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While you were sleeping
So, that Russian curler who was suspected of doping before you drifted off last night? Aleksandr Krushelnitckii was formally charged with using a banned substance after his B-sample came back positive for meldonium. Krushelnitckii and his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova won bronze in the mixed doubles curling, but officials say there will be a hearing soon and they could be stripped of their medal.
Which brings us to a related topic: How the IOC said they might let The Olympic Athletes from Russia use their official flag and uniform at the closing ceremony. After this news, it doesn’t sound like that would be a welcome prospect among the other Olympic athletes, especially Canadian luger Sam Edney, who missed out on bronze in Sochi to a Russian who was later given a lifetime ban for doping.
The IOC has yet to deliver a verdict on how the OAR will march in the closing, but you can’t imagine their initial suggestion will be very popular.
There is a chance that everybody has had the same nightmare, the one where you end up naked in a public place. Gabriella Papadakis had hers at the Olympics on Monday. She wasn’t asleep, she was aghast.
The French ice dancer and her partner Guillaume Cizeron, who came into the Games as gold medal threats, were mere seconds into their short program when her dress started to come apart. Literally.
“There were some snaps on her neck and it was sewn also and it just got undone on the second move,” said their coach Marie-France Dubreuil. “So Guillaume is holding her by the neck. He probably ripped it on the way up. You know sometimes in competition you have a little bit more adrenaline and more power in your body than you normally have.” – Dan Barnes
PLEASE STOP TALKING
Mike Milbury added to the growing list of NBC gaffes on Saturday when discussing hockey player Slava Voynov, who is part of the Olympic Athletes from Russia. Voynov hasn’t played in the NHL since 2014 because he was suspended indefinitely after he was convicted of domestic abuse. When Voynov’s past was brought up, Milbury added: “He left a huge void in the Los Angeles Kings’ defense, otherwise may have gone on to win more than the championships they did already. This guy was a special player, and an unfortunate incident left the Los Angeles Kings without a great defenceman.”
Unfortunate is probably not the best choice of word to describe this situation. Anyway, like all the NBC greats at these Olympics, he apologized.
Bobsleigh: Men’s two-man heats 3 and 4
6 a.m. (TSN1,3,4)
Through two of four runs, Justin Kripps and Alex Kopacz’s combined time of 1:38.49 has them in line to win silver for Canada. They’re sandwiched between two German sleds, 0.10 seconds off the pace of Christian Poser and Nico Walther and 0.09 ahead of Johannes Lochner and Christopher Weber. Canada’s other pairs, Christopher Spring-Lascelles Brown and Nick Poloniato-Jesse Lumsden, enter the day tied for 10th, 0.57 seconds back of first place and 0.38 seconds outside of the medals.
Figure skating: Ice dance free dance
8 p.m. (TSN1,3,4)
It’s the last time you’ll see Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir at the Olympics, since they are retiring after Pyeongchang. They definitely left an impression after the short program beating their own world record with a score of 83.67 points. What will their finale look like?
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Canadians in action
Justin Kripps-Alexander Kopacz, Christopher Spring-Lascelles Brown and Nick Poloniato-Jesse Lumsden men’s two-man heats 3 and 4, 6:15 a.m.
Kevin Koe rink vs. Japan, men’s round robin, 7:05 p.m.
Rachel Homan rink vs. China, women’s round robin, 12:05 a.m. Tuesday
Tessa Virtue-Scott Moir, Kaitlyn Weaver-Andrew Poje and Piper Gilles-Paul Poirier, ice dance free dance, 8 p.m.
Rosalind Groenewoud and Cassie Sharpe, women’s halfpipe finals, 8:30 p.m.
Noah Bowman, Simon d’Artois and Mike Riddle, men’s halfpipe qualifying, 11 p.m.
Canada vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia, women’s semifinal, 7:10 a.m.
Short track speed skating
Kim Boutin, Valerie Maltais and Marianne St-Gelais, women’s 1,000m heats, 5 a.m. Tuesday
Samuel Girard and Charles Hamelin, men’s 500m heats, 5:45 a.m. Tuesday
Ivanie Blondin, Josie Morrison, Keri Morrison and Isabelle Weidemann, women’s team pursuit quarter-finals, 6 a.m.
Alex Boisvert-Lacroix, Laurent Dubreuil and Gilmore Junio, men’s 500m, 6:53 a.m.
5:45 a.m. Speed skating: Women’s team pursuit quarter-finals and men’s 500m final Sportsnet
6 a.m. Speed skating: Women’s team pursuit quarter-finals CBC
6 a.m. Bobsleigh: Men’s two-man heats TSN1,3,4
6 a.m. Curling: Round robin TSN2
7 a.m. Hockey: Women’s semifinal, Canada vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia CBC and TSN5
8 a.m. Ski jumping: Men’s team large hill final Sportsnet (joined in progress)
8:45 a.m. Hockey: Women’s semifinal, Canada vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia TSN1,3,4 (joined in progress)
Noon Olympic hockey show CBC and TSN1,3,5
7 p.m. Curling: Men’s, Canada vs. Japan Sportsnet and SN One
8 p.m. Figure skating: Ice dance free dance TSN1,3,4
8:30 p.m. Freestyle skiing: Women’s halfpipe final CBC and TSN2
10 p.m. Hockey: Men’s playoffs CBC and TSN2
10:30 p.m. Figure skating: Ice dance free dance TSN5 (joined in progress)
10:45 p.m. Freestyle skiing: Men’s halfpipe qualifying Sportsnet and SN One
Midnight Curling: Women’s, Canada vs. China TSN1,3-5
1:45 a.m. Curling: Women’s, Canada vs. China CBC (joined in progress)
2:30 a.m. Hockey: Men’s playoffs CBC
3 a.m. Hockey: Men’s playoffs TSN1,3-5 (joined in progress)
4:45 a.m. Nordic combined: Ski jumping, large individual hill Sportsnet
5 a.m. Short track speed skating CBC
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