For the first time in more than two decades, Olympic men’s hockey got underway without NHL players. The relatively obscure U.S. squad dropped its first game to Slovenia, 3-2, in overtime. Pre-tournament favorite Russia was upset by Slovakia, 3-2.
Mikaela Shiffrin’s PyeongChang debut was delayed another day when the women’s slalom joined the growing list of Alpine postponements because of wind. That means four races in the next two days.
We’ll hopefully see Shiffrin in giant slalom Wednesday night (8 p.m. Eastern time first run, 11:45 second run). The rescheduled men’s downhill is also supposed to take place in between (9:30 p.m. Eastern time). If the event is held, look for the Norwegians and Austrians to be fast. American Bryce Bennett, who is the tallest U.S. athlete in PyeongChang at 6-foot-7, has also been skiing well.
Don’t miss the U.S. and Canada clash in women’s hockey tonight, either (10:10 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN). They’re the two best teams in the world and have collectively outscored their opponents 17-2 in PyeongChang.
In figure skating news, the pairs event moves from last night’s short program into tonight’s free skate. China is in the lead, while the Americans are out of contention in 14th.
On Valentine’s Day, though, the American couple (Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim) were all kisses as they finished. They say Alexa’s battle back from debilitating stomach illness (she was down to 80 pounds) was their real win.
Also on the docket: cross-country skier Kikkan Randall’s Olympic farewell, Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer, the conclusion of luge, men’s snowboard cross and so much more curling. See the “What to Watch” section for details.
American speedskater Heather Bergsma came up short again this morning, this time in the 1,000 meters. The reigning world champion in the event, as well as the 1,500 meters, she finished eighth in both. Teammate Brittany Bowe finished fourth, just off the podium. Jorien ter Mors earned yet another speedskating win for the Netherlands.
The U.S. split a pair of round-robin curling matches in the past day. The American men beat host nation South Korea, 11-7, while the women lost, 10-5, to Japan.
Germany’s “Two Tobis” (Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt) won gold in men’s doubles luge this morning. Americans Justin Krewson and Andrew Sherk were the best U.S. finishers in 10th.
Germany picked up another win in Nordic combined, where Eric Frenzel defended his gold from Sochi.
Oh, and the unified Korean women’s hockey team scored its first goal this morning. It still lost to Japan, 4-1.
Weighing in at 586 grams (about 1.3 pounds), PyeongChang’s gold medals are the heaviest in Olympic history.
Picturing PyeongChang features the best photos from the Olympics so far. We’ll update the gallery throughout the Olympics, so keep checking back.
The rescheduled women’s giant slalom is now slated for 8 p.m. Eastern tonight. It will be Mikaela Shiffrin’s third attempt at a PyeongChang debut after weather-related postponements. This isn’t her strongest discipline, but she is still very much a medal contender (also watch for Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg to be in the mix). The second, and final, run is scheduled 11:45 p.m.
The men’s downhill, also rescheduled from earlier in the week, is schedule to be held between the women’s giant slalom runs at 9:30 p.m. Eastern. Billed as Alpine skiing’s marque event, look for the Norwegians and Austrians to be on the podium. American Bryce Bennett, who is 6-foot-7, has been fast, too. His teammate Thomas Biesemeyer suffered an ankle injury in training and had to withdraw from the event.
Don’t miss the U.S. women’s hockey team take on its archrival Canada tonight (10:10 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN) in round-robin play (both are guaranteed a semifinal spot). Canada has won five of eight pre-Olympic exhibition matchups.
Medals will be awarded in pairs figure skating tonight, after the free skate. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Curling fans will be happy, as the men’s and women’s events are in full swing. The U.S. teams play three more times over the next day — the women play Britain at 7:05 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday and Switzerland at 6:05 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, and the men play against Italy at 12:05 a.m. Thursday.
At the speedskating oval, the Netherlands’ Sven Kramer goes for his second gold of the Olympics in the men’s 10,000 meters (6 a.m. Eastern). He is already the most decorated male speedskater in Olympic history.
Cross-country skiing continues with the women’s 10-km free (1:30 a.m. Eastern). Jessie Diggins posted the best Olympic cross-country result ever for a U.S. woman earlier in the Games (fifth in skiathlon), and her chances at the podium are only improving. The event is also likely to be American Kikkan Randall’s Olympics farewell. This is her fifth Games.
The final run of men’s snowboard cross starts at 12:45 a.m Eastern. While Alex Deibold won bronze for the U.S. in Sochi and Nick Baumgartner finished on the podium at a PyeongChang test event last year, America will be hard-pressed for a medal this time around.
Biathlon also continues Wednesday morning, with the women’s 15-km (3:15 a.m. Eastern) and men’s 20-km (6:20 a.m. Eastern) individual races.
Luge concludes in PyeongChang at 7:30 a.m. Eastern with the team relay. The Germans look to repeat their golden performance from Sochi.
3-5 p.m. Luge, doubles gold; men’s Nordic combined, normal hill/10-km gold
8-11:30 p.m. Figure skating, pairs gold (LIVE); women’s giant slalom, gold (LIVE); men’s skiing, downhill (LIVE); men’s skeleton (LIVE); women’s speedskating, 1,000-meter gold
12:05-1:30 a.m. Men’s snowboard cross gold (LIVE); men’s skeleton
9:30-11:30 a.m. Luge, doubles gold; women’s skeleton training
11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Women’s biathlon, 15-km gold
1:15-5 p.m. Women’s curling, Denmark-Sweden
7-10:10 p.m. Figure skating, pairs gold (LIVE)
10:10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Women’s hockey, U.S.-Canada (LIVE)
12:30-2:40 a.m. Women’s curling, U.S.-Britain
5-8 p.m. Women’s curling, U.S.-Japan
10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, Finland-Germany (LIVE)
3-5 p.m. Women’s cross-country, 10-km gold; men’s speedskating, 10,000-meter gold
8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Figure skating, men’s short program (LIVE); men’s skiing, super-G (LIVE); women’s snowboard cross gold (LIVE); men’s skeleton gold (LIVE); women’s freestyle skiing, aerials; women’s cross-country, 10-km gold
1:05-2 a.m. Luge, relay gold; men’s biathlon, 20-km gold
2:40-5 a.m. Men’s hockey, Norway-Sweden (LIVE)
5-7:10 a.m. Women’s cross-country, 10-km gold
7:10-9:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, Switzerland-Canada (LIVE)
9:30 a.m.-noon Luge, relay gold; men’s speedskating, 10,000-meter gold
Noon-2 p.m. Men’s biathlon, 20-km gold
2-5 p.m. Men’s curling, U.S.-Italy
8-11 p.m. Figure skating, men’s short program (LIVE)
11 p.m.-2:40 a.m. Men’s curling, U.S.-Sweden; men’s cross-country, 15-km gold (LIVE)
2:30-5 a.m. Women’s hockey, OAR-Finland (LIVE)
5-7:10 a.m. Men’s curling, Canada-Norway
7:10-9:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, Czech Republic vs. South Korea (LIVE)
5-8 p.m. Women’s curling, U.S.-Switzerland
10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, U.S.-Slovakia (LIVE)
More from the PyeongChang Games: