Winter Olympics: What to watch/stream

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If there was ever a time to put a rain check on your evening plans, tonight could should very well be that night.

An absolutely jam-packed schedule is slated for this evening, with Team USA hockey, Lindsey Vonn, Mirai Nagasu, and Bradie Trennell all back in action.

The ladies’ figure skating and women’s downhill kicks off this triple-header in NBC prime time, leading into Lindsey Vonn as she attempts to reclaim the gold. The U.S. men’s hockey team wraps things up at 10:10p.m. EST when they take on the Czech Republic in the quartfinals.

Vonn is seeking to become the oldest woman to win the downhill. She’s caused a lot of noise the past couple days with her admissions of playing ‘mind games’ with her competitors during training, but they all know that the only time that counts is the one that clinches the medal.

Nagasu and Trennell are also back in action a week after they helped land Team USA the bronze in the team event. Karen Chen, at 18 years of age, will also be making her Olympic debut.

So pick up your phone, make your excuses to not go out to supper, and watch the best evening of sports that the Olympics have offered this year.


Alpine Skiing

With Shiffrin not competing in the downhill, all eyes will be turned to Vonn as the 2010 Olympic champion looks to reclaim the gold medal that she wasn’t able to defend in Sochi. Vonn’s all-or-nothing attitude certainly indicates that there will be some risks taken on the course. If she can keep a clean run all the way through, then she’ll likely be standing on the top of the podium again.

Women’s Downhill Stream Live Here 9:00p.m. EST /6:00p.m. PST

Hockey

The U.S. men crushed Slovenia 5-1 in their qualification playoff last evening. Thanks to three power play goals in a five-on-three situation, the States were able to comfortably advance to the quarterfinals. An easy win is a good thing for this team as they have to quickly turn things around against Czech Republic.

The Czechs are going to be tough competition, not dropping a game in PyeongChang. They defeated the Canadians in the preliminary stages, but they did show a sign of weakness against the Koreans after falling 0-1 early. It’ll be critical for the U.S. to get off to an aggressive start and take the game to the Czechs early to get that early lead.

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

Figure Skating

It’s a stacked field in the ladies’ singles competition, with OAR, Canada, and the USA bringing in world class skaters. The ladies from OAR are expected to be the two fighting for gold, though. Yevgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova. Medvedeva is a two-time World Champion, while Zagitova won the 2018 European Championships.

Click here for a full preview of the ladies’ singles program

Ladies Short Program Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. EST / 5:00p.m. PST

Olympic Ice Preview Stream Live Here 7:00p.m. EST / 4:00p.m. PST

Snowboarding

Some familiar faces from the slopestyle return for the big air. Mark McMorris and Max Parrot of Canada will both be penciled in as favorites, as will Marcus Kleveland of Norway. Parrot is the likeliest to introduce some new variations to the competition, which could prove the difference when separating himself from his countryman.

Click here for a full preview of the big air competition

Men’s Big Air Qualifying Stream Live Here 7:30p.m. EST / 4:30p.m. PST

Freestyle Skiing

Beginning at 9:30pm. EST and leading into the early hours of Wednesday, ski cross could provide some similar storylines to snowboard cross. Using the same course, athletes compete in heats from Point A to Point B.

The French swept the podium in 2014. Paul Eckert of Germany won the most recent tournament in the build-up to PyeongChang.

Men’s Ski Cross Seeding Stream Live Here 9:30p.m. EST / 6:30p.m. PST

Men’s Ski Cross Elimination Rounds Live Here 11:15p.m. EST / 8:15p.m. PST

Curling

The American men continue their fight for survival, taking on Switzerland. It’s simple: if they lose, they’re out. They still need a lot of help even with a win today, but Switzerland are a tough opponent. The U.S. did take down Canada earlier, and could definitely use that as a springboard for the latter stages of their campaign.

Canada and Great Britain are also scheduled for an important game in the women’s tournament. They’re in a four way tussle for that final spot in the semifinals and the loser will likely find themselves outside of that position.

Men’s Tournament

USA vs. SUI Stream Live Here 5:00p.m. EST / 2:00p.m. PST

Women’s Tournament

SWE vs. CHN Stream Live Here 7:05p.m. EST / 4:05p.m. PST

CAN vs. GBR Stream Live Here 7:05p.m. EST / 4:05p.m. PST

SUI vs. DEN Stream Live Here 7:05p.m. EST / 4:05p.m. PST

Ironman Kona World Championships return for first time in three years, live on Peacock

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The Ironman Kona World Championships return after a three-year hiatus with a new format, live on Peacock on Thursday and Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.

The Ironman, held annually in Hawaii since 1978, and in Kailua-Kona since 1981, was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The world championships made a one-time-only stop in St. George, Utah, on May 7 to make up for the 2021 cancellation. The winners were Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, the Tokyo Olympic triathlon champion, and Swiss Daniela Ryf, who bagged her fifth Ironman world title.

Both are entered in Kailua-Kona, where the races are now split between two days — Thursday for the women and Saturday for the men.

An Ironman includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon — totaling 140.6 miles of racing. It takes top triathletes eight hours to complete. Very arguably, it crowns the world’s fittest man and woman.

WATCH LIVE: Ironman Kona, Thursday, 12 p.m. ET — STREAM LINK

Ryf, 35 and a 2008 and 2012 Olympian, can tie retired countrywoman Natascha Badmann for second place on the women’s list at six Ironman world titles. Only Zimbabwean-turned-American Paula Newby-Fraser has more with eight.

The field also includes German Anne Haug, the 2019 Kona champ and only woman other than Ryf to win since 2015. Brit Lucy Charles-Barclay, the Kona runner-up in 2017, 2018 and 2019, returns after missing the St. George event due to a stress fracture in her hip.

Blummenfelt, 28 and in his Kona debut, will try to become the youngest male champion in Kona since German Normann Stadler in 2005. His top challengers include countryman Gustav Iden, the two-time reigning Half Ironman world champion, and German Patrick Lange, the 2017 and 2018 Ironman Kona winner.

Also racing Saturday is Dallas Clark, a retired All-Pro NFL tight end with the Indianapolis Colts, and Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 champion who completed the 2011 Kona Ironman in 12 hours, 52 minutes, 40 seconds.

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Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic marathon champ in 1984, runs London Marathon at 65

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Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first Olympic women’s marathon champion in 1984, ran her first 26.2-mile race in three years at Sunday’s London Marathon and won her age group.

Benoit Samuelson, 65, clocked 3 hours, 20 minutes, 20 seconds to top the women’s 65-69 age group by 7 minutes, 52 seconds. She took pleasure in being joined in the race by daughter Abby, who crossed in 2:58:19.

“She may have beaten me with my replacement knee, but everybody said I wouldn’t do it! I will never say never,” Benoit Samuelson said, according to race organizers. “I am a grandmother now to Charlotte, and it’s my goal to run 5K with her.”

LONDON MARATHON: Results

Benoit Samuelson raced the 1987 Boston Marathon while three months pregnant with Abby. Before that, she won the first Olympic women’s marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, plus the Boston Marathon in 1979 and 1983 and the Chicago Marathon in 1985.

Her personal best — 2:21:21 — still holds up. She ranks sixth in U.S. women’s history.

Benoit Samuelson plans to race the Tokyo Marathon to complete her set of doing all six annual World Marathon Majors. The others are Berlin, Boston, Chicago and New York City.

“I’m happy to finish this race and make it to Tokyo, but I did it today on a wing and a prayer,” she said, according to organizers. “I’m blessed to have longevity in this sport. It doesn’t owe me anything, but I feel I owe my sport.”

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