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Winter Olympics late night: What to watch/stream

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Short Track

Can Shim Sukee finally deliver for the host nation? The decorated Olympian has struggled mightily this year, but faces easier opposition in her first heat. Also in action are Choi Minjeong, the 1,500m gold medalist, and Elise Christie, who had to be stretchered off in the 1,500m semifinals earlier this week.

Short track provides some of the most dramatic results and with mercurial skaters like Christie, Suk, and Arianna Fontana competing, expect plenty of physicality and action.

Men’s 500m Quarterfinals Stream Live Here 5:00a.m. EST / 2:00a.m. PST

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

Women’s Team Relay Stream Live Here 5:00a.m. EST / 2:00a.m. PST

Curling

The round robin stage is in its final few matches and only a couple of teams look like locks to advance: Sweden and Canada from the men, and South Korea and Sweden from the women.

In the women’s tournament, all six teams face must-win games as all but Korea sit on the bubble. The American women face a tough task against South Korea, but a loss will surely end their hopes.

On the men’s side, the American men have to win against Switzerland if they are to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. They also need Japan and Norway to stumble in their respective games.

Women’s Tournament

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

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

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

Men’s Tournament

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

NOR vs. ITA Stream Live Here 6:05a.m. EST / 3:05a.m. PST

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

Biathlon

Martin Fourcade is undoubtedly the best biathelete, but the mixed relay is a team event consisting of both men and women. The French women have not been anywhere near a medal in any biathlon event so far, so France are unlikely medalists.

Who, then, will probably win the gold? Look for Germany. Laura Dahlmeier has been exceptional in almost every single event thus far, winning two gold medals. Erik Lesser was just a photo finish shy of besting Fourcade in the 15km mass start. The Norwegians and Italians also have relatively deep teams, so they could be challenging Germany.

Mixed Relay Stream Live Here 6:15a.m. EST / 3:15a.m. PST

Hockey

Norway have yet to win a game this tournament, and Slovenia have considerably slowed down since their opening round victory against the United States. The Slovenians do have the better squad and should come out of this one.

Japan and Switzerland face off in the fifth placed game for the women. Japan have won two straight games and are looking promising in their defense.

Men’s Tournament

Qualification Playoff SLO vs. NOR Stream Live Here 2:40a.m. EST / 11:40p.m. PST

Women’s Tournament 

Classification: SUI v.s JPN Stream Live Here 2:40a.m. EST / 11:40p.m. PST

Nordic Combined

Eric Frenzel won the Nordic Combined after a less than stellar display on the normal hill. With that lesson being learned, can he give himself an easier path to the gold with a good run on the large hill?

Large Hill Portion Stream Live Here 5:00a.m. EST / 2:00a.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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