It appears team Canada will win their 11th medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, but if Patrick Chan of Ottawa, Ontario wants to win the gold medal, he will need to elevate his skating to a higher level technically, and hope that Japanese sensation Yuzuru Hanyu somehow falters.
Heading into the men's long program on Friday (TSN, 8:00 a.m.), Chan has 97.52 points, compared to Hanyu's 101.45 points. A major reason why Chan is in the position of catch up is because he double footed a double axel in the short program. Artistically Chan is the more superior skater and has unbelievable foot work, but might have to hope Hanyu makes an error if he hopes to become the first Canadian male figure skater ever to capture Olympic gold.
In hockey, Team Canada will play Austria (CBC, 10:00 a.m.). The Canadians will look to get a better start offensively than they did against Norway where it was not until the second period that they found the back of the net. Austria lost 8-4 to Finland on Thursday, but played Finland tough in the first period.
In curling. Jennifer Jones remains undefeated a 5-0. and will next play Japan (CBC, 10:00 p.m.). The Japanese are 2-2 and are tied for fourth place with China, South Korea and Great Britain.
Here are the medal events that will be decided on Friday with my pre-Olympic predictions. All times are mountain.
Men's Super Combined Alpine Skiing (downhill--CBC, 1:00 a.m., slalom--Sportsnet, 4:00 a.m.):
Gold--Ted Ligety--United States
Men's 15km Cross Country Skiing Classic (Sportsnet One, 3:00 a.m.):
Women's 15km Biathlon Individual (Sportsnet, 7:00 a.m.):
Gold--Gabriela Soukalova--Czech Republic
Men's Figure Skaing (TSN, 8:00 a.m.) :
Women's Skeleton (www.cbc.ca, 10:00 a.m.):
Gold--Noelle Pikus-Pace--United States
Silver--Elizabeth Yarnold--Great Britain
Bronze--Shelley Rudman--Great Britain
Women's Aerials (TSN2, 11:00 a.m.):