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It's been a while since I've played SC2, but with HotS out, I've reinstalled. My old save games were lost to a hard drive crash, but it's my understanding that save games are stored in the cloud.

I have successfully logged into my character, it shows the campaign achievements I'm expecting, and says I've completed 16 missions on hard difficulty. However, when I choose to continue my current campaign I see the opening cinematic, and Raynor is in the bar.

I'd like to set my canonical choices without playing through the entire campaign again, so is there something special I need to do to pull my saves down from the cloud?

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Your mid-mission saves are not stored in the cloud. They are stored locally on your computer's harddrive. The Battle.net blog post Campaigning on the Go* explains how Star Craft 2's campaign progress cloud storage works.

The post details the following about what is stored online:

If you’re logging into StarCraft II on a different computer and have previously progressed through a portion of the single-player campaign, you’ll be able to select Continue Campaign and pick up right after the last mission you completed. Campaign progress is stored for you on Battle.net as part of your character profile and includes all missions completed, tech and research upgrade choices made, mercenaries purchased, and Achievements unlocked prior to the most recent mission completion or branching mission choice made.

Below is a compiled screenshot of how you can replay completed missions from Wings of Liberty:

screenshot of WoL Archives

As far as what is stored locally on your machine:

... mid-mission save files. If you want to revert back to a specific save point in the campaign on a computer different from the one you used to originally save your progress, you’ll need to physically or virtually transport your save files. This should only be necessary if you wish to continue the campaign on a separate computer, but do not have Internet access and must choose the Play Offline option. These files are generally located within the StarCraft II folder in the Documents directory of most operating systems. You can copy your campaign save files from within the Accounts folder to a portable storage device, or upload them via email in order to transport as needed.

So there's a definitive answer if you still had access to your save files you could transfer them between machines.

* Currently the blog post has a WordPress error so read Google's cached version.

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Per this thread, saved games are not stored in the cloud - although as you've noticed Campaign progress is saved in the cloud.

Your save files are kept in banks on your computer, so they don't transfer from one computer to the next, but your campaign progress (what missions you have completed before, what achievements you have, whether the campaign has been completed or not, etc.) are on the Blizzard servers somewhere.

If you had the actual save files on another computer, you could move them between computers manually as described here - although unfortunately that does not seem to be the case in your circumstance.

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Well, that's annoying. I suppose I'll either power through the entire WoL campaign on easy, or go find a save game somewhere. –  Kexlox Mar 12 '13 at 14:42
    
I'm no longer sure this is correct. Per blizzlive.com/content/starcraft-ii-battle-net-discussion-panel they straight out say save games are stored in the cloud. This is an older presentation though. Did this feature not make it, get cut, or what? –  Kexlox Mar 12 '13 at 17:12
    
It's possible I've misunderstood the question. Feel free to uncheck if you think the answer is wrong. Also check related questions here and here, which might help. –  EBongo Mar 12 '13 at 18:32
    
No, you answered the question I asked. In the end I'm just after a way to finish the campaign from where I left off, instead of starting over. Both of your linked questions appear to say it should "just work", but it doesn't seem to be this time. –  Kexlox Mar 12 '13 at 18:53
    
As a long shot, I just noticed this thread with a blue response which seems similar to your issue. Mostly the same information, but he does have a suggestion on there about selecting your region correctly when logging in - which may be useful to folks that find this question. –  EBongo Mar 12 '13 at 23:42
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