canadian inscriptions in Russia look outward. But two of them made it to the podium today. Roman Sadovsky (men) and Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen (ice dance) both placed third in their first round. Madeline Schizas was fifth in women, while Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro were seventh in pairs.

Beyond the Canadians, this stop is led by two groups of reigning Russian world champions – Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov (pairs), and Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov (dance). The women’s event is a battle between two Russians: Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who won silver at the world championships last season, and Kamila Valieva, 15. The latter took a head start today by setting a world record in the court. Learn more about today’s results and watch the highlights here.

The alpine ski season is really kicking off in Alberta.

After being taken off the calendar last year due to the pandemic, Lake Louise is once again hosting the first ‘speed’ races of the World Cup season – downhill and super-G, the sport’s flagship events. The first of two planned men’s runs was canceled today due to the weather. They will try again tomorrow, followed by a super-G on Sunday.

Women will follow the same schedule next week in Lake Louise. This weekend, they are in Vermont for a giant slalom on Saturday and a slalom on Sunday. American star Mikaela Shiffrin needs one more win in slalom to equal Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark’s record for most World Cup wins in a single discipline (he set it in giant slalom). Shiffrin was beaten in back-to-back slaloms last weekend in Finland by Slovakian Petra Vlhova, who in 2020-21 broke Shiffrin’s grip on the slalom season title and then won the overall crown in the la last season. It will be a fun rivalry to follow at the Olympics. Find out which Canadians to watch in Lake Louise in this story from CBC Sports’ Doug Harrison.

The Short Track Speed ​​Skating World Cup season is coming to an end.

It seems early, but yes, the fourth and last stop of the circuit takes place in the Netherlands. Canadian Pascal Dion is in position to win the men’s 1000m title. He leads the chase after reaching the podium in each of the first three races. Canada’s men’s relay team is also in first place after back-to-back wins. On the women’s side, Canada’s Courtney Sarault is fourth in the 1500 while triple 2018 Olympic medalist Kim Boutin is fourth in the 500.

This World Cup final is the last chance for Canadian skaters to secure Olympic entries for their country and build their personal record to be selected to compete in Beijing.

The ski and snowboard cross world cup seasons begin on the Beijing Olympic course.

Canada is particularly strong on the ski side, where veteran Brady Leman is the reigning men’s Olympic champion and 23-year-old Reece Howden the reigning Men’s World Cup champion. Kelsey Serwa retired after winning women’s Olympic gold in 2018. The finals of the men’s and women’s events will take place on Saturday at China’s Secret Garden complex.

Canada was excluded from the snowboard cross podium at the 2018 Olympics, but a young contender emerged last season. Éliot Grondin finished second in the men’s World Cup pursuit and won bronze at the world championships, all before he turned 20. The snowboard cross events at Secret Garden will be decided on Sunday.

How to watch:

Curling Trials are on TSN. Figure skating, short track, alpine skiing, and ski and snowboard cross events are all streamed live on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem. These platforms also host this week’s Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Luge World Cups. You can also watch several of these sports on the On the way to the Olympic Games broadcasts Saturdays and Sundays on the CBC television network. See the full program here.

Reunite with Mike McEwen at Olympic Trials and look to Beijing with John Shuster

Mike McEwen and John Shuster join That Curling Show to talk about the Olympics, and hosts Devin Heroux and Colleen Jones introduce you to your new favorite thing: the Margarita Curling Club. 38:45

Quick…

Three Canadian women are in contention for the most prestigious individual honor in soccer. Jessie Fleming, Ashley Lawrence and Christine Sinclair – who all helped Canada win Olympic gold last summer in Tokyo – are among the 20 nominees for the Women’s Ballon d’Or. The award recognizes the best player in the world during the calendar year, as voted on by football journalists. It has been around since 1956, although a female version was not added until 2018. Winners will be announced on Monday. Learn more about the Canadian and international nominees in this article by Signa Butler of CBC Sports.

Neither Italy nor Portugal will take part in the 2022 World Cup. The traditional soccer powers – and winners of the last two European championships – failed to win their qualifying groups, which would have given them a direct ticket to Qatar. Today they have been placed in the same section of the last-ditch knockout tournament that will decide Europe’s last three qualifiers. So, assuming Italy beat North Macedonia and Portugal overtake Turkey in the “Path C” semi-final, they will face off for a World Cup berth. Both rounds are knockout. The semi-finals will take place on March 24 and the finals on March 29. We also learned today that the make or die intercontinental playoffs for the team that finished fourth in Canada’s qualifying region will face a team from the Oceania region. Chances are it’s New Zealand, which is 70 places below Canada in the world rankings. It takes some of the pressure off, but the Canadians can avoid the playoffs altogether by finishing in the top three. With six matches to go, they are in first place. To learn more about Canada’s potential routes to the World Cup, click here.

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