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2014 Sochi Games

Welcome to the overnight Olympics

Every true blue Canadian knows exactly where they were when Sidney Crosby scored the 'Golden Goal' to seal Canada's 14th and final gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Most of you were probably at a sports bar somewhere from Sooke, BC to Gander, NL, Windsor, ON to Inuvik, NT.

Fast forward four years and it appears we in the Okanagan will have to lose a bit of sleep or miss some work in order to watch, live, Canada's athletes ski, skate, snowboard or race their way to gold in Sochi.

The Okanagan is exactly 12-hours behind Sochi, meaning what is live in prime time in Sochi will be mid morning here while events earlier in the day will be live around midnight or later.

Take the hockey tournament for example. Canada's three preliminary round games are at a reasonable time locally.

Games against Norway (Thursday Feb 13), Austria (Friday, Feb 14) and Finland (Sunday, Feb 16) can all be seen at 9 a.m. our time.

Quarter-final and semi-final games could be earlier depending on how Canada is seeded.

The bronze medal game will be shown live at 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb 22 with the gold medal contest at 4 a.m. the following morning.

Because of licensing, suffice to say, you won't be catching any of Canada's hockey games live at any sports bar in the city.

Bart Dorssers, General Manager at Boomers Sports Bar and Grill in the Capital News Centre says with today's world of PVR's and big screen TV's, most people will tape the games and watch them later.

"Or, (If Canada is in the gold medal game) get up at 4 a.m., put on a pot of coffee and cook up some bacon and eggs," says Dorssers.

He says watching any sporting event is all about atmosphere and without a large crowd there is no atmosphere.

Dorssers says he will definitely PVR games and play them back for those who want to watch them later.

Bars in town are also restricted to when they can open. They would have to apply for permission to open at an earlier hour.

For those interested in watching local athletes competing in Sochi, here are the times for each event:

Mens Hockey - Duncan Keith (Penticton) and Shea Weber (Sicamous)

  • Prelim vs Norway - Thursday, Feb 13, 9 a.m.
  • Prelim vs Austria - Friday, Feb 14, 9 a.m.
  • Prelim vs Finland - Sunday, Feb 16, 9 a.m.

Ski Cross - Kelsey Serwa (Kelowna)

  • Seeding - Thursday, Feb 20, 11:45 p.m.
  • Finals - Friday, Feb 21, 2:41 a.m.

Snowboard Cross - Kevin Hill (Vernon)

  • Seeding - Sunday, Feb 16, 11 p.m.
  • Finals - Monday, Feb 17, 2:12 a.m.

Half Pipe - Justin Dorey (Vernon) and Matt Margetts (Penticton)

  • Qualifying - Tuesday, Feb 18, 5:45 a.m.
  • Final - Tuesday, Feb 18, 9:30 a.m.

Two-Man Bobsleigh - Justin Kripps (Summerland)

  • Run 1 and 2 - Sunday, Feb 16, 8:15 a.m. and 9:50 a.m.
  • Run 3 and 4 - Monday, Feb 17, 6:30 a.m. and 8:05 a.m.

Four-Man Bobsleigh - Justin Kripps (Summerland)

  • Run 1 and 2 - Saturday, Feb 22, 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Run 3 and 4, Sunday, Feb 23, 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m.

Skeleton - Eric Neilson (Kelowna)

  • Heat 1 and 2 - Friday, Feb 14, 4:30 a.m. and 6:05 a.m.
  • Heat 3 and 4 - Saturday, Feb 15, 6:45 a.m. and 8:16 a.m.

Short Track Speed Skating - Jessica Hewitt (Kamloops)

  • 500m Heats Monday, Feb 10, 2:27 a.m.
  • Semi-final - Thursday, Feb 13, 3:10 a.m.
  • Final - Thursday, Feb 13, 4:05 a.m.

 

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