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Three U.S. skiers make freeski slopestyle final round, Kaya Turski falls short

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Canadian skier Dara Howell backed up her words in saying that her country would have a chance to dominate the first Olympic ski slopestyle events by advancing to the final round, but fellow Canadian contender Kaya Turski fell short.

On the other side of the North American rivalry, three U.S. skiers made it to the final round, which begins at 4 a.m. ET. Devin Logan, Julia Krass and Keri Herman were among the 12 who are in the running for a medal.

Howell’s countrywoman Kim Lamarre had the second-best score in the qualifying round with an 85.40 mark, so it’s not all on Howell to justify those claims.

Here are more detailed results:

Qualification Round (top 12 advance):

Dara Howell (CAN) – 88.80
Kim Lamarre (CAN) – 85.40
Katie Summerhayes (GBR) – 84.00  
Yuki Tsubota (CAN) – 81.00
Devin Logan (USA) – 80.40
Emma Dahlstrom (SWE) – 79.20
Anna Segal (AUS) – 78.80
Julia Krass (USA) – 78.40
Eveline Bhend (SUI) – 77.20
Camilla Berra (SUI) – 74.80
Keri Herman (USA) – 72.40
Silvia Bertagna (ITA) – 70.60
Dominique Chaco (CHI) – 69.60
Lisa Zimmerman (GER) – 67.20
Anna Willcox-Silfverberg (NZL) – 62.40
Philomena Bair (AUT) – 57.60
Julia Marino (PAR) – 36.40
Natalia Slepecka (SVK) – 34.60
Kaya Turski (CAN) – 28.00
Zuzana Stromkova (RUS) – 24.40
Anna Mirtova (RUS) – 21.60
Chiho Takao (JPN) – 10.00

What to watch on Day 4 of Sochi Olympics

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Here’s a look at the compelling events, athletes and storylines of the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday, Feb. 11. A complete list of every Tuesday event can be found here.

WHAT TO STAY UP LATE FOR …

Women’s ski slopestyle final, 4 a.m. ET — CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE EVENT LIVE

Canada is favored in the Olympic debut of ski slopestyle with Kaya Turski and Dara Howell, who went one-two at the 2013 World Championships.

Turski won the Winter X Games in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and tore an ACL for the third time in August. She came back to win the 2014 Winter X Games in January. Howell was third and fourth at the last two X Games.

The top U.S. skier at this year’s X Games, Maggie Voisin, withdrew from the Olympics after breaking her fibula in training last week and was set to be the youngest U.S. Winter Olympian since 1972. The rest of the U.S. contingent includes X Games silver medalists Keri Herman and Devin Logan, as well as Julia Krass.

Qualification starts at 1 a.m. for the 12-woman final.

WHAT TO WAKE UP EARLY FOR …

Speed skating, women’s 500m, 7:45 a.m. ET CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

American Heather Richardson is among a few women who appear to be in the running for silver and bronze in the shortest distance on the program. If she wins a medal, it would be the first for a U.S. women’s speed skater since the 2002 Olympics.

The heavy favorite for gold is reigning Olympic and world champion Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea, who is also the world-record holder. Richardson, who finished sixth in the 500m in her 2010 Olympic debut, has made the podium three times in eight World Cup races this season.

The other contenders are Russian Olga Fatkulina, the 2013 world 1000m champion, German Jenny Wolf, who took silver to Lee in Vancouver, and China’s Wang Beixing, the reigning world silver medalist and Olympic bronze medalist.

The 500m is raced twice with a skater’s times added together for a final standing. Richardson is joined by Americans Brittany Bowe, Sugar Todd and Lauren Cholewinski. Richardson and Bowe are better medal contenders in the 1000m, which comes Thursday.

Women’s cross-country skiing freestyle sprint final, 8:22 a.m. ET — CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

Four-time Olympian Kikkan Randall is favored to win the second-ever U.S. Olympic cross-country skiing medal, first by a woman and first gold by a man or woman.

It could be a showdown with Norway’s Marit Bjoergen in the six-woman final. Bjoergen is the defending Olympic champion and has a chance to become the first Winter Olympian to win six medals in a single Games.

