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There are still plenty of captivating storylines as the final events of the Olympics take place tonight.

Host nation South Korea will be hoping to make a storybook ending to their Olympics by winning gold in the women’s curling tournament. This team was hardly mentioned in the build up to the Olympics – they weren’t ever supposed to get this far. Yet here they are, taking on huge favorites Sweden for the gold.

Another improbable finalist, Germany, will be hoping to pull off one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history when they take on the Olympic Athletes from Russia. Germany, who were 1-2 in group play, shocked both Sweden and Canada (whom they beat in a thrilling 4-3 contest) to advance to the final against one of the best teams assembled.


Unless disastrous runs plague the top eight teams in the field, the U.S. aren’t within earshot of earning a medal in the four-man bobsled. It’s been an incredible journey for these three teams, though, who’ve been coping with the passing of Steve Holcomb. It’s been a long journey for the Americans, who’ve shown a lot of heart just to get here.

Four-Man Bobsled Runs 3-4 Stream Live Here 7:30p.m. EST / 4:30p.m. PST


South Korea’s concentration lapsed in the final couple of ends in their semifinal against Japan and had to close it out in an 11th end, but they got the job done under the pressure. Sweden absolutely cruised in their semifinal against Great Britain, but South Korea will have a very lively crowd behind them, and if they can get a steal early then this could be a very memorable night for the host nation.

Women’s Gold Medal Match: KOR vs. SWE Stream Live Here 9:05p.m. EST / 6:05p.m. PST


The Athletes from Russia are supposed to be here. Germany, on the other hand, are a bit of a surprise – and the darlings of the men’s tournament. They absolutely tore Canada apart in the second period before Canada made a great effort to nearly come back.

This OAR team has so much firepower that it’s hard to see how they won’t be able to score at least two goals, and the German hockey players were skating on heavy legs towards the end of Canada. They have to be completely refreshed if they are to challenge the gold medal heavyweights.

Men’s Gold Medal Game: GER vs. OAR Stream Live Here 11:10p.m. EST / 8:10p.m. PST

Figure Skating

The figure skating competition officially concludes with something far less intense. Select athletes will be able to skate freer – without being scored – and usually add more creativity in their routines. Expect livelier music, props, and never-before-seen routines.

Exhibition Gala Stream Live Here 6:30p.m. EST / 3:30p.m. PST

Olympic Ice Stream Live Here 6:00p.m. EST / 3:00p.m. PST

Jessie Diggins, inspired by Body Issue, shares eating disorder battle

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Jessie Diggins hopes to open a conversation about body image after appearing in ESPN the Magazine‘s “Body Issue.” The Olympic gold medalist detailed her own experience with an eating disorder as a teenager in what she called “the most important blog I’ll ever write.”

“When I was 18-19 years old, I had everything in the world going for me, but I struggled with confidence and didn’t love myself,” Diggins, now 26, wrote on her website. “I suffered from an eating disorder, and eventually sought help at a treatment center, checking in for a summer program that saved my life. So when I was approached about the ESPN issue, I thought “is this REALLY something I want to do? Will it bring back old memories? Will I be ok with everyone seeing my body exactly as it is?”

Diggins is remembered for winning the first U.S. Olympic cross-country skiing title with Kikkan Randall in PyeongChang (Here comes Diggins!). In the cross-country world, she’s also reputed for her bubbly presence, spreading glitter across her face and sharing it with fellow skiers before races.

She wants to be associated with much more.

“I want to be known not for going through an eating disorder, but for helping other women and men speak up when they need help and not feel judged for needing a friend to talk it through with,” Diggins wrote. “Statistically speaking, at least 6% of you reading this right now are struggling with disordered eating in some way. So to those of you for whom it feels like the end of the world, I can say this: it can, and it does, get better. I know, because I lived it. It will take more courage than most anything else in your life, but you can get better. And it’s worth it.”

Years before becoming a medal-winning athlete, Diggins checked into The Emily Program, a national leader for eating disorder treatment.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but also the most important,” she wrote. “Because it saved my life, in every way that a life can be saved. I learned that I was struggling with this so much because I needed an outlet for stress, and that it was ok to feel a range of emotions – that I could survive feeling pressured, stressed, unhappy, sad, or angry as well as feeling happy-go-lucky.”

Diggins called posing for the Body Issue “a full-circle moment.” ESPN says the Body Issue celebrates every shape and size of athletes in artful fashion.

“[It’s] a chance for me to use a large stage to waltz right up to the microphone and share a message that I think is extremely important, and long overdue,” Diggins wrote. “We need to open up the conversation about body image, self confidence, and disordered eating. It should not be a shameful thing, or a taboo topic. It’s more prevalent than people think, and perhaps making help easier to find and less difficult to ask for could save some lives.”

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Darya Domracheva, triple Olympic gold medalist in Sochi, retires

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Darya Domracheva, a triple 2014 Olympic gold medalist and Belarus’ most decorated Olympian, has retired from biathlon at age 31.

Domracheva is leaving the sport because she could not continue in biathlon while raising daughter Xenia with husband Ole Einar Bjørndalen, the 13-time Olympic medalist biathlete for Norway.

“All the time after the season, I was trying to find a compromise which would allow me to raise a child and combine with a professional career at the same time,” Domracheva said, according to the International Biathlon Union (IBU). “Unfortunately I did not find an optimal solution which would allow me to combine those two important life parts. This decision is well weighted and very tough, but I finish my sports career.”

Domracheva was one of the biggest stars of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games as the only athlete to claim three individual gold medals, four years after being put on a Belarus postage stamp for earning an individual bronze. Domracheva could have competed for Russia, having been born in Minsk but raised in the remote western Siberia oil boom town of Nyagan, the birthplace of Maria Sharapova.

She became Belarus’ first female Olympic champion, saying she was “the hope of” Belarus, then was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, “Hero of Belarus.”

After winning her only World Cup overall title in 2015, Domracheva missed the 2015-16 campaign with glandular fever, then in April 2016 announced she and Bjørndalen were in a relationship and having a child.

Domracheva returned to take a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships, then entered PyeongChang ranked fifth in the world. Domracheva struggled early in PyeongChang with finishes of ninth, 37th and 27th before earning mass start silver and relay gold.

Her six career Olympic medals are two more than anybody else from Belarus, and her four golds are double anybody else’s total from her country.

Belarus has only competed independently since the 1994 Lillehammer Games, having previously been part of the Soviet Union. Its top athletes who competed under other flags included gymnasts Olga Korbut (six medals, four golds for the Soviets) and Vitaly Scherbo (six golds in 1992 for the Unified Team; four bronzes in 1996 for Belarus).

NBC Olympic Research contributed to this report.

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