Five things to watch at the Sochi Games on Thursday:
The Jennifer Jones rink out of Winnipeg, undefeated so far in Sochi, will go for gold for Canada at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern) against Sweden. Jones & Co. made history by finishing the Olympic round-robin with a perfect record. Their reward will be, at worst, a silver medal in Sochi. The men's side goes for gold Friday.
To no surprise, it's Canada-U.S. playing for gold (and silver) in women's hockey at the Sochi Games. While the Americans won gold in 1998, the first Olympics to feature the sport, Canada has taken gold in the three Games since. Want to make it four, anyone?
The women's singles competition continues at 10 a.m. with Canada a long shot to win a medal. Heading into the free program, Kaetlyn Osmond sits in 13th with a score of 56.18. Skating star Yuna Kim of Korea is first at 74.92 followed by Adelina Sotnikova of Russia and Carolina Kostner of Italy.
No, Canada doesn't play today. Yes, it's the main thing most Canadian sports fans will be talking about anyway. Coach Mike Babcock's team plays the red-hot Americans Friday and one question looms large: Can Canada's alleged scorers finally bust loose against a U.S. team backstopped by arguably the world's best goalie, Jonathan Quick? We'll see in about 24 hours.
Brady Leman fell in the men's ski cross final at the Sochi Games early Thursday, losing what looked like a sure shot at an Olympic medal. Four years ago, the Calgary native broke his leg one day - ONE DAY - before the Vancouver Olympics began. His struggle, and fight to come back from it, is remarkable, even if it didn't have a fairytale ending.