Hamelin has his individual gold medal in the men's 1500m, but cannot win a medal in the relay because of a fall by his brother Francois on Thursday in the semi-finals.
On Saturday, Charles Hamelin will be competing again in the men's 1000m, the discipline he claims is his favourite and the discipline where he was the World Cup champion in 2014. The quarterfinals will take place at 3:45 a.m. mountain time, semi-finals will be at 4:45 a.m. with the finals at 5:20 a.m. On the women's side, Valerie Maltais of Chicoutimi, Quebec will be a strong medal contender in the 1500m short track speed skating event (5:00 a.m., TSN). She won a silver at the final World Cup race prior to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Kolomna, Russia in November.
In curling, Sault Ste. Marie's Brad Jacobs (4-2) has a gigantic game against Great Britain (5-1) on TSN2 at 3:00 a.m.The Canadians currently sit in fourth place and are one win back of Great Britain, China and Sweden who are tied for first place. They will also play the United States (CBC, 10:00 p.m). In women's action, Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg will play the home nation of Russia (TSN2, 8:00 a.m.).
Here are my pre-Olympic predictions for events where medals will be decided on Saturday:
Women's Super Giant Slalom (TSN, 12:00 a.m.):
Women's 4x5 km cross country skiing (Sportsnet, 3:00 a.m.):
Women's 1500m short track speed skating (TSN, 5:00 a.m.):
Gold--Suk Hee Shim--South Korea
Silver--Alang Kim--South Korea
Men's 1000m short track speed skating (TSN, 5:20 a.m.):
Bronze--J.R. Celski--United States
Men's 1500m speed skating (TSN, 6:30 a.m.):
Bronze--Shani Davis--United States
Men's skeleton (Sportsnet, 8:00 a.m.):
Men's large hill ski jumping (Sportsnet, 10:00 a.m.):