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October 31, 2017, Montreal

(Updated on January 3, 2018)

On Friday, February 9, the opening ceremony will be held for the OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018. Radio-Canada, Canada’s official broadcaster for PYEONGCHANG 2018 in partnership with RDS, the official specialty channel, invites French-speaking audiences to take a front-row seat to the performances of Canadian athletes and the world’s best, with over 500 hours (559 hours) of Olympic programming on ICI Radio-Canada Télé (344 hours) and RDS, RDS2 and RDS Info (215 hours), from February 9 to 25, 2018.

Some 3,000 athletes will be competing in 15 disciplines, including the 200-odd members of the Canadian team. Many of them are medal hopefuls, including Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Mikaël Kingsbury in freestyle skiing; Érik Guay in alpine skiing; Marianne St-Gelais and Charles Hamelin in short-track speed skating; Ivanie Blondin in speed skating; Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in figure skating; Alex Harvey in cross-country skiing; Kailie Humphries in bobsledding; Mark McMorris and Sébastien Toutant in snowboarding; and, of course, our men’s and women’s hockey teams.

NOVEMBER 1, 2017: 100 DAYS to go TO PyeongChang 2018!

One hundred days before the Olympic Games begin, on Wednesday, November 1, the second hour of MÉDIUM LARGE on ICI RADIO-CANADA PREMIÈRE will be devoted to PyeongChang 2018. On ICI RDI, Marie-José Turcotte will host À 100 jours deS jeux olympiques de PyeongChang 2018, on Wednesday, November 1, at 8 p.m. During this special program, she’ll take the pulse of the Canadian team as its members gear up for these Olympic Winter Games. She’ll introduce us to Canada’s Olympic hopefuls and, together with our analysts, will examine their chances of stepping onto the podium.
Executive Producer: Luc Lebel

20–22 HOURS A DAY ON ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ

ICI Radio-Canada Télé will be offering 20–22 hours of live and repeat programming every day, so audiences won’t miss any of our athletes’ performances and comments. On Friday, February 9, Marie-José Turcotte will give audiences a glimpse of what lies ahead, and will follow the opening ceremony with Patrice Roy (live broadcast from 5 to 8:30 a.m., repeat from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.). She will also be on hand for the closing ceremony with Dominick Gauthier on Sunday, February 25 (live from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., repeat from 5:30 to 8 p.m.).

Every night, Marie-José Turcotte, covering her 15th Olympics, will host the coverage in prime time as the day of competitions gets underway for our athletes over in Pyeongchang. The figure skating,

snowboarding, freestyle skiing and alpine skiing events will be presented primarily in the evening. The evening coverage will also spotlight men’s and women’s hockey games and key competitions. The morning coverage, starting at 5 a.m. with host Guy D’Aoust, will feature short-track and long-track speed skating. The morning program will also include coverage of the bobsleigh, skeleton, luge, ski jumping, cross-country skiing, biathlon and curling events.

Programming will be offered in five time slots, with five anchors:

Marie-José Turcotte will present the competitions from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. during the week, and from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the weekend (from 8:30 or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Pyeongchang).
Diane Sauvé will present from 1 to 5 a.m. (from 3 to 7 p.m. in Pyeongchang).
Guy D’Aoust will present from 5 to 10 a.m. (from 7 p.m. to midnight in Pyeongchang).
Martin Labrosse will be on the air from 10 a.m. to noon with a roundup of the day’s performances in the company of athletes, analysts and personalities.
Alexis de Lancer will bring viewers the day’s highlights from 12:30 to 4 p.m. during the week, and from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on the weekend (nighttime in Pyeongchang).

A seasoned team of commentators and analysts will follow each of the disciplines. In addition, two special analysts will be on location to comment on PyeongChang 2018 and all the competitions: Special analyst during Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016, Dominick Gauthier will be back to provide his insights on Team Canada’s daily performances, while Kansas City Chiefs football guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will have the opportunity to satisfy his curiosity and share his fascination with Olympians. He’ll speak to athletes and the people in their lives to gauge their state of mind in the hours leading up to and following a competition. In addition, Jean-René Dufort will be back at the Olympic Games with his special take on PyeongChang 2018 and life in Korea.

Executive Producer: Luc Lebel
Chief Editor: Chantal Léveillé
Producers: Catherine Dupont and François Messier

Finally, our correspondent Anyck Béraud and reporter Pascal Poinlane will provide daily news updates related to PyeongChang 2018.

ON RDS, RDS 2 AND RDS INFO

RDS, RDS2 and RDS Info will offer 215 hours’ live coverage of the Olympic Winter Games, depending on the schedule of the various events to be shown on all three channels.

Claude Mailhot, who covered his first Olympics Games at Montreal 1976 and has over 40 years of experience as a sports broadcaster, will be the main anchor on RDS each day during peak viewing hours.

RDS, RDS2 and RDS Info will present all the key moments from events such as speed skating, ski jumping, biathlon, cross-country skiing, hockey, curling and more.

The opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be broadcast on RDS.

