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2014 Winter Olympics preview day 14 Canadian edition

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At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi on Thursday, Canada played the United States in an absolute classic in women's hockey. Canada will play the United States again on Friday, but this time it will be in the men's semi-finals action (CBC, 10:00 a.m.).

There has been a lot of talk about the lack of goal scoring from Team Canada, but head coach Mike Babcock has been very pleased with the play of the Canadian defense so far, who have found the back of the net themselves and have been great on the back end, as Canada has only given up three goals in four games.

In the other semi-final, Finland will play Sweden (TSN, 5:00 a.m.). in a battle of two elite goaltenders in Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins vs. Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. Expect a low scoring game here with goals coming at a premium.

In curling, Canada's Brad Jacobs is one win away from a gold medal in men's action (CBC, 6:30 a.m.) as Canada faces Great Britain's David Murdoch. In the round robin, a 7-5 Canada victory, Murdoch missed a double takeout attempt in the tenth end that would have seen Great Britain come away victorious.

Canada has an execllent chance of medalling in the women's ski cross (CBC, 2:30 a.m.). Mariellle Thompson of Vancouver, British Columbia is the reigning World Cup champion, while Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, British Columbia won a World Cup test event in Sochi last year.

In short track speed skating, Charle Cournoyer of Boucherville, Quebec and Olivier Jean of Repentigny, Quebec will look to medal in the men's 500m event (TSN, 9:30 a.m.). The pressure is on for Cournoyer and Jean to come away with hardware after medal favourite Charles Hamelin of Levis, Quebec fell in the heats.

Meanwhile in the women's 1000m short track speed skating (TSN, 9:45 a.m.), Marie-Eve Drolet of Chicoutimi, Quebec and Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Quebec will represent Canada in the quarterfinals. Maltais had the fastest time in the heats at 1:28.771, where she set an Olympic record.

Here are the events that will be decided on Friday with my pre-Olympic predictions. All times are mountain:

Women's ski cross (CBC, 2:30 a.m.):

Gold--Marielle Thompson--Canada
Silver--Fanny Smith--Switzerland
Bronze--Ophelie David--France

Women's slalom (Sportsnet, 5:45 a.m.):

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

Men's curling (CBC, 6:30 a.m.)

Gold--Sweden (will play China in the bronze medal game on TSN, 1:30 a.m.)
Silver--Canada
Bronze--Great Britain

Women's 4x6km biathlon (Sportsnet, 7:30 a.m.):

Gold--Germany
Silver--Ukraine
Bronze--Norway

Men's 500m short track speed skating (TSN, 9:30 a.m.):

Gold--Victor Ahn--Russia
Silver--Dajing Wu--China
Bronze--Charles Hamelin--Canada (eliminated from heats)

Women's 1000m short track speed skating (TSN, 9:45 a.m.):

Gold--Suk Hee Shim--South Korea
Silver--Alang Kim--South Korea
Bronze--Elise Christie--Great Britain

Men's 5000m short track speed skating relay (TSN, 11:15 a.m.):

Gold--Russia
Silver--Canada (eliminated in semi-finals)
Bronze--Netherlands

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