Lucky 13: Shaun White shooting for more X Games gold

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As we approach the one-year-out date from the Sochi Olympics, it’s time for the annual pilgrimage that snowboarders, extreme skiers and, more recently, snowmobile operators make to Aspen, Colo.

The X Games are here.

And what would the X Games be without its biggest star, Shaun White? He’s won the superpipe gold medal the last five years, and aside from a silver medal in 2007 White has another two superpipe titles. That, of course, is in addition to the five slopestyle gold medals he has and the Olympic halfpipe titles he earned in 2006 and 2010.

We’ll see white compete for superpipe gold medal No. 8 on Sunday and his sixth slopestyle win on Saturday. He was recently in Breckenridge, Colo. for a Dew Tour competition and, apparently, to work on some new tricks. As this video shows, White threw down a triple cork 1440 while practicing for slopestyle.

It’s a clear message to his competitors that White, who cut off his famous red hair last month, will be looking for slopestyle gold when the discipline makes its Olympic debut in Sochi.

White’s American teammate Kelly Clark has a decent streak going of her own; she’s won the last two superpipe X Games titles and also won in 2006. In 2004, 2009 and 2010, Clark took silver. In 2008 she earned bronze.

Assuming Clark advances to the final, she will go for gold medal No. 4 Saturday night.

The 29-year-old Clark, who burst onto the scene in 2002 to win the Olympic halfpipe title, recently told ESPN she wants to leave her mark on the sport when she decides to hang up her board. Clark’s foundation has given more than $42,000 in scholarships to young snowboarders since it was established in 2010. At the 2011 X Games, Clark was the first woman in history to land a 1080 – and she was rewarded at the bottom of the pipe by the other competitors, who piled on top of her in celebration for what she had done.

ESPN and ABC will broadcast the X Games starting Thursday, with White closing the Games Sunday night in the superpipe.

Winter Olympics late night: What to watch/stream

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NBC’s nighttime coverage leads into Thursday morning with Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin continuing their combined runs.

Elsewhere tonight, the USA take on Canada in the men’s curling semifinals. The USA will be looking to continue their improbable medal run, putting an end to Canada’s dominance in curling.

Continue reading below to check out what else is on schedule tonight in PyeongChang.


Alpine Skiing

Women’s combined continues from Wednesday night’s coverage into the early hours on Thursday. Lindsey Vonn, who just competed in the downhill on Tuesday, will have to find a way to quickly recover in time to be well enough to compete in the combined.

Mikaela Shiffrin will also be continuing her run. Though Shiffrin missed two of her other events last week, she is still considered a serious medal contender for the combined.

Women’s Combined Run 2 Stream Live Here 1:00a.m. EST / 10:00p.m. PST

Curling

It’s a massive Canada-USA double-header tonight. After the two countries battle it out for the gold in the women’s hockey tournament, they meet again in the semifinals of men’s curling.

The USA have been fantastic ever since they fell to 2-4 in group play, posting big wins over Switzerland, Great Britain, and their semifinal opponents. Confidence for this team has to be sky high, and they must certainly feel that they’ve got nothing to lose. Canada, since starting 5-0, have lost three of four.

Men’s Tournament

Semifinal 1 SWE vs. GBR/SUI Stream Live Here 6:05 a.m. EST / 3:05a.m. PST

Semifinal 2 USA vs. CAN Stream Live Here 6:05 a.m. EST / 3:05a.m. PST

Nordic Combined 

The Germans swept the large hill in the individual competition earlier this week, and should be heavy favorites to dominate the competition again in the team event. If Norway can have a better performance on the ski jump tonight, then they could challenge Germany for the top spot.

Team Large Hill Ski Jump Stream Live Here 2:30a.m. EST / 11:30p.m. PST

Short Track

It’s the hottest ticket in town, and the South Korean crowd is sure to be buzzing with several of their athletes in contention for gold. Cho Minjeong and Shim Sukhee have looked particularly strong in the women’s 1000m.

Seo Yira is leading the charge in the men’s 500m, but he’s in a tough quarterfinal group featuring 1000m champion Samuel Girard.

Men’s 500m Stream Live Here 5:00a.m. EST / 2:00a.m. PST

Men’s 5000m Relay Stream Live Here 5:00a.m. EST / 2:00a.m. PST

Women’s 1000m Stream Live Here 5:00a.m. EST / 2:00a.m. PST

Biathlon 

Germany, France, and Sweden lead the first line in the women’s relay. Vanessa Hinz and Laura Dahlmeier put Germany in front during the first stages of the mixed relay, and if they can shoot clear then Germany could run away with this one quickly.

Women’s 4x6km Relay Stream Live Here 6:15a.m. EST / 3:15a.m. PST

Hilary Knight: Heavy is the crown for the selfie queen

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Following three-time Olympian Hilary Knight on social media means pictures. Specifically, selfies.

Lots and lots of selfies.

The forward easily qualifies as the selfie queen of the U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team. But it’s not because the 5-foot-11 Knight doesn’t try to share the photo duties documenting these Olympic moments with her teammates.

“I always ask someone else to do it, and they’re like, ‘No, no you just do it,'” Knight said with a laugh. “Just because of my arms. I have the angle or something figured out.

Knight stayed busy the night of the opening ceremonies at the Pyeongchang Games.

She’s also been documenting life in the athletes’ village.

Knight says she startles herself when she opens up her SnapChat app and finds it on selfie mode.

“I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s going on there?” she said. “But I feel badly for posting all the selfies. At the same time, we’re trying to capture all these memories we have together because they’re something special.”