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2014 Winter Olympic alpine skiing predictions

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According to the Alpine Canada website, Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Quebec will be competing in all five alpine skiing disciplines at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Gagnon, at 24 years of age, is Canada's best chance in 2014 of breaking a 20 year Olympic drought in alpine skiing. No Canadian has won an Olympic medal in alpine skiing since Edi Podivinsky won a bronze medal in the men's downhill at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer.

Gagnon's best chance for an Olympic medal will be in the alpine super combined. Gagnon is currently in first place in the World Cup alpine super combined standings this year, and won a race in Austria on January 12.

One area of concern however for Gagnon is experience, as she will be up against a powerful Austrian side led by Nicole Hosp and Michaela Kirchgasser. The other thing that will go against Gagnon is the fact she will be the only Canadian skier in the combined, and will not get information from teammates like the European nations will have at their disposal.

On the men's side, Ted Ligety and Bode Miller have had fine seasons to date and each have a legitimate chance on landing on the podium for the United States two times each. Other skiers who have a great chance of being on the podium twice are Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, Marcel Hirschner of Austria and Alexis Pinturault of France.

Here are my alpine skiing Olympic predictions:

Men's Downhill (February 9)

Gold--Aksel Lund Svindal--Norway
Silver--Bode Miller--United States
Bronze--Adrien Theaux--France

Men's Slalom (February 21)

Gold--Felix Neureuther--Germany
Silver--Marcel Hirscher--Austria
Bronze--Mario Matt--Austria

Men's Giant Slalom (February 19)

Gold--Marcel Hirscher--Austria
Silver--Ted Ligety--United States
Bronze--Alexis Pinturault--France

Men's Super Giant Slalom (February 16)

Gold-- Aksel Lund Svindal--Norway
Silver--Bode Miller--United States
Bronze--Otmar Striedinger--Austria

Men's Super Combined (February 14)

Gold--Ted Ligety--United States
Silver--Alexis Pinturault--France
Bronze--Marcel Hirscher--Austria

Women's Downhill (February 12)

Gold--Maria Hoefl-Riesch--Germany
Silver--Tina Weirather--Liechtenstein
Bronze--Tina Maze--Slovenia

Women's Slalom (February 21)

Gold--Mikaela Shiffrin--United States
Silver--Frida Hansdotter--Sweden
Bronze--Maria Pietilae-Holmner--Sweden

Women's Giant Slalom (February 18)

Gold--Anna Fenninger--Austria
Silver--Kathrin Zettel--Austria
Bronze--Tessa Worley--France

Women's Super Giant Slalom (February 15)

Gold--Anna Fenninger--Austria
Silver--Tina Weirather--Liechtenstein
Bronze--Maria Hoefl-Riesch--Germany

Women's Super Combined (February 10)

Gold--Michaela Kirchgasser--Austria
Silver--Nicole Hosp--Austria
Bronze--Tina Maze--Slovenia



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