Sochi 2014 Olympics Schedule & Events Calendar: Mark McMorris Slopestyle
- Updated: February 6, 2014
The lavish opening ceremony isn’t until tomorrow but the games of the Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia, have already begun. There are three events scheduled for today – the Snowboard Men’s Slopestyle has already started and is through to the semi-final stage, where Canada’s Mark McMorris is in position to claim a gold. The Women’s Slopestyle starts at 5am EST.
RESULTS: McMorris fell on his first run and will now have to ride again in the Saturday’s semifinals for a chance to advance to the medal round. His Canadian teammates Max Parrot and Sébastien Toutant have already qualified for the finals, while Charles Reid will join McMorris in the qualifying run. In women’s slopestyle, Canadian Spencer O’Brien is through to the finals while
Jenna Blasman will look for a spot in the finals via the qualifying round.
Later today, there’s the Ladies Moguls freestyle skiing, where competitors have to make at least two jumps over a difficult course, with the competitors being judged according to the difficulty of the jumps and the overall quality of the trip over the course.
Finally today, there are the first two events of a sport new to the Winter Olympics, team figure-skating. Ten nations field a team of six skaters, and those skaters then perform in the different figure-skating disciplines. The winner is, of course, the team that gets the most points over all the disciplines.
Today begins with the men’s short program and the team pairs short program. Canada’s Patrick Chan has won the World Championship for three years in a row and is the outstanding candidate in the men’s short, while Canada is represented in the pairs by Balmertown’s Eric Radford and Lively’s Meagan Duhamel.
Ten nations have entered the team figure skating event, and these will be whittled down to five after the short events.
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