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Posted: 02/11/2014 2:24 PM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 02/11/2014 3:07 PM
SOCHI, Russia - Five things to watch for Wednesday at the Sochi Olympics:
THE RIVALRY — There are no meaningless games between Canada and the United States in women's hockey. The sport's powers meet in the round-robin finale with both teams having already locked up spots in the semifinals after unbeaten starts. The showdown is expected to a be preview of the gold-medal game.
PAIR OF STONES — Brad Jacobs desperately needs a win as Canada continues its men's curling campaign. Jacobs has a surprising 1-2 record heading into a game against Russia. Jennifer Jones meanwhile is cruising with a 2-0 record. She can stay unbeaten with a victory against Britain.
TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM — Denny Morrison will compete in the 1,000-metre speedskating race after his teammate dropped out. Gilmore Junio qualified for the event but gave up his spot for Morrison, who is Canada's best skater in the distance. Morrison had elected to skip the event until subbing in for Junio.
DOUBLE TIME — Justin Snith and Tristan Walker are considered medal threats in luge doubles. Snith and Walker won their first World Cup medal this season, but will need to compete with a powerful German team that includes reigning world champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt.
POSSIBLE PODIUM — A gold medal may be too much to ask but skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford could still make the podium in the pairs free program. Duhamel and Radford were fifth after the short program followed by teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch. The 2013 world champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov are overwhelming favourites to win gold.
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