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It's a bit of a stretch to call it the "Group of Death," but the Canadian women's team's first-round group at this summer's Tokyo Olympics poses a stiff challenge. FIFA conducted the draw for the women's soccer tournament on Wednesday in Zurich, placing Canada in Group E alongside Japan, Chile and Great Britain. Canada will open play against the hosts on July 21, and then face the South Americans on July 24, with both matches in Sapporo The Reds close out the group stage vs. Great Britain on July 27 in Kashima. Group F is made up of China, Brazil, the Netherlands and Zambia. Group G consists of the United States, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. The top two nations in each group - as well as the two best third-place sides - advance to the quarter-finals. Clare Rustad, who scored three goals in 45 appearances for Canada between 2000 and 2008, called Canada's group "very evenly matched, with the exception of Chile." "It's a little bit difficult to know how teams will match up, as the (COVID-19) pandemic has made international matches few and far between. Japan, for example, has not played against top-tier competition in some time, and their World Cup in 2019 was inconsistent. Neither Canada nor England have been at full strength in recent matches due to injury, so I think judging who will win the group is very difficult at this time," Rustad told CBC Sports. Winning Group E would mean Canada plays the third-place team from either Group F or G in the next round. Canada would face the Group F runner-up if it finished second in Group E. If Canada advances as the third-place team from its group, it would meet the Group G winner. Should Canada win its group and quarter-final, a showdown with the top-ranked U.S. could await in the semifinals. Evelyn Viens of Canada is shown celebrating with teammates Ashley Lawrence and Jessie Fleming in this file photo from April 9, 2021. The Canadian women's national soccer team learned on Wednesday that they are grouped with Japan, Britain, and Chile for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic tournament.(Warren Little/Getty Images) No easy path to gold-medal match To put it bluntly, the Americans pose the biggest challenge to Canada's chances of improving on its bronze-medal showings at London 2012 and Rio 2016. The Reds are winless in 37 consecutive games (31 losses) against the U.S., a streak that dates back to March 11, 2001 when the Canadians last beat their neighbours to the south. Overall, the Americans sport a record of 52 wins and seven draws (and only three losses) against the Canadians going back to their first meeting in 1986. "It is ideal to avoid the U.S. for as long as possible, but nearly impossible to orchestrate because tournaments can result in some surprise results. The U.S. is still a dominant force in women's soccer, even if the gap is narrowing between them and the European teams, and I do not favour Canada's chances against them. But Canada would also likely struggle with the Netherlands and even Sweden, so there is no easy path to a gold medal match," said Rustad, who competed for Canada at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The opening contest is a tough one for coach Bev Priestman's side. Canada is No. 8 in the current FIFA world rankings, ahead of Japan (No. 11). But the host nation isn't a soft touch. Not only will the 2011 World Cup champions enjoy the comforts of home, but they've also had the better of Canada in international play. The Japanese sport a 7-4-3 all-time record against the Canadians, including a 2-1 victory in the group stage of the 2012 London Games en route to winning the silver medal. Japan earned a 4-0 win on Oct. 6, 2019 in their previous meeting, handing Canada its heaviest defeat in seven years. What's more, the Nadeshiko have a point to prove after failing to qualify for Rio 2016. "Japan typically plays in a very organized and balanced 4-4-2 formation, and likes to play skillfully and patiently. If Canada can be dynamic and creative in the midfield, they may be able to control the game. The challenge will be to avoid getting stretched out as a midfield-three or getting bypassed quickly," Rustad explained. "Canada's strength is in its [defence] but if Japan can throw numbers forward in the attack and particularly in transition, they will be dangerous. Canada must come out strong in this first match. Japan will not give them time on the ball, so Canada must be prepared to attack quickly and creatively as it can, be difficult to break down, and be a highly organized and controlled team." WATCH | Jessie Fleming curler caps Canada's win over Wales: Chile making Olympic debut Two years after playing in its first Women's World Cup, Chile (ranked No. 37 in the world) will be making its Olympic debut in Tokyo, a sign of their genuine progress as one of the emerging teams from South America. Chile had the misfortune of being in a first-round group at the 2019 World Cup with the U.S. (who would go on to win the tournament) and Sweden (who finished third), and didn't advance to the knockout round. But La Roja Femenina gave a good account of themselves, playing both teams close, and they also earned a win over Thailand. Chilean captain Christiane Endler, who is a teammate of Canadians Ashley Lawrence and Jordyn at Paris Saint-Germain, is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. What's more, Chile beat Canada 1-0 at the 2013 Torneio Internacional de Futebol Feminino in the only previous meeting between the countries. Still, Rustad believes Canada should win comfortably against Chile, but the game also has the potential to be "an exercise in frustration" for the Reds. "Tactically, I can see Canada playing a 3-5-2 formation and pinning them in its end, but I worry about the possibility of a goal against coming on a quick counter by Chile. But with the hopeful roster addition of Vanessa Gilles, I would find it hard to believe that Chile could break through a back-three of Kadeisha Buchanan, Shelina Zadorsky, and Gilles, particularly as this would allow Ahsley