The spotlight on Monday at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi for Canadian sports fans will be the Iceberg Skating Palace. Canadian figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of London, Ontario (the reeigning Olympic champions) will be in a huge battle for a gold medal with American world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
After the short program on Sunday, Davis and White have a slim 2.56 point lead on Virtue and Moir, and it is expected the Canadians will have to skate perfect and hope for an American mistake to defend their Olympic gold. Another interesting tidbit is that Davis and White along with Virtue and Moir both train out of Detroit and are each coached by Russian Marena Zueva. The long program will be Monday (8:00 a.m., TSN).
Women's hockey will have their semi-finals on Monday. The Canadians will look to repeat their outstanding round robin performance against Switzerland (CBC, 10:00 a.m.), while Sweden will play the United States in the other semi-final (CBC, 5:30 a.m.).
In bobsled, Justin Kripps of Vancouver and Bryan Barnett of Edmonton currently sit in fourth place after the first two runs and are eight one hundredths of a second back of the United States heading into run three (Sportsnet One, 7:30 a.m.).
In men's aerials, Travis Gerrits of Milton, Ontario won a World Cup competition in Beijing this past December and could be in the hunt for a medal (Sportsnet, 10:30 a.m). However, he will be up against four very powerful aerialists from China, and an Olympic medal might just be too difficult to win.
While in curling, Jennifer Jones will battle South Korea (TSN2, 8:00 a.m.) to complete their round robin schedule before the playoffs start.
Here are the events that will be decided on Monday with my pre-Olympic medal projections. All times mountain.:
Men's snowboard cross (CBC, 2:30 a.m.):
Gold--Nick Baumgartner--United States
Men's 15km mass start biathlon (CBC, 4:30 a.m.):
Bronze--Odrej Moravec--Czech Republic
Men's aerials (Sportsnet, 6:30 a.m.):
Men's two-man bobsled (Sportsnet One, 7:30 a.m.):
Gold--Beat Hefti/Alex Baumann--Switzerland
Silver--Steven Holcomb/Chris Fogt--United States
Bronze--Alexander Zubkov/Alexey Voevoda--Russia
Women's 12.5 km mass start biathlon (Sportsnet, 8:00 a.m.):
Ice Dancing (TSN, 8:00 a.m.):
Gold--Meryl Davis/Charlie White--United States
Silver--Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir--Canada
Bronze--Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev--Russia
Men's team ski jumping (Sportsnet One, 10:00 a.m.):