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Winter Olympics late night: What to watch/stream

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Short track is back after a couple days’ hiatus, and Maame Biney is in action in the women’s 1,500m. The American got her first taste of Olympic competition earlier this week when she participated in the 500m before she was knocked out in her quarterfinal heat.

Competition will get off to a fierce start, as Arianna Fontana and Shim Suk-hee kick things off in the first heat. The South Koreans are very passionate about short track, and the atmosphere will be buzzing as their medal hopeful takes to the ice opposite the 500m champion Fontana.

Short Track 

Maame Biney returns to the fold in the women’s 1,500m after she was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 500m. Biney will be joined by Briton Elise Christie, who crashed out of the 500m in controversial fashion, in Heat 5.

500m champion Arianna Fontana is placed in the same heat as home-crowd favorite Shim Suk-hee.

On the men’s side, the 1000m continues. John-Henry Krueger is the sole American left in the field.

Women’s 1,500m Stream Live Here 5:00a.m. EST / 2:00a.m. PST

Men’s 1,000m Stream Live Here 5:00a.m. EST / 2:00a.m. PST


A showdown awaits cross-country tonight between Sweden and Norway. Several of Sweden’s 2014 gold medal team return, including Charlotte Kalla and Ida Ingemarsdotter. Kalla’s already won one cross-country skiing gold medal this year and will certainly the be athlete that her team will turn to if they are to repeat as Olympic champions.

Don’t look past the Americans, though. They had a poor performance in the relay in 2014, but the American women have had a respectable showing this year. Jessie Diggins missed out in two medal events by just seconds, and also advanced to the finals of the women’s sprint where she finished sixth overall.

Women’s 4x5km Relay Stream Live Here 4:30a.m. EST / 1:30a.m. PST


Sweden and Finland face off in the quarterfinals of the women’s tournament. After coming out of a challenging group, Finland will be hoping to make a statement against the Swedes tonight.

The Korean men also take to the ice tonight as they take on Switzerland.

Women’s Tournament

FIN vs. SWE Stream Live Here 2:40a.m. EST / 11:40p.m. PST

Men’s Tournament

KOR vs. SUI Stream Live Here 2:40a.m. EST / 11:40p.m. PST


Two games to look out for tonight as curling action continues. On the men’s side, Canada and Sweden face off against each other to see which is the team to beat for the rest of the competition. Both enter play at 3-0 with minimal fuss and this looks like it could be a preview of the gold medal match.

On the women’s side, Canada feature again, but this time against the USA. Canada are a disappointing, and surprising, 0-2 in group play thus far. If there is a right time to play this team, it’s now, and the USA can really make a big impression with a victory.

Men’s Tournament

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

SUI vs. NOR Stream Live Here 12:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

CAN vs. SWE Stream Live Here 12:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

KOR vs. GBR Sream Live Here 12:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

Women’s Tournament

KOR vs. GBR Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 3:05a.m. PST

OAR vs. JPN Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 3:05a.m. PST

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

CHN vs. DEN Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 3:05a.m. PST

Mikaela Shiffrin wins final slalom for best career season (video)

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Mikaela Shiffrin won her 12th World Cup race this season and seventh slalom, both personal bests, at the World Cup Finals in Are, Sweden, on Saturday.

Shiffrin, who clinched her second World Cup overall title and fifth slalom season title before the last races of the campaign this weekend, prevailed by 1.58 seconds over Swiss Wendy Holdener. PyeongChang gold medalist Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was third.

“The slalom has always been really close to my heart,” said Shiffrin, who won the last two slaloms this season after a shocking fourth-place finish in PyeongChang. “To finish with a run like that was super special.”

Full results are here.

Shiffrin matched Lindsey Vonn‘s American record for World Cup wins in one season — 12 — with one more race Sunday. Only Swiss Vreni Schneider has more women’s World Cup wins in a single campaign with 14.

Shiffrin, who turned 23 on Tuesday, also moved into solo fifth place on the women’s World Cup wins list with 43, including 23 victories in the last two seasons.

If Shiffrin keeps it up, she can move into the top three next season, though Lindsey Vonn‘s record 82 is a ways off.

“I’m not thinking about that so much,” Shiffrin said. “It’s way too soon to set that as my goal.”

Shiffrin is also three World Cup slalom wins shy of the record 35 held by retired Austrian Marlies Schild, whom Shiffrin supplanted as the world’s top slalom skier in 2013.

The World Cup Finals conclude Sunday with the women’s giant slalom. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will air live coverage of the second run at 7:30 a.m. ET.

“After today I’m really looking forward to going to the start one more time this season and hammering down,” Shiffrin said.

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Katie Ledecky beaten in NCAA Championships individual medley

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Katie Ledecky lost an NCAA Championships race for the first time in eight career finals, taking second in the 400-yard individual medley on Friday.

Stanford teammate Ella Eastin easily beat Ledecky by 3.69 seconds and grabbed the American and NCAA records from Ledecky, too. Eastin’s 3:54.60 is 1.93 seconds faster than Ledecky’s time from the Pac-12 Championships last month.

How did she do it?

“Honestly, I don’t know,” Eastin said on ESPNU. “I’ve built a lot of endurance this year, and it really showed.”

Eastin is decorated in her own right. She three-peated as NCAA 400-yard IM champion and held the American record in the event before Ledecky lowered it last month.

Eastin would have made the 2017 World Championships team had she not been disqualified for an illegal turn after finishing in second place at nationals.

Ledecky, a sophomore, has never contested the 400m IM at a U.S. Championships, Olympics or world championships, nor did she race the 400-yard IM at 2017 NCAAs. She raced the 400 IM instead of the 200 freestyle on Friday.

All of Ledecky’s races at major meets before Friday were in freestyle events. Her only defeat in a major international meet individual final was the 200m freestyle at 2017 Worlds.

Ledecky won five NCAA titles last year and the last two nights anchored the 800-yard freestyle relay and captured the 500-yard freestyle by eight seconds.

Meet results are here.

Later Friday, Lilly King of Indiana three-peated in the 100-yard breaststroke, breaking her American and NCAA records and winning in 56.25 seconds. King is also the Olympic and world champion in the 100m breast, plus the world-record holder.

“Always excited to get the record, but was really hoping to break 56 today,” King said.

Louisville’s Mallory Comerford became the second woman after Missy Franklin to break 1:40 in the 200-yard freestyle, winning in 1:39.80. Co-Olympic 100m free champ Simone Manuel of Stanford was third. Comerford and Ledecky tied for the 2017 NCAA 200 free title.

Stanford’s Ally Howe won the 100-yard backstroke in 49.70, one hundredth shy of her NCAA and American records. Olympic 100m backstroke silver medalist Kathleen Baker of Cal-Berkeley was third.

NCAAs conclude Saturday. Ledecky swims the 1,650-yard freestyle. She is the overwhelming favorite, having gone 35 seconds faster than anyone this season.

Ledecky hasn’t discussed with Stanford whether she will return for her junior season or turn pro, according to the school.

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