ON RADIO-CANADA.CA AND MOBILE APPS

Radio-Canada.ca/jeuxolympiques is where Internet users can catch all the PyeongChang 2018 action. Not only will they be able to watch and listen to all our TV and radio programs; they’ll also have access to over 2,500 hours of competition live coverage. Fans can choose to watch among up to 7 events available at the same time, enjoying the Olympic Games experience to the fullest. They can also watch part or all of the ceremonies and competitions in catch-up mode, check the results and medal count, read the bios of Canadian and international athletes, and get reports and news on the Olympic Winter Games and South Korea. All content can be accessed via the mobile app, downloadable prior to PyeongChang 2018.

Fans can also download a virtual reality app to watch 360-degree videos of the ceremonies and certain competitions, as if they were there.

ON ICI RADIO-CANADA PREMIÈRE

Reporter Robert Frosi will be on location for the duration of PyeongChang 2018. Every day, he’ll discuss our athletes’ performances and share the latest Olympic news on GRAVEL LE MATIN and MÉDIUM LARGE radio shows. Reporter Maxime Coutié will also be on hand to contribute to radio newscasts.

Throughout the Olympic Winter Games, host Pierre Brassard will share his special take on the event with radio listeners and offer a different perspective on the Olympics in two programs from PyeongChang 2018, on Saturday, February 17 and 24, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Serge Bouchard and Jean-Philippe Pleau will explore the theme of competition and the issues it raises in two episodes of C’EST FOU, on Sunday, January 28 and February 4, from 7 to 8 p.m. Host Jacques Beauchamp will look at the Olympic Games and Korea from a historical perspective, as part of a special week of AUJOURD’HUI L’HISTOIRE, from Monday to Friday, February 5 to 9, from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

Every Monday on Radio-Canada.ca/premiereplus, Marie-José Turcotte and Robert Frosi will co-host a podcast to catch up with the friends and family of the athletes before they leave for their respective competitions at PyeongChang 2018.

PODIUM : ATHLETE PORTRAITS ON ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ

The four-part series PODIUM will turn the spotlight on athletes likely to shine at PyeongChang 2018. The episodes will air on Saturday, from 12:30 to 1 p.m. on ICI Radio-Canada Télé, between January 13 and February 3, 2018:

ALEX HARVEY ET CIE (January 13): Alex Harvey was born with cross-country skis on his feet. Through talent and determination, he has risen up the ranks of his sport, garnering two world titles. But his Olympic story remains to be written. Fully aware of the reasons for his unsuccessful performance in Sochi 2014, he has found the support he needs to win a medal at PyeongChang 2018.

LE TRIO (January 20): X-Games stars Mark McMorris, Sébastien Toutant and Max Parrot, who turned in stellar performances at Sochi 2014, will have two snowboarding challenges at PyeongChang 2018. How hungry are the three Canadian athletes for medals at these upcoming Olympic Winter Games?

ÉRIC GUAY, ENCORE PLUS VITE (January 27): Profile of the most decorated alpine skier in Canadian history. His tenacity, professionalism and need for speed made him the world’s best in 2016, at the age of 35.

LE GOÛT DE L'OR (February 3): After capturing gold in Vancouver, ice dancing duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir had to settle for silver at Sochi. After taking a two-year break, changing coaches and moving to Montreal, they’re ready to be crowned again.

Researchers: Manon Gilbert, Olivier Pellerin
Producers: Éric Santerre, Jérôme Voyer-Poirier, Vincent Tremblay

*A detailed program schedule will be available subsequently.

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COMMENTATORS AND ANALYSTS

Biathlon
Commentator: Jean-François Chabot
Analyst: Jean-Philippe Le Guellec

Bobsleigh / Luge / Skeleton
Commentator: Philippe Germain
Analyst: Nils Oliveto

Nordic Combined
Commentator/Analyst: TBC

Curling
Commentators: Alain Usereau / Michel Lacroix
Analyst: Guy Hemmings

Women’s Hockey
Commentator: Jean St-Onge
Analyst: Danielle Sauvageau

Men’s Hockey
Commentators: René Pothier / Stéphane Leroux
Analysts: Jocelyn Lemieux / Norman Flynn
Host (studio): Diane Sauvé
Analyst (studio): Enrico Ciccone

Figure Skating
Commentator: Jacinthe Taillon
Analyst: Alain Goldberg

Speed Skating
Commentator: Michel Chabot
Analyst: Gaétan Boucher

Ski Jumping
Commentator/Analyst: TBC

Freestyle Skiing
Commentators: Alexandre Coupal / Guillaume Dumas
Analysts: Jean-Luc Brassard / Guyaume St-Cyr Lachance

Alpine Skiing
Commentator: Philippe Crépeau
Analyst: Geneviève Simard

Cross-Country Skiing
Commentator: Gilles Gagnon
Analyst: Pierre Harvey

Snowboard
Commentators: Alexandre Coupal / Guillaume Dumas
Analysts: Benoit Ouellette / Caroline Calvé

Short Track Speed Skating
Commentator: Jacinthe Taillon
Analyst: François-Louis Tremblay


For more information:

Radio-Canada
Marie Tétreault
Promotions Manager, Television News,
ICI RDI and Special Projects
514-597-4140
marie.tetreault@radio-canada.ca
RDS
Patrick Tremblay
514 529.3200 x2125
(m) 514 913.6799
patrick.tremblay@bellmedia.ca

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