Winter Olympics late night: What to watch/stream

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It’s a big night tonight for curling, as serious medal contenders face off and fates can be sealed. The Canadian women are in survival mode after starting a horrendous 0-3, and hosts South Korea have been performing above expections. For those looking for a preview of what the gold medal match might be like, switch over to watch the Britons challenge the Swedes. The American men are also in action as they continue to push for a semifinal bid, where they take on Norway.

Elsewhere tonight, the Dutch look to continue their dominant results in speed skating whilst the men’s aerials competition concludes in freestyle skiing.


Curling

It’s a big game tonight in the women’s field between Great Britain and Sweden. With Canada’s repeat bid looking ever more insecure, these two medal contenders have stepped up their game to fill the vacuum that the Canadians abandoned at the top. Sweden are currently sitting at a perfect 4-0, whilst Great Britain only lost once in a surprising defeat to the USA. This could be a preview of the gold medal match later next week.

The American men have an opportunity to really push for a semifinals bid when they take on Norway, who currently sit 1-3. This begins a stretch of games that will really push this team, who’ve yet to play against Canada and Great Britain. A victory today for the USA will effectively eliminate the Norwegians and bring the Americans one step closer to the semifinals as the round robin begins to wind down.

Women’s Tournament

CHN vs. KOR Stream Live Here 12:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

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

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

Men’s Tournament

DEN vs. KOR Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

ITA vs. GBR Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

SWE vs. JPN Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

USA vs. NOR Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

Cross-Country

Sweden come into the men’s relay as defending gold medal champions, but the Norwegians are good enough to cause the upset. Sochi silver medalists, Olympic Athletes from Russia, haven’t been performing well in the cross-country this year.

Men’s 4x10km Relay Stream Live Here 1:15a.m. EST / 10:15p.m. PST

Hockey

The Czechs had a big game the other day, defeating the Canadians in overtime. They should be good enough to see of their Swiss opposition in their final game of the preliminary phase.

Men’s Tournament

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

Women’s Tournament

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

Freestyle Skiing

Mac Bohonnon was expected to be one of the serious medal contenders for the final, but the American failed to even qualify. Instead the U.S. will be placing its hope in Jon Lillis, who posted the highest score in the qualifying round.

Freeski Men’s Aerials Finals Stream Live Here 6:00a.m. EST / 3:00a.m. PST

Speed Skating

The Dutch will most likely continue their gold medal streak alive in the men’s team pursuit. They’ve already won gold in six of seven events in speed skating in PyeongChang.

Men’s Team Pursuit Stream Live Here 6:00a.m. EST / 3:00a.m. PST

Women’s 500m Stream Live Here 6:00a.m. EST / 3:00a.m. PST

 

Alexa Knierim, Brandon Frazier win U.S. figure skating pairs’ title in possible final nationals

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Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier haven’t decided if they’ll compete beyond this season, so Saturday may have been their farewell to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

If so, they went out as dominant winners, the first pair in their 30s to win nationals in more than 50 years.

Knierim, 31, and Frazier, 30, took their second U.S. title together, totaling 227.97 points to prevail by 31.11 over Emily Chan and Spencer Howe. They led by a gaping 15.1 points after Thursday’s short.

Knierim and Frazier were solid after errors on their opening jumping combination in Saturday’s free skate. They broke their own pairs’ margin of victory record from the 2021 U.S. Championships under a scoring system implemented in 2006. Knierim appeared to wipe away tears backstage.

“As I get older, the longer I’m in this sport, the more gratitude I have for it,” Knierim, the oldest woman to win a U.S. figure skating title since 1995 (Renée Roca), said on USA Network. “After that music ended, I’m just thankful that Brandon’s by my side and I’m able to do what I love.”

Ellie Kam and Danny O’Shea bagged bronze to likely round out the three-pair team for March’s world championships.

FIGURE SKATING NATIONALS: Full Scores | Broadcast Schedule

Knierim and Frazier considered retiring after last season, after they missed nationals due to Frazier’s COVID-19, petitioned onto the Olympic team and posted the best Olympic finish for a U.S. pair (sixth) in 20 years.

They then became the first U.S. pair to win a world title since 1979, beating a field that didn’t include any of the top five from the Olympics.

They returned in part to compete as world champions and rank second in the world this season (during which the top Olympic pairs also haven’t competed). They will likely go into March’s worlds in Japan as underdogs to Japan’s Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara, who won their lone head-to-head this past fall at the Grand Prix Final.

Back in October, Knierim said this will probably be their last season competing together, though the pair also thought they were done last spring. They don’t expect to make a final decision until after a Stars on Ice tour this spring.

