The Edmonton sports scene has had very little to cheer about in recent years. The Edmonton Oilers an Edmonton Eskimos have been at the bottom of the NHL and CFL standings. Maybe an Olympic medal by someone (or two) from Edmonton will improve the overall sports psyche of the city. On Tuesday, Mike Riddle of Edmonton will try to capture Canada's 16th medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in men's halfpipe skiing, and Jessica Gregg of Edmonton will try to lead team Canada to a medal in the women's 3000m short track speed skating relay.
Riddle is the 2011 world champion and 2013 World Cup champion will face a stiff test from David Wise of the United States. Wise is the reigning world champion and has won the last two Winter X Games in the United States. Another Canadian who could join Riddle on the podium is Calgary's Justin Dorey, who won the World Cup circuit this year. But a poor Winter X Games does not make him an Olympic medal favourite. The qualifications go 6:45 a.m. mountain time on Sportsnet with the final at 10:30 a.m. on TSN.
Meanwhile in the women's 3000m short track speed skating relay finals (TSN, 4:00 a.m.), Gregg is joined by Marie-Eve Drolet of Chicoutimi, Quebec, Marianne St-Gelais of Roberval, Quebec, Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops, British Columbia and Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Quebec. The Canadians will try to get on to the podium in the event for the seventh straight Olympic Winter Games. They will be up against teams from South Korea, China and Italy.
Here are the events where medals will be decided on Tuesday with my pre-Olympic predictions:
Men's snowboard cross (TSN, 12:15 a.m.):
Gold--Nick Baumgartner--United States
Women's alpine skiing giant slalom (2nd run, CBC, 2:00 a.m.):
Men's 15km biathlon mass start (Sportsnet, 3:30 a.m.):
Bronze--Odrej Moravec--Czech Republic
Women's 3000m short track speed skating relay (TSN, 4:00 a.m.):
Men's large hill nordic combined (cross country skiing portion, Sportsnet, 5:00 a.m.):
Bronze--Jason Lamy Chappuis--France
Men's 10000m speed skating (TSN. 6:00 a.m.):
Bronze--Bob De Jong--Netherlands
Men's Halfpipe Skiing (Sportsnet, 6:30 a.m.):
Gold--David Wise--United States