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Winter Olympics late night: What to watch/stream

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Time zones can be tricky. Since PyeongChang is 15 hours ahead of continental America – let alone adjusting for the West Coast and Hawaii – organizing your sleeping schedule to accommodate prime viewing can be a challenging matter. That’s why we have compiled a list of late night sporting action for you.

Love short track? Set your alarm for 5:00a.m. EST. Biathlon? 6:15a.m. EST.

So, prepare your alarm clocks and get your coffee makers ready as the Olympics kick into full gear.

Short track kicks things off, with the men’s 1,5000m competition. South Koreans have every reason to feel optimistic with their Olympians’ chances as reigning world champion Seo Ri-Ya is heavily favored to win gold. On the women’s side, viewers will get a sneak peek at 18 year-old Maame Biney’s promise. The nation’s first Black American to qualify for the U.S. short track team will find herself in the midst of seasoned pros including South Korea’s three-time Olympic medalist Shim Suk-Hee and two-time world champion Choi Min-Jeung.

Plenty of other Americans are in action, including biathlete Susan Dunklee, as well as four Americans competing in the final of the ski jumping normal hill competition.

Take a look at all of the action occurring in the late hours of Friday night and into the early hours on Saturday.

Short Track

Though South Korea is fielding an exceptionally strong team, three-time Olympic medalist J.R. Celski is no stranger to Olympic grandeur and will be hoping to spring a surprise.

Men’s 1,500m Heats begin 5:00a.m. EST / 2:00a.m. PST

Men’s 1,500m Semifinals begin 6:20a.m. EST / 3:20a.m. PST

Women’s 500m Qualifying begins 6:50a.m. EST / 3:50a.m. PST

Men’s 1,500m Final begins 7:25a.m. EST / 4:25a.m. PST

Stream all events Live Here 

Cross Country Skiing

Norway’s Marit Bjorgen could leave Pyeongchang as the most decorated Winter Olympian in history. Coming into PyeongChang, the skiier owns 10 medals to her name. Elsewhere, Jessie Diggins, who won the last World Cup event heading into the Olympics, will be looking to become the first American medalist for the sport.

Women’s Skiiathlon Stream Live Here 2:15a.m. EST / 11:15p.m. PST

Luge

Germany’s Felix Loch, two time defending gold medalist, returns to the Olympics seeking his third straight triumph. American lugers Chris Mazdzer and Tucker West will be looking to grab a spot on the podium.

Men’s Runs 1 and 2 Stream  Live Here 5:10a.m. EST / 2:10a.m. PST

Speed Skating

The most successful Olympian in Sochi, the Dutch skater Ireen Wuest is again the favorite to win gold. Her compatriot Antoinette de Jong is expected to be her toughest competitor, along with Germany’s Claudia Pechstein.

Stream Live Here 6:00a.m. EST / 3:00a.m. PST

Biathlon

Susan Dunklee could very well be America’s first medalist in biathlon. Participating in the 7.5km sprint, her favorite event, the Vermont native must overcome a daunting field. Laura Dahlmeier of Germany won at least bronze in all six competitions of the six World Cup events in 2017, Slovakia’s Anastasiya Kuzmina is the two-time defending gold medalist, and Darya Domracheva possesses three gold medals of her own.

Women’s 7.5km Sprint Stream Live Here 6:15a.m. EST / 3:15a.m. PST

Ski Jumping

Four American men making their Olympic debuts have a chance to medal in the normal hill final: Kevin Bickner, Michael Glasder, Casey Larson, and William Rhoads. It will take a massive effort for any of them to overtake Germany’s Andreas Wellinger or defending Olympic gold medalist Kamil Stoch of Poland.

Men’s Normal Hill Final Stream Live Here 7:35a.m. EST / 4:35a.m. PST

Russia to finish Youth Olympics with most medals

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Russia clinched the top spot in the Youth Olympic medal standings, two days before the Closing Ceremony in Buenos Aires and eight months after it was excluded from the PyeongChang Winter Games for its doping problems.

The Russians have 52 medals with 25 golds so far, distancing the rest of the world.

1. Russia — 52 total, 25 gold
2. China — 36 total, 18 gold
3. Mixed NOCs — 36 total, 12 gold
4. Japan — 34 total, 14 gold
5. Italy — 31 total, 10 gold
10. U.S. — 15 total, 4 gold

China and Russia went one-two in total medals at the first two Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010 and Nanjing, China in 2014. The U.S. has never topped a Youth Olympic total medal table, be it Summer or Winter Games.

The U.S. has, however, earned the most total medals at the last six Summer Olympics, beginning with the 1996 Atlanta Games.

The Youth Olympics, for athletes ages 14 to 18, do not emphasize medal counts (plus have many medal events where athletes from different nations compete on the same team). The Games include many Olympic events and some that are not on the Olympic program, including break dancing, where a Russian who goes by Bumblebee earned gold last week.

The next Youth Olympics are the winter version in the IOC base of Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2020, followed by the summer version in 2022 in Dakar, Senegal, the first Olympic Games of any kind to be held in Africa.

The Youth Olympics conclude with the last full day of medal competition on Wednesday and the Closing Ceremony on Thursday.

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Aliya Mustafina returns to gymnastics worlds, year after giving birth

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Aliya Mustafina, an all-around medalist at the last two Olympics, made Russia’s team for next week’s world gymnastics championships, 16 months after giving birth to daughter Alisa.

Mustafina, 24, is joined by one Rio Olympic teammate, Angelina Melnikova, and three world championships rookies (plus Olympian Daria Spiridonova as an alternate), according to Russia’s gymnastics federation.

Mustafina is the last non-American woman to win an Olympic or world championships all-around, back in 2010 in her first year as a senior gymnast. A series of injuries followed, including surgeries on both knees and her left ankle.

She missed the 2015 Worlds with back pain but rebounded for a medal of every color in Rio (uneven bars gold, team silver and all-around bronze, just as she had done at London 2012).

Her seven total Olympic medals are tied for the most by a Russian woman since the fall of the Soviet Union with retired gymnast Svetlana Khorkina.

Viktoria Komova, the 2012 Olympic all-around silver medalist who has also struggled with injuries, is not on Russia’s team for worlds in Doha. She last competed at a global championship in 2015, sharing the uneven bars title with three other gymnasts.

Mustafina joins a list of distinguished moms to return to the top level of gymnastics, including Oksana Chusovitina, who began competing in the Soviet Union in the 1980s and, seven Olympics later, is still competing at age 43 (for Uzbekistan).

The most decorated Olympic gymnast, Soviet Larisa Latynina, earned 12 of her 18 medals after becoming a mom.

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