Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Heartbeat

This week's edition of The Heartbeat includes events in Montreal (short-track speed-skating), Windsor (figure skating), Whistler (skeleton) and Calgary (long track speed skating).

Sports being televised include triathlon, short-track speed skating, figure skating and Olympic rebroadcasts (men's hockey and women's soccer).

I've added a feature which includes opportunities to meet past, current and future Olympians. Events are being held in Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg.

Keep reading for more detail.

If you are participating in or know of an event that could be featured in The Heartbeat, please contact me:  suzanne[at]sportcafe[dot]ca or via Twitter @olympichearts.

Short Track Speed Skating

Short Track World Cup #2

October 26-28, 2012
Arena Maurice Richard
Montreal, Quebec
More info

Admission gratuite le vendredi.  Admission is free on Friday.

Achetez vos billets de 15$ pour samedi ou dimanche en cliquant ici.
You can purchase $15 advance tickets for Saturday or Sunday by clicking here.

Canada's men's team will be represented by Charles Hamelin, Olivier Jean, Liam McFarlane, Guillaume Bastille, François Hamelin and Michael Gilday.

Canada's women's team will be represented by Marianne St-Gelais, Jessica Gregg, Marie-Eve Drolet, Valerie Maltais, Jessica Hewitt and Caroline Truchon.

2012 Skate Canada International

October 26-28th, 2012
Windsor Family Credit Union Centre
More info

Get ticket information by clicking here.

Canada's skaters include:  
Patrick Chan (World Champion), Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (2010 Olympic Champions), Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford (Canadian Champions), Amelie Lacoste (Canadian Champion), Kaetlyn Osmond, Elladj Baldé, Liam Firus, Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, Kharis Ralph and Asher Hill.

Canadian National Skeleton 
Selection Race #2
Whistler Sliding Centre
Saturday October 27 3:30pm

Read Cassie Hawrysh's blog post on Race #1 from Calgary by clicking here.

Long Track Speed Skating

Fall World Cup Long Track Team Trials
November 1-4
Olympic Oval Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

The Fall Word Cup Team Trials event are a selection competition for the fall World Cups. The women’s distances are 500 metres, 1,000 metres, 1,500 metres, 3,000 metres and 5,000 metres and the men’s distances are 500 metres, 1,000 metres, 1,500 metres, 5,000 and 10,000 metres.

More Info

Olympic Sports On Television/Internet

ITU Triathlon World Championship

Men's Grand Final, from Auckland, NZ (October 21st)
Saturday October 27, 2pm ET on CBC
(live online Saturday Oct 20 8:00pm on CBC website)
Canadians competing: Kyle Jones and Andrew Yorke

2012 Summer Olympics:  
Women's Soccer bronze medal game
Thursday October 25 8:30pm on TSN2

Skate America
Saturday October 27, 3pm ET on CBC
Women's and Dance Free Programs
Canadians competing: Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje in ice dancing

World Cup Short Track Speed Skating
from Montreal
Saturday October 27, 5pm ET on CBC
Men's and Women's 500m and 1500m finals

Sunday October 28, 3:00pm on CBC
Men's and Women's 1000m finals

Monday October 29, 1:00am on CBC Late Night
Men's and Women's 500m, 1000m and 1500m finals

Skate Canada from Windsor, ON
Ladies & Pairs Short Programs October 26 2pm on TSN & RDS
Men's Short and Ice Dance Short October 26 7:30pm on TSN2
Pairs Free and Friday recap October 27 1pm on TSN2 & RDS
October 28
Gala October 28, 7pm TSN2
(see above for Canadians competing)

2012 Olympic rewind
Canadian 4x100m Men's Relay Team October 31 7:30 pm TSN2

Alpine Skiing
The alpine season is starting this weekend:
World Cup (Austria) October 26 Ladies Giant Slalom
World Cup (Austria) October 27 Men's Giant Slalom

CBC have released their alpine skiing schedule. Click here for details.
Click here for Sportsnet's schedule.

This weekend's races are not on their schedules, but there may be internet coverage.

Meet Canada's Athletes

Celebration of Canadian Cycling
Friday, October 26, 2012
Arcadian Loft, Toronto, Ontario

Autograph and photo sessions with Olympians and Paralympians including

More info

Opening of Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame
Saturday October 27
Sport For Life Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Inductees and potential inductees will be on hand for autographs and photos, including:
  • Janine Hanson - London 2012 silver medallist  (rowing)
  • Susan Auch - 3 time Olympic medallist (speed skating)
  • as well as hockey and football players (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Winnipeg Jets and Winnipeg Goldeyes)
Hundreds of sports items are on display including Clara Hughes' bicycle from 1996, Jon Montgomery's 2010 Olympic bib (skeleton gold), Desiree Scott's 2012 bronze medal winning jersey and a 1999 Pan Am Games torch.

Alpine Canada
fundraiser for Dustin Cook and Mikaela Tommy
and honouring the careers of Patrick Biggs and Ryan Semple.
October 30th
at Tommy & Lefevre, Ottawa, Ontario

All four will be signing posters and the evening will feature a silent auction.

Also in attendance will be
  • Erik Guay - World Downhill Champion and Super G Crystal Globe Champion
  • JP Roy - World and World Cup multiple top 10 finisher
  • Nancy Greene Rayne - World, World Cup and Olympic Champion
More info

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