In its best PyeongChang performance yet, the U.S. men’s hockey team beat Slovakia, 5-1, staving off elimination. The Americans are back at it in the quarterfinals tonight against an undefeated Czech Republic team (10:10 p.m.).
The final figure skating medal event — women’s singles — begins tonight as well (8 p.m.) with the short program. Two Olympic Athletes from Russia should vie for the top spot, while three Americans look to make an outside run at a medal.
In the “Olympics Corner,” we chat with Michelle Kwan about winning her first Olympic medal 20 years ago.
And don’t miss the conclusion of women’s bobsled Wednesday morning. Two American sleds will contend for medals.
There’s a quartet of team medal events in the morning, too. There are the men’s and women’s cross-country team sprints, as well as the men’s and women’s team pursuits in speedskating.
There’s also more curling, of course.
The women’s halfpipe skiing and figure skating ice dance standings were strangely symmetrical. In both events, Canada won gold, followed by France taking silver, an American claiming bronze and another U.S. finisher just off the podium.
In figure skating, the French (Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron) posted the best ice dance score ever, only to see Canada (Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir) almost immediately one-up them for gold. The American “Shib Sibs” (Maia and Alex Shibutani) earned the bronze, with Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue finishing just off the podium.
Virtue and Moir are now the most decorated figure skaters ever as they’ve won five medals (three golds, two silvers).
In the women’s halfpipe, Canadian Cassie Sharpe won the gold with Marie Martinod of France in silver position and American Brita Sigourney taking bronze. Annalisa Drew of the United States placed fourth. Maddie Bowman didn’t defend her gold from Sochi.
South Korea won the women’s 3,000-meter short-track speedskating relay. It’s the country’s sixth gold in the event. After two penalties eliminated China and Canada, Italy won silver and the Dutch ended up with the bronze without even being in the final race.
In other medal events, France won the biathlon mixed relay and Germany swept the podium in the large hill Nordic combined.
In non-medal curling, the U.S. women lost, 9-6, to the host nation, South Korea, while the men defeated Switzerland, 8-4.
An injury sidelined Lindsey Vonn before the Sochi Olympics. Now, the 33-year-old will try to become the oldest woman in Alpine skiing history to climb an Olympic podium. She will have to get through a deep international field to get there, though, including Italy’s Sofia Goggia. The downhill starts at 9 p.m.
Mikaela Shiffrin decided not to race the downhill so she could focus on the combined, which was moved up a day because of impending heavy winds.
Women’s singles figure skating starts tonight with the short program. Watch for Olympic Athletes from Russia Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova to be the front-runners for gold. American Bradie Tennell has an outside shot at a medal. The other two U.S. skaters are Karen Chen and Mirai Nagasu, the latter of whom in the team competition at these Games became the first American woman to land a triple axel jump at the Olympics. The event starts at 8 p.m.
France swept the podium four years ago in men’s freestyle ski cross, and Jean-Frederic Chapuis hopes to repeat his golden feat. The finals are at 12:35 a.m.
In curling, the U.S. men play Britain at 12:05 a.m., while the women take on Sweden at 6:05 a.m.
Slopestyle snowboarding gold medalist Red Gerard returns to action tonight in men’s big air qualifying (7:30 p.m.). The event is making its Olympic debut in PyeongChang.
In the cross-country team sprints (both genders have an event), keep an eye on the American women — led by Jessie Diggins — to potentially win their first Olympic medal in the sport. The women race at 5 a.m., the men at 5:30 a.m.
There are also team pursuits in speedskating. On the men’s side, the Dutch are the favorites and New Zealand could potentially win a rare Winter Olympic medal. On the women’s side, the Japanese have been dominant recently, but the Dutch are also strong. The Americans qualified late and would be a dark horse. The women’s rounds start at 6 a.m., and the men’s final (the last event) is at 8:17 a.m.
The women’s bobsled medals will be awarded tomorrow morning, too. After two runs, Americans Elana Meyers Taylor and Jamie Greubel Poser (both medalists in Sochi four years ago) are in second and fourth, respectively. Sentimental favorites Nigeria and Jamaica sit near bottom of the pack but are well worth watching. The third run is at 6:40 a.m., with the fourth and final one at 8 a.m.
Twenty years ago, Michelle Kwan skated to silver at the Nagano Olympics, and she has been a figure skating icon ever since. We caught up with her before the Olympics to ask about her career and advice for figure skating fans.
How did the Nagano Games influence your life and career?
I don’t think there was one moment, Games or championship that changed my life; instead, it was the journey of being an athlete. It’s like that saying, “Enjoy the journey, not the destination.” However, I am very proud and honored to have competed and represented our country in two Olympics. [Nagano and again at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.]
My Olympic dreams started all because I watched the ’88 Olympics and saw Brian Boitano win the gold medal. His performance that night changed my life. It was as if a lightbulb went off and I knew that one day I wanted to be at the Olympics. Then, fast forward 10 years, I was competing at my first Olympics!
I remember getting my Team USA gear, and wearing it made me feel one foot taller! It was really a dream come true.
Of course! And, I’ll be in Korea cheering for Team USA. [Kwan is in PyeongChang on behalf of Procter & Gamble.]
Are there any behind-the-scenes skating things that viewers might not know about?
One thing I do enjoy watching is how athletes prepare to get in the zone. I like seeing how every athlete is different — some athletes jump/stretch, some zone out listening to music, some are talkative, while others are meditating and visualizing their performance in a corner. I think it would be fun for the viewers to think what kind of Olympian would they be.
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3-5 p.m. Biathlon, mixed relay gold; Nordic combined, large hill gold
8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Women’s skiing, downhill gold (LIVE); figure skating, ladies short program (LIVE); women’s bobsled, two-man; men’s snowboarding, big air (LIVE)
1:05-2 a.m. Men’s freestyle skiing, ski cross gold; women’s short-track speedskating, 3,000-meter gold
9:30 a.m.-noon Men’s Nordic combined, large hill gold; biathlon, mixed relay gold
Noon-5 p.m. Men’s Nordic combined, large hill gold; short-track speedskating, 3,000 gold; women’s curling, U.S.-South Korea
7-10:45 p.m. Figure skating, women’s short program (LIVE)
10:45 p.m.-2:40 a.m. Women’s curling, Canada-Britain, South Korea-OAR
5-8 p.m. Men’s curling, U.S.-Switzerland
10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, quarterfinal (LIVE)
3-5 p.m. Speedskating, team pursuit gold; men’s cross-country, team sprint gold
8-11 p.m. Men’s skiing, slalom first run (LIVE); men’s freestyle skiing, halfpipe gold (LIVE); women’s bobsled, two-man gold; women’s cross-country, team sprint gold
11:35 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Men’s skiing, slalom gold (LIVE)
2:40-5 a.m. Men’s hockey, quarterfinal (LIVE)
5-7:10 a.m. Men’s curling, U.S.-Britain
7:10-10:45 a.m. Men’s hockey, quarterfinal (LIVE); women’s bobsled, two-man gold
10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Speedskating, men’s and women’s team pursuit gold; cross-country, men’s and women’s sprint gold
2-5 p.m. Men’s curling, U.S.-Britain
8-10:45 p.m. Women’s curling, Canada-OAR
10:45 p.m.-2 a.m. Women’s hockey, gold (LIVE)
2:30-5 a.m. Women’s hockey, bronze (LIVE)
5-7:10 a.m. Men’s curling, Sweden-Norway
7:10-9:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, quarterfinal (LIVE)
5-8 p.m. Women’s curling, U.S.-Sweden