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The gold medal is at stake tonight in the women’s hockey tournament, as the USA will looking to end years of misery at the hands of Canada.

In NBC’s primetime coverage, Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin seek to add to their Olympic medal collection in the womens’ combined. Shiffrin, who pulled out of two events coming into tonight, will be trying to get over the nerves that plagued her in the slalom last week.


The fight for gold is on tonight as the U.S. women try to end their Olympic losing skid against three-time defending champions Canada. Both teams have been on an absolute tear throughout this whole tournament. Canada and the USA both won their respective semifinals by 5-0 scorelines.

It wasn’t any surprise that the highest quality, and most physical, game during the women’s tournament was Canada and USA’s first game. Tonight, with a gold medal on the line, this game should top that.

Gold Medal Game: USA vs. CAN Stream Live Her11:10p.m. EST / 8:10p.m. PST

Alpine Skiing

Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin are going back to the slopes tonight in the women’s combined, though it isn’t clear which of the two is coming in with greater momentum.

Shiffrin won the gold medal in the giant slalom, but since then placed outside of podium contention in the slalom and dropped out of two other races. Vonn missed the podium in the slalom as well, but just picked up a bronze medal in the downhill.

Women’s Combined Run 1 Stream Live Here 9:00p.m. EST / 6:00p.m. PST

Men’s Slalom Run 1 Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. EST / 5:00p.m. PST

Men’s Slalom Run 2 Stream Live Here 11:30p.m. EST / 8:30p.,. PST

Freestyle Skiing

The USA has a chance to sweep the podium tonight with four Americans in the finals, all considered medal contenders. Aaron Blunck leads the Americans after he finished first in the qualifying run. Alex Ferreira and Torin Yater-Wallace finsihed second and third in qualifying, respectively.

Men’s Halfpipe Final Stream Live Here 9:30p.m. EST / 6:30p.m. PST


Jamie Anderson and Julia Marino are the medal hopefuls of the USA contingent, but they’ll have to challenge Austria’s Anna Gasser for the top spot. The rest of the field, too, have stepped up their game in the qualifying, with many landing 9’s or 10’s. With the final coming up, these women will be taking more risks to have a crack at gold.

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

Men’s and Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom Qualif. Stream Live Here 10:00p.m. EST / 7:00p.m. PST


Great Britain will be looking to get back into the men’s semifinals. A defeat by the United States saw them drop into the tie-breaker, where they’ll be challenging Switzerland. The winner takes on no.1 seed Sweden in the semifinals Thursday morning.

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


At the French Open, a Ukrainian mom makes her comeback

Elina Svitolina French Open

Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, once the world’s third-ranked tennis player, is into the French Open third round in her first major tournament since childbirth.

Svitolina, 28, swept 2022 French Open semifinalist Martina Trevisan of Italy, then beat Australian qualifier Storm Hunter 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 to reach the last 32 at Roland Garros. She next plays 56th-ranked Russian Anna Blinkova, who took out the top French player, fifth seed Caroline Garcia, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 on her ninth match point.

Svitolina’s husband, French player Gael Monfils, finished his first-round five-set win after midnight on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. She watched that match on a computer before going to sleep ahead of her 11 a.m. start Wednesday.

“This morning, he told me, ‘I’m coming to your match, so make it worth it,'” she joked on Tennis Channel. “I was like, OK, no pressure.

“I don’t know what he’s doing here now. He should be resting.”

FRENCH OPEN DRAWS: Women | Men | Broadcast Schedule

Svitolina made at least one major quarterfinal every year from 2017 through 2021, including the semifinals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2019. She married Monfils one week before the Tokyo Olympics, then won a singles bronze medal.

Svitolina played her last match before maternity leave on March 24, 2022, one month after Russia invaded her country. She gave birth to daughter Skai on Oct. 15.

