2002 Olympic Moment: 10 Years Ago Today

There are some memories in Canadian sports that stick with us better than others. It was ten years ago today that Jamie Sale and David Pelletier received their gold medals at the 2002 Olympics. Many will remember that a judging scandal caused the Canadian pair to finish second to the Russians. After an investigation after the February 11 competition, the Canadians finally received their gold medals (along with the Russians) in a second medal ceremony on February 17. I remember watching both CBC and NBC’s coverage throughout those few days during these unprecedented events. Of course this also changed figure skating forever as a new judging system was introduced. Here is a video of the medal ceremony. You can continue after the break to see the Canadians’ free skate.

Some of my best Olympic memories come from the 2002 Salt Lake City games. If anyone has any of their favourite Salt Lake 2002 memories to share, please leave a comment.

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2011-12 Winter Dew Tour Wraps Up in Snowbasin this Weekend

The Winter Dew Tour, which features three of the biggest snowboarding and freestyle skiing events in the world, has its final event of the season this weekend at Snowbasin in Ogden, Utah. NBC and Sportsnet will broadcast coverage in Canada. There are four broadcasts, two on NBC and two on Sportsnet.

Here is NBC’s press release (note: I have slightly modified this to replace NBC Sports Network with Sportsnet)

Freeskiing and snowboarding athletes will compete this weekend in the final stop of the 2011-2012 Winter Dew Tour, the world’s premier season-long action sports competition. The events take place live from Snowbasin in Ogden, Utah where the Dew Cups will be awarded to the top athletes in each discipline.

In the snowboard superpipe, Iouri Podladtchikov, known for being the only person in the world, besides Shaun White, to land the Double McTwist 1260, will attempt to maintain his two point lead over Olympian Louie Vito. On the slopestyle course, Tom Wallisch, the winner of the first two Dew Tour stops in Breckenridge and Killington, strives to continue his slopestyle dominance.

Coverage will be broadcast across NBC and NBC Sports Network. The action begins on NBC with the Snowboard Superpipe at 2 p.m. this Saturday, and continues throughout the weekend. Commentators announcing the event include Todd Harris, Todd Richards, Luke Van Valin and Tiffany Simons.

NBC
Snowboard Superpipe (Saturday 2 p.m. ET) features Russian born Iouri Podladtchikov who holds this year’s Dew Cup Championship lead by two points. He is leading 2011 champion Louie Vito.

Ski Slopestyle (Sunday 3 p.m. ET) features the man-to-beat Tom Wallisch, with wins in both the Dew Tour and X Games. Australian Russ Henshaw, American Bobby Brown and 17-year-old Nick Goepper look to challenge Wallisch for the victory

Sportsnet
Ski Pipe (Saturday night; midnight ET) showcases the head-to-head competition between 2011 Dew Cup Champion Kevin Rolland and 16-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace.

Snowboard Slopestyle (Sunday night; 1am local) showcases Canadian Sebastian Toutant’s quest for his first Dew Cup . He will face pressure from previous first place finishers Gjermund Braaten and Eric Willett.

2012 Winter X Games on TSN & TSN2

The 2012 Winter X Games take place this weekend in Aspen, Colorado. The Winter X Games bring together the best snowboarders, freestyle skiers and snowmobilers from around the world. Most of the snowboarding and freestyle skiing disciplines are part of the 2014 Sochi Olympics as well, so X Games is a great chance for Canadians to familiarize themselves with some of Canada’s 2014 medal hopefuls.

TSN and TSN2 will show exclusive coverage of the Winter X Games in Canada. TSN2 will show 12 hours of live coverage on the weekend. TSN will broadcast Thursday and Friday coverage on delay at 11pm ET.

Thursday’s broadcast will feature a tribute to the late Sarah Burke. Sarah was a Canadian freestyle skier who was a four-time X Games gold medallist in halfpipe, as well as a World Champion. She died due to a brain injury suffered earlier this month while training in Utah.

Here is TSN’s complete broadcast schedule.

Friday January 27 from 11:00pm until 1:00am on TSN (TD)
Snowmobile: Freestyle Final
Freestyle Ski: Men’s Slopestyle Final

Friday January 27 from 11:00pm until 1:00am on TSN (TD)
Snowboard: Men’s Big Air Final
Snowboard: Women’s Halfpipe Final

Saturday January 28 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on TSN2
Freestyle Ski: Men’s Halfpipe Final

Saturday January 28 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on ABC
Snowboard: Men’s & Women’s Snowboard Cross

Saturday January 28 from 9:00pm until 11:00pm on TSN2
Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle Final
Freestyle Ski: Men’s Big Air Final

Sunday January 29 from 2:00pm until 6:00pm on TSN2
Freestyle Ski: Men’s & Women’s Skier Cross
Snowboard: Women’s Slopestyle Final
Snowboard: Men’s Halfpipe Qualifying
Snowboard: Street Final

Sunday January 29 from 9:00pm until 11:00pm on TSN2
Snowmobile: Best Trick Final
Snowboard: Men’s Halfpipe Final

Here is a list of ESPN’s commentators:

Sal Masekela (Host & play-by-play)
Chris Burandt (Snowmobile analyst)
Zach Crist (Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross analyst)
Keir Dillon (Snowboard analyst)
Mike Douglas (Freestyle Ski analyst)
Chris Ernst (Freestyle Ski play-by-play)
Todd Harris (Skier Cross and Snowboard Cross play-by-play)
Tes Sewell (Snowmobile play-by-play)
Tina Dixon (Reporter)
Jenn Brown (Reporter)

Continue after the break for a list of Canadian athletes to watch in snowboarding and skiing.

