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Winter Olympics late night: What to watch/stream

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Short track is back after a couple days’ hiatus, and Maame Biney is in action in the women’s 1,500m. The American got her first taste of Olympic competition earlier this week when she participated in the 500m before she was knocked out in her quarterfinal heat.

Competition will get off to a fierce start, as Arianna Fontana and Shim Suk-hee kick things off in the first heat. The South Koreans are very passionate about short track, and the atmosphere will be buzzing as their medal hopeful takes to the ice opposite the 500m champion Fontana.

Short Track 

Maame Biney returns to the fold in the women’s 1,500m after she was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 500m. Biney will be joined by Briton Elise Christie, who crashed out of the 500m in controversial fashion, in Heat 5.

500m champion Arianna Fontana is placed in the same heat as home-crowd favorite Shim Suk-hee.

On the men’s side, the 1000m continues. John-Henry Krueger is the sole American left in the field.

Women’s 1,500m Stream Live Here 5:00a.m. EST / 2:00a.m. PST

Men’s 1,000m Stream Live Here 5:00a.m. EST / 2:00a.m. PST

Cross-Country

A showdown awaits cross-country tonight between Sweden and Norway. Several of Sweden’s 2014 gold medal team return, including Charlotte Kalla and Ida Ingemarsdotter. Kalla’s already won one cross-country skiing gold medal this year and will certainly the be athlete that her team will turn to if they are to repeat as Olympic champions.

Don’t look past the Americans, though. They had a poor performance in the relay in 2014, but the American women have had a respectable showing this year. Jessie Diggins missed out in two medal events by just seconds, and also advanced to the finals of the women’s sprint where she finished sixth overall.

Women’s 4x5km Relay Stream Live Here 4:30a.m. EST / 1:30a.m. PST

Hockey

Sweden and Finland face off in the quarterfinals of the women’s tournament. After coming out of a challenging group, Finland will be hoping to make a statement against the Swedes tonight.

The Korean men also take to the ice tonight as they take on Switzerland.

Women’s Tournament

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

Men’s Tournament

KOR vs. SUI Stream Live Here 2:40a.m. EST / 11:40p.m. PST

Curling

Two games to look out for tonight as curling action continues. On the men’s side, Canada and Sweden face off against each other to see which is the team to beat for the rest of the competition. Both enter play at 3-0 with minimal fuss and this looks like it could be a preview of the gold medal match.

On the women’s side, Canada feature again, but this time against the USA. Canada are a disappointing, and surprising, 0-2 in group play thus far. If there is a right time to play this team, it’s now, and the USA can really make a big impression with a victory.

Men’s Tournament

JPN vs. ITA Stream Live Here 12:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

SUI vs. NOR Stream Live Here 12:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

CAN vs. SWE Stream Live Here 12:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

KOR vs. GBR Sream Live Here 12:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

Women’s Tournament

KOR vs. GBR Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 3:05a.m. PST

OAR vs. JPN Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 3:05a.m. PST

USA vs. CAN Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 3:05a.m. PST

CHN vs. DEN Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 3:05a.m. PST

Jessie Diggins, inspired by Body Issue, shares eating disorder battle

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Jessie Diggins hopes to open a conversation about body image after appearing in ESPN the Magazine‘s “Body Issue.” The Olympic gold medalist detailed her own experience with an eating disorder as a teenager in what she called “the most important blog I’ll ever write.”

“When I was 18-19 years old, I had everything in the world going for me, but I struggled with confidence and didn’t love myself,” Diggins, now 26, wrote on her website. “I suffered from an eating disorder, and eventually sought help at a treatment center, checking in for a summer program that saved my life. So when I was approached about the ESPN issue, I thought “is this REALLY something I want to do? Will it bring back old memories? Will I be ok with everyone seeing my body exactly as it is?”

Diggins is remembered for winning the first U.S. Olympic cross-country skiing title with Kikkan Randall in PyeongChang (Here comes Diggins!). In the cross-country world, she’s also reputed for her bubbly presence, spreading glitter across her face and sharing it with fellow skiers before races.

She wants to be associated with much more.

“I want to be known not for going through an eating disorder, but for helping other women and men speak up when they need help and not feel judged for needing a friend to talk it through with,” Diggins wrote. “Statistically speaking, at least 6% of you reading this right now are struggling with disordered eating in some way. So to those of you for whom it feels like the end of the world, I can say this: it can, and it does, get better. I know, because I lived it. It will take more courage than most anything else in your life, but you can get better. And it’s worth it.”

Years before becoming a medal-winning athlete, Diggins checked into The Emily Program, a national leader for eating disorder treatment.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but also the most important,” she wrote. “Because it saved my life, in every way that a life can be saved. I learned that I was struggling with this so much because I needed an outlet for stress, and that it was ok to feel a range of emotions – that I could survive feeling pressured, stressed, unhappy, sad, or angry as well as feeling happy-go-lucky.”

Diggins called posing for the Body Issue “a full-circle moment.” ESPN says the Body Issue celebrates every shape and size of athletes in artful fashion.

“[It’s] a chance for me to use a large stage to waltz right up to the microphone and share a message that I think is extremely important, and long overdue,” Diggins wrote. “We need to open up the conversation about body image, self confidence, and disordered eating. It should not be a shameful thing, or a taboo topic. It’s more prevalent than people think, and perhaps making help easier to find and less difficult to ask for could save some lives.”

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Darya Domracheva, triple Olympic gold medalist in Sochi, retires

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Darya Domracheva, a triple 2014 Olympic gold medalist and Belarus’ most decorated Olympian, has retired from biathlon at age 31.

Domracheva is leaving the sport because she could not continue in biathlon while raising daughter Xenia with husband Ole Einar Bjørndalen, the 13-time Olympic medalist biathlete for Norway.

“All the time after the season, I was trying to find a compromise which would allow me to raise a child and combine with a professional career at the same time,” Domracheva said, according to the International Biathlon Union (IBU). “Unfortunately I did not find an optimal solution which would allow me to combine those two important life parts. This decision is well weighted and very tough, but I finish my sports career.”

Domracheva was one of the biggest stars of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games as the only athlete to claim three individual gold medals, four years after being put on a Belarus postage stamp for earning an individual bronze. Domracheva could have competed for Russia, having been born in Minsk but raised in the remote western Siberia oil boom town of Nyagan, the birthplace of Maria Sharapova.

She became Belarus’ first female Olympic champion, saying she was “the hope of” Belarus, then was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, “Hero of Belarus.”

After winning her only World Cup overall title in 2015, Domracheva missed the 2015-16 campaign with glandular fever, then in April 2016 announced she and Bjørndalen were in a relationship and having a child.

Domracheva returned to take a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships, then entered PyeongChang ranked fifth in the world. Domracheva struggled early in PyeongChang with finishes of ninth, 37th and 27th before earning mass start silver and relay gold.

Her six career Olympic medals are two more than anybody else from Belarus, and her four golds are double anybody else’s total from her country.

Belarus has only competed independently since the 1994 Lillehammer Games, having previously been part of the Soviet Union. Its top athletes who competed under other flags included gymnasts Olga Korbut (six medals, four golds for the Soviets) and Vitaly Scherbo (six golds in 1992 for the Unified Team; four bronzes in 1996 for Belarus).

NBC Olympic Research contributed to this report.

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