Olympic wake-up: What you might have missed from the Winter Games
Canada's curlers are on a roll, plus moguls qualifiers and team figure skating
By Benjamin Blum, CBC Sports
The opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics started at 6 a.m. ET on Friday, but the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea have already been underway for some time.
You read that correctly. Events took place on Wednesday and Thursday — including several at intimidatingly late hours for Canadians — before the lighting of the cauldron.
Fortunately, there's a team of dedicated (read: overcaffeinated) journalists that are standing on guard for thee. Here is a quick recap of all the important news from the Olympics you might have missed:
Patrick Chan's shaky short skate was good enough for a third-place spot, but Canada vaulted into first overall thanks to a strong routine from pairs team Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford. The duo were impressive skating to a cover of U2's With or Without You, and Israeli skater Alexei Bychenko's Hava Nagila routine was certainly memorable.
Chloe Dufour-Lapointe and Marc-Antoine Gagnon will both have one more chance to reach the finals.
What else happened?
Canadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin fell hard at the end of her slopestyle training run and was taken off the hill on a sled. The 21-year-old was taken to hospital, but later returned to the Olympic Village with a team doctor.
Forty-five Russian athletes hoping to still compete at these Olympics had their appeals denied by sports' highest court. Three gold medallists and several ex-NHL players are among the excluded athletes.
What's coming up Friday?
Opening ceremony: The official beginning of the Games featuring the parade of nations, plenty of speeches and the end of the torch relay. CBC Sports is showing the ceremony live at 6 a.m. ET and again at 7 p.m. ET.