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Posted: 02/9/2014 1:58 PM | Comments: 0
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SOCHI, Russia - Five things to watch for Monday at the Sochi Olympics:
BUMP AND JUMP — If Alexandre Bilodeau of Rosemere, Que., and Mikael Kingsbury of Deux-Montagnes, Que., continue their dominance, Canadians will be celebrating another 1-2 finish in moguls. The two skiers have dominated the World Cup circuit this season and Bilodeau is the defending champion after winning Canada's first gold medal four years ago in Vancouver.
HURRY HARD — Canadian skips Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg and Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., step into the hack as the curling competition gets underway. Jones opens play against China and Sweden as she tries to win Canada's first women's gold since 1998. Jacobs is trying to defend the gold medal Kevin Martin won in 2010. His first game is against Sweden.
THE BOYS ARE BACK — Sidney Crosby and the rest of Team Canada take the ice for the first time as they prepare for their Feb. 13 game against Norway. It may not be the most energetic practice ever considering many players wrapped up the NHL season Saturday then boarded planes for Sochi on Sunday. The Canadians, of course, are the defending Olympic champions.
SPEED DEMONS — Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., and the rest of the powerhouse short-track speedskating team compete in their first events. A double gold medallist in Vancouver, Hamelin will skate in the 1,500. It's not his best event — he was seventh four years ago in Vancouver — but any time he's on the ice he's a medal contender.
SECOND SHOT — Canadian biathlete Jean-Philippe Le Guellec will try to improve on his impressive fifth-place finish in the men's 10-kilometre sprint when he races in the 12.5-kilometre pursuit. Le Guellec is seeking the first Olympic medal for a Canadian male biathlete.
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