What to watch today at the Olympics: Feb.18-19

Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir begin their quest for another ice dance gold

What to watch today at the Olympics: Feb.18-19
Tessa Virtue, right, and Scott Moir begin their quest for gold in the ice dance competition. © Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

CBC's daily broadcast schedule:

6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET, Olympic Games Primetime, with Scott Russell

2 a.m. to 6 a.m. ET, Olympic Games Overnight with Craig Morris and Kelly VanderBeek

6 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET, Olympic Games Morning, with Andi Petrillo and Alexandre Despatie​

Canadians to watch:

  • Women's big air qualifying, Laurie Blouin, Spencer O'Brien, Sunday, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. ET

Big air is one of four sports making its debut in Pyeongchang. Blouin, coming off a heroic silver-medal performance in the women's slopestyle competition, was sixth at the 2017 worlds.

O'Brien was fourth at the 2016 Winter X Games and fifth at the 2017 edition. Rounding out the Canadian contingent is Brooke Voigt, who won bronze at a World Cup event in February 2016 and finished in the top-ten at the Olympic test event in the 2016-17 season.

  • Women's ski halfpipe qualifying, Cassie Sharpe, Sunday, 8 p.m.-9:15 p.m. ET

The 25-year-old heads into Pyeongchang full of confidence with the top spot in the World Cup standings and a bronze medal in last month's Winter X Games in Aspen. The Comox, B.C., native emerged onto the halfpipe scene with a silver medal at the 2015 worlds. 

Rosalind Groenewoud is the other Canadian competing in the event. She's one of the most decorated freestyle skiers in the halfpipe discipline with seven Winter X Games medals, including two gold, but recent injuries have slowed her down.

  • Ice dance short program, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Sunday, 8 p.m.-11:45 p.m. ET

Virtue and Moir look to cap off their Olympic career the way they started it — with a gold medal. Their top competition will come from the French duo of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, who beat the Canadians at the Grand Prix Final last December.

Canada will also be represented by Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje and Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier. Weaver and Poje are two-time world championship medallists and Grand Prix Final champions. Gilles and Poirier were runner-up at this past year's Canadian championships.  

  • Men's long track speed skating, Alex Boisvert-Lacroix, Monday, 6 a.m.-8 a.m. ET

Canada's best medal hope in the men's 500 metres is Boisvert-Lacroix. The 30-year-old was a bronze medallist in the discipline at the 2016 worlds and won his first-ever World Cup gold in Calgary this past December.

Laurent Dubreuil is making his Olympic debut and is also a world championship bronze medallist in the 500 accomplishing the feat in 2015. Calgary native Gilmore Junio returns for his second Games after a 10th-place finish in Sochi.

  • Men's 2-man bobsleigh, Justin Kripps, Christopher Spring, Monday, 6:15 a.m.-8:45 a.m. ET

Entering the final two runs of the competition, Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz are in second place, just 0.10 seconds back of the Germany 3 for the lead. Kripps won the overall World Cup title this past season and was runner-up at the 2017 worlds. 

The other Canadian duos — Nick Poloniato and Jesse Lumsden and Christopher Spring and Lascelles Brown — are tied for 10th place.

Spring has a pair of podium finishes this season, including a victory in Whistler, B.C., en route to finishing third in the World Cup standings. Polinato was ninth overall and has piloted his sled to two top-five finishes this season.

  • Women's hockey, Canada vs. OAR, Monday, 7:10 a.m.-9:30 a.m. ET

Standing in Canada's way of a sixth-straight Olympic gold-medal appearance are the Olympic Athletes from Russia, who set up a semifinal date with the Canucks after a 6-2 quarter-final win over Switzerland.

Canada last played against the United States on Wednesday when they came away with a 2-1 victory thanks in large part to a 44-save performance from goaltender Genevieve Lacasse.