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2014 Winter Olympics preview Day 11 Canadian edition

Mike Riddle
Mike Riddle
Streeter Lecka, Getty Images

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
Silver--Omar Visintin--Italy
Bronze--Markus Schairer--Austria

Women's alpine skiing giant slalom (2nd run, CBC, 2:00 a.m.):

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

Men's 15km biathlon mass start (Sportsnet, 3:30 a.m.):

Gold--Tarej Boe--Norway
Silver--Martin Fourcade--France
Bronze--Odrej Moravec--Czech Republic

Women's 3000m short track speed skating relay (TSN, 4:00 a.m.):

Silver--South Korea

Men's large hill nordic combined (cross country skiing portion, Sportsnet, 5:00 a.m.):

Gold--Eric Frenzel--Germany
Silver--Akito Watabe--Japan
Bronze--Jason Lamy Chappuis--France

Men's 10000m speed skating (TSN. 6:00 a.m.):

Gold--Jorrit Bergsma--Netherlands
Silver--Sven Kramer--Netherlands
Bronze--Bob De Jong--Netherlands

Men's Halfpipe Skiing (Sportsnet, 6:30 a.m.):

Gold--David Wise--United States
Silver--Mike Riddle--Canada
Bronze--Kevin Rolland--France

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