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What to watch on Day 3 of Sochi Olympics

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Here’s a look at the compelling events, athletes and storylines of the Sochi Olympics on Monday, Feb. 10. A complete list of every Monday event can be found here.

WHAT TO STAY UP LATE FOR …

Women’s super combined, 2 a.m./6 a.m. ET — CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE EVENT LIVE

American Julia Mancuso is the 2010 Olympic silver medalist in this race that adds together the times from one downhill run and one slalom run. She hasn’t finished better than seventh in any World Cup race this season, but she’s come up big at major events without much run-up fanfare before.

The clear favorite is German Maria Hoefl-Riesch, the reigning Olympic and world champion. Also watch out for reigning World Cup overall champion Tina Maze as well Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon. Gagnon looks to win her nation’s first Alpine medal since 1994.

Short track speed skating, men’s 1500m, 4:45 a.m. ET — CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

Short track debuts with heats, semifinals and finals of the longest individual distance on the program. In 2010, this was the race where two South Koreans wiped out on the final turn, and Apolo Ohno and J.R. Celski skated past for silver and bronze.

Ohno is of course retired, but Celski is back and a medal contender again. The 23-year-old won a 1500m World Cup event in Kolomna, Russia, in November. He’ll face a tough road to the final with three South Koreans, Russian Viktor Ahn (formerly Ahn Hyun-Soo of South Korea) and Canadian Charles Hamelin also in the field.

WHAT TO WAKE UP EARLY FOR ….

Speed skating, men’s 500m, 8 a.m. ET CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

South Korean Mo Tae-Bum looks to repeat as champion in the shortest distance in speed skating. The medal picture is fairly open though, given seven men have won World Cup 500m races this season and only one captured more than one.

The powerful Dutch send twins Michel and Ronald Mulder (Michel is the 2014 World Sprint Champion). The U.S. has Tucker Fredricks and Mitchell Whitmore, who are seventh and 10th in the World Cup standings.

WHAT YOU CAN’T MISS DURING THE DAY …

Luge, women’s singles runs 1 and 2, 9:45 a.m. ET — CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

This is Germany’s event. They’ve won the last four Olympic women’s luge titles and routinely dominate World Cups and World Championships. Natalie Geisenberger, the 2010 Olympic bronze medalist, looks primed to march halfway to gold of the four-run competition Monday night.

2010 Olympic champion Tatjana Huefner and two-time World Championships medalist Anke Wischnewski round out the German contingent seeking a sweep.

Canadian Alex Gough and Russian Tatyana Ivanova are the best non-German hopes. The U.S., yet to win an Olympic singles luge medal, sends 2009 world champion Erin Hamlin, the last World Cup race winner, Kate Hansen, and rising 19-year-old Summer Britcher.

Biathlon, men’s 12.5km pursuit, 10 a.m. ETCLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

Biathlon is not normally a must-see event in the U.S., but history is at stake here. Norway’s Ole Einar Bjoerndalen will go off first in the pursuit, which essentially gives head starts based on finishes from the 10km sprint Saturday.

Bjoerndalen, 40, won the sprint to tie retired countryman and cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie for the most career Winter Olympic medals. He now seeks record-breaking No. 13. Even if he doesn’t get it Monday, he has two relays upcoming where Norway is favored for gold.

Tim Burke leads the U.S. contingent, starting 19th and 50 seconds behind Bjoerndalen. No American has won an Olympic biathlon medal.

Men’s curling, U.S.-Norway, 10 a.m. ET — CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

If you’re going to watch one Olympic curling match, it might as well be this one. The U.S. men will need to pull off upsets to contend for a medal in Sochi. Defeating Norway in their opener would certainly qualify.

The Norwegians are the reigning Olympic and world silver medalists. They are better known for their outrageous pants, though they’ve displayed an even more interesting look in practice here.

Men’s moguls final, 1 p.m. ET — CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

Canada could go one-two in moguls under the lights for the second time in three nights at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Mikael Kingsbury looked strong at this time last year, winning the world championship, but 2010 Olympic champion Alexandre Bilodeau has won the last three World Cup events.

Bilodeau is trying to become the first freestyle skier to win two Olympic gold medals. Hannah Kearney missed her shot at that feat two nights ago, when sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe took gold and silver.

The top U.S. hopes on Monday are 2009 world champion Patrick Deneen and Bradley Wilson, whose brother competed in Vancouver.

