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Sports Illustrated predicts 31 medals for Canada at 2014 Winter Olympics

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According to Brian Cazeneuve of Sports Illustrated, Canada will win 31 medals at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Cazeneuve is projecting Canada will end its 20 year medal drought in alpine skiing by predicting Erik Guay of Montreal will win a bronze medal in the men's downhill and Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Quebec will win a silver in the women's combined.

Meanwhile Alex Harvey of Saint-Ferreol, Quebec is being projected to become the first Canadian man to win a medal in cross-country skiing. Cazeneuve has Harvey winning bronze in the men's 1.1 km cross-country skiing sprint. Harvey won a bronze medal in the discipline at the 2013 World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy, but only finished in 20th place at a World Cup in Toblach, Italy last month.

In freestyle skiing, Sports Illustrated in showing faith in David Duncan of London, Ontario to win the gold medal in men's ski cross, Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal to win a bronze medal in women's moguls and Justin Dorey of Calgary to win bronze in men's halfpipe.

In snowboarding, Sebastien Toutant of L'Assomption, Quebec is expected to win bronze in men's slopestyle snowboarding, but I think he has been passed by Maxence Parrot of Cowansville, Quebec after Parrot recorded excellent results at the Winter X Games.

Finally, Cazeneuve has Maelle Ricker of Vancouver defending her gold medal in women's snowboard cross despite a broken wrist.

In hockey, Cazeneuve has Sweden winning gold for the men followed by Russia and Canada and the U.S. beating Canada for the gold among the women.

In curling, Czeneuve has Brad Jacobs beating Sweden to win gold in men's play with Jennifer Jones winning bronze in women's play.

In all Cazeneuve is projecting twelve gold medals, eight silver medals and eleven bronze medals. The gold medal winners are Kaillie Humphries of Calgary in women's bobsledding, Jacobs, team figure skating, Mikael Kingsbury of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec in men's moguls, Duncan, Marielle Thompson of Vancouver in women's ski cross, Dara Howell of Huntsville, Ontario in women's slopestyle, Mark McMorris of Regina in men's slopestyle snowboarding, Ricker, the Canadian men's short track speed skating relay team and Charles Hamelin of Levis, Quebec in the men's 1000m and 1500m short track speed skating events.

Athletes that I am projecting will win medals for Canada but Sports Illustrated is not are the mixed relay luge team, Mike Riddle of Edmonton (instead of Justin Dorey of Calgary) in men's halfpipe skiing, Rosalind Groenewoud of Calgary in women's halfpipe skiing, Kaya Turski of Montreal in women's slopestyle skiing, Parrot in men's slopestyle snowboarding, and the women's short track speed skating relay team.



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