Don't Miss These Olympic Moments: Days 1-8

Forecasting February

The Vancouver Olympic Winter Games stretch 17 days of sport action at its greatest. Every day of the Games offers excitement for Canadian athletes, through tense qualification rounds and final rounds where any mistake could prove costly, where one landed triple loop, or one-100th of a second could mean the difference between fourth place and bronze. Or silver and gold.

Part one of this February forecast zeroes in on days 1 through 8, highlighting the key times on each day that you can watch Canadian athletes go for gold – or parade around a stadium. Get yourself decked out in red and cheer them on, wherever you might be.

(All times Pacific)

Feb. 12
• 6 p.m., Opening Ceremony – A spectacle to behold as Canadian culture is put on display for the world to see.

Feb. 13
• 10:45 a.m., ski jumping – Will a Canadian serve up a best-ever result in the individual final?
• 11:45 a.m., alpine – On the hills of Whistler, Manuel Osborne-Paradis will lead Canada in search of a men’s downhill medal.
• Noon, speed skating – The long-distance skaters face off in the 5,000-metre final.
• 1 p.m., biathlon – Zina Kocher leads the way into the 7.5 km women’s sprint.
• 7:18 p.m., short track – Canadians vie for a medal in the men’s 1,500-metre final.
• 7:30 p.m., freestyle skiing – Olympic champion Jenn Heil seeks to defend her 2006 moguls title.

Feb. 14
• 11:15 a.m., biathlon – Here in 10 km sprint, could a Canadian men’s biathlete win first-ever Olympic medal?
• 1 p.m., alpine – Canada’s talented ladies take to the hill for alpine’s super combined final.
• 1 p.m., speed skating – Speed skaters Kristina Groves and Clara Hughes race for medals in the 3,000 metres.
• 1:45 p.m., Nordic combined – Jason Myslicki and company embark on the 10 km medal event.
• 3 p.m., luge – Could Sam Edney, Jeff Christie or Ian Cockerline streak to the podium in this final run?
• 5:30 p.m., freestyle skiing – Alex Bilodeau leads the men’s moguls team into the finals.

Feb. 15
• 10 a.m., cross-country skiing: Sara Renner leads the ladies into the 10 km free race.
• 12:30 p.m., cross-country skiing: The men’s 15 km free race kicks off not long after.
• 3 p.m., snowboard: Drew Neilson et al have shots at medals in men’s snowboard cross finals.
• 5 p.m., figure skating: The first figure skating medals are won! It’s the pairs free skate, with Canada led by Bryce Davison and Jessica Dubé.
5:30 p.m., speed skating: The blistering 500-metre men’s final unfolds and Canada has serious shots at medals.

Feb. 16
• 10:30 a.m., biathlon: Canada’s women’s biathletes race against the world in pursuit.
• 12: 40 p.m., snowboard: Maëlle Ricker leads Canada into the ladies snowboard cross finals.
• 12: 45 p.m., biathlon: Jean-Philippe Le Guellec is Canada’s best-ever men’s medal hope, likely racing here in pursuit.
• 1:30 p.m., alpine: Another dramatic day in Whistler with the men’s super combined medal event.
• 2:30 p.m., luge: The final runs for Alex Gough, Regan Lauscher and Meghan Simister.
• 2:52 p.m., speed skating: Medal possibilities as the ladies race the 500 metres.

Feb. 17
• 11 a.m., alpine: Britt Janyk and company aim for a downhill medal on home soil.
• 1:45 p.m., cross-country skiing: Get set for a double blast of ladies and men’s sprint finals.
• 4 p.m., speed skating: Denny Morrison and Jeremy Wotherspoon are both medal threats in the 1,000 metres.
• 6 p.m., luge: Might the Moffat brothers have an Olympic medal in sight in their final doubles run?
• 7 p.m., short track: In 500 metres, Kalyna Roberge, Jessica Gregg and Marianne St-Gelais all sport some serious speed.
• 7:15 p.m., snowboard: Jeff Batchelor leads the lads onto the halfpipe at Cypress.

Feb. 18
• 10 a.m., biathlon: Canada’s women’s biathletes take to the snow again, in 15 km individual.
• 1 p.m., biathlon: Then the men strap on skis for their 20 km individual.
• 1 p.m., speed skating: A not-to-be-missed ladies 1,000 metres as Christine Nesbitt and Kristina Groves race one of their best events.
• 5 p.m., figure skating: A highlight night for sure as Patrick Chan aims for a medal in the men’s free skate.
• 6 p.m., snowboard: Flips and twists under the lights in the ladies halfpipe final.

Feb. 19
• 11:30 a.m., alpine: Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Erik Guay and Robbie Dixon are all capable of medals in the exciting super-G.
• 1 p.m., cross-country skiing: Canada’s talented ladies race for a medal in pursuit, the same event for which Beckie Scott memorably became Olympic champion in 2002.
• 4:45 p.m., skeleton: It’s the fourth and last run, where top medal threat Mellisa Hollingsworth looks to leap to the podium.
• 7:30 p.m., skeleton: Time for Jeff Pain and Jon Montgomery to suit up for their final run.

Times subject to change.