February 26, 2016
CBC Sports’ ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES (Feb. 26-28)
This weekend on CBC Sports’ ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES:
IBSF World Cup Bobsleigh and Skeleton, ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships, ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, FINA Diving World Cup, FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup Dual Moguls
CBC Sports’ ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES this Friday through Sunday will provide Canadians with coverage of several championship competitions including: the IBSF World Cup Bobsleigh and Skeleton Final from Königssee, Germany; ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships from Seoul, South Korea; continued coverage of the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships from Taipei City, Chinese Taipei; FINA Diving World Cupfrom Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and FIS Freestyle World Cup Dual Moguls from Tazawako, Japan. Coverage will be available across multiple platforms including CBC-TV, cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices. Full broadcast and streaming schedules are available here.
Hosts Scott Russell and Andi Petrillo will guide viewers through the events being covered this weekend, with CBC Sports’ team of expert commentators and analysts providing insight to each of the competitions.
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This weekend’s TV broadcast will begin Saturday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with coverage from the ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships with CBC Sports’ Catriona Le May Doan providing analysis alongside Scott Russell. The winners of this event (one male, one female) are the skaters who put together the fastest cumulative time from four races over two days, two 500m and two 1000m. Le May Doan, a two-time winner at this event, provides a detailed preview for this year’s competition at cbcsports.ca. Coverage of this event will continue Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. (local).
Up next will be the final event of the IBSF World Cup Bobsleigh and Skeleton season where the coveted crystal globes will be awarded to the top racers in each discipline. Canada’s Kaillie Humphries leads the women’s bobsleigh standings by 58 points and has finished on the podium at all seven World Cup events so far this season. Barring a disaster, Humphries will claim her third overall World Cup title. On the men’s side, Korea’s Yunjong Won holds a 63-point lead in the standings and is looking to win his country’s first ever overall World Cup title in honour of his coach Malcolm “Gomer” Lloyd who passed away in January. For Canadian pilots Justin Kripps and Chris Spring, the season finale will be their last chance to impress before next year. CBC Sports’ Brenda Irving and Helen Upperton will call the action for this event.
Following the IBSF coverage will be the women’s and men’s free programs from the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships with CBC Sports’ Kurt Browning and Carol Lane providing analysis alongside Andi Petrillo. On the men’s side, Canada’s Patrick Chan skates for gold after another disappointing short program, needing a personal best to take the win. China’s Boyang Jin finished second by less than one point, becoming the first skater to land four quad jumps in a single free program in international competition along the way, as well as becoming the first skater to land three different kinds of quadruple jumps in the same program.
Rounding out Saturday’s coverage is the FINA Diving World Cup event from the future Rio 2016 Olympic Games diving venue. CBC Sports’ Blythe Hartley and Mark Lee return to provide play-by-play and analysis. Coverage on Saturday will include the men’s and women’s 3m and 10m competitions, which will continue on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. (local). Canada’s Jennifer Abel leads the team with two medals, while Maxim Bouchard opens another spot for Canada at Rio 2016.
cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app:
In addition to simultaneous digital coverage of the ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES TV broadcasts on Saturday and Sunday, cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app will have extended coverage of the IBSF event beginning Friday morning at 6:30am ET (3:30 a.m. PT) and continuing throughout the weekend. Extended coverage of ISU Speed Skating will begin Saturday morning at 3 a.m. ET (12 a.m. PT) and will continue to Sunday as well.
Also streaming live on cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app this Sunday is the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup Dual Moguls event from Tazawako, Japan at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT). Canada’s Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe sit first and second, respectively in the women’s standings while sister Maxime is in fifth. On the men’s side, Canadian Mikael Kingsbury still sits comfortable atop the standings and will look to further distance himself from the rest of the field.
About CBC Sports’ ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES:
ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES is CBC Sports’ multi-platform program that combines a weekly TV show, a microsite on cbcsports.ca, and the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices, offering a 360-degree look at Canada’s elite high-performance athletes on their journey to the top of the podium. This program extends the Olympic conversation year-round, through sport coverage, community programming, and athlete storytelling across all CBC Sports platforms.
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