Winter Olympics late night: What to watch/stream

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Curling

It’s going to be a disappointing Olympic campaign for Canadian curling. The nation has featured on the podium ever since the sport was reestablished in 1998. The women failed to make the medal rounds and the men were bounced by a hot USA in the semifinals. Next up for Canada are Switzerland, who were thumped by Sweden. Canada do have the capability of handling Switzerland, it’s just a matter of staying mentally sharp after such a disappointing loss.

On the women’s side, South Korea will continue their dream run as they take on Japan in the semifinals. The Koreans may not have been pegged as legitimate contenders in the lead-up to this tournament, but they’ve got the top seed and everyone else has taken notice of them. Opposite of the draw are Great Britain and Sweden, both of whom have been here before and will be looking to use that experience to bring them a gold medal in a Canada-less draw.

Men’s Tournament Bronze Medal Game

CAN vs. SUI Stream Live Here 1:35a.m. EST / 10:35p.m. PST

Women’s Tournament Semifinals 

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

GBR vs. SWE Stream Live Here 6:50a.m. EST / 3:50a.m. PST

Hockey

The Athletes from Russia thoroughly took down USA in the quarterfinals, setting themselves up against the Czech Repbublic. The Czechs are very good on the defensive end, and if they can grab a 1-0 lead over the Russians it could pave the way for an historic upset, by Ilya Kovalchuk will be sure to make sure that his squad is firing on all cylinders.

Germany, who stunned Sweden in the quarterfinals, are the darlings of the tournament. They weren’t expected at all to contend, yet here they stand. It’ll be a tough ask to take down Canada, who are heavily favored to challenge OAR for the gold.

CZE vs. OAR Stream Live Here 2:40a.m. EST / 11:40p.m. PST

CAN vs. GER Stream Live Here 7:10a.m. EST / 4:10a.m. PST

Biathlon 

Martin Fourcade has been a revelation this tournament. The Frenchman has already won three gold medals, including when he anchored his nation to gold in the mixed relay. The room for error is exceptionally small, but Fourcade’s shooting has gotten better in each race and his skiing is unmatched by any other competitor.

France can be challenged in the relay, though. If Germany and Norway shoot clean, something they’ve been inconsistent in, then they could make a big push for gold.

Men’s Team 4×7.5km Relay Stream Live Here 6:15a.m. EST / 3:15a.m. PST

Speed Skating

It’s been a disappointing campaign for the American men. Shani Davis and Joey Mantia will be hoping to reverse those fortunes. Kei Verbij of Netherlands and Havard Lorentzen are entering the event as the gold medal favorites.

Men’s 1000m Stream Live Here 5:00a.m. EST / 2:00a.m. PST

 

Olympic flame to travel by sea for Paris 2024, welcomed by armada

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The Olympic flame will travel from Athens to Marseille by ship in spring 2024 to begin the France portion of the torch relay that ends in Paris on July 26, 2024.

The torch relay always begins in the ancient Olympic site of Olympia, Greece, where the sun’s rays light the flame. It will be passed by torch until it reaches Athens.

It will then cross the Mediterranean Sea aboard the Belem, a three-masted ship, “reminiscent of a true Homeric epic,” according to Paris 2024. It will arrive at the Old Port of Marseille, welcomed by an armada of boats.

Marseille is a former Greek colony and the oldest city in France. It will host sailing and some soccer matches during the Paris Olympics.

The full 2024 Olympic torch relay route will be unveiled in May.

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Mikaela Shiffrin heads to world championships with medal records in sight

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Before Mikaela Shiffrin can hold the World Cup wins record, she can become the most decorated Alpine skier in modern world championships history.

Shiffrin takes a respite from World Cup pursuits for the biennial world championships in France. She is expected to race at least four times, beginning with Monday’s combined.

Shiffrin has a tour-leading 11 World Cup victories in 23 starts this season, her best since her record 17-win 2018-19 campaign, but world championships do not count toward the World Cup.

Shiffrin remains one career victory behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86 World Cup wins until at least her next World Cup start in March.

Shiffrin has been more successful at worlds than at the Olympics and even on the World Cup. She has 11 medals in 13 world championships races dating to her 2013 debut, including making the podium in each of her last 10 events.

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She enters worlds one shy of the modern, post-World War II individual records for total medals (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won 12) and gold medals (Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson won seven).

Worlds take place exactly one year after Shiffrin missed the medals in all of her Olympic races, but that’s not motivating her.

“If I learned anything last year, it’s that these big events, they can go amazing, and they can go terrible, and you’re going to survive no matter what,” she said after her most recent World Cup last Sunday. “So I kind of don’t care.”

Shiffrin ranks No. 1 in the world this season in the giant slalom (Feb. 16 at worlds) and slalom (Feb. 18).

This year’s combined is one run of super-G coupled with one run of slalom (rather than one downhill and one slalom), which also plays to her strengths. She won that event, with that format, at the last worlds in 2021. The combined isn’t contested on the World Cup, so it’s harder to project favorites.

Shiffrin is also a medal contender in the super-G (Feb. 8), despite starting just two of five World Cup super-Gs this season (winning one of them).

She is not planning to race the downhill (Feb. 11), which she often skips on the World Cup and has never contested at a worlds. Nor is she expected for the individual parallel (Feb. 15), a discipline she hasn’t raced in three years in part due to the strain it puts on her back with the format being several runs for the medalists.

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