Fri, September 20, 2013

Canada today: Day 10 Preview

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency


Canada's Christine Sinclair celebrates scoring on a free kick over Britain in the women's quarterfinal soccer match in Coventry at the City of Coventry stadium at the London 2012 Olympic Games August 3, 2012. (REUTERS)


LONDON - Big at the Games

The American Dream Team meets the Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Argentina at the Basketball Arena. Argentina is led by a trio of NBA players Luis Scola, Manu Ginobli and Carlos Delfino.

Big for Canada

Canada needs a big game from both Christine Sinclair and Melissa Tancredi when it faces the United States, the reigning Olympic champion, in a women’s soccer semifinal at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United. The stadium is also known as the Theatre of Dreams, but both teams ultimately want to fulfill their ambitions in the gold medal match on Aug. 9 at Wembley Stadium. The last time Canada upset the U.S. was at the 2001 Algarve Cup in Portugal by a 3-0 score.

Elsewhere

Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, Ont., is in the men’s K1 1,000M kayak, while Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, Ont. is in the men’s 1,000M canoe event at Eton Dorney.

At Olympic Stadium, Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., Nikkita Holder of East York, Ont., and Phylicia George of Scarborough, Ont., are in the women’s 100M hurdles. Julia Labonte of Ste Justine, Que., competes in women’s shot put. Geoffrey Harris of Halifax (800M), Hilary Stellingwerff of Victoria and Nicole Sifuentes of Winnipeg (1,500M) and Crystal Emmanuel of Scarborough, Ont. (200M).

Canada’s equestrian team — Jill Henselwood of Oxford, Ont., Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, Ont., and Ian Millar of Perth, Ont., — compete for a medal at Greenwich Park.

Boxer Mary Spencer of Windsor, Ont. faces Li Jinzi of China in women’s middleweight quarterfinals at ExCel. In the men’s tournament, Simon Kean of Montreal faces Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan in a quarterfinal super heavyweight bout.

Divers Alexandre Despatie of Montreal and Francois Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que. are in the men’s 3M springboard preliminary at the Aquatics Centre.

 

Trivia

The U.S. women’s soccer team includes Sydney Leroux, who was born in Surrey, B.C., has dual citizenship and chose to play for the U.S. instead of Canada. Leroux was formerly engaged to marry Toronto Blue Jay and 2008 Olympian Brett Lawrie of Langley, B.C.