Hayato Sakamoto, Japanese baseball MVP, tests positive for coronavirus

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Hayato Sakamoto, an MVP of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league, is one of two players from the Yomiuri Giants to test positive for the coronavirus, according to several Japanese media reports.

Sakamoto, a 31-year-old shortstop, and catcher Takumi Oshiro tested positive ahead of the NPB’s planned June 19 start to the season that had been delayed to the coronavirus.

The tests showed traces of the coronavirus, according to Kyodo News.

The Giants canceled Wednesday’s practice game with the Seibu Lions to limit the spread of the virus.

Sakamoto is the reigning Central League MVP. He has been called the Derek Jeter of Japan for playing the same position as the Yankee great and being the veteran captain of Japan’s equivalent club, the Giants, which own a record 22 Japan Series titles.

Sakamoto, who played in the last two World Baseball Classics, has been considered a lock for Japan’s baseball team at the Tokyo Games in 2021 as the most well known active player who hasn’t left for Major League Baseball. MLB is not expected to allow its top players to participate in the Olympics, which would keep the likes of Shohei Ohtani and Masahiro Tanaka off the Olympic roster.

The sport returns to the Olympic program for the first time since 2008, though it is not on the 2024 Olympic program nor guaranteed a place at the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

Japan reached the semifinals of all five Olympic baseball tournaments when the sport was previously on the medal program but never took gold.

In a 2018 survey, Sakamoto was ranked as Japan’s eighth-most popular athlete across all sports, foreign or domestic, active or retired.

Sky Brown, 11-year-old Olympic skateboard hopeful, suffers serious injuries in fall

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Sky Brown, an 11-year-old British Olympic skateboarding hopeful, recently suffered her worst fall, requiring surgery, she said in a video posted from a hospital bed.

Brown suffered skull fractures and broke her left wrist and hand and was at first unresponsive upon arrival to a hospital, according to the BBC, which quoted her father.

Video of the fall from a skateboarding ramp was posted on her social media. She appeared to be wearing a helmet in the video.

“I don’t usually post my falls or talk about them because I want people to see the fun in what I do,” Brown said. “But this was my worst fall, and I just want everyone to know that, it’s OK, don’t worry. I’m OK. It’s OK to fall sometimes. I’m just going to get back up and push even harder. I know there’s a lot of things going on in the world right now. I want everyone to know that whatever we do, we’ve just go to do it with love and happiness.”

Brown is the 2019 World bronze medalist in the new Olympic sport’s park discipline.

Later Tuesday, Brown reposted an Instagram post from what appeared to be her father’s account. The caption of that post said Brown fell 15 feet to flat concrete.

“I held her in my arms and she bled helplessly moaning in and out of consciousness waiting for the helicopter to take her to the Hospital,” the caption read. “We spent the night sick and terrified not knowing if Sky was going to make it through the night, as the ICU team tried to get her conscious and kept her alive.

“4 days later Sky sits across from me with her full memory back, smiling, watching TikTok while Eating her favorite bad snacks.”

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Last week the worst thing I could ever ever imagined happened to @skybrown . She fell about 15ft off the side of a vert ramp to flat concrete. I held her in my arms and she bled helplessly moaning in and out of consciousness waiting for the helicopter to take her to the Hospital. We spent the night sick and terrified not knowing if Sky was going to make it through the night, as the ICU team tried to get her conscious and kept her alive. We prayed and begged God to give Sky another chance. Word came back while she was still unconscious, multiple fractures to her skull, a broken left arm, which she broke into pieces because she used it to break her fall, broken right fingers and lacerations to her heart and lungs. 4 days later Sky sits across from me with her full memory back, smiling, watching TikTok while Eating her favorite bad snacks. More importantly her Doctors and the trauma team say it’s a miracle how well she is dealing with the pain and recovering incredibly fast. They said it’s shocking and believe it’s because of her grit, positivity and attitude. Skys brother @oceanbrown has been so brave. He saw his sister fall to the ground lying in a pool of blood and was screaming in tears that night outside of the hospital. He has still not allowed into the hospital to see her. They miss each-other dearly, but no siblings are allowed to enter the hospital because of coronavirus. They’ve been spending hours a day on FaceTime with each other making funny faces to one another in fits of giggles and laughter. Sky promises Ocean daily that she will make a fast recovery so they can be together again. Sky is constantly joking and smiling and it’s hurts my heart to even imagine for a second a world without Sky; extremely thankful that I don’t have to. Thank you to the heroes that are the doctors, nurses and hospital staff that have tirelessly worked on her and helped her get to this point.

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