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Competition moves into full swing today. The first medals of the PyeongChang Olympics were awarded just a few hours ago.

Charlotte Kalla of Sweden won the Games’ first gold medal, in the women’s 15-km skiathlon in cross-country skiing. The Dutch then swept the women’s 3,000-meter speedskating podium. Later in the day, host nation South Korea got its first medal, with “virtual unknown” Lim Hyo-jun nabbing the men’s 1,500-meter short-track speedskating gold.

Also this morning, the unified Korean women’s hockey team faced off against Switzerland. With Kim Yo Jong in the stands, Korea lost, 8-0.


In other geopolitical news, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean president Moon Jae-in to talks in Pyongyang. Kim’s sister delivered the historic invitation in person during a meeting on Saturday.


Television coverage in the U.S. continues the rest of the day and into the evening. One must-watch event Saturday night (Eastern time) is the men’s slopestyle snowboard competition, which starts at 8 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN. American Red Gerard is in the hunt for a podium spot but has to get through top contenders from Canada and Norway.

American Sage Kotsenburg won gold in the event at the Sochi Games in 2014. We brought him into the “Olympics Corner” today for his thoughts on how to watch. Keep scrolling to read that Q&A.

There are plenty of other sports to tune into Saturday as wellfigure skatingmen’s Alpine skiing (weather-permitting), hockey and more. You’ll find details in the “What to Watch” section.

In case you missed it, here are a few more Opening Ceremonies tidbits: The North and South Korean teams took a selfie, a fan got ejected after running on stage twice, and NBC aired a light show with 1,280 swarming drones.


In addition to South Korea winning gold, the men’s 1,500-meter short-track speedskating event also saw Semen Elistratov win the first medal (bronze) by an Olympic Athlete from Russia.

In the skiathlon, Norway’s Marit Bjeorgen won silver. It was her 11th career medal, making her the most decorated female Winter Olympian. The top finisher from the U.S. was Jessie Diggins, in fifth place. It was the best Olympic cross-country result ever by an American woman.

The Dutch women’s 3,000-meter podium sweep continued that country’s speedskating dominance from Sochi. Carlijn Achtereekte won gold, Ireen Wust won silver, and Antoinette de Jong won bronze.

In women’s 500-meter short-track speedskating, American Maame Biney made it out of a “nerve-racking” qualifying heat.

Elsewhere, Germany picked up two golds (one in women’s biathlon, and another in men’s normal hill ski jumping). Norway came out of the day with four medals.

Below is the medal count at the time of publishing. Find the most up-to-date medal count here.

The figure skating team event continues tonight (8 p.m. Eastern on NBC) with the ice dance and women’s short programs. Skating for the U.S. are the Shibutani siblings, Maia and Alex, and Bradie Tennell.


One of Alpine skiing’s marquee events — the men’s downhill — is scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern (NBC), although weather has been a factor, so that may be subject to change. When it does kick off, watch for the Norwegian men (Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud). American Bryce Bennett, at 6-foot-7, will be among those standing tall for the U.S.

As mentioned, men’s slopestyle snowboarding is also on the docket. Watch for Norway’s Marcus KlevelandCanadians Mark McMorris and Max Parrot, and American Red Gerard. The course could suit the 17-year-old Gerard particularly well.

Women’s hockey resumes early Sunday morning. The U.S. opens against Finland at 2:40 a.m. Eastern (NBCSN), and Canada plays the Olympic Athletes from Russia at 7 a.m. Eastern (USA).


Also on Sunday morning, Sven Kramer of the Netherlands looks to win his fourth straight Olympic medal in men’s 5,000-meter long-track speedskating. (Qualifying starts at 5 a.m. Eastern on NBCSN).


At 8:10 a.m. Eastern on Sunday, the finals of women’s moguls begin, with Jaelin Kauf among the three (possibly four) Americans in the field.

A few more events to watch out for: mixed doubles curling (U.S.-Finland), men’s 10-km biathlon, men’s skiathlon and men’s luge.

The Post’s interactive team helps us get to know the stars of Team USA. There are a few names you may know by now, such as Mikaela Shiffrin (Alpine skiing) or Nathan Chen (figure skating). But there are others you might not, including defending gold medalists Maddie Bowman (freestyle skiing) and David Wise (snowboarding). And don’t forget potential new medalists like Jessie Diggins (cross-country skiing) or Alex Rigsby (hockey).


There are also a few familiar names missing from this year’s roster. Figure skating’s Ashley Wagner, for example, failed to qualify for the team. Three-time Olympic bobsled medalist Steve Holcomb died in his sleep last May, at age 37.

The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) likes to tout this year’s team as the most diverse ever at a Winter Games. But, as Rick Maese writes, that requires caveats. For example, there are still only 10 African Americans on the team.

Today’s “By The Numbers” all refer to the U.S. team.


241 — Number of athletes in the delegation.

26.5 — Average age (39, oldest; 17, youngest).