“This U.S. Championships for us was extra special because you’re just reflecting on the journey, and you know that there’s a good chance that this will be your last one,” Frazier said.

Knierim won her fifth U.S. title, tying the record for a pairs’ skater since World War II, joining Kyoka InaTai BabiloniaRandy GardnerKarol Kennedy and Peter Kennedy. Knierim’s first three titles, and her first Olympics in 2018, were with husband Chris, who retired in 2020.

Silver medalists Chan and Howe continued their recent surge. After placing fourth at last season’s nationals, they rank sixth in the world this season. That’s despite summer injuries that left them unable to practice lifts (his shoulder) and throws (her foot) for a while.

Kam, 18, and O’Shea, 31, made the podium four months after becoming a pair and less than two months after a car Kim was riding in was hit by a drunk driver while crossing an intersection. The car was totaled, but Kim and O’Shea still competed days later in Croatia.

O’Shea won the 2016 U.S. title with Tarah Kayne, retired after they split in late 2020, then came back in 2021 with Chelsea Liu. They ranked sixth in the U.S. going into 2022 Nationals, but withdrew beforehand due to concussions both suffered in a November competition fall, according to Figure Skaters Online.

NBC Sports’ Sarah Hughes (not the figure skater) contributed to this report.

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2023 U.S. Figure Skating Championships scores, results

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Full scores and results from the 2023 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose …

Women
Gold: Isabeau Levito — 223.33
Silver: Bradie Tennell — 213.12
Bronze: Amber Glenn — 207.44
4. Starr Andrews — 188.24
5. Josephine Lee — 187.68
6. Lindsay Thorngren — 187.19
7. Clare Seo — 175.60
8. Gracie Gold — 173.98
9. Ava Ziegler — 167.70
10. Sonja Hilmer — 166.49
11. Gabriella Izzo — 166.40
12. Ting Cui — 161.27
13. Audrey Shin — 161.12
14. Lindsay Wang — 154.91
15. Michelle Lee — 145.28
16. Elsa Cheng — 138.13
17. Alexa Gasparotto — 129.41
WD. Hanna Harrell

Men’s Short Program
1. Ilia Malinin — 110.36
2. Jason Brown — 100.25
3. Tomoki Hiwatashi — 85.43
4. Liam Kapeikis — 82.27
5. Andrew Torgashev — 78.78
6. Maxim Naumov — 77.71
7. Jimmy Ma — 73.88
8. Goku Endo — 73.45
9. Samuel Mindra — 71.36
10. Yaroslav Paniot — 70.87
11. Camden Pulkinen — 69.47
12. Matthew Nielsen — 67.98
13. Joonsoo Kim — 67.45
14. Daniel Martynov — 64.04
15. Will Annis — 63.46
16. Dinh Tran — 60.63
17. Mitchell Friess — 59.14
18. Joseph Klein — 58.38

Pairs
Gold: Alexa Knierim/Brandon Frazier — 227.97
Silver: Emily Chan/Spencer Howe — 196.86

Bronze: Ellie Kam/Danny O’Shea — 184.01
4. Sonia Baram/Danil Tioumentsev —- 179.08
5. Valentina Plazas/Maximiliano Fernandez — 176.34
6. Katie McBeath/Nathan Bartholomay —- 172.74
7. Maria Mokhova/Ivan Mokhov —- 148.84
8. Nica Digerness/Mark Sadusky — 137.98
9. Grace Hanns / Danny Neudecker — 135.30
10. Nina Ouellette/Rique Newby-Estrella — 132.07
11. Linzy Fitzpatrick/Keyton Bearinger — 129.80

Ice Dance
Gold: Madison Chock/Evan Bates — 229.75
Silver: Caroline Green/Michael Parsons — 207.46
Bronze: Christina Carreira/Anthony Ponomarenko — 198.45
4. Emilea Zingas/Vadym Kolesnik — 198.13
5. Emily Bratti/Ian Somerville — 189.84
6. Lorraine McNamara/Anton Spiridonov — 189.15
7. Katarina Wolfkostin/Jeffrey Chen — 183.05
8. Eva Pate/Logan Bye — 182.61
9. Oona Brown/Gage Brown — 181.89
10. Isabella Flores/Ivan Desyatov — 177.31
11. Angela Ling/Caleb Wein — 167.87
12. Leah Krauskopf/YuanShi Jin — 133.93
13. Cara Murphy/Joshua Levitt — 129.85
14. Caroline Depietri/TJ Carey — 123.40
WD. Raffaella Koncius/Alexey Shchepetov

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