Olympic Look Ahead

By The Associated Press

In the past, O Canada stood for zero gold medals, at least when the Canadians were hosting. They didn’t win an event while hosting the 1988 Winter Games and the 1976 Summer Games. They’ll try to change that Saturday. NBC will provide prime time coverage of the men’s downhill, short-track speedskating and the women’s moguls, all of which have Canadian contenders.

JENN’S JOB: It’s to win the women’s moguls. Canada’s Jenn Heil took the gold in that event at the 2006 Games, and she’s a favorite to repeat.

SHOWTIME FOR APOLO: American Apolo Anton Ohno competes in his third Olympics when he skates in the 1,500 short-track. Ohno has won five medals, one short of Bonnie Blair’s mark for most by a U.S. Winter Olympian.

ELDER STATESMAN: Switzerland’s Didier Cuche tries to become the oldest Alpine gold medalist at the Olympics. The 35-year-old is a top contender in the men’s downhill.

HEAD TO HEAD: Dutch favorite Sven Kramer will face American Shani Davis in men’s 5,000-meter speedskating. Davis and Kramer are in the same pairing. American Chad Hedrick, the defending champion, will skate after them.

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