7 — Sets of siblings

5 — Number of defending gold medalists


3 — Number of five-time Olympians (Kelly Clarke, Kikkan Randall, and Shani Davis)

1 — Number of married couples (figure skating ice dancers Alexa and Chris Knierim).

Throughout the Games, we’ll occasionally bring someone in to help us better understand the Olympics. Today: Sage Kotsenburg.

Four years ago in Sochi, Sage Kotsenburg shocked the snowboarding world by winning slopestyle gold. He followed that up with what President Barack Obama told him was the “chillest” interview of the Olympics. Kotsenburg has since stopped competing, so he won’t be in PyeongChang. But The Post caught up with him by phone during a recent film shoot in Italy to get his thoughts on this year’s slopestyle event (8 p.m. Eastern time Saturday on NBCSN).


Q: Will you be watching?

A: I think it’s at [2] a.m. my time here in Italy, but I’ve got to root on my boys! And girls too!

Q: Who are the contenders for the men?

A: Three people that I would look for are an American kid, Red Gerard. He’s absolutely crushing it right now. This course, when I saw it, I immediately thought Red can really do well here. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the podium, if not up in the top five.

And then Mark McMorris, who got bronze last time around. He came back from a really, really bad injury, so I’d like to see him do good, too. We’ve been good friends for a long time. He’s crushing it, too. He’s doing a really, really, really good job right now. I’d like to see him up there.


I’ll give a prediction for gold: It’s going to be Marcus Kleveland. He’s from Norway. He has pretty much anything you want in a slopestyle course and more. So, if he puts down his run, he’ll probably win or silver, I’d guess.


Q: What struck you about the course?

A: The rails. It was almost like a Sochi repeat, but the rails are way bigger and gnarlier here in PyeongChang. I think a lot of people are going to have a tough time navigating the race through it — finding the line that’s hard, creative, and putting technical tricks into it. Those three people that I listed kind of do that the best.

Those guys will be players. You never know, those rogue people could come in and just upset everything, though.

Q: There’s a new big air event for PyeongChang too, right?

A: Big air is new, and that’s probably going to be the craziest event at the Olympics. A lot of spins and flips. I think the general viewer will be really pleased. Definitely look out for those three guys I said before. I’d look about for a guy named Max Parrot, as well. He just won big air at the X Games.


Q: Do the Olympics make you miss competition?

A: It was really fun up until when I was [in my] early 20s. I was 20 when I won the gold in Sochi. That was the best times of my life. [But] I don’t really miss it at all. I’m having a little too much fun riding back country now.

Q: Where’s your gold medal?

A: My gold medal is at my parents’ house. They love it. They can relish in the moment for sure.

This interview has been edited. 

Below is a TV roundup for the rest of today and tomorrow, taken from The Post’s comprehensive TV guide. All Olympic events can be also streamed live online at NBColympics.com (Here’s that schedule). Times are Eastern.

Saturday, Feb. 10

3-6 p.m. Men’s snowboarding, slopestyle; short-track speedskating, men’s 1,500-meter gold; men’s ski jumping normal hill gold; men’s luge, singles
8-11 p.m. Figure skating, team event, ice dancing and women’s short programs (LIVE); men’s downhill gold
11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Figure skating, team event, pairs free skate (LIVE)

7:35-11:30 a.m. Men’s ski jumping, normal hill gold (LIVE); men’s snowboarding, slopestyle
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Men’s luge, singles
1-5 p.m. Women’s speedskating, 3,000 gold; women’s biathlon, 7.5km sprint gold; mixed doubles curling, U.S.-Norway
8-9:45 p.m. Men’s snowboarding, slopestyle gold (LIVE)
9:45 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Mixed doubles curling, U.S.-Finland; women’s snowboarding, slopestyle (LIVE)
1:30-2:40 a.m. Mixed doubles curling, Canada-South Korea

Sunday, Feb. 11

3-6 p.m. Men’s speedskating, 5,000-meter gold; men’s biathlon, 10-km sprint gold; men’s cross-country, skiathlon gold
7-11 p.m. Figure skating, team event, men’s, women’s, dance free skates, gold (LIVE); women’s skiing, giant slalom (LIVE); women’s freestyle skiing, moguls gold; women’s snowboarding, slopestyle gold; men’s luge, singles gold
11:35 p.m.-1 a.m. Women’s skiing, giant slalom gold (LIVE); women’s snowboarding, halfpipe (LIVE)

2:40-5 a.m. Women’s hockey, U.S.-Finland (LIVE)
5-9 a.m. Men’s biathlon, 10-km sprint gold (LIVE); men’s speedskating, 5,000 gold; men’s cross-country, skiathlon gold
1:30-5:30 p.m. Mixed doubles curling, tiebreaker; men’s luge, singles gold
5:30-8 p.m. Men’s biathlon, 10-km sprint gold
8-11:30 p.m. Women’s snowboarding, slopestyle gold (LIVE); mixed doubles curling, semifinal
11:30 p.m.-2:40 a.m. Men’s speedskating, 5,000 gold

7-9:30 a.m. Women’s hockey, Canada-OAR (LIVE)

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