Getty Images

Winter Olympics: what to watch/stream

Leave a comment

Lindsey Vonn takes center stage tonight in NBC’s primetime coverage. The two-time Olympic gold medalist could not attend the Sochi Games because she re-injured her knee. In what will likely be her final Olympic Games, Vonn’s been on the comeback trail ever since her devastating injury several years ago.

The men’s singles figure skating program concludes tonight. After Nathan Chen’s disappointing performance on Friday night, the U.S.’s slim chances of medaling fall on the shoulders of Adam Rippon.

Alpine Skiing

It’s been a comeback several years in the making now for Vonn, whose career has been set back a couple times because of injury. Vonn won her 80th race not too long ago, and is coming into the Olympics full of confidence. The American teased that her victory is just a sign of things to come, wanting to save her best for the Olympics. She’ll get her chance to do so tonight on NBC’s prime time coverage.

Women’s Super-G Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. EST / 5:00p.m. PST

Figure Skating

The chances of an American standing on the podium are slim entering the men’s free skate program tonight. Rippon currently sits seventh after the short program, whereas Chen and Vincent Zhou find themselves even lower on the table. 2014 Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu posted the best score of Friday night and is in control to win his second straight Olympic gold medal.

Men’s Free Skate Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. EST / 5:00p.m. PST


The Canadian men’s hockey team looked strong on Thursday, coasting past Switzerland in their opener. They next face a difficult opponent in the Czech Republic, who overcame a difficult challenge from South Korea.

While the men are still in the preliminary stages of the tournament, the knock-out rounds begin for the women. Olympic Athletes from Russia and Switzerladn will be facing off in the first quarterfinals. Switzerland went undefeated in their group whilst OAR suffered from being paired in the same group as Canada, the USA, and Finland.

Men’s Tournament

CAN vs. CZE Stream Live Here 10:10p.m. EST / 7:10p.m. PST

Women’s Tournament

OAR vs. SUI Stream Live Here 10:10p.m. EST / 7:10p.m. PST

Freestyle Skiing

A broken ankle all but ended Maggie Voisin’s medal hopes in 2014. This year, the American is healthy and ready to put Sochi behind her. Voisin won gold in the X Games last month, and will be coming into PyeongChang with a lot of confidence. She will be joined by countrywoman Devin Logan.

Full women’s freeski slopestyle preview here 

Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Qual. Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. EST / 5:00p.m. PST

Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Final Stream Live Here 11:00p.m. EST / 8:00p.m. PST

Alina Zagitova eyes more gold at worlds; women’s preview

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Alina Zagitova hasn’t lost internationally in 18 months, and that doesn’t figure to change this week at the world championships in Milan.

The 15-year-old Russian is favored to become the youngest world gold medalist since Tara Lipinski (duplicating her feat from the Olympics) and make it five straight Olympic or world titles for Russian women, the longest streak for one country since American Carol Heiss won six straight Olympic/world titles from 1956 through 1960.

Zagitova would also become the first Olympic women’s champion to win worlds the following month since Kristi Yamaguchi in 1992. That’s largely because Olympic champions usually skip worlds in Olympic years. Since Yamaguchi, the only one to compete was Yuna Kim, who grabbed silver in 2010.

Zagitova may be young, but she may not have the longevity of Kim to make it to a second Olympics. Russia turns over a new class of elite women’s skaters every year.

Two weeks ago, 13-year-old Alexandra Trusova won the world junior title as the first woman to land two different quadruple jumps in one program. Trusova isn’t old enough to compete at the senior worlds until 2020.

Zagitova’s current rival and training partner, Olympic silver medalist and 2016 and 2017 World champion Yevgenia Medvedeva, withdrew from worlds due to injury.

WORLDS: TV Schedule | Pairs Preview | Nagasu’s Outlook

Which leaves the last two Olympic bronze medalists, Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada and Carolina Kostner of Italy, plus PyeongChang fourth-place finisher Satoko Miyahara of Japan as the top challengers this week.

None finished within seven points of Zagitova at any competition this season, the Russian’s first on the senior international level.

Zagitova set herself apart at the Olympics by putting all of her jumps in the second half of her programs for 10 percent bonuses and landing them all with positive grades of execution.

The U.S. contingent includes national champion Bradie Tennell, two-time Olympian Mirai Nagasu and Mariah Bell (replacement for 2017 U.S. champion Karen Chen).

It is the end of a challenging season for U.S. women. In the autumn, none qualified for the Grand Prix Final for a second straight year (after at least one had done so each of the previous seven seasons).

In PyeongChang, no U.S. woman finished in the top six for the first time in Winter Games history. Tennell, who emerged this season after placing ninth at 2017 Nationals, was the top U.S. Olympic finisher in ninth.

Tennell goes into worlds as the top seeded American — seventh — by best international scores this season.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Best figure skating moments from PyeongChang

Olympic golf qualifying, format largely unchanged for 2020

Getty Images
Leave a comment

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic golf tournaments qualifying and format will remain largely the same as they were for the sport’s return to the Games in 2016, according to Golf Channel, citing a memo sent to PGA Tour players.

The format will again be four rounds of stroke play with 60 men and 60 women taken from the world rankings, according to the report.

The qualifying window to determine the rankings will be July 1, 2018 to June 22, 2020 for men and July 8, 2018 to June 29, 2020 for women. That’s a slight change, as for 2016 the dates were the same for men and women.

The 2016 process saw a maximum of two men and two women per country, or up to four if they were ranked in the top 15.

Then-PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said one month after the Rio Games that he hoped the Olympic golf format would be changed to have more medals awarded.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Michael Phelps lost money to Barack Obama in golf, actor says