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Figure Skating: Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing

Figure Skating’s team competition begins with the men’s and pairs’ short programs. Top contenders include the United States, the athletes representing OAR (Olympic Athlete from Russia) and Canada. Also: Qualifying round action in Freestyle Skiing features the men’s and women’s moguls. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher winner of six consecutive Alpine overall World Cup titles begins pursuit of an elusive Olympic gold medal in the super combined event’s downhill phase. In Speed Skating, Heather Bergsma and Brittany Bowe give Team USA podium potential in the women’s 1500m. Also: Extreme sports icon Shaun White makes his PyeongChang debut in men’s halfpipe qualifying.

In Speed Skating, the men’s 1500m features 35 year old American Shani Davis, who took silver at the distance in 2006 and 2010. Fellow American Shaun White targets a third Olympic halfpipe gold against a field that also features Oregon’s Ben Ferguson and Australia’s Scotty James. Latvia’s Martins Dukurs and South Korea’s Yun Sung Bin begin their duel for men’s Skeleton gold with opening runs. Among the most anticipated Speed Skating events in PyeongChang is the women’s 1000m, with reigning world champion Heather Bergsma of Team USA facing a deep international field. Also, defending Olympic gold medalist Matthias Mayer goes up against the “Attacking Vikings” of Norway in the men downhill and the Figure Skating pairs’ free skate concludes.

Coming off a winning performance in the giant slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin looks to defend her Olympic title in women’s slalom. Team USA’s Lindsey Jacobellis, who memorably fell short of gold at the 2006 Games, eyes redemption in women Snowboard cross. Men’s Figure Skating begins with the short program as Americans Nathan Chen and Adam Rippon take on a deep international field. The Salt Lake City native looks to bounce back from his short program performance as he takes on defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and an experienced international field in the free skate. American Lindsey Vonn, 33, could become Alpine Skiing’s oldest female Olympic medalist with a podium effort in the super G. man with two Olympic Alpine gold medals,
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seeks a third in his specialty event, the giant slalom. After sweeping the Freestyle Skiing men’s slopestyle podium in 2014, Team USA begins a fresh run at multiple medals with Sochi silver medalist Gus Kenworthy among those in qualifying round action. The Short Track venue should be electric as host South Korea boasts multiple medal contenders in the men’s 1000m and women’s 1500m events. Jacqueline Loelling, 23, seeks Germany’s first Olympic gold in Skeleton a year after becoming the sport’s youngest female world champion. In Freestyle Skiing, defending Olympic champion Maddie Bowman leads a strong American group in the women’s halfpipe final. Figure Skating continues with the ladies’ short program. Championships; 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu; and 18 year old Karen Chen, who placed fourth at last year’s World Championships. Yevgenia Medvedeva, competing as an Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR), is the gold medal favorite. Also: American Elana Meyers Taylor begins her quest to upgrade her women’s Bobsled silver medal from Sochi and action continues in Short Track.

In Alpine, Mikaela Shiffrin goes for her second 2018 Olympics gold medal while Lindsey Vonn aims for her second medal in as many days as they take on the women combined. On the men side, Austria’s Marcel Hirscher looks to earn his third gold medal of these Olympics in the men’s slalom. contingent. The women’s Bobsled podium in PyeongChang could feature the same pilots as in Sochi Team USA’s Elana Meyers Taylor (silver) and Jamie Greubel Poser (bronze),
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plus two time defending Olympic gold medalist Kaillie Humphries of Canada. Another void could be filled as Jessie Diggins and Co. enter the team sprint seeking Team USA’s first Olympic medal in a women’s Cross Country event.