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2012 Freestyle Skiing on Sportsnet

This winter Sportsnet will broadcast 13 FIS freestyle skiing World Cup events. Their schedule includes events in Blue Mountain, Ontario; Mont Gabriel, Quebec; and Calgary. Here is their broadcast schedule. All times are Eastern for broadcasts on East, Ontario and One; Mountain for broadcasts on West and Pacific for broadcasts on Pacific.

Date

Event

East

Ontario

West

Pacific

SN1

Saturday 1/7 Ruka – Moguls

4:00pm

2:30pm

6:30pm

1:30pm

6:00pm

Saturday 1/14 Meribel – Dual Moguls

4:00pm

4:30pm

1:30pm

Saturday 1/21 Mont Gabriel – Dual Moguls

11:00pm

2:00pm

7:00pm

Saturday 1/28 Mont Gabriel – Aerials

8:30pm

3:30pm

5:00pm

4:00pm

5:30pm

Saturday 2/11 Lake Placid – Aerials

12:30pm

Sunday 2/12 Blue Mountain – Ski Cross

12:30pm

11:00pm

Saturday 2/18 Calgary – Moguls

4:00pm

7:00pm

2:30pm

4:00pm

11:30pm

Saturday 2/25 Calgary – Aerials

7:00pm

3:30pm

7:00pm

Saturday 3/3 Deer Valley – Moguls

4:00pm

3:30pm

2:30pm

4:30pm

7:00pm

Saturday 3/10 Naeba – Dual Moguls

4:00pm

4:30pm

2:30pm

1:30pm

8:00pm

Saturday 3/17 Are – Moguls

4:00pm

4:30pm

2:30pm

1:30pm

8:00pm

Saturday 3/24 Voss – Aerials

4:00pm

4:30pm

2:30pm

1:30pm

8:00pm

Saturday 3/31 Megeve – Dual Moguls

4:00pm

4:30pm

2:30pm

1:30pm

8:00pm

2011-12 Winter Dew Tour TV Schedule

The 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour kicks off this weekend in Breckenridge, Colorado as the first of three venues this season. The Winter Dew Tour features snowboarding halfpipe and slopestyle and freestyle skiing halfpipe and slopestyle. The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will feature all four of these events. The Winter Dew Tour brings most of the top athletes from around the world to one event, which happens rarely outside of the X Games. Canadian podium hopefuls for 2014 who compete on the Winter Dew Tour include Kaya Turski (ski slopestyle), Justin Dorey (ski halfpipe), Sarah Burke (ski halfpipe), Roz Groenewoud (ski halfpipe), Sebastien Toutant (snowboard slopestyle) and Mark McMorris (snowboard slopestyle). NBC and Rogers Sportsnet will show coverage of the Winter Dew Tour in Canada.

Here is the complete broadcast schedule. All times are Eastern except where noted.

Nike Open (Breckenridge, Colorado)
Saturday 12/17, 4:30-6:00pm on NBC
Saturday 12/17, midnight-1:00am on Sportsnet
Sunday 12/18, 2:00-4:00pm on NBC
Sunday 12/18, 9:00-10:00pm on Sportsnet

Pantech Invitational (Killington, Vermont)
Saturday 1/21, 4:00-6:00pm on NBC
Saturday 1/21, midnight-1:00am on Sportsnet*
Sunday 1/22, 3:00-5:00pm on NBC
Sunday 1/22, 11:00pm-midnight on Sportsnet*

Toyota Championships (Ogden, Utah)
Saturday 2/11, 2:00-3:30pm on NBC
Saturday 2/11, midnight-1:00am on Sportsnet*
Sunday 2/12, 2:00-4:30pm on NBC
Sunday 2/12, 11:00pm-midnight in Sportsnet*

*These broadcasts will air on Sportsnet at this time on each local channel. So, for example, 11pm ET on East and Ontario, 11pm MT on West and 11pm PT on Pacific.

Sportsnet Announces New Contract for World Cup Alpine Skiing

I posted CBC and Sportsnet’s alpine skiing schedules yesterday, now I have a press release to go with Sportsnet’s schedule.

Sportsnet today announced a two-year broadcast agreement with FIS (International Ski Federation) for Alpine skiing events, featuring 25 World Cup races each season. The deal begins this season and runs through the 2012-13 campaign.

The races will air on Sportsnet ONE every weekend throughout the season and will include slalom, giant slalom, downhill and super-combined races. Complementing the race coverage will be 30-minute magazine shows on news and stories from snowboard and freestyle skiing.

This agreement is an extension of a long-standing 13-year partnership between Sportsnet and FIS. Sportsnet has been televising FIS events since the network’s inception in 1998.

Coverage gets underway this weekend with the World Cup Ladies Giant Slalom from Aspen, Colorado. Brad Fay will handle the play-by-play alongside four-time Canadian Olympian and three-time World Cup medalist Brian Stemmle as analyst.

“With this new agreement we have created destination viewing every weekend for Alpine skiing,” said Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance & Sports Programming, Rogers Media. “Our viewers now have a home for some of the best ski races in the world.”

2011-12 Alpine Ski World Cup TV Schedule

The 2011-12 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup begins this weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta and Aspen, Colorado. Once again CBC Sports and Sportsnet will broadcast the Alpine Ski World Cup. First up is CBC’s schedule, then Sportsnet’s.

Brad Fay and Brian Stemmle will call Alpine Skiing on Rogers Sportsnet this season.

Continue after the break for the two schedules.
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