Lawrence to play in the midfield," Rustad said. WATCH | 100 days from Tokyo: How much will COVID-19 affect the Olympics? Canada's fate may rest against Great Britain Like the opener vs. Japan, the first-round finale against Great Britain is a tough match, and will likely determine where Canada finishes in Group E and its path to the medal podium. Great Britain isn't ranked by FIFA because it's a combined team of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. However, the majority of its players come from the English national team, which is ranked No. 6, and England's interim manager Hege Riise will also take charge of Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics. The Canadians bested Great Britain in the quarter-finals of the 2012 London Games, the only previous meeting between the sides. That was Great Britain's first Olympic appearance, as it failed to qualify for Rio 2016. England defeated host Canada in the quarter-finals of the 2015 Women's World Cup, and reached the semifinals of the 2019 tournament in France. But the Lionesses have dropped off in the last two years, with just two wins in their last six matches, one of which came against 55th-ranked Northern Ireland. In a pair of friendlies earlier this month, England lost 3-1 to France and 2-0 to Canada. The all-time series between Canada and England is dead even, with seven wins apiece in 14 matches dating back to their first encounter at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden. The match against Great Britain will likely be Canada's biggest test of the group stage, and will be won or lost in the midfield, according to Rustad. "I love this match-up. Great Britain has some technically excellent players that will present a real challenge for Canada. … Great Britain's midfield is skillful, and can be dynamic and dangerous," Rustad offered. "Canada struggled to break through (in the recent friendly vs. England) and was gifted two goals on two big mistakes that are unlikely to happen again. This isn't news to anyone, but Canada must find a way to score consistently against teams like Great Britain if it wants to be seen as gold medal contenders."
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BURNABY, B.C. — Some of Canada's top track and field athletes face another potential road block in qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics. Because of surging COVID-19 cases in B.C., athletes from out of province can't travel there to compete in the Harry Jerome Track Classic on June 12, which is a big blow to athletes hoping to achieve the Olympic standard in a competitive season reeling amid the pandemic. "We had been hoping that restrictions around competition and travel would be getting easier throughout the spring, but so far they are getting tougher," meet director Nigel Hole said in a letter to athletes and coaches. "As of now, we are still planning on hosting the meet, and are committed to doing all that we can to hold it. We have the desire and the appetite to help as many 'high performance' and 'development' athletes compete as we can. We are in regular communication with BC Athletics and Athletics Canada to find creative, yet safe, ways of doing that." According to B.C.'s Provincial Health Order, only athletes returning home to B.C. will be allowed to compete, and only after completing the required self-isolation or quarantine period, the email said. Athletes coming from out of province must self-isolate for five to seven days and produce a negative COVID test result, while athletes coming from out of country must self-isolate for 14 days. "We are of course hoping that . . . those restrictions loosen by June 12 so that more athletes are eligible to compete," Hole said. "Although it pains me to say this, out-of-province athletes should refrain from booking travel at this time, and may want to explore back-up options in the event that the current restrictions are still in place on June 12." Athletics Canada recently announced a series of meets across Canada in an effort to provide opportunities for athletes to hit the Tokyo Olympic qualifying standard or accumulate valuable world ranking points that contribute to qualifying. Athletics Canada high performance director Simon Nathan estimated recently that between half and two-thirds of its team is based in Canada. Numerous athletes have recently travelled to the U.S. for competitions, where COVID-19 restrictions are loosening. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 21, 2021. The Canadian Press
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Vanessa James, 33, and Eric Radford, 36, surprised the figure skating community by announcing a last-minute bid for a competitive season, which just so happens to be an Olympic year. But what is the likelihood that these two powerhouses in the pairs event can foster an Olympic-level performance in just 10 months? Especially considering Radford's been retired since 2018, and James since 2020? "It will be very interesting to see how things shape up," Dylan Moscovitch, Olympic pairs skater and host of That Figure Skating Show, told CBC Sports. "They only have one season to do this and it can sometimes take time for a team to gel and get used to skating programs together and handling each other under pressure. "But based on what I've seen and based on their track record, they have the goods." That's apparent in a series of training videos. It doesn't look like either athlete has been away from the sport for years, or with a new partner, for that matter. WATCH | Vanessa James, Eric Radford come out of retirement: Despite late start, initial skates look exceptional "After seeing their initial videos, my impressions are that they have beautiful lines which can be very striking," said Moscovitch, who competed alongside Radford and against James for years. "Their tricks look effortless. Like their twist, which usually takes people quite a bit of time to get that timing synchronized, it looks very easy and technically sound. Their throws are amazing, they both are very good jumpers." Moscovitch says those technical skills are a key part of making this comeback a reality. "They're both well rounded, packaged skaters, so when you put them together on paper that looks amazing. However that doesn't necessarily mean they'll work," he said. "But when you look at how their bodies are together, their stature is very compatible." Their ability to jump back into the fire was a surprise to James and Radford. "Some of the elements we thought would be the hardest are actually some of our easiest," James said. Eric Radford, top centre, is shown celebrating his 2017 world championships gold medal in pairs with former partner Meagan Duhamel, bottom centre. Radford announced on Wednesday that he will return to competition with a new partner, Vanessa James, who shown with her world championships bronze medal at bottom right.