Before the Olympic torch is even lit, athletes will be on the ice competing in the newest event to the Winter games, mixed doubles Curling. Eight teams will compete in a round robin style tournament, comprised of one man and one woman. Each team will play with six stones instead of the traditional eight and have eight ends instead of the regular ten.
Team USA will be led by sibling duo Matt and Becca Hamilton who could potentially rack up over 50 hours of live play, which would be the longest of any athlete in the Winter Games. Although the Hamilton’s are not considered the favorites they could still be in the mix for a medal.
Canada looks to remain the dominant team in the tournament and is the overall favorite to bring home a medal. The Canadians are the defending men’s champion and the women’s team went undefeated at the world’s.
Men’s Ski Jumping also kicks off Wednesday with Japan’s Noriaki Kasai looking to make history. The 45 year old will be competing in his eighth Winter Games.
Every four years curling captures the eyes of viewers and this year they have something new to feast their eyes on. Mixed doubles Curling opens up Olympic play at 7:05p.m. ET (4:05p.m. PT).
The tournament opens up with Team USA taking on the Olympic Athletes of Russia. Matt and Becca Hamilton will be the first members of Team USA to play in the PyeongChang Games. With the addition of mixed doubles curling, it provides Olympians with a chance to medal twice in curling; once in the traditional single style and once in the doubles.
USA vs. OAR Stream Live Here 7:05p.m. ET / 4:05p.m. PT
CAN vs. NOR Stream Live Here 7:05p.m. ET / 4:05p.m. PT
KOR vs. FIN Stream Live Here 7:05p.m. ET / 4:05p.m. PT
CHN vs. SUI Stream Live Here 7:05p.m. ET / 4:05p.m. PT
The Men’s Individual Normal Hill Qualifiying round kicks off Wednesday. Three time Olympic medalist Noriaki Kasai will make his eighth Olympic appearance which breaks the record for number of appearances by any athlete at the Winter Games. Poland’s Kamil Stoch looks to defend his Gold medal at PyeongChang as he is an early favorite to take home a medal.
Stream Live Here 7:30a.m. ET / 4:30a.m. PT
For nearly three straight weeks, curling dominated the Olympic airwaves, and while the U.S., Sweden and Canada all came away with gold medals, there were still plenty of highlights away from the ice.
In the mixed doubles tournament, fans were introduced to Team USA’s #HamFam, Matt and Becca Hamilton, who became instant sensations. Matt was even confused for some other celebrities, as people tried to nail down exactly who he looked like.
NBC Olympics staff selected three special performers from the enitre men’s tournament at the Olympics.
Eeli Tolvanen, Finland: The 18-year-old winger was the undisputed breakout star of the men’s tournament. Even though Finland was eliminated in the quarterfinals, Tolvanen’s tally of nine points still ranked second overall as he averaged nearly two points per game. He scored in his Olympic debut and also tallied two assists against eventual silver medalist Germany. He followed that up with two scores against Norway. Tolvanen paced his team past an energized South Korean team in the qualification playoffs, assisting in Finland’s opening three goals. After a sizzling Olympic performance, Tolvanen could be on his way to the NHL to help the Nashville Predators chase the Stanley Cup once again.
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Nikita Gusev, Olympic Athletes from Russia: The Vegas Golden Knights prospect tallied four goals and eight assists in just six games throughout the 2018 Winter Games. He also struck twice when it mattered most, helping OAR force OT in the gold-medal game. Trailing 3-2 in the final frame and playing shorthanded, Gusev was able to sneak a backhanded shot into the back of the net to knot the score with less than a minute remaining. Then, in the extra session, it was Gusev who made a beautiful cross-ice pass to set up the golden goal by Kirill Kaprizov.
NBCOlymipcs.com: Canada claim bronze with 6-4 over Czech Republic
Ryan Donato, United States: The 21-year-old Boston Bruins prospect was bright spot for Team USA despite the disappointing finish. The sniper lifted his team to a crucial preliminary-round victory over Slovakia, grabbing both goals in a 2-1 victory. He came back to haunt Slovakia again with two more scores in the qualification playoffs, and though the United States’ tournament came to an end in the quarterfinals against the Czech Republic, Donato notched one last goal in the 3-2 loss to finish with a team-leading five goals and six points. Donato, along with fellow collegiate athletes Troy Terry and Jordan Greenway, surprised many with their contributions on the ice. If management had known of their game-changing impact in advance, the American roster might have included more NCAA players.