Top five things to watch for in Sochi on Wednesday

Canada's Denny Morrison will skate in place of his teammate in the 1,000-metres following a...

Canada's Denny Morrison will skate in place of his teammate in the 1,000-metres following a controversial switch. (AFP)

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Five things to watch on Wednesday:

Women's hockey

The Canada-U.S. rivalry has become one of the great story lines in the Winter Olympics over the past decade-plus, and it will only intensify Wednesday when the two teams clash in round-robin play at 7:30 a.m. EST. Canada is 2-0 so far in Sochi and has yet to allow a goal. That streak will certainly be at risk against the Americans.

Men's hockey

Anything involving the Canadian men's hockey team will make major news -- especially involving goaltending. Netminding is not exactly the strongest part of the roster, but it came as little surprise when coach Mike Babcock announced Wednesday morning that Carey Price will start the opening game against Norway on Thursday. Roberto Luongo will play the next day against Austria before Babcock & Co. decide who will be Canada's true No. 1 goalie.

More men's hockey

The tournament - probably the glamour event of the entire Sochi Games - kicks off Wednesday with two games at noon EST: Czech Republic vs. Sweden and Latvia vs. Switzerland. Even when Canada's not involved, the chance to watch NHL stars on the large international-sized ice should appeal to hockey fans nationwide.

Figure skating

The pairs figure skating free skate is set for 10:45 a.m. Wednesday and a podium finish isn't out of reach for Canada. After Tuesday's short program, Canadian pairs Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford and Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch are in fifth and sixth place respectively. Another Canadian duo, Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers, sit 13th.

Dropping out

Canadian speed skater Gilmore Junio gave up his spot in the 1,000-metre race, reportedly at the suggestion of his coaches, so the dominant Denny Morrison could race instead. Morrison had failed to qualify, but as Junio put it: "Denny has proven to be a consistent medal threat in the distance."

 

 


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