With fewer than two years until Tokyo 2020, CBC Sports reinforces its commitment to showcasing high-performance athletes throughout their journey to the podium with coverage of Team Canada at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 to kick off the fourth season of weekly CBC staple, ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES. Canadian Screen Award-winning hosts Scott Russell and Andi Petrillo will continue to guide viewers through CBC Sports’ coverage of a wide variety of sports on Saturday and Sunday afternoons over the course of the fourth season, beginning this Saturday, October 13 at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) on CBC, cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices.
Russell and Petrillo will be joined by an all-star roster of expert commentators and analysts including some of Canada’s most well-known and successful Olympians and world-class athletes. New this season, 2014 Olympic Games gold medallist Jill Officer will provide commentary on key curling events, while four-time Olympian Brian Stemmle will join the broadcast team for coverage of alpine skiing events.
This winter season of ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES will feature more than 130 hours of broadcast competition coverage on CBC from October–March, which will also be streamed at cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app, with more than 880 hours of additional live-streaming event coverage at cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app. Highlights of the season include coverage of 12 different World Championships and the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, culminating with the Final in Vancouver, December 6–9, from which ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES will provide on-the-ground reports.
Additional sports and disciplines that will be covered on TV and/or online include: ISU World Cup Speed Skating; Championship Curling; FIS World Cup Alpine, Cross Country, Freestyle Skiing, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined; FIS World Cup Snowboarding; IBSF World Cup Bobsleigh and Skeleton; FIL World Cup Luge; FIG Gymnastics; FINA Swimming and Diving; FIBA 3×3 Basketball World Tour; and varied marathon and cross-country championships. CBC Sports’ TV and streaming schedules are available at cbcsports.ca. Viewers can add calendar reminders for CBC Sports’ live coverage of their favourite sports directly to their mobile devices through calendar integration tool CalReply.
This weekend, sports fans will have the opportunity to cheer on the 72 competing Canadian athletes between the ages of 15–18 at the Youth Olympic Games, with ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES coverage beginning Saturday, October 13 starting at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) on CBC, cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app. Extensive daily live-streaming coverage of Buenos Aires 2018 events is also available now, until October 18, at cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app. Buenos Aires 2018 features over 4000 athletes from 206 countries competing in 32 sports. At the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, Canada won seven medals – four silver and three bronze – and since the inception of the Youth Olympic Games in 2010, the country has seen 16 homegrown Youth Olympians go on to represent Canada at the Olympic Games.
CBC Sports offers unique and extensive opportunities for Canadians to connect with top high-performance athletes, including the recently launched PLAYER’S OWN VOICE podcast hosted by Olympian and former national long track speed skating team member Anastasia Bucsis. Each episode, Bucsis is joined by one of Canada’s top competitors for intimate conversations that will take listeners behind the facade and prepared statements into a world known only by their close friends. Episodes continue to roll out every Tuesday, and upcoming guests include Olympic Games multi-medallist Patrick Chan (figure skating); two-time Olympic Games gold medallist Kaitlyn Lawes (curling); the legendary Cindy Klassen, who is tied with Clara Hughes as Canada’s all-time most-decorated Olympian with six medals (long track speed skating); and former CFL-player-turned-Olympian, Jesse Lumsden (bobsleigh).
In addition to streaming coverage, CBC Sports’ digital platforms will continue to offer the latest news, results, analysis and in-depth features from a wide variety of sports and events in Canada and around the world throughout the winter season. The ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES section of cbcsports.ca focuses on stories from the world of high-performance sport, often told by the athletes themselves through interviews and long-form first-person articles.