Winter Olympics late night: What to watch/stream

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Well, this is it. The women will be taking to the cross-country center one last time as they participate in the women’s mass start. After that, they’ll have to quickly change to attend the Closing Ceremony.

Jessie Diggins, who will be the flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony, will be making her final Olympic appearance tonight. The 35-year old mother, who won the USA’s first-ever cross-country gold with Kikkan Randall, will be competing alongside 50 other women as the endure an excruciating 30km.


Cross-Country

There are a couple of history makers in this class. Randall and Diggins will be joined by Marit Bjoergen – the most decorated Winter Olympian in history.

Do look out for Charlotte Kalla. The Swede is an incredibly powerful skier and her performance in the women’s team sprint could have been better, so she’ll be looking to improve.

Others to look out for a Finland’s Krista Parmakoski, Norway’s Heidi Weng and Ingvild Ostberg, and Anastasia Sedova. With a stacked field ready to battle it out for 30km, there’s sure to be plenty of lead changes and an emphatic finish.

Women’s 30km Mass Start Stream Live Here 1:15a.m. EST / 10:15p.m. PST

Closing Ceremony

Turn on the coffee maker and grab your Sunday paper. The Closing Ceremony begins at 6:00a.m. and will be aired with raw footage from Olympic Stadium.

Stream Live Here 6:00a.m. EST / 3:00a.m. PST

 

Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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Sifan Hassan sets marathon debut

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Sifan Hassan, who won 5000m and 10,000m gold and 1500m bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in an unprecedented triple, will make her 26.2-mile debut at the London Marathon on April 23.

Hassan, a 30-year-old Dutchwoman, said she will return to the track after the race, but how the London Marathon goes will play into whether she bids for the Olympic marathon in 2024.

“I want to see what I can do on the marathon distance, to make future decisions,” she posted on social media. “We’ll see if I will finish the distance or if the distance will finish me.”

Exhausted by her Olympic feat, Hassan reportedly went at least seven months after the Tokyo Games between training in track spikes. She finished fourth in the 10,000m and sixth in the 5000m at last July’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon.

“I really needed a break after the Tokyo Olympics,” Hassan said at worlds. “I was mentally crashed. I didn’t even care about running.”

London, billed as the best women’s marathon field in history, also boasts Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, 2016 Olympic 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, 1500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia and the two fastest Americans in history, Emily Sisson and Keira D’Amato.

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