Over the next two weeks the Canadian Sports Media Blog will feature sport-by-sport TV schedules for every Olympic sport that is broadcast live on Canada TV during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. I will post about two per night, so keep checking back to see the schedule for your favourite sport.
Equestrian has a very loyal fanbase in Canada, especially in Alberta, which is home to Spruce Meadows, a worldclass show jumping facility. CTV’s coverage of the sport in London reflects this as OLN will broadcast complete coverage of most of the equestrian sessions. In total around 46 hours of equestrian coverage will be broadcast by the Olympic Broadcast Consortium.
Canada’s medal chances in equestrian rely on our jumping team. Eric Lamaze is the defending Olympic individual champion, while the Canadian team won silver in 2008 in team jumping. However a lot has changed since 2008. Lamaze’s horse Hickstead tragically died last November following a competition in Verona. So far this season Lamaze has had mixed results on his new horse Derly Chin de Muze. Some things, however, rarely change. Ian Millar will make his 10th Olympic appearance, an Olympic record. He is now 65 years old. Lamaze, Millar and Jill Henselwood all return from Canada’s 2008 silver medal winning team, albeit with three different horses. Canada figures to have two medal chances in both individual and team jumping.
Canada also has an outside chance at contending in team eventing though. The Canadian team won the silver medal at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in that competition.
I have highlighted these three events in red in the broadcast schedule.
Jim Van Horne will make his sixth Olympic broadcasting appearance calling jumping for CTV. Van Horne called baseball and softball in Beijing for CBC. CTV’s jumping analyst is Nancy Wetmore, a veteran of CBC’s show jumping coverage.
Remember that this schedule is highly subject to change. Check back daily during The Games for an up-to-date broadcast schedule. All times are Atlantic Daylight Time, which is BST-4 and EDT+1.
Monday 7/30, 8:30am-1:40pm on OLN – Cross Country
Tuesday 7/31, 6:30-9:10am on OLN – Team Jumping Final
Tuesday 7/31, 10:30-11:35am on OLN – Individual Jumping Final
Thursday 8/2, 7:00-11:30am on OLN – Team Dressage (day 1)
Saturday 8/4, 6:30-10:15am on OLN – Team Dressage (day 2)
Tuesday 8/7, 6:00-11:45am on OLN – Team Dressage Final
Thursday 8/9, 8:30am-12:30pm on OLN – Individual Dressage Final
Sunday 8/5, 7:00-10:30am on SN – Team Jumping (round 1)
Monday 8/6, 10:00am-1:00pm on TSN – Team Jumping Final
Wednesday 8/8, 8:00-9:30am on CTV – Individual Jumping Final (round A)
Wednesday 8/8, 10:45am-12:10pm on CTV – Individual Jumping Final (round B)