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2014 Winter Olympics preview Day 4 Canadian edition

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For the third time at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi on Tuesday, there is a strong possibility that Canada could finish 1-2 at the Winter Olympic Games for the eighth time since the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano.

That is because Kaya Turski of Montreal and Dara Howell of Huntsville, Ontario are the strong medal favourites in the women's slopestyle skiing competition that will go Tuesday (TSN, 2:00 a.m.). Turski is the reigning world champion and X Games champion from Tignes and Aspen, while Howell has been the most consistent skier. She finished second to Turski at the World Championships and finished second to German Lisa Zimmermann on the 2014 World Cup circuit.

Meanwhile in cross-country skiing, Alex Harvey of Saint-Ferreol, Quebec will be shooting for a medal in the men's 1.5 km individual sprint (Sportsnet, 3:00 a.m.), a discipline where he won a bronze medal at the 2013 Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. However a medal for Harvey might be a little difficult because he got off to a poor start in the men's 30km skiathlon.

In women's luge, Calgary's Alex Gough is on the brink of making history but has work to do if she wants to get on to the podium (CBC, 7:30 a.m.). She is currently 0.234 seconds back of Erin Hamlin of the United States. With two clean runs, she will be able to make that time. No Canadian has ever won a medal in luge in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.

In curling, Canada will play Sweden (CBC, 3:00 a.m.), in men's action in a rematch of the 2013 World Curling Championship from Victoria. A year ago Niklas Edin got the better of Sault Ste. Marie's Brad Jacobs in a 8-6 Sweden win where Edin dominated the action.

In figure skating, the Ontario native pairs teams of Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford along with Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch will try to continue with their success from the team event in the pairs short program (Sportsnet, 8:00 a.m.). It appears that the Russian team of Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov will battle the German team of Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy for gold with the Canadian team battling pairs teams from Russia and China for bronze.

Here are my pre-Olympic medal predictions for events that will be decided on Tuesday.

Women's slopestyle skiing (TSN, 2:00 a.m.)

Gold--Kaya Turski--Canada
Silver--Dara Howell--Canada
Bronze--Keri Herman--United States

Women's 500m speed skating (TSN, 6:00 a.m.)

Gold--Sang-Hwa Lee--South Korea
Silver--Olga Fatkulina--Russia
Bronze--Heather Richardson--United States

Women's sprint cross country skiing (CBC, 6:00 a.m.)

Gold--Marit Bjoergen--Norway
Silver--Kikkan Randall--United States
Bronze--Maiken Capersen Falla--Norway

Men's sprint cross country skiing (CBC, 6:30 a.m.)

Gold--Eirik Bransdal--Norway
Silver--Nikita Kriukov--Russia
Bronze--Sergey Ustiugov--Russia

Women' luge (TSN, 9:00 a.m.)

Gold--Natalie Geisenberger--Germany
Silver--Tatjana Hufner--Germany
Bronze--Alex Gough--Canada

Women's ski jumping (TSN, 10:30 a.m.)

Gold--Sara Takanashi--Japan
Silver--Daniela Iraschko-Stolz--Austria
Bronze--Carina Vogt--Germany

Women's 10km biathlon pursuit (Sportsnet One, 7:45 a.m.)

Gold--Tora Berger--Norway
Silver--Kaisa Makarainen--Finland
Bronze--Andrea Henkel--Germany

Men's halfpipe snowboarding (CBC, 10:30 a.m.)

Gold--Shaun White--United States
Silver--Greg Bretz--United States
Bronze--Yiwei Zhang--China

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