Preview: Jaysey-Jay looks for great finish

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER — The last full day of competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics could also be the last day you’ll see snowboarder Jaysey-Jay Anderson and his durable ski socks.

The 34-year-old from Mont-Tremblant, Que. is the top-ranked parallel giant slalom racer in the world and the defending world champion. He has worn the same pair of purple socks in competition since Nagano 1998.

“I’m definitely racing race-day with my old socks, probably just for nostalgic reasons,” Anderson said.

It will be the last event at Cypress Mountain. VANOC’s most challenging venue has been the most profitable for Canada, producing three golds and two silvers. Anderson was fifth in snowboard cross and 20th in parallel giant slalom at Turin four years ago.

“It quite possibly could be my last event. I’m still sitting 50/50 on whether I’m going to finish the season,” Anderson said. “It’s in front of a home crowd and there is no better way to stop or sum up a career.”

Edmonton’s Kevin Martin will see the flag of a familiar foe when he leads Canada into the men’s curling final. The Salt Lake 2002 silver medallist lost that final to Pal Trulsen of Norway. This time Trulsen is the coach of the Thomas Ulsrud-skipped side with the loud slacks.

“This is Canada so there will be 5,000 fans for Canada and about 500 for Norway,” Ulsrud said. “But the good thing about Norwegian fans is that you’ll be able to recognize them. They’ll all be wearing funny pants.”

Martin is not only going for gold but a perfect 10-0 record against the 7-2 Norwegians. Sweden’s Niklas Edin faces Switzerland’s Ralph Stoeckli for the bronze.

North Vancouver-born Mike Janyk has the last, best chance to salvage what has been a horrible ski season for Canada. Janyk grew up on the slopes of Whistler Creekside and was 17th in slalom at Turin 2006.

Cross-country skier Sara Renner of Golden, B.C. is in her fourth Olympics and has one more chance to be golden in the 30-km race. The Turin silver medallist’s best result of the 2010 Games was seventh in team sprint. In Turin, she won silver. Turin sprint gold medallist Chandra Crawford is also entered.

Speed skating concludes at the Richmond Olympic Oval with men’s and women’s pursuits. Bobsledding pilots Pierre Lueders and Lyndon Rush will conclude the four-man competition at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca

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