Women's hockey, ice dance highlight Canada's action in Day 11 of Sochi Games
Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 02:30 pm
SOCHI, Russia - Five things to watch on Day 11 of the Sochi Olympics:
SHELLING SCHELLING — Expect Canada's offence to show Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling a lot of rubber in Monday's Olympic women's hockey semifinal. Schelling was in goal when the teams met in the round-robin and faced 69 shots. She held her own though, making 64 saves in a 5-0 loss. Canada is looking for its fourth Olympic gold medal in a row.
RIVALRY RENEWED — Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will face off with American rivals Meryl Davis and Charlie White one last time in Monday's free dance. Virtue and Moir defeated Davis and White for the gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games. But the Americans have been the better pair of late and lead by 2.56 points after the short dance.
QUEST FOR PERFECTION — Jennifer Jones and her Winnipeg rink can finish the round-robin of the women's Olympic curling tournament with a perfect record of they beat South Korea. No women's curling team has accomplished the feat so far. Even if she loses, Jones has clinched top seed heading into the playoffs.
SET TO SOAR — Travis Gerrits of Milton, Ont., will carry Canada's hopes in the men's aerials. The 22-year-old has performed well previously on the world stage. He was second in aerials at the 2013 world championships in Voss, Norway, and sixth in the 2011 world event in Deer Valley, Utah. He has also won a World Cup aerials title.
LUCKY NO. 3 — Justin Kripps of Summerland, B.C., and Bryan Barnett of Edmonton have a medal within their reach in the two-man bobsled. They piloted their Canada 3 sled to fourth place after two runs, 0.44 seconds behind leader Alexander Zubkov. The Canada 2 sled driven by Chris Spring of Calgary is eighth while Canada's top contender, Lyndon Rush of Humboldt, Sask., in Canada 1 is ninth heading into the final two runs.