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PyeongChang 2018: Women’s hockey semis, ice dance and more to watch on Monday

What happened in PyeongChang on Sunday: Marcel Hirscher dominated the field to win the gold in men’s giant slalom. After gold had eluded him in his previous Winter Games appearances, the Austrian is showing the same type of performance in PyeongChang that he’s displayed on the World Cup circuit for years.

France’s Martin Fourcade won an epic photo finish over Germany’s Simon Schempp in the 15km mass start biathlon, becoming his country’s most successful Olympian of all time.

Japan’s Nao Kodaira set an Olympic record in the ladies’ 500m speed skating race, finishing in 36.94 seconds. South Korea’s Lee Sang-hwa, who held the previous mark from winning gold in Sochi, won the silver in 37.33.

Ukraine’s Oleksandr Abramenko executed a back full-full-double full to win gold in the men’s aerials in freestyle skiing, while Norway’s Oystein Braaten won gold in the men’s slopestyle in that discipline.

His Norwegian teammates were just as successful on cross-country skis, with Norway claiming gold in the men’s 4x10km relay with a nine second victory over the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH ON MONDAY 19TH FEBRUARY 2018

1. The women’s hockey semifinals: On the face of it, it appears that the American and Canadian teams are headed for a third straight gold medal matchup (and fourth in five Olympic tournaments). But that would have been the case in 2006, until Sweden beat the United States in a semifinal win. Could Finland or OAR play the spoiler this year? Find out when the U.S. takes on Finland (13:10 local time – Gangneung Hockey Centre) and Canada plays the Olympic Athletes from Russia (21:10 local time).

2. Let’s dance: The short program of the ice dancing competition gets underway (10:00 local time – Gangneung Ice Arena) and the spotlight will be on Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who placed first in both ice dance programs during the team event. The USA’s “Shib sibs,” Maia and Alex Shibutani, as well as OAR’s Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Solovev, are likely be their biggest competition.

3. Two-man bobsleigh final: Germany’s Johannes Lochner and Christopher Weber lead the field after the first two heats of this event, holding a 0.10 second lead over Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz of Canada. The margins are still so small that there are still plenty of opportunities for other teams to find their way to the podium during the final two heats on Monday (20:15 local time – Olympic Sliding Centre).

4. Men’s team ski jump: Given the results in the individual events, it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Norway or Germany coming away with medals (22:36 local time – Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre). Seven of the top nine finishers in the men’s large hill came from both countries while seven of the top 10 finishers in the normal hill did as well.

5. Twin medal?: One of the favourites in the men’s 500m speed skating event (20:53 local time – Gangneung Oval) is Sochi bronze medalist Ronald Mulder of the Netherlands. But who was the gold medallist in that event in Russia? His twin brother Michel, who didn’t qualify for PyeongChang after a disappointing season, not to mention due to the strength of the Dutch roster. If Ronald makes the podium this time around, he’ll be the only Mulder standing on it.

 

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