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Tyler Wotherspoon of Canada stretches during a practice at the Beijing Olympics on Feb. 6, 2022.DAVID W CERNY/Reuters

Canada’s men’s hockey team begins its Olympic pursuit

Led by 37-year-old captain Eric Staal, Canada’s men’s hockey team will get going in preliminary play against Germany. Canada’s team won’t showcase any current NHL stars such as Connor McDavid or Sidney Crosby, but it does feature former NHL players, such as Staal, and future stars such as 19-year-old Owen Power, who was taken with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2021 NHL draft. The Canadian men finished with a bronze in Pyeongchang four years ago with a similarly NHL-less roster.

Canada's Isabelle Weidemann rounds the oval to win the bronze medal in the women's 3,000 metre speedskating race at the Winter Olympics in Beijing on Feb. 5, 2022.Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Weidemann going for a second medal in Beijing

Ottawa’s Isabelle Weidemann captured Canada’s first medal at the Beijing Games when she skated to a bronze medal in the women’s 3,000 metre speed skating event. On Thursday she’ll have an opportunity to add another medal, competing in the women’s 5,000 metre competition.

Skip Jennifer Jones delivers the rock against Team Fleury during woman's final of the 2021 Canadian Olympic curling trials in Saskatoon on Nov. 28, 2021.Rick Elvin /The Canadian Press

Jennifer Jones opens her Olympic tournament

Jennifer Jones and her Canadian rink will begin its Olympic women’s curling tournament Thursday. Jones and Canada’s women will start their tournament with a match against Korea. At 47 years old, Jones is Canada’s oldest Olympian in Beijing. She will be looking to redeem a disappointing sixth-place effort from the Rachel Homan-skipped Canadian team in Pyeongchang.

Team Canada skip Brad Gushue makes a shot as he plays Team Newfoundland and Labrador at the Brier in Calgary on March 10, 2021.The Canadian Press

Gushue, Canada’s men’s curling team face off against Norway

Brad Gushue’s Canadian men’s curling team will play its second match of the round robin on Thursday, taking on Norway. The results of the match will obviously be important in the context of the tournament itself, but of more immediate concern to curling fans will likely be the kind of fashion statement the Norwegian men will be making. Norway’s men’s curling teams have made a reputation of wearing some very memorable outfits — pants in particular — over the course of the past few Olympics.

Canadian Keegan Messing competes during the men's short program figure skating competition at the Winter Olympics on Feb. 8, 2022, in Beijing.David J. Phillip/The Associated Press

Men’s figure skating competition concludes

Nathan Chen of the United States will be looking to carry momentum he’s built from his world record performance in the short program into the free dance of the men’s figure skating event on Thursday. If Chen performs like he did in the short program, he will walk away as the new Olympic champion, dethroning two-time Olympic champ Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, who is currently in eighth place in the competition. Canada’s Keegan Messing will be entering Thursday’s free skate in ninth place.