Svitolina returned to competition in April. Last week, she won the tournament preceding the French Open, sweeping Blinkova to improve to 17-3 in her career in finals. She’s playing on a protected ranking of 27th after her year absence and, now, on a seven-match win streak.

“It was always in my head the plan to come back, but I didn’t put any pressure on myself, because obviously with the war going on, with the pregnancy, you never know how complicated it will go,” she said. “I’m as strong as I was before, maybe even stronger, because I feel that I can handle the work that I do off the court, and match by match I’m getting better. Also mentally, because mental can influence your physicality, as well.”

Svitolina said she’s motivated by goals to attain before she retires from the sport and to help Ukraine, such as donating her prize money from last week’s title in Strasbourg.

“These moments bring joy to people of Ukraine, to the kids as well, the kids who loved to play tennis before the war, and now maybe they don’t have the opportunity,” she said. “But these moments that can motivate them to look on the bright side and see these good moments and enjoy themselves as much as they can in this horrible situation.”

Svitolina was born in Odesa and has lived in Kharkiv, two cities that have been attacked by Russia.

“I talk a lot with my friends, with my family back in Ukraine, and it’s a horrible thing, but they are used to it now,” she said. “They are used to the alarms that are on. As soon as they hear something, they go to the bomb shelters. Sleepless nights. You know, it’s a terrible thing, but they tell me that now it’s a part of their life, which is very, very sad.”

Svitolina noted that she plays with a flag next to her name — unlike the Russians and Belarusians, who are allowed to play as neutral athletes.

“When I step on the court, I just try to think about the fighting spirit that all of us Ukrainians have and how Ukrainians are fighting for their values, for their freedom in Ukraine,” she said, “and me, I’m fighting here on my own front line.”

Svitolina said that she’s noticed “a lot of rubbish” concerning how tennis is reacting to the war.

“We have to focus on what the main point of what is going on,” she said. “Ukrainian people need help and need support. We are focusing on so many things like empty words, empty things that are not helping the situation, not helping anything.

“I want to invite everyone to focus on helping Ukrainians. That’s the main point of this, to help kids, to help women who lost their husbands because they are at the war, and they are fighting for Ukraine.

“You can donate. Couple of dollars might help and save lives. Or donate your time to something to help people.”

Also Wednesday, 108th-ranked Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis ousted three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 in four and a half hours. Wawrinka’s exit leaves Novak Djokovic as the lone man in the draw who has won the French Open and Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz as the lone men left who have won any major.

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Marcell Jacobs still sidelined, misses another race with Fred Kerley

Marcell Jacobs

Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs of Italy will miss another scheduled clash with world 100m champion Fred Kerley, withdrawing from Friday’s Diamond League meet in Florence.

Jacobs, 28, has not recovered from the nerve pain that forced him out of last Sunday’s Diamond League meet in Rabat, Morocco, according to Italy’s track and field federation.

In his absence, Kerley’s top competition will be fellow American Trayvon Bromell, the world bronze medalist, and Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala, the world’s fastest man this year at 9.84 seconds. Kerley beat both of them in Rabat.

The Florence Diamond League airs live on Peacock on Friday from 2-4 p.m. ET.

Jacobs has withdrawn from six scheduled head-to-heads with Kerley dating to May 2022 due to a series of health issues since that surprise gold in Tokyo.

Kerley, primarily a 400m sprinter until the Tokyo Olympic year, became the world’s fastest man in Jacobs’ absence. He ran a personal best 9.76 seconds, the world’s best time of 2022, at last June’s USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships. Then he led a U.S. sweep of the medals at July’s worlds.

Jacobs’ next scheduled race is a 100m at the Paris Diamond League on June 9. Kerley is not in that field, but world 200m champion Noah Lyles is.

The last time the reigning Olympic and world men’s 100m champions met in a 100m was the 2012 London Olympic final between Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake. From 2013 to 2017, Bolt held both titles, then retired in 2017 while remaining reigning Olympic champion until Jacobs’ win in Tokyo, where Kerley took silver.

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