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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.


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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

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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