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Canada is ready for a big day at the Paralympic Winter Games
No Canadian athlete won a medal today in Beijing — the first time this has happened at these Games. Day 7 could be quite the opposite, with several Canadians looking capable of reaching the podium in individual events. In addition, two Canadian teams can guarantee themselves a medal with a victory in the semi-finals.
Here’s what to watch on what should be a hectic Thursday night and Friday morning:
Para hockey: Canada can set up another gold medal showdown with the United States
Team Canada shouldn’t have much trouble in their 11:05 p.m. ET semi-final against South Korea, which they beat 6-0 in the group stage. Expect to see a rematch for the gold medal against defending champion USA, who face China in the other semi-final. Find out how Canadians approach the medal round here.
Wheelchair curling: Canada get another chance against China in semi-final
The Canadians clinched their playoff spot in spectacular fashion last night, with Jon Thurston scoring three goals with the last rock in Canada’s final round-robin game for a 7-6 win over Norway. Canada (7-3) placed fourth in the opening round, setting up a semi-final rematch against top-seeded China at 1:35 a.m. ET.
The Chinese beat Canada in the semi-finals at the 2018 Paralympic Games en route to the gold medal, while Canada won bronze. But the Canadians got their revenge in the first game of this year’s tournament, beating China 7-3. The other semi-final will oppose Slovakia to Sweden.
Biathlon: Mark Arendz aims for his 11th Paralympic medal
The 32-year-old has won medals in his two biathlon competitions so far at these Games, winning gold in the men’s standing middle distance and bronze in the short distance. He’ll try to make it 3-on-3 on his long-distance run at 11:40 p.m. ET.
Collin Cameron will also attempt his third medal of the Games in the men’s sitting event at 9:30 p.m. ET. He has already achieved two cross-country podiums in Beijing to bring his career total to five Paralympic medals (all bronze).
In the women’s standing race at 11:20 p.m. ET, Brittany Hudak is chasing her second medal of the Games after capturing bronze in the long-distance cross-country event. She won bronze in her long-distance biathlon race at the 2018 Paralympic Games.
Alpine skiing: Canada has several contenders in the women’s giant slalom
In the standing category, Mollie Jepsen, 22, is aiming for her sixth Paralympic medal after adding gold in the downhill in Beijing to the four medals she won at the 2018 Games. One of them was a medal bronze in the giant slalom. Jepsen also captured bronze in the giant slalom at this year’s World Para Snowsports Championships, where she achieved three podium finishes.
Competing against Jepsen is Alana Ramsay, who has already won two medals in Beijing to bring her career Paralympic total to four (all bronze), and Paralympic rookie Michaela Gosselin, who is aiming for her first medal.
In the seated category, Katie Combaluzier is expected to fight for a place on the podium after taking silver in the giant slalom at the world championships, where she tied Jepsen with three medals.
Races begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and each giant slalom competition consists of two runs.
Snowboarding: Canadians looking to build on their breakthrough
Tyler Turner and Lisa DeJong won Canada’s first-ever Paralympic medals in the sport winning gold in men’s snowboard cross and silver in women’s snowboard cross respectively on Day 3. They will both be looking to win another medal in the banked slalom events, which begin at 10 p.m. ET. DeJong took silver in the discipline at the World Para Snow Sports Championships in January and Turner took bronze.
Competing against DeJong is Sandrine Hamel, who won bronze in banked slalom at the world championships. Alex Massie, who races in a different men’s division than Turner, won silver at the world championships.
Learn more about the Paralympics
Catch up on anything you may have missed from Day 6 here. Learn more about Canadian cross-country star Brian McKeever ahead of the final solo race of his remarkable career here. See the medal standings here.
How to watch live events
They are streamed on the CBC Sports Beijing 2022 website, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem. See the full broadcast schedule here, including links to watch the events when they’re live. You can also catch the Paralympic action daily on the CBC Television Network. See the full TV schedule here. Learn more about CBC Sports’ Paralympic coverage plans here.
WATCH | What you missed on day six of the Paralympic Games:
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