Every athlete’s lifelong dream begins this week with the opening of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Korea. The opening ceremony takes place on Friday 6am Eastern Time (20:00pm KST). CBC in Canada will broadcast the event live, NBC will defer to its prime time lineup later that evening. It’s a forgone conclusion that the cauldron lighter will be Olympic gold and silver medalist, Kim Yu-na. Yu-na is a legendary figure, having won the hearts of Koreans and the figure skating world.
Figure skating will be our sole focus during the next two weeks, with the Team event beginning Thursday. To accommodate viewers in the US, the events will take place on at 10:00am KST, making all the event during prime time.
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10 countries qualified for the team event at the Olympics. At the top was Canada, followed by the Olympic Athletes from Russia, and the United States in 3rd.
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Men: Japan leads the way with Shoma Uno and Keiji Tanaka. Yuzuru Hanyu will not be participating and will devote his time looking to defend his gold medal won at Sochi. Canada will have Patrick Chan and Keegan Messing. The USA will have their top skater, Nathan Chen along with Adam Rippon and Vincent Zhou. Look out for Israel, who has Alexei Bychenko and Daniel Samohin. OAR will have Dimitri Aliev and Mikhail Kolyada. China sends Boyang Jin and Han Yan.
Smooth’s Pick: It will be a battle between Uno and Chen in a preview of the Men’s final.
- Nathan Chen (USA)
- Shoma Uno (JPN)
- Patrick Chan (CAN)
Ladies: OAR will have three skaters to choose for their team, Evgenia Medvedeva, Maria Sotskova and Alina Zagitova. The USA will chose between Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen. Canadians will have Kaetlyn Osmond, Gabby Daleman and Larkyn Austman. Japan’s Satoko Miyahara and Kaori Sakamoto are poised to fight for the podium. Carolina Kostner and Giada Russo will look to get valuable points for Italy. Host nation Korea will have Dabin Choi and Hanul Kim to play spoiler.
Smooth’s Pick: All three OAR skaters could take the top spot, depending on who skates.
- Evgenia Medvedeva (OAR)
- Gabby Daleman (CAN)
- Satoko Miyahara (JPN)
Pairs: Canada has three teams to chose from; Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford, Kirsten Moore-Towers & Michael Marinaro and Julianne Seguin & Charlie Bilodeau. OAR also have the benefit of three teams with Evgenia Tarasova & Vladimir Morozov, Natalia Zabiiako & Alexander Enbert and Kristina Astkhova & Alexei Rogonov. China will choose from Weijin Sui & Cong Han, Xiaoyu Yu & Hao Zhang and Cheng Peng & Yang Jin. The wild card in this is Germany’s Ajona Savchenko & Bruno Massot, who could give the country it’s only chance for points.
Smooth’s Pick: Look for Canada and China to grab the other two slots.
- Ajona Savchenko & Bruno Massot (GER)
- Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (CAN)
- Weijin Sui & Cong Han (CHN)
Ice Dance: The USA has the strong showing in this event with three teams; Maia & Alex Shibutani, Madison Chock & Evan Bates and Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donahue. Canada also leads the way with three teams; Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje and Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier. Look for France to gain their best chance for points with Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron. Italy gets its shot with Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte. OAR will have Ekaterina Bobrova & Dimitri Soloviev.
Smooth’s Pick: Canada and France will fight it out for the top spot.
- Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron (FRA)
- Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (CAN)
- Maia & Alex Shibutani (USA)
Team Podium Pick: In the end, Canada is in the best position to pick up its first Olympic gold medal in the team event.
Gold – Canada
Silver – USA
Bronze – Japan