WATCH LIVE: United States field hockey looks to remain undefeated

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The United States women’s field hockey team, winners of their Group B opener against Argentina Saturday, will return to the field Monday for their second group match. The Americans take on Australia, which lost its opener, in a match that begins at 9:00 a.m. Eastern. While the Hockeyroos did lose to Great Britain 2-1 in their opener, they entered the Olympic tournament ranked third in the world.

Jodie Kenny will lead the way for Australia while Katie Reinprecht and Michelle Kasold, who scored the two goals in the win over Argentina, are among those who will look to lead the United States to a second consecutive victory.

WATCH LIVE: United States vs. Australia on NBCOlympics.com

The U.S. and Australia last met in the bronze medal match of the 2016 Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy tournament, with the Americans winning a match that required a shootout to be decided. That will be the first of eight matches to be played at the field hockey venue, with all 12 women’s teams scheduled to compete.

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There will also be two matches in the men’s tournament, with Germany taking on India and Canada facing Argentina. The Canadians will play their second match of the competition Monday, and they’ll look to rebound from a 6-2 loss to Germany in their opener.

Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

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Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

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Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”