Svein Tuft of the Day for Day 3: Ivan Babikov
My pick for Team Canada's unnoticed noteworthy performance of the day is cross-country skier Ivan Babikov.
Babikov finished eighth in the men's 15 km free this morning. He was eighteen seconds (in a thirty-three minute race) behind the bronze medallist. Canada's previous best result in the 15 km event was a fourteenth place by Pierre Harvey in 1988.
Harvey's son, twenty-one-year-old Alex Harvey, finished 21st in his first Olympic start.
Medal Prediction Update
I had a few complete misses in today's results — the first of these Games. I had pegged Rob Fagan as having an outside chance at a medal in snowboard cross, but I had not identified Mike Robertson, today's silver medalist. A few more of those surprises will probably have to happen over the next two weeks if Canada is going to get to the top of the medal table.
Conversely, I had picked Devon Kershaw with an outside chance at a medal in the men's 15 km cross country race. It appears that he didn't enter the event. Oops.
I had picked the men's downhill as a strong medal chance for Canada, and the pairs figure skating as a possibility. So despite Robertson's great result, my predicted total has gone down again today.
As a brief editorial comment, I should say that I loved watching the snowboard cross today. The course seemed to be set up to enable lots of passing and lead changes, unlike what I remember from Torino. I was on the edge of my seat through every round.
Canada's great medal chance for Day 4 is in women's snowboard cross. Of course, if today proved anything, it's that anything can happen in snowboard cross. It should be exciting!
|Alpine Ski||Downhill - M||Osborn-Paradis, Manual||Strong||17th||-0.65|
|Alpine Ski||Downhill - M||Guay, Erik||Outside||5th||-0.10|
|Alpine Ski||Downhill - M||Dixon, Robbie||Outside||60th||-0.10|
|Cross Country Ski||15 km Free - M||Kershaw, Devon||Outside||DNS||-0.10|
|Snowboard||Snowboard Cross - M||Robertson, Mike||None||SILVER||+1.00|
|Snowboard||Snowboard Cross - M||Fagan, Rob||Outside||5th||-0.10|
|Speedskating - LT||500 m - M||Gregg, Jamie||Outside||8th||-0.10|
|Figure Skating||Pairs||Davison and Dubé||Possibility||6th||-0.35|