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Winter Olympics: what to watch/stream

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Lindsey Vonn takes center stage tonight in NBC’s primetime coverage. The two-time Olympic gold medalist could not attend the Sochi Games because she re-injured her knee. In what will likely be her final Olympic Games, Vonn’s been on the comeback trail ever since her devastating injury several years ago.

The men’s singles figure skating program concludes tonight. After Nathan Chen’s disappointing performance on Friday night, the U.S.’s slim chances of medaling fall on the shoulders of Adam Rippon.

Alpine Skiing

It’s been a comeback several years in the making now for Vonn, whose career has been set back a couple times because of injury. Vonn won her 80th race not too long ago, and is coming into the Olympics full of confidence. The American teased that her victory is just a sign of things to come, wanting to save her best for the Olympics. She’ll get her chance to do so tonight on NBC’s prime time coverage.

Women’s Super-G Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. EST / 5:00p.m. PST

Figure Skating

The chances of an American standing on the podium are slim entering the men’s free skate program tonight. Rippon currently sits seventh after the short program, whereas Chen and Vincent Zhou find themselves even lower on the table. 2014 Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu posted the best score of Friday night and is in control to win his second straight Olympic gold medal.

Men’s Free Skate Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. EST / 5:00p.m. PST

Hockey

The Canadian men’s hockey team looked strong on Thursday, coasting past Switzerland in their opener. They next face a difficult opponent in the Czech Republic, who overcame a difficult challenge from South Korea.

While the men are still in the preliminary stages of the tournament, the knock-out rounds begin for the women. Olympic Athletes from Russia and Switzerladn will be facing off in the first quarterfinals. Switzerland went undefeated in their group whilst OAR suffered from being paired in the same group as Canada, the USA, and Finland.

Men’s Tournament

CAN vs. CZE Stream Live Here 10:10p.m. EST / 7:10p.m. PST

Women’s Tournament

OAR vs. SUI Stream Live Here 10:10p.m. EST / 7:10p.m. PST

Freestyle Skiing

A broken ankle all but ended Maggie Voisin’s medal hopes in 2014. This year, the American is healthy and ready to put Sochi behind her. Voisin won gold in the X Games last month, and will be coming into PyeongChang with a lot of confidence. She will be joined by countrywoman Devin Logan.

Full women’s freeski slopestyle preview here 

Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Qual. Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. EST / 5:00p.m. PST

Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Final Stream Live Here 11:00p.m. EST / 8:00p.m. PST

Chinese figure skating judges banned for biased Olympic scoring

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Two Chinese figure skating judges were suspended by the International Skating Union for biased judging at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Chen Weiguang and Huang Feng had “preferential marking” for top Chinese skaters Jin Boyang (fourth place in PyeongChang) and the silver medalist pairs’ team of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, respectively, according to the ISU.

Chen was banned two years and excluded from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Huang got a one-year ban.

Chen awarded her highest grades of execution scores of the men’s competition to Jin, as well as her second-highest program components scores, trailing only gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu. Both sets of scores, in both the short and long programs, were out of line with the other eight judges.

“There is evidence of preference for the Chinese skater and prejudice against his strongest competitors,” an ISU report read. “Her marks were completely unrealistic.”

The pairs’ judge Huang “obviously favored his pair also vis-à-vis the other top candidates for the Olympic gold medal,” the ISU said in a report, referencing inflated scores for Sui and Han and lower scores for gold and bronze medalists Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada.

Huang was warned one month before the Olympics by the ISU for biased judging at the December 2017 Grand Prix Final pairs’ event.

Both suspensions are subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Javier Fernandez to skip Grand Prix, still compete next season

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Javier Fernandez, who in PyeongChang became the first Spanish Olympic figure skating medalist, will skip the fall Grand Prix series but return for January’s European Championships, which could be his final competition.

Europeans will be Fernandez’s focus for the season, his agent said Tuesday.

Fernandez, 26, added an Olympic bronze medal to his 2015 and 2016 World titles. He has said that his third Olympics in PyeongChang would be his last. But Fernandez did not say he would retire after the Winter Games, though he did skip the world championships in March.

Fernandez now plans to compete in his 13th straight European Championships in Minsk in January. He won the last six titles. It’s unknown if he will continue on to the world championships in Saitama, Japan, in March.

In Fernandez’s absence, the top male singles skaters in the fall Grand Prix season should be double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, PyeongChang silver medalist Shoma Uno and American Nathan Chen, who was fifth at the Olympics after a disastrous short program but ran away with March’s world title by the largest margin in history.

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