Jones in Olympic danger zone, short-track drama

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The big excitement should come on ice for Team Canada on Day 9 of the Beijing Olympics.

As bobsled gets going, hockey, short-track speedskating and curling all continue as we enter the second half of the Games.

Here’s a look at five key Canadian storylines to watch on Day 9:

Editor’s note: All events are Sunday in Eastern Time unless otherwise noted.

Cynthia Appiah, Christine de Bruin
Women’s bobsled monobob, Run 1 at 8:30 p.m. (Saturday), Run 2 at 10 p.m. (Saturday)
The Canadians are two of the top contenders in this new Olympic event. So, too, is Canadian turned American Kaillie Humphries. The medals will be handed out on Day 10 after the final two runs.

Jennifer Jones
Women’s curling, vs. Switzerland, 1:05 a.m.
The Winnipeg skip has lost two in a row to fall to 1-2. Things don’t get easier with this game against two-time reigning world champ Silvana Tirinzoni. The top four teams make the playoffs.

Steven Dubois
Men’s short-track speedskating 500 metres, quarterfinals at 6 a.m. ET, semifinals at 6:27 a.m., final at 7:14 a.m.
Dubois looks for his second medal of the Games after taking silver in the 1,500 metres. The native of Terrebonne, Que., also was part of a fourth-place finish in the mixed team relay.

Canadian women’s short-track 3,000-metre relay team
Final at 6:44 a.m.
Kim Boutin, Courtney Sarault, Florence Brunelle and Alyson Charles won their semifinal to earn the right to skate for a medal. Boutin won bronze in the 500 metres, giving her four career Olympic medals.

Canadian men’s hockey team
vs. China, 8:10 a.m.
After a 4-2 setback against the United States, Canada will be heavily favoured in its final game of the preliminary round. Eleven Canadians skate for a Chinese team making its Olympic debut.

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