Winter Olympics: What to watch/stream

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Figure skating will make its final appearance in these Olympic Games tonight as the ladies’ singles event comes to a close. Airing in NBC Primetime, Mirai Nagasu will hope to redeem herself after falling in her opening triple axel of the short program. She, like so many of her competitors, will be looking up to the two athletes from OAR who are in a duel for the gold.


Figure Skating

Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva proved why they’re the two best figure skaters in the world the other day, lighting up the stage in their Olympic debuts. It was Medvedeva who skated first, and earned a new career best score. That score was quickly surpassed by teammate Zagitova, who performed to Swan Lake in her skate.

The Americans did not fare as well as they would have hoped for in the short program and will be looking to make it right tonight. All three fell in their routines. Nagasu, Karen Chen, and Bradie Tennell currently hold the ninth through 11th spots on the table.

Catch up one what you missed in the short program by clicking here 

Before and after the event, be sure to watch Liam McHugh, Scott Hamilton, and Tanith White as they break down all the action from the evening.

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

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

Olympic Ice Post-Show Stream Live Here 12:05a.m. EST / 9:05p.m. PST

Freestyle Skiing

There may be no Americans participating in this event, but that doesn’t mean that the ski cross isn’t worth watching. If the men’s ski cross taught us anything, it’s that plenty of drama is to ensue on an unpredictably fast course, paving the way for new competitors to get the best of medal favorites.

Women’s Ski Cross Elimination Rounds Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. EST / 5:00p.m. PST

Bobsled

Four Man Bobsled Training Run Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. EST / 5:00p.m. PST

Valencia Marathon produces historic times in men’s, women’s races

2022 Valencia Marathon
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Kenyan Kelvin Kiptum and Ethiopian Amane Beriso won the Valencia Marathon and became the third-fastest man and woman in history, respectively.

Kiptum, a 23-year-old in his marathon debut, won the men’s race in 2 hours, 1 minute, 53 seconds. The only men to ever run faster over 26.2 miles are legends: Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge (2:01:09 world record, plus a 2:01:39) and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele (2:01:41).

Kipchoge made his marathon debut at age 28, and Bekele at 31.

Beriso, a 31-year-old whose personal best was 2:20:48 from January 2016, stunned the women’s field Sunday by running 2:14:58. The only women to have run faster: Kenyans Brigid Kosgei (2:14:04) and Ruth Chepngetich (2:14:18).

Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey finished second in 2:16:49, the fastest-ever time for a woman in her marathon debut. Gidey is the world record holder at 5000m and 10,000m.

Valencia is arguably the top annual marathon outside of the six World Marathon Majors. The next major marathon is Tokyo on March 5.

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Aleksander Aamodt Kilde wins Beaver Creek downhill

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BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won his second straight World Cup downhill race to start the season, despite feeling under the weather.

Although dealing with an illness all week in training, Kilde powered through the challenging Birds of Prey course Saturday in a time of 1 minute, 42.09 seconds. It was enough to hold off Marco Odermatt of Switzerland by 0.06 seconds. James Crawford of Canada was third to earn his second career World Cup podium finish.

Kilde also won the opening downhill last weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta.

“It’s been a tough week,” Kilde said after the race. “I caught the flu in Lake Louise after a very, very nice weekend. It really hit me hard. Then I got a couple of days to rest and take it easy. … I felt OK. Still feeling it a little bit in my system.”

The Beaver Creek crew members had the course in solid shape a day after a downhill race was canceled due to high wind and snowfall.

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Kilde reached speeds around 75 mph in picking up his eighth World Cup downhill victory. That tied him with Kjetil Jansrud for the third-most downhill wins in the World Cup discipline among Norwegian men. The total trails only Aksel Lund Svindal (14) and Lasse Kjus (10).

“I found a really, really good set-up with my equipment and also with my skiing,” Kilde explained. “I believe in myself. I trust in myself. I have a good game plan. When I stand on the start, I don’t dwell on anything. I know that this plan is what I do and when I do that it’s going to be fast.”

Odermatt has been on the podium in all four World Cup races this season as he tries to defend his overall World Cup title. The 25-year-old finished third in the opening downhill of the season last weekend. He’s also won a giant slalom race and a super-G.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle wound up in seventh place for the top American finish. He was ninth in the downhill in Lake Louise.

“It’s been solid,” Cochran-Siegle said of his strides in the discipline. “A couple of little things here and there that pushed me off that top three. You have to ski with a lot of intensity and ski without abandon, in a sense. Today was a good step.”

Switzerland’s Beat Feuz, who won the Olympic downhill gold medal at the Beijing Games last February, tied for ninth.

The Beaver Creek stop on the circuit comes to a close Sunday with a super-G race. Odermatt will be the favorite after holding off Kilde in the opening super-G last weekend.

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