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It is winter world championships season
A number of winter Olympic sports activities are holding their world championships proper now. Here is what is going on on:
The worlds opened in the present day on the similar oval within the Netherlands the place Canadians gained 11 medals within the two meets that made up the pandemic-shortened World Cup season. Canada received off to a gradual begin — its greatest outcome in the present day was a fifth by Isabelle Weidemann within the girls’s 3,000 metres.
However tomorrow may very well be an enormous day with sturdy Canadian medal contenders in three of the 4 occasions. Canada gained each World Cup races within the girls’s workforce pursuit and completed second and third within the two males’s workforce pursuits. Laurent Dubreuil reached the rostrum in three of the 4 males’s 500-metre races this season. Watch Friday’s races live from 9 a.m. to noon ET here.
Tough climate in northern Italy compelled the beginning of the worlds to be delayed by three days. However they lastly received going in the present day and Canada’s Brodie Seger had the race of his life. The 25-year-old, who had by no means completed within the high 12 of a World Cup or world championship race, got here simply 4 hundredths of a second — shorter than a blink of an eye fixed — from successful a medal. He finished fourth in the men’s super-G, which was gained by Vincent Kriechmayr for the Austrian’s first world title.
The women’s super-G additionally went to a first-time world champ from Switzerland: Lara Intestine-Behrami, who had beforehand gained 5 medals on the worlds and one other on the Olympics, however none of them gold. Defending champion Mikaela Shiffrin took bronze in her first pace race (super-G or downhill) in additional than a 12 months. Marie-Michele Gagnon was the highest Canadian, ending sixth.
The following occasions are the downhills. Watch the ladies’s Saturday at 5 a.m. ET and the boys’s Sunday at 5 a.m. ET here.
Snowboard and ski cross
Canadian teenager Eliot Grondin gained his first world-championship medal in the present day by taking bronze in the men’s snowboard cross event. No Canadians superior previous the quarter-finals within the girls’s competitors.
The snowboard cross workforce occasion goes tomorrow. Watch it live at 6:30 a.m. ET here.
The ski cross world championships are Saturday. Canada’s Reece Howden has gained three of the final 4 males’s World Cup races and leads the season standings. Marielle Thompson ranks second within the girls’s chase and has reached the rostrum in 5 of the final six occasions. Watch the world championship races Saturday beginning at 6:30 a.m. ET on CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports activities app.
Bobsleigh and skeleton
They opened final week with the nice German pilot Francesco Friedrich successful his seventh consecutive world title within the two-man occasion and Kaillie Humphries grabbing her report fourth girls’s gold. Her first two (in 2012 and ’13) got here whereas competing for Canada, however she’s gained the final two girls’s world titles for the U.S. after a bitter falling out with the Canadian program led to her departure.
The skeleton competitions opened in the present day with the primary two runs of the boys’s and ladies’s occasions. The highest Canadian was Jane Channell, who’s seventh heading into the ultimate two legs tomorrow.
Canada can have a greater shot at a medal within the four-man bobsleigh occasion, the place pilot Justin Kripps’ sled ranks third within the World Cup standings. That race begins Saturday and finishes Sunday. Identical for the ladies’s monobob — an occasion that is being added to the Olympics subsequent 12 months. Watch all of the bobsleigh and skeleton world championship races dwell here.
The pinnacle of the Tokyo Olympics is reportedly stepping down. Organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori received himself in hassle final week when he complained that conferences with a number of girls in them “take a lot time” and that “if their talking time is not restricted to a sure extent, they’ve problem ending, which is annoying.” The 83-year-old later issued a ham-fisted apology, however requires his resignation have been nonetheless trending on Japanese Twitter in the present day and feminine politicians wore white to a Home of Representatives session to protest Mori’s sexist remarks. Additionally — and that is in all probability what actually did Mori in — some massive Olympic sponsors criticized him after being threatened with boycotts. In keeping with a number of studies in Japan, Mori will resign tomorrow. Read more about the controversy here.
The Raptors are staying in Tampa for the remainder of the season. They’d hoped to return to Toronto for the second half, however ongoing border restrictions and the final pandemic state of affairs compelled them to give up on that. Enjoying out of Tampa’s Amalie Enviornment, the Raptors began the season 2-Eight however have improved since. At 12-13 they sit fifth within the Jap Convention and might get to .500 with a win at Boston tonight. Perhaps a few of the “Champa Bay” vibes are rubbing off. Tampa is now dwelling to the reigning Tremendous Bowl and Stanley Cup champions and, by the seems to be of issues, everybody there may be living their best life.
Somebody in Australia actually dislikes Rafael Nadal. A lady was thrown out of his Australian Open match in the present day for heckling Nadal and giving him the finger. It did not throw him off: the gentlemanly Spaniard appeared genuinely amused (“Perhaps she took an excessive amount of gin or tequila,” he mentioned later) and cruised to a straight-sets win. In the meantime, defending girls’s champion Sofia Kenin discovered herself on the fallacious facet of a blowout, falling in simply 64 minutes to 65th-ranked Kaia Kanepi. Tonight, Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime face one another within the males’s third spherical at Three a.m. ET. The one different Canadian singles participant remaining, Milos Raonic, performs at 1 a.m. ET. Watch video of Nadal’s strange encounter and read more about all the notable Day 4 action here.
And at last…
Bear in mind The Rick Nash Objective? It occurred in a Blue Jackets-Coyotes recreation within the canine days of the 2007-08 season, so there isn’t any actual historic significance to it. However, for pure aesthetics, it is powerful to high Nash’s video-game-like strikes to undress a pair of Coyotes defencemen earlier than beating goalie Mikael Tellqvist. For a contemporary perspective on one of many prettiest objectives ever scored, try the newest episode of Rob Pizzo’s terrific I used to be in web for… sequence. Tellqvist explains how the “sick” play unfolded from his perspective, and the way he nearly foiled it on the final second. Watch the video right here:
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