THREE TO WATCH
John Matisz’s athletes you should keep an eye on over the next 24 hours
1 Ted-jan Bloemen
(Men’s speed skating, Thursday @ 6 a.m. ET on SN; or encore Thursday @ 9:30 a.m. on CBC)
Just a few days removed from capturing a silver medal in the 5,000-metre race, Bloemen returns to the oval for Round 2. The 10,000-metre — his signature event — goes Thursday. The 31-year-old Dutch-born, Calgary-living Canuck is the world record holder in the 10k.
2 Christian Thomas
(Men’s hockey, Thursday @ 7 a.m. ET on CBC; or encore Thursday @ 1 p.m. on SN; or encore Thursday @ 8:30 p.m. on CBC)
Is Canada next? Hockey powers the United States and Olympic Athletes from Russia were upset by Slovenia and Slovakia, respectively, in the opening two games of the tournament on Wednesday. Thomas, son of Steve (Stumpy) Thomas and the youngest
Canadian player, can’t afford to take Switzerland lightly on Thursday. Thomas, who scored the gamewinning goal in the final Olympic tuneup game, is expected to skate on the top line with ex-nhlers Wojtek Wolski and Chris Kelly.
3 Patrick Chan
(Men’s figure skating, Thursday @ 8 p.m. ET on TSN)
Chan, who played a starring role in Canada’s victory in the inaugural team event earlier this week, has the spotlight all to himself in men’s singles. Starting Thursday with the short program, the Sochi silver medallist will attempt to claim his fourth career medal (two team, one individual) and become Canada’s first-ever Olympic gold medallist in the event.
Canadian speed skater Ted-jan Bloemen, already boasting a silver medal at these Winter Olympics, will look to add to his haul as he competes in his signature event, the men’s 10,000m today.