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Winter Olympics late night: What to watch/stream

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Set your alarms early for Wednesday, because it’s all about hockey as the American men begin their Olympic campaign against Slovenia. Olympic Athletes from Russia, Canada, and Sweden are major favorites to be battling it out for the medals, but the Americans are bound to add some flair into the mix, and new-found stars are bound to emerge with the country’s amateur squad.

Before the sun rises, though, (at least along the East Coast), Laura Dahlmeier will be vying for her third gold medal in biathlon as the women participate in the 15km individual.

Elsewhere, the American women’s curling team begins its campaign against Japan.

Ice Hockey

After a solid start by the women in their tournament, it’s time for the men to take to the rink. Added intrigue has circled the competition this year because no NHL players may participate in the Olympics. This rule paved the way for a truly unique American team, containing college players as well as former professionals.

USA vs. SLO Stream Live Here 7:10a.m. EST / 4:10a.m. PST

Biathlon

Darya Domrachaeva has had a disappointing start to her Olympic Games. The Belarusian, who dominated the sport four years ago, has failed to medal in both of her events so far. Meanwhile, things couldn’t be going for Laura Dahlmeier, who’s swept the competition thus far.

Women’s 15km Individual Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 3:05a.m. PST

Curling

The U.S. women begin their curling tournament this morning against Japan. The Americans didn’t have the best outing in 2014, and are again considers long-shots this year. They could have faced much stiffer competition in the first round, though. A win over Japan could give the Americans a little bit of confidence as the tournament progresses.

USA vs. JPN Stream Live Here 12:05a.m. EST / 9:50p.m. PST

Nordic Combined

Nordic Combined contains both biathlon and ski jumping.

The big name to look out for is Eric Frenzel. The former Olympic gold medal winner is seen by many as the man to beat in the normal hill, who won gold in the event in 2014.

Read more on Nordic Combined here 

Normall Hill / 10km Combined Stream Live Here 3:45a.m. EST / 12:45a.m. PST

Luge

The U.S. has sent two teams to represent them in luge: Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdimenm, and Justin Krewson and Andrew Sherk. The last time an American team medaled in luge was 2002 in Salt Lake, where they medaled silver and bronze. The U.S. is not expected to be competing for a podium finish this year.

Again, look out for Germany. Felix Loch’s disastrous final run in the men’s singles must surely be sitting in their minds, and the Germans will most likely prove that was just a fluke.

Men’s Doubles Stream Live Here 6:20a.m. EST / 3:20a.m. PST

Teddy Riner, dominant judoka, to skip 2018, 2019 Worlds

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French judoka Teddy Riner, arguably the world’s most dominant athlete, will reportedly skip the next two world championships before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

French coach Franck Chambily said Riner will compete a light international schedule the next two years ahead of what would be his fourth Olympics, according to Agence France-Presse.

Riner, a 29-year-old, 6-foot-8-inch native of Guadeloupe, is undefeated since 2010 with a reported 144-match winning streak. That includes Olympic titles in 2012 and 2016 and world titles in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Before the streak, Riner also earned world titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010, plus an Olympic bronze at age 19 in 2008.

He could compete through the 2024 Paris Games.

“When I am invincible, I will stop,” Riner said in 2013, according to The Associated Press.

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Maggie Nichols wins NCAA all-around title with perfect 10

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Even after a perfect 10 in the last rotation, Maggie Nichols didn’t know that she had won the NCAA all-around title. Her coach at Oklahoma, K.J. Kindler, had to tell her.

The reaction?

“Excitement,” Nichols said Friday night on ESPNU. “I just wanted to go out there and feel out the equipment, staying calm and doing my routines that I have been doing in training.”

Nichols, a 2015 World team champion who retired from elite gymnastics after missing the 2016 Olympic team (set back by a torn meniscus that year), became the first Sooner to win the NCAA all-around in 30 years.

The sophomore tallied 39.8125 points and topped Olympic alternate MyKayla Skinner of Utah by .0875 for the title in St. Louis. It came one year after Nichols was 29th in the all-around with a balance beam fall.

Oklahoma and Utah will be joined in Saturday night’s Super Six team finals by UCLA, LSU, Florida and Nebraska. The Sooners eye their third straight national title.

Nichols capped her night with one of two perfect scores between the two semifinal sessions, matching 2012 Olympic alternate Elizabeth Price‘s 10 on uneven bars. It gave Nichols a second career gym slam, a perfect score on every apparatus for the season.

On Jan. 9, Nichols came forward as “Athlete A,” who first reported to USA Gymnastics that she was sexually abused by Larry Nassar in summer 2015.

“She has had a really unique year probably like no one else, and her strength showed through,” Kindler said Friday, according to the University of Oklahoma. “It was tough, and to come out on this side this year is really special.”

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