John Matisz’s ath­letes you should keep an eye on over the next 24 hours

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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.

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