The twelfth day of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games on Wednesday is much anticipated for many Canadian hockey fans. It is now do or die in the Olympic hockey tournament and there is no doubt the Canadian Olympic men's hockey team must be stunned that their opponent will be Latvia and not Switzerland (CBC, 10:00 a.m.).
Team Canada will once again have Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens in between the pipes. It appears head coach Mike Babcock intended to have Price as his number one starter for quite some time. The Canadians are getting offense from their defense to start the tournament. Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings currently leads Canada with four goals and five points. Doughty has been so good for Canada, he leads all defensemen in the Olympic hockey tournament in goals (4) and points (5).
Team Canada will also be playing critical playoff games in Olympic curling. Canada will be up against Great Britain in women's semi-final action (CBC, 3:00 a.m.) and China in men's semi-final action (Sportsnet, 8:00 a.m.). Both Eve Muirhead of Great Britain and Liu Rui of China gave Canadian skips Jennifer Jones and Brad Jacobs stiff competition in the round robin and are very capable of knocking out Team Canada from gold medal contention.
In bobsled, Kaillie Humphries of Calgary and Heather Moyse of Summerside, Prince Edward Island seemed poised to win an Olympic medal. Even though they are 0.23 seconds back of Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams of the United States, they are a commanding 0.82 seconds on Belgium for a medal position. Don't be surprised if Humphries and Moyse will take some risks to get on to the top of the podium (Sportsnet One, 9:00 a.m.).
Here are the events that will be decided on Wednesday with my pre-Olympic predictions:
Men's giant slalom (CBC, 12: 00 a.m.):
Silver--Ted Ligety--United States
Men's parallel giant slalom snowboarding (CBC, 2:00 a.m.):
Women's parallel giant slalom snowboarding (CBC, 2:00 a.m.):
Women's cross country skiing team sprint (TSN, 2:15 a.m.):
Men's cross country skiing team sprint (TSN, 3:00 a.m.):
Women's 5000m speed skating (TSN2, 6:15 a.m.):
Gold--Martina Sablikova--Czech Republic
Mixed Biathlon (Sportsnet One, 7:30 a.m.):
Women's Bobsled (Sportsnet One, 9:00 a.m.):
Gold-Kaillie Humphries/Heather Moyse--Canada
Silver-Sandra Kiriasis/Franziska Fritz--Germany
Bronze--Elana Meyers/Aja Evans--United States