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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

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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