According to Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail on Friday, Maelle Ricker of Vancouver, British Columbia is set to defend her Olympic gold medal in the women's snowboard cross on Sunday with a broken arm.
It will be interesting to see how much Ricker's arm will impact her abilities on the ski hill (2:00 a.m., CBC). She enters the 2014 Olympic Winter Games as also the reigning Olympic champion. However, Ricker's major competition happens to be a fellow Canadian. Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, Quebec is the reigning World Cup champion and plans to earn a medal in her final Olympic Winter Games after winning bronze at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin.
In curling, Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones will look to remain undefeated when she faces the United States (3:00 a.m., CBC). It has been a disappointing Olympic Winter Games for the USA in women's curling. Their lone win came against Japan in a 8-6 win on Thursday. Ontario's Brad Jacobs meanwhile will play China's Liu Rui in a game where both teams are destined for the playoffs and will be battling for positioning.
Canadian bobsled drivers Lyndon Rush, Chris Spring and Justin Kripps will begin their quest for a spot on the podium with their first two runs in the men's 2-man bobsled (Sportsnet, 9:15 a.m.), while Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will begin their quest to defend their Olympic gold medal in ice dancing with the short program (TSN, 8:00 a.m.).
In hockey, Canada will play Finland for first place in Pool A (CBC, 10:00 a.m.). Finland will be without Alexander Barkov of the Florida Panthers with a lower body injury.
Here are the medal events that will be decided on Saturday with my pre-Olympic predictions:
Women's Snowboard Cross (CBC, 2:00 a.m.):
Gold--Lindsey Jacobellis--United States
Bronze--Eva Samkova--Czech Republic
Men's 4x10 km cross country skiing relay (TSN, 3:00 a.m.):
Women's 1500m speed skating (Sportsnet One, 7:00 a.m.):
Silver--Brittany Bowe--United States
Bronze--Lotte van Beek--Netherlands
Men's 15km mass start biathlon (Sportsnet, 8:00 a.m.):
Bronze--Odrej Moravec--Czech Republic