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Max Aaron wins U.S. International Figure Skating Classic

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U.S. champion Max Aaron began his season with a win, but he has plenty of work ahead of him.

Aaron, 21, posted a total score of 239.21 to take the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in Salt Lake City on Friday night. But his planned free skate with three quadruple jumps didn’t go smoothly.

Aaron popped his first into a double toe loop, put his hand down on a quad salchow and spun out of a landing on another quad salchow.

Still, it was easily enough to beat three other Americans in the absence of Olympic champion Evan Lysacek, who pulled out of the event Monday.

Stephen Carriere (225.54), Josh Farris (206.56) and Grant Hochstein (191.91) followed Aaron in the standings (full results below). None landed a clean quad. Carriere, who was 10th at nationals, fell on a quad toe loop. Farris, the world junior champion, sat down a triple axel.

Gold, Davis/White lead after short programs

Aaron goes into the Olympic season as one of the top contenders to make the two-man Olympic team at nationals in Boston in January.

Lysacek hasn’t competed since the 2010 Olympics. U.S. silver and bronze medalists Ross Miner and Jeremy Abbott also did not compete in Salt Lake City.

Next up is Skate America in Detroit from Oct. 18-20. Aaron, Lysacek and 2012 U.S. silver medalist Adam Rippon are the Americans entered there.

Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch won the pairs competition for the second straight year.

They extended a six-point lead from Thursday’s short program to win by 13 points over 2012 U.S. champions Caydee Denney and John Coughlin. Moore-Towers and Moscovitch were fourth at the World Championships in March.

2013 U.S. champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir fell from second after the short program into fourth behind another American pair, Tarah Kayne and Daniel O’Shea.

It’s early, but Denney and Coughlin got an early boost going into the Olympic season. Two U.S. pairs teams will qualify for the Olympics at nationals in January.

Denney and Coughlin, Castelli and Shnapir and Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay, who were last Friday, are the U.S. teams entered in Skate America.

Men
1. Max Aaron (USA) 239.21
2. Stephen Carriere (USA) 225.54
3. Josh Farris (USA) 206.56
4. Grant Hochstein (USA) 191.91
5. Christopher Caluza (PHI) 185.33
6. Michael Christian Martinez (PHI) 183.04
7. Andrei Rogozine (CAN) 168.92
8. Stanislav Samohin (ISR) 163.71
9. Oleksii Bychenko (ISR) 162.71
10. Charles Pao (TPE) 95.18

Pairs
1. Moore-Towers/Moscovitch (CAN) 201.30
2. Denney/Coughlin (USA) 188.47
3. Kayne/O’Shea (USA) 167.27
4. Castelli/Shnapir (USA) 165.91
5. Lawrence/Swiegers (CAN) 155.00
6. Davidovich/Krasnapolsky (ISR) 133.07
7. Zhang/Bartholomay (USA) 130.20

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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.”