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2014 Winter Olympics preview Day 3 Canadian edition

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On Monday, two Canadian men mogulists have an excellent opportunity to accomplish something that Canadian ladies mogulists Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal achieved on Saturday, and that is to stand on the top two places of the Olympic podium. According to the 2014 Sochi website, world champion Mikael Kingsbury of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec and reigning Olympic champion Alexandre Bilodeau of Montreal, Quebec will begin qualifying in men's moguls at 7:00 a.m. mountain time on Sportsnet with the finals at 11:00 a.m. on CBC.

Another Canadian who has an excellent chance to be on the podium Monday is Charles Hamelin of Levis, Quebec in the men's 1500m short track speed skating event. Hamelin, is a gold medal contender, having won the World Cup standings in the distance this year. The heats begin at 2:45 a.m. mountain time on CBC with the final at 5:00 a.m. on CBC. There will also be short track speed skating heats in the women's 500m and the women's relay.

In women's alpine skiing, Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Quebec will compete in the women's downhill portion of the combined (12:00 a.m., TSN) and the slalom portion (4:00 a.m., TSN2). Gagnon is a strong medal contender after winning a World Cup in Austria last month.

In the men's 500m speed skating event, Jamie Gregg of Edmonton and Gilmore Junio of Calgary have been on the podium at times the last two years, but might not have shown the consistency at the World Cup level to be considered a serious medal threat. The race will go at 6:00 a.m. on TSN2.

In curling, Canada will play their first game in women's action as Jennifer Jones's team from Winnipeg will play 2009 world champion Bingyu Wang (3:00 a.m., TSN) and four-time world championship silver medalist Margaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden (10:00 p.m., CBC). While in men's play, Brad Jacobs of Sault-Ste-Marie, Ontario will play Switzerland (8:00 a.m., TSN).

In women's hockey, Team Canada will try to move to 2-0 in group A action when they face Finland (8:00 a.m., CBC). The Canadians are getting high praise for their 5-0 shutout win over Switzerland Sunday when they hammered the Swiss net with 69 shots.

While in luge, Alex Gough of Calgary will have her first two runs in women's singles luge competition (7:45 a.m., Sportsnet One), and Canadian freestyle skiing stars Dara Howell of Huntsville, Ontario and Kaya Turski of Montreal will have qualification in women's slopestyle skiing (11:00 p.m., TSN).

Here are my pre-Olympic medal predictions for the events that will be decided on Monday:

Women's combined (downhill--TSN, 12:00 a.m., slalom--TSN2, 4:00 a.m.)

Gold--Michaela Kirchgasser--Austria
Silver--Nicole Hosp--Austria
Bronze--Tina Maze--Slovenia

Men's 1500m short track speed skating (CBC, 5:00 a.m.)

Gold--Han-Bin Lee--South Korea
Silver--Jinkyu Noh--South Korea
Bronze--Charles Hamelin--Canada

Men's 500m speed skating (TSN2, 6:00 a.m.)

Gold--Tae-Bum Mo--South Korea
Silver--Michel Mulder--Netherlands
Bronze--Joji Kato--Japan

Men's 12.5 km biathlon (Sportsnet, 8:00 a.m.)

Gold--Emil Hegle Svendsen--Norway
Silver--Martin Fourcade--France
Bronze--Dominik Landertinger--Austria

Men's moguls (CBC, 11:00 a.m.)

Gold--Alexandre Bilodeau--Canada
Silver--Mikael Kingsbury--Canada
Bronze--Patrick Deneen--United States



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