Three days until the Olympics begin (well one for soccer fans), three more TV schedules to share. I’ve combined these three combat sports (judo, taekwondo and wrestling) into one post. Canada has many medal opportunities in these sports, including a few athletes defending a medal from Beijing.
While Canada is strong in wrestling and taekwondo, our athletes’ chances of winning in judo are very slim. Canada has, however, qualified 8 judokas for the London Olympics.
Canada has qualified three athletes in taekwondo. Karine Sergerie won a silver medal in Beijing in the 67kg class. She has also won four World Championship medals, including a gold in 2007. Sébastien Michaud won bronze medals at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships. He competes in the men’s -80kg event.
There are two defending Canadian medallists in women’s wrestling. Carol Huynh won Canada’s first gold medal in Beijing on day 7. She also has four World Championship medals. She competes in the 48kg class. Tonya Verbeek has won medals at the last two Olympics, a silver in Athens and a bronze in Beijing. She competes in the 55kg class and has three World Championship medals, including a silver from Istanbul last year. Martine Dugrenier is a three time World Champion in the 67kg class. Since there is no 67kg event at the Olympics, she has had to move down in weight to compete in the 63kg field. She lost a bronze medal fight in Beijing.
I have highlighted the five events in red. These are Canada’s best medal chances in the sports of taekwondo and wrestling.
Bryan Mudryk will call judo and taekwondo for CTV, while Paul Romanuk will call wrestling. Frazer Will is their judo analyst and Christine Nordhagen is their wrestling analyst.
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.
Saturday 7/28, 1:15-1:30pm on CTV – Men’s 60kg Final
Monday 7/30, 7:00-8:30am on SN – Men’s 73kg & Women’s 57kg Preliminaries
Monday 7/30, 10:00am-12:50pm on SN – Men’s 73kg & Women’s 57kg Finals*
Thursday 8/2, 11:00am-12:30pm on CTV – Men’s 100kg & Women’s 78jg Finals*
*These include semifinals and bronze medal matches. The gold medal matches begin live at 12:00pm both days.
Wednesday 8/8, 1:30-3:00pm on OLN – Men’s 58kg & Women’s 48kg Quarters/semis
Wednesday 8/8, 6:00-6:55pm on SN – Men’s 58kg & Women’s 48kg Finals
Friday 8/10, 7:00-9:00am on TSN – Women’s 67kg & Men’s -80kg Preliminaries
Friday 8/10, 11:45am-2:00pm on TSN – Women’s 67kg & Men’s -80kg Quarters/semis
Friday 8/10, 4:15pm-7:00pm on TSN – Women’s 67kg & Men’s -80kg Finals*
*Gold medal matches begin at 6:15pm.
Wednesday 8/8, 9:40-11:45am on TSN – Women’s 48kg & Women’s 63kg Preliminaries
Wednesday 8/8, 2:00-4:15pm on SN – Women’s 48kg & Women’s 63kg Finals
Thursday 8/9, 9:00-11:00am on SN – Women’s 55kg & Women’s 72kg Preliminaries
Friday 8/10, 9:00-11:45am on TSN – Men’s 55kg & Men’s 74kg Preliminaries
Friday 8/10, 2:00-4:15pm on TSN – Men’s 55kg & Men’s 74kg Finals
Saturday 8/11, 9:00-11:45am on SN – Men’s 60kg, Men’s 84kg & Men’s 120kg Preliminaries
Saturday 8/11, 3:00-4:15pm on SN – Men’s 60kg, Men’s 84kg & Men’s 120kg Finals
Sunday 8/12, 9:00-11:00am on SN – Men’s 66 & Men’s 96kg Finals