The pre­dic­tion: 28 medals

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DONNA SPENCER

The 2018 Pey­ongchang Olympics open a year from Thurs­day. The Cana­dian Press pre­dicts 28 medals for Canada’s ath­letes in South Korea: ALPINE SKI­ING 1 bronze — Be­tween Dustin Cook in su­per-G, Marie-Michele Gagnon in the com­bined and the new mixed gen­der team event, there’s strong po­ten­tial for an alpine medal. BOB­SLED/SKELE­TON 1 gold, 1 bronze — Kail­lie Humphries will pi­lot Canada to her third gold in women’s bob­sled in as many Win­ter Games. Mirela Rah­neva and El­iz­a­beth Vathje lead a resur­gence in women’s skele­ton.

CROSS-COUN­TRY SKI­ING

1 sil­ver — The first medal for Cana­dian men could be a group ef­fort in the team sprint or men’s re­lay with Alex Har­vey driv­ing that ef­fort. CURL­ING 2 gold — The coun­try’s depth and the strin­gent tri­als process will pro­duce men’s and women’s teams ca­pa­ble of de­fend­ing Olympic ti­tles. The new mixed dou­bles event? Not look­ing so good. FIG­URE SKAT­ING 1 gold, 2 sil­ver, 1 bronze — Ice dancers Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue are back on their game af­ter tak­ing two seasons off. Pairs duo Mea­gan Duhamel and Eric Rad­ford are double world cham­pi­ons. Canada will re­peat as medal­lists in the team event that was new in 2014. Pa­trick Chan needs to up his quad quo­tient in men’s sin­gles to get a gold. FREESTYLE SKI­ING 2 gold, 2 sil­ver, 2 bronze — Canada is ocean deep in slopestyle, ski­cross and moguls. There will be gold and mu­ti­ple medals. HOCKEY 1 sil­ver — There is no point in a men’s hockey pre­dic­tion un­til the NHL de­clares it­self in or out. Af­ter cough­ing up the gold medal to Canada in Sochi, the Amer­i­can women will fin­ish the job this time. LUGE 1 bronze — Fourth three times in Sochi, this is the Win­ter Games where Canada fi­nally wins a luge medal. Alex Gough or Kim McRae on the podium in women’s sin­gles or the re­lay team can squeak in for one too.

SHORT-TRACK SPEED­SKAT­ING

1 gold, 2 sil­ver, 1 bronze — Charles Hamelin, owner of three Olympic gold, and Mar­i­anne StGe­lais lead a stacked short track squad that will win in­di­vid­ual and re­lay medals. SNOW­BOARD­ING 1 gold, 1 sil­ver, 1 bronze — With Max Par­rot and Mark McMor­ris the head­lin­ers, the men’s snow­board team will crowd the slopestyle and big air podi­ums. SPEED­SKAT­ING 1 sil­ver, 2 bronze — Trans­planted Dutch­man Ted-Jan Bloe­men is a medal threat in men’s dis­tance and a pow­er­ful ad­di­tion to the men’s pur­suit. Ivanie Blondin is a con­sis­tent podium fin­isher in the new mass start.

TO­TAL: 28 (8 gold, 10 sil­ver, 10 bronze)

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