(File/AFP via Getty Images) Past wins and losses will help tight timeline So with the technical skills well on their way to being competition-ready, Moscovitch says their experience is another thing giving this comeback a shot at success. "Both of them have a huge laundry list of accomplishments but losses as well, which are very valuable when you're trying to speed up a timeline," he said. "You have a lot to draw from and I think this team has it in spades." Radford is one of the most successful pairs skaters to ever represent Canada. He retired in 2018 after eight seasons partnered with Meagan Duhamel and winning three Olympic medals, three world championship medals and seven national titles. James and her previous partner Morgan Cipres had success in their own right in France, winning a 2018 bronze world championship medal, the 2019 European title, and also winning seven national titles. She retired in 2020. They'll fall back on this experience most when it comes to their programs. Having just solidified their music and plans this spring, they'll have spent less time fine-tuning their performances than everyone else. "We'll see a lot of pair teams going back to previous programs, fine tuning them," said James. "They were able to see what works for them, what doesn't work for them, judges feedback and stuff like that. And we're just being thrown into the deep end." Their experience will also have to make up for their lack of competitions together. "We're starting from really far behind," said Radford. "We don't have half the amount of competitions under our belt, not even close." Vanessa James, shown in this 2019 file photo, had formerly competed in pairs skating while representing France, winning six French national titles, a 2019 European title, a 2018 world bronze medal and a fifth-place finish at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.(AFP via Getty Images) Tough international competition But despite the obvious challenges, Moscovitch see's them being able to be competitive. "From my experience just having watched a lot of pairs over the years, when I see them skate I see things gluing very quickly," he said. "I think this is a team that's going to be putting pressure on the teams out there right now." And pressure will have to be applied in droves: the top echelons of the pairs field is a tough one to pierce. The Russian teams are making a push as seen at the 2021 world championships, with first-time seniors Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov taking the title and their teammates taking the third and fourth spots. Then of course there's the world silver medallists Sui Wenjing and Han Cong who are very dominant and looking to take gold in 2022, especially in front of a home crowd. But no one knows the competition or appreciates the challenge ahead more than James and Radford. "We have nothing to lose," said James. "This is something that we can't compare with anything that we've done before. And I think it's an opportunity for us to get back into skating and see what we have to offer to the skating world. "I think there's room for us." And the two are re-energized by experiencing their sport and through a new lens, with Radford likening it to coming home but feeling completely different. "I see an opportunity to express myself with my skating in a completely different way than I've ever been able to do," he said. "That sort of curiosity and sense of exploration is what intrigues me the most and what makes me excited. "What are our limits? How far can we go? What can we do artistically? What stories can we tell together? How can we explore our chemistry? There's so many unknowns we get to learn in this journey." It's that attitude, on top of all the other checkmarks the pair ticks off, that makes Moscovitch believe they can shake up the pairs event this season. "All the reasons I mentioned paired with what I know about them as people and as athletes, it is a likely possibility they could make it onto the Olympic and world championship teams." What does this mean for Team Canada? But the new team doesn't want to count their lifts before they're scored — although the Beijing Olympics in February 2022 is the goal, they'll have to earn one of Canada's two quota spots in the pairs event. But should they have the great season that's expected from them, their return could shake up the Canadian pairs team and mark the end of a young Olympic dream. Veterans Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro are the top Canadian team right now and their spot in Beijing is relatively safe. But for young skaters Evelyn Walsh and Trennt Michaud, who helped secure Canada's spots and were widely assumed to go to Beijing, James and Radford's return may make that unattainable. "It is a funny situation, there's no way around that," said Radford, who spoke to Walsh and Michaud personally. Marcotte spoke with Moore-Towers and Marinaro. "I just wanted to be very upfront with them because I do care about them and I know this decision could shift our friendship in a way. "I told them I want to go through this season with a team atmosphere, because I'm going to be cheering for them. And I would still love to offer all my expertise to them to help them become the best they can be because I believe in them as skaters and I care about them as friends."