Michigan connection: Local athletes competing in the Winter Olympics on Saturday

Michigan connection

Michigan connection

Local athletes competing in the Winter Olympics with the Detroit times of their events. Sochi is 9 hours ahead.

Friday

No events scheduled.

Today

Anna Cappellini, 26, and Luca Lanotte, 28, Novi Ice Arena:Competing for Italy, the seventh of 10 skaters in the short dance at 9:30 a.m., the third of four short program segments of the new team event. Italy stood eighth after Thursday’s opening segments.

Meryl Davis, 27, West Bloomfield, and Charlie White, 26, Bloomfield Hills, figure skating: Two-time world champions from Canton’s Arctic Edge are the last of 10 skaters in the short dance at 9:30 a.m., the third of four short program segments of the new team event. The U.S. stood seventh after Thursday’s men’s and pairs segments; only the top-five countries advance to the long programs.

Nathalie Pechalat, 30, and Fabian Bourzat, 33, Novi Ice Arena: Competing for France, the sixth of 10 skaters in the short dance at 9:30 a.m. France was sixth after Thursday’s opening segments.

Cathy Reed, 26, Kalamazoo, and Chris Reed, 24, Kalamazoo, figure skating:Competing for Japan, the sister and brother who train at Novi Ice Arena are the third of 10 skaters in the short dance at 9:30 a.m. Japan stood fourth after Thursday’s opening segments.

Narumi Takahashi, 22, and Ryuichi Kihara, 21, Detroit Skating Club, figure skating: Competing for Japan, expected to skate in the pairs long program at 1:05 p.m. if their country survived the cut from 10 teams to five.

Tessa Virtue, 24, and Scott Moir, 26, Arctic Figure Skating Club in Canton: Competing for Canada, the ninth of 10 skaters in the short dance at 9:30 a.m., the third of four short program segments of the new team event. Canada was second behind Russia after Thursday’s opening segments.

Nelli Zhiganshina, 26, and Alexander Gazsi, 29, Novi Ice Arena: Competing for Germany, the fourth of 10 skaters in the short dance at 9:30 a.m. Germany stood in fifth place after Thursday.

Sunday

Patrick Chan, 23, Detroit Skating Club, figure skating:Competing for Canada in the team event, three-time world champion expected to skate in the men’s long program at 10 a.m., the sixth of eight segments of the new team event.

Meryl Davis, 27, West Bloomfield, and Charlie White, 26, Bloomfield Hills, figure skating: If the U.S. advanced past today’s cut to five teams, the six-time U.S. champions from Canton’s Arctic Edge will skate in the free dance at 12:10 p.m., the final segment of the new team event.

Novi Ice Arena: Should Italy, France, Japan or Germany survive the cut in the team figure skating event, the ice dancers from those countries who train in Novi are expected to skate in the free dance at 12:10 p.m. They train under Igor Shpilband, who until 2012 worked in Canton with the teams of Davis-White and Virtue-Moir.

Jilleanne Rookard, 31, Woodhaven, speedskating: Competes in the 3,000 meters at 6:30 a.m. Finished 12th in the event at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.

Karly Shorr, 19, Milford, snowboarding: Goes for a medal in the slopestyle finals at 4:15 a.m. Posted the sixth-best qualifying score Thursday.

Tessa Virtue, 24, and Scott Moir, 26, Arctic Figure Skating Club in Canton: Competing for Canada, will skate in the free dance at 12:10 p.m., the final segment of the new team event. They won gold in ice dancing at the 2010 Vancouver Games.