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Olympic Trials, qualifying events schedule

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More than 200 athletes will be named to the U.S. Olympic team this fall and early winter in a variety of ways.

There are the simple Olympic Trials systems — such as in short- and long-track speed skating. Or the committee discretionary selection — such as in figure skating following the U.S. Championships.

In many sports, World Cup results in November, December and early January will determine the makeup of the U.S. teams in PyeongChang. Such as in Alpine skiing, bobsled, luge and skeleton.

Two athletes qualified for the U.S. Olympic team last season — biathletes Lowell Bailey and Susan Dunklee. Starting with an Olympic Curling Trials in November, the U.S. team will start to fill up.

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Olympic Trials/Qualifying Events Schedule

Date Sport Event Location
Sept. 8-Dec. 22 Snowboarding World Cup Snowboard Cross
Oct. 28-Jan. 22 Alpine Skiing World Cup
Nov. 5-Jan. 14 Bobsled/Skeleton World Cup
Nov. 11-18 Curling Trials Men, Women Omaha, Neb.
Nov. 18-Dec. 16 Luge World Cup
Nov. 23-Jan. 15 Cross-Country World Cup
Nov. 29-Jan. 13 Biathlon World Cup/IBU Cup
Dec. 6-10 Copper Mountain Grand Prix Freeski/Snowboard Copper Mountain, Colo.
Dec. 9-Jan. 20 Freestyle Skiing World Cup Aerials, Moguls
Dec. 13-17 Curling Trials Mixed Doubles Blaine, Minn.
Dec. 14-Jan. 21 Snowboarding World Cup Alpine
Dec. 15-16 Dew Tour Freeski/Snowboard Breckenridge, Colo.
Dec. 15-17 Speed Skating Trials Short Track Kearns, Utah
Dec. 30 Nordic Combined Trials Park City, Utah
Dec. 31 Ski Jumping Trials Park City, Utah
Jan. 2-7 Speed Skating Trials Long Track Milwaukee, Wis.
Jan. 3-7 U.S. Figure Skating Champs San Jose, Calif.
Jan. 10-14 Aspen Grand Prix Freeski/Snowboard Aspen, Colo.
Jan. 17-21 Mammoth Grand Prix Freeski/Snowboard Mammoth, Calif.

Men’s Curling Night 5: Japan routs USA

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On a night like Saturday, there’s very few teams who could defeat Japan. Unfortunately, Team USA was the one who had to go up against them.

Japan held John Shuster’s team to just two points in seven ends of play in an 8-2 rout of the Americans.

Both teams were tied for fourth in the team standings heading into the game. The U.S. falls to 2-3, now tied for fifth. Japan improves to 3-2, tied for third overall.

Click here for a full recap from tonight’s curling action

Other results: 
NOR def. DEN 10-8
SUI def. CAN 8-6
Current Team Standings:
1. Sweden 5-0
2. Canada 4-2
3. Switzerland 4-2
4. Japan 3-2
5. USA 2-3
6. Great Britain 2-3
7. Italy 2-3
8. Norway 2-3
9. Denmark 1-4
10. Korea 1-4

Marcel Hirscher leads GS; defending champ Ted Ligety trails

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Austria’s Marcel Hirscher leads by a commanding .63 seconds after the first of two giant slalom runs at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Hirscher, the reigning giant slalom world champion, is in position to win his second gold medal in PyeongChang, after claiming the combined title.

American Ted Ligety, who is nicknamed “Mr. GS,” is a distant 2.44 seconds behind Hirscher.

“I just sucked,” Ligety said on NBC.

Ligety is hoping to become the first man to successfully defend an Olympic giant slalom gold medal since Italy’s Alberto Tomba in 1992.

Standings after the first run

1. Marcel Hirscher (Austria)
2. Alexis Pinturault (France) +.63 seconds
3. Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen (Norway) +.66 seconds
4. Riccardo Tonetti (Italy) +.75 seconds
5. Mathieu Faivre (France) +.79 seconds