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Thursday Olympic preview

Justine Dufour-Lapointe
Justine Dufour-LapointeAlexis Boichard, Getty Images

According to Jackie Wong of the Examiner, Canada is one of four nations who will contend for a gold medal as team figure skating gets under way at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi on Thursday (CBC, 8:30 a.m. MT).

The Canadians who will participate are world men's figure skating champion Patrick Chan of Ottawa in the men's short program as well as Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ontario and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ontario in the pairs short program.

Canada will be competing against powerful squads from Russia, Japan and the United States as team figure skating is making its Olympic debut in Sochi.

In snowboarding earlier on Thursday, Maxence Parrot of Cowansville, Quebec and Sebastien Toutant of Montreal, Quebec advanced to Saturday's final in the men's slopestyle competition. World champion Spencer O'Brien of Courtenay, British Columbia will try to do the same on Thursday in the women's event.

Finally in women's moguls, Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, Maxime Dufour-Lapointe and Justine Dufour-Lapointe (sisters from Montreal) will be competing for the first time in qualifications (CBC, 7:00 a.m. MT). The top ten will advance to the finals.