Canada is gearing up for what will be one of the most watched and possibly most controversial Olympic Games of all time this year in Sochi, Russia; the XXII Winter Olympic Games. Sochi 2014 will introduce a dozen new events and CBC will be there to provide over 350 hours of primetime coverage, and over 1,500 hours in total.
Most Canadian eyes will be focused on Sidney Crosby and the Men’s Ice Hockey team, who look to repeat their gold-medal performance of 2010. All of the Men’s Ice Hockey games, along with Women’s Ice Hockey — with whom Canadians will also be hoping for a golden repeat — will be broadcast live on CBC. The gold-medal matches are set for Feb. 21 at 12 p.m. (Women’s) and Feb. 23 at 7 a.m. (Men’s). Coverage of the games will feature the iconic Hockey Night in Canada broadcast team, including Ron MacLean and Don Cherry, alongside Glenn Healy, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, and announcer Jim Hughson.
Sochi 2014 includes 12 new events added to the list of games, including the Ski Halfpipe featuring Canada’s Rosalind Groenewoud and Snowboard Slopestyle with Mark McMorris sporting the red and white.
Other new events include: Biathlon Mixed Relay, Figure Skating – Team, Luge Team Relay, Ski Slopestyle, Snowboard Parallel Slalom, and Women’s Ski Jumping.
Kaillie Humphries, the defending world champion, is another Canadian athlete to keep an eye on in Women’s Bobsleigh. She is poised to win another gold this year alongside brakeman Chelsea Valois. And one of the most inspiring Olympic stories is the Jamaican Bobsleigh Team who are making a triumphant return to the Olympics after funding their journey through an internet campaign.
Follow Team Canada as they try to win the most gold medals for the second straight Winter Olympics. CBC’s Olympic coverage starts on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6 a.m. ET, and the Sochi Opening Ceremony begins at noon on Feb. 7th.