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Canada on Day 4: What to watch

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A viewing guide to what's on tap for Canada on the third full day of the Games.

Afternoon: In honor of the Family Day holiday in Ontario, parents and children will go into separate rooms to watch the men's downhill (1:30 p.m. ET, CTV) and snowboard-cross qualifying (1:30, TSN), putting one on the TV and streaming the other on the computer.

The downhill matches the Canadian Cowboys – Manuel Osborne-Paradis (pictured), Erik Guay, Robbie Dixon, and Jan Hudec – against big-name Europeans, Switzerland's Didier Cuche and Austria's Michael Walchhofer. Please also try to have an original heckle ready when Bode Miller appears on screen.

The Canadians are thought to have a small advantage, because the World Cup circuit stopped coming to Whistler in the 1990s after slushy conditions canceled several events. That is irony, on a base level.

Given the amount of trash talk between Canada and the favored U.S., led by Nate Holland and Seth Wescott, you should make a point to watch the inaugural final in men's snowboard cross (5, Rogers Sportsnet). It's going to get bumpy

Evening: Would that there were a quick key to automatically enter Canada's Jeremy Wotherspoon will take another crack at that elusive Olympic gold medal. The Canadian veteran, who has won everything else, competes in men's 500-meter speedskating (6:30, Sportsnet). He's a dark horse, though.

The medals are also on the line in pairs figure skating (free skate at 8 on Sportsnet).

A few people in Fredericton, New Brunswick, will hang in for the entirety of the Switzerland-Canada women's hockey game (5:30, TSN). The Swiss team includes defenseman Lucrece Nussbaum, of Canadian Interuniversity Sport's St. Thomas Tommies.

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