The 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi will officially close on Sunday, but is does not mean the day will not be electric for Canadian sports fans.
That is because the final day of the Olympic Winter Games is also the day of the Olympic gold medal game in men's hockey as Canada faces Sweden. How big is this game? Well, for Canada's semi-final game against the United States on Friday, classes stopped in many Canadian schools as students and teachers went to the gymnasium to watch the game. Now on Sunday, bars across the prairies in western Canada will be open very early in the morning (as early as 5 a.m.) to serve alcohol so Canadians can come together to watch Olympic glory. The game can be seen at 5 a.m. mountain time on CBC.
In cross country skiing (CBC, 12 a.m.), Alex Harvey of Saint-Ferreol, Quebec will represent Canada in the men's 50km mass start competition, which is considered the most prestigious cross country skiing event in the world. Harvey has had an 18th, 19th and DNF beside his name in individual events in Sochi, and an Olympic medal may seem too tough to ask even though he had a strong World Cup season.
Finally in bobsled, there is tension in Canada I going into Sunday's four-man competition. Canadian driver Chris Spring, who sits in 13th place after run two told the CBC on Saturday, he felt the reason why there were changes made to his team on Friday was because "the Canadian coaches lacked confidence in him." Cody Sorensen, Jesse Lumsden and Ben Coakwell moved from Spring to Justin Kripps for Saturday, and the move did not work as the Canadian team crashed and finished in last place.After the first two runs, Russia is in first with Latvia four one hundredths of a second back.
Here were my pre-Olympic predictions for the events that will be decided on Sunday:
Men's 50km cross-country skiing (CBC, 12 a.m.):
Men's four man bobsled (CBC, 3 a.m.):
Men's Hockey (CBC, 5 a.m.):