A Preview of Day 8 in Vancouver

Ice Hockey
Friday will be all about the men as three games are on the schedule:
Sweden vs. Belarus
Czech Republic vs. Latvia
Finland vs. Germany

Both Canada’s men’s and women’s teams will look to go 4-0 on Friday as they both take on Denmark.

Kevin Martin’s rink has been breezing through the competition while Cheryl Bernard’s team has been clutch winning all their games by one point.

Mellissa Hollingsworth, who collected a bronze medal in Torino, will look to medal once again on home ice as heat’s three and four of men’s and women’s skeleton get played.  Other Canadian’s on the women’s side are Amy Gough and Michelle Kelly.

Torino silver medalist Jeff Pain leads a Canadian skeleton team attempting to medal once again in skeleton.

31-year-old Jon Montgomery who was ranked second in the world in 2008 will attempt to medal for the first time in the Olympics while, Toronto-native Michael Douglas competes in his first Olympics

Figure Skating
Canadian pairs of Vanessa Crone, Paul Poirier and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will compete in the Compulsory Ice Dance.

Virtue and Moir are a favourite to make the podium but will be in tough as France, Russia and the U.S. all have skaters targeting a medal finish.

Ski Jumping
Simon Ammann and Gregor Schlierenzauer continue their head-to-head battle as qualifications for the Long Hill Individuals begin on Friday.

Ammann won his second gold medal in his career on the normal hill on the weekend, while Schlierenzauer picked up bronze.

Mens Super-G
Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Erik Guay are Canada’s top contenders in Men’s Super G.

Guay finished fourth in Torino while Osbourne-Paradis is currently ranked seventh in the World Cup going into Vancouver.

Canadians Robbie Dixon and Jan Hudec will bank on familiarity with the Dave Murray downhill to make their presence felt as both skiers have practiced rigorously on the hill leading up to Vancouver.

Ladies 15km Pursuit
In 2006, Canadian Beckie Scott was the eventual gold medalist and former teammate Sara Renner will love nothing more than to follow in her footsteps in Vancouver.

Renner, who has been proclaimed by fellow skiers as a “game-day performer”, is Canada’s best shot at a medal in the pursuit.