Winter Olympics late night: What to watch/stream

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The Americans continue in their pursuit for a semifinals bid in the men’s and women’s curling tournament. Both teams have been faring better than expected thus far, though they also are sitting outside the top four. The American men face a challenging test against Canada while the women must make a statement win against China.

The men’s two-man boblsed also concludes tonight with two German pairs looking to take the gold and silver. Justin Olsen and Evan Weinstock are currently outside medal contention, sitting just outside the top 10.


Curling

A tough game in the evening for the USA. A loss here could see them slide down to 3-4 in group play, and would have to win out if they’ve got any chance of progressing.

The women, meanwhile, have a key game against China, one of the teams they are trying to catch up to. A win will be a huge boost for their semifinal aspirations.

Men’s Tournament

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

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

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

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

Women’s Tournament

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

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

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

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

Bobsled

The final two runs of the men’s bobsled will determine who wins the gold medal. American pair Justin Olsen and Evan Weinstock currently sit well outside the podium positions and their odds of achieving a medal are highly unlikely.

Germany accounts for three of the pairs inside the top five, with Latvia and Canada also fighting.

The top 20 teams by the end of Run 3 advance to the final heat.

Two-Man Bobsled Runs 3-4 Stream Live Here 6:15a.m. EST / 3:15a.m. PST

Speed Skating

Netherlands, China, Canada, and South Korea are the four biggest contenders to win the gold medal. Expect an electric atmosphere inside the arena whenever the Koreans try to make a move up the front.

Women’s Team Pursuit Qualification Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 3:05a.m. PST

Men’s 500m Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 3:05p.m. PST

 

Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

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Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

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Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”