The sports storylines that could define the Beijing Olympics for Canadians
From a bobsleigh rivalry to the moguls king to opportunities for redemption in women's hockey and curling, here are the sports storylines you should know for the Beijing Olympics.The lingering threat of COVID-19 leaves open the possibility the Winter Games don't happen as planned. Meanwhile, infection could possibly prevent you from making it to Beijing — and even if you do, it's tough to predict how quickly your body will recover.
Toronto alpine skier Katie Combaluzier continued her impressive performance in her first major competition with a silver medal on Monday in the women's sitting super combined event at World Para Snow Sports Championship in Lillehammer, Norway.
Combaluzier, who turns 28 on Tuesday, also earned bronze in the downhill last Friday. Canada has now captured eight medals in Norway — four silver and four bronze.
Anna-Lena Forster of Germany won her second gold medal with the fastest time in the super G and slalom runs ahead of Combaluzier. Combaluzier, who was injured in 2018 after she was swept down the mountain by an avalanche in France, is making the most of her opportunities.
Quebec women poised to soar on world stage in 2022
With the National Hockey League taking a pass on the Beijing Winter Olympics, the Canada-United States women’s hockey rivalry is poised to grab the spotlight. Canada and the United States have dominated the competition since women’s hockey made its debut at the 1998 Nagano Games in Japan. Canada has won four of the six gold medals and finished second to the U.S. on the other two occasions, including the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Before it was brought to a halt by the pandemic, the Rivalry Series, a barnstorming tour of North America, had produced standing-room only crowds as well as strong TV ratings.
Video: Canada wins world championship gold in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay (cbc.ca)
Combaluzier not only won two medals in two World Cup races before Christmas, but is also in contention for a spot on Canada's Paralympic team in Beijing.
The competition also features Para nordic skiing (cross country and biathlon) but the Canadian squad skipped the event to train at home.
Competition continues Sunday in Para alpine with super combined races. Canada's Para snowboarders are back in action later this week after winning four medals on Friday. Alpine skiing continues Wednesday with the men's giant slalom.
Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht: So daughters snow brings their dad to sweat! .
For just over a quarter of a quarter, Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht (30) Papa of the Small Snow Elanie . Again and again, the "the wild guys" actors will take us on his social media accounts and shares cute snapshots of his daughter. The fact that the father's existence can sometimes be pretty exhausting, the 30-year-old now shows in an instagram story.