Olympic sports to watch: Barrette returns, bobsleigh reigns, rugby commences & more
Unpack the microwave popcorn and grab your laptop charger or TV remote. This is one of the busiest Olympic sport weekends of the winter season, so far.
The list is so long it’s hard to find a place to start. How about a track cyclist returning from a broken back?
UCI Track Cycling World Cup – Cambridge, NZL
It’s the second World Cup on the track and Olympic qualification points are at stake.
Remarkably, Pan Am champion Hugo Barrette will race, amidst recovery from a severe crash on October 27th. Barrette suffered two broken lumbar vertebrae, a broken nose, split lip, concussion, neck dislocation, and several severe contusions according to Cycling Canada.
BMW IBSF World Cup – Winterberg, Germany
WATCH: Women’s Bobsleigh on Saturday – Streaming 3:45 am PT / 6:45 am ET or cbcsports.ca 5:15 am PT / 8:15 am ET or CBC TV 11 am PT / 2 pm ET
Rugby Sevens – Dubai
WATCH: Canada Women’s Sevens Quarterfinal vs. England on Friday – 1:06am ET | Streaming here
It’s the tour opener and the Canadian women’s team are already qualified for Rio 2016, so this is all about prep. There are injuries to quite a few top-end players, so Dubai will be an opportunity for less experienced players to take the field. The men also begin their season, December 4-5 (full schedule).
FIS Alpine World Cup – Lake Louise / Beaver Creek
Friday, Dec. 4: Men’s Downhill (Beaver Creek) – 12:30 pm ET cbcsports.ca, Women’s Downhill #1 (Lake Louise) – 2:30 pm ET cbcsports.ca
Saturday, Dec. 5: Women’s Downhill #1 (Lake Louise) – 3:00 pm ET cbcsports.ca/CBC TV, Women’s Downhill #2 (Lake Louise) – 2:30 pm (cbcsports.ca only) & 5:00 pm ET cbcsports.ca/CBC TV
Sunday, Dec. 6: Women’s Super-G (Lake Louise) – 3:00 pm ET cbcsports.ca/CBC TV
US Winter National Championships (Swimming) – Federal Way, Washington
WATCH: Finals on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday starting at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET | Streaming here
This one is interesting because it features many top Canadians at a major US championships, with a smattering of international talent. For example Ryan Cochrane is in a 400m freestyle event with Australian great Grant Hackett (now 35 years old) entered. Emily Overholt and Santo Condorelli are also in attendance.
There’s plenty else to keep an eye on including World Cup short track and long track speed skating, luge, ski cross, and more. But these are the things you can watch, so enjoy.