Winter Olympics late night: What to watch/stream

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The American women’s hockey team begins its campaign to end its 20 year gold medal drought. Having lost to rivals Canada in back-to-back gold medal games in 2010 and 2014, it’s gold-or-bust for this American squad. Some of the players from that squad have returned, and will certainly be recalling on that experience to guide the youngsters throughout the tournament.  They open against Finland, a team with its own high expectations. The Finns are currently ranked third in the IIHF and won’t permit themselves to be pushovers against the Americans.

Ice Hockey

The United States and Finland begin Group A play. Placed in the same group as Canada and the Olympic Athletes from Russia, an opening round win could go a long way. Though the ghosts of Sochi still linger in the locker room, the Americans cannot afford to look past their opponents who will quickly seize upon any error. Jenni Hiirikoski is Finland’s star player; a defender, yet also one of the team’s most creative players in attacking movements.

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

Freestyle Skiing

Morgan Schild stars in the women’s moguls final. She will be joined by compatriots Jaelin Kauf and Keaton McCargo. Perrine Laffont, who finished first in the qualifying rounds, remains the heavy favorite to win gold. Canada’s Andi Naude and 2014 Olympic gold medalist Justine Dufour-Lapointe will also be featuring.

Women’s moguls final Stream Live Here 7:00a.m. EST / 4.a.m. PST

Biathlon 

Though the U.S. has never medaled in this sport, the nation’s best chance at doing so is with Lowell Bailey. He was the first American to capture a world championship title when he won gold at the 2017 IBU World Championships. He’ll need another top notch performance to take down three-time Olympic medalist Martin Fourcade.

Men’s 10km sprint Stream Live Here 6:15a.m. EST / 3:15a.m. PST

Luge

The first medal event for luge begins with the men’s individual runs. After some disappointing results in training, Felix Loch looks back to his old self and will again be challenging Austria’s Wolfgang Kindl for gold . Team USA’s Chris Mazdzer had his own impress run to put him in an outside-looking in position for a medal.

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

Speed Skating

History seems very likely in the Men’s 5,000m. Dutch speedskater, who won gold in 2010 and 2014, would be the most decorated men’s speed skater ever if he is to claim the three-peat.

Men’s 5,000m Stream Live Here 2:00a.m. EST / 11p.m. PST

Cross Country Skiing

The men take on a grueling 30km race for their first event in the sport. Martin Johnsrud Sundby is a heavy favorite to continue Norway’s legacy.

Men’s Skiathlon Stream Live Here 1:15a.m. EST / 10:15p.m. PST

In a tie, Wendy Holdener puts to rest a remarkable stat in Alpine skiing

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Swiss Wendy Holdener ended one of the most remarkable victory droughts in sports by tying for the win with Swede Anna Swenn Larsson in a World Cup slalom in Killington, Vermont, on Sunday.

Holdener, after 15 second-place finishes and 15 third-place finishes in her career, stood on the top step of a World Cup slalom podium for the first time. She shared it with Swenn Larsson, who had six World Cup slalom podiums before Sunday and also earned her first win.

They beat Austrian Katharina Truppe by .22 of a second combining times from two runs.

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Holdener, 29, previously won three World Cups in other disciplines, plus two world championships in the combined and Olympic and world titles in the team event.

“To be tied first when I came into the finish was such a relief,” Holdener said while shoulder to shoulder with Swenn Larsson. “On the end, it’s perfect, because now we can share our first win together.”

Mikaela Shiffrin had the best first-run time but lost her lead midway through the second run and finished fifth. Shiffrin, who won the first two slaloms this season last weekend, was bidding for a 50th World Cup slalom victory and a sixth win in six slaloms in Killington.

“I fought. I think some spots I got a little bit off my timing, but I was pushing, and that’s slalom,” she said before turning her attention to Holdener and Swenn Larsson. “It’s a pretty special day, actually.”

The women’s Alpine skiing World Cup moves next weekend to Lake Louise, Alberta, with two downhills and a super-G.

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Injured Ilia Malinin wins Grand Prix Finland, qualifies for Grand Prix Final

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Ilia Malinin, competing “a little bit injured” this week, still won Grand Prix Finland and goes into the Grand Prix Final in two weeks as the world’s top-ranked male singles skater.

Malinin, who was second after Friday’s short program, landed four clean quadruple jumps in Saturday’s free skate to overtake Frenchman Kevin Aymoz.

Malinin, who landed a quad flip in competition for the first time, according to SkatingScores.com, also attempted a quad Axel to open his program, but spun out of the landing and put his hand down on the ice.

Malinin also won his previous two starts this season in come-from-behind fashion. The 17-year-old world junior champion became the first skater to land a clean, fully rotated quad Axel in September, then did it again in October at Skate America, where he posted the world’s top overall score this season.

Next, Malinin can become the second-youngest man to win the Grand Prix Final after Russian Yevgeny Plushenko. His biggest competition is likely to be world champion Shoma Uno of Japan, who like Malinin won both of his Grand Prix starts this fall. Malinin and Uno have not gone head-to-head this season.

Grand Prix Finland highlights air on NBC, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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Earlier, Japan’s Mai Mihara overtook world silver medalist Loena Hendrickx of Belgium to become the only woman to win both of her Grand Prix starts this season. Mihara prevailed by .23 of a point. The top three women this season by best total score are Japanese, led by a junior skater, 14-year-old Mao Shimada, who isn’t Olympic age-eligible until 2030.

Mihara and Hendrickx qualified for the Grand Prix Final, joining world champion Kaori Sakamoto and Rinka Watanabe, both of Japan, South Korean Yelim Kim and American Isabeau Levito, the world junior champion.

Italians Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini won both pairs’ programs and qualified for their first Grand Prix Final.

Japan’s Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara and Americans Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier headline the Final. Both pairs won each of their Grand Prix starts earlier this fall. The Japanese have the world’s two best scores this season. The Americans are reigning world champions.

At least one Russian or Chinese pair made every Grand Prix Final podium — usually pairs from both countries — but neither nation competed in pairs this Grand Prix season. All Russian skaters are banned due to the war in Ukraine. China’s lone entry on the Grand Prix across all disciplines was an ice dance couple.

Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier improved on their world-leading score for this season in winning the ice dance by 17.03 points over Americans Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker. Both couples qualified for the Grand Prix Final in the absence of all three Olympic medalists this fall.

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