Randall and Bjoergen have split victories in the four World Cup freestyle sprints they’ve entered together this year. Randall will have another shot at a medal in the team sprint Feb. 19.

WHAT YOU CAN’T MISS DURING THE DAY …

Women’s luge runs 3 and 4, 9:30 a.m. ET CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

American Erin Hamlin is in position for the first U.S. Olympic singles luge medal ever. She sits third behind two favored Germans after two of four runs at the Sanki Sliding Center.

Hamlin, the 2009 world champion, is .216 ahead of the fourth-place luger but only .052 out of second-place Tatjana Huefner. Hamlin finished 12th and 16th at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics.

Natalie Geisenberger leads and is expected to slide to her second straight Olympic title. The other two Americans, Kate Hansen and Summer Britcher, are 10th and 15th.

Figure skating pairs short program, 10 a.m. ET CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

Russia begins its quest to regain dominance in an event in which Soviet, Unified Team and Russian skaters won gold at every Olympics from 1964 through 2006. The 2010 Olympic podium included zero Russians.

This year, Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov are the gold-medal favorites, though not by as big of a margin as a few months ago. Stumbles at the Grand Prix Final and European Championships opened the door for Germans Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, the 2010 Olympic bronze medalists.

Savchenko and Szolkowy skate their short program at 12:25 p.m. ET. Volosozhar and Trankov go at 1.

The U.S. sends two pairs, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir (10:55 a.m.) and Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay (11:01 a,m.). Neither is expected to win a medal following the free skate Wednesday, extending an American pairs drought dating to 1988.

Women’s curling, U.S. vs. Great Britain, 10 a.m. ET CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

The U.S. faces a measuring stick game against the gold-medal favorites skipped by Scot Eve Muirhead. Curling was founded in Scotland.

Erika Brown, 41, skips a U.S. rink on a mission for the first Olympic medal by an American women’s curling team. She competed in the 1988 Olympics at age 15, when curling was a demonstration sport.

Muirhead and Scotland are the reigning world champions and looking to win Great Britain’s first curling gold since 2002.

Men’s snowboard halfpipe, 12:30 p.m. ET — CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

Shaun White will attempt to become the first U.S. man to win the same Winter Olympic event three times. His biggest competition could come from Russian-born Swiss Iouri Podladtchikov, if they make it through earlier qualifying to the 12-man final.

White has dealt with crashes and injuries in the run-up to Sochi and in training at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, putting a little doubt into his favorite status.

Podladtchikov attempts a trick called the YOLO Flip, a cab double cork 1440, that White has added to his repertoire in the last year. However, Podladtchikov has not had a great success rate landing the trick cleanly. If he goes before White in the final start order and can’t put it down, perhaps White won’t have to attempt his 1440.

The other three Americans are medal threats — Greg Bretz, who was 12th in Vancouver; Danny Davis, the reigning Winter X Games champion; and Taylor Gold, the older brother of women’s snowboarder Arielle Gold.

Keep an eye on Japan’s Ayumu Hirano, who took second to White at the 2013 Winter X Games as a 14-year-old.

Women’s ski jumping normal hill, 1:45 p.m. ET — CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

At long last, women will jump at the Olympics. A group of 30 will contest the final round under the lights at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, following a decade-long fight for inclusion alongside the men, who have been jumping at the Winter Games since the first edition in 1924.

The clear favorite is Japan’s Sara Takanashi, who is 5 feet, 100 pounds and 17 years old. She has won 10 of 13 World Cup events this season after taking silver at last year’s World Championships.

The gold medalist at those worlds was American Sarah Hendrickson, who blew out her right knee in a crash Aug. 21 and furiously rehabbed to make it back in time to compete. This will be her first competition this season, making her medal chances a bit unclear.

The other Americans are 2009 world champion Lindsey Van and U.S. Olympic Trials winner Jessica Jerome.

Devin Logan halfway to Olympic freestyle skiing double

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Devin Logan is going to Sochi, but she’s not done qualifying for the Olympics.

Logan won the fourth of five Olympic selection events in ski slopestyle, prevailing in Park City, Utah, with a score of 87.40 points. She edged Canadians Dara Howell by .40 and Kaya Turski by .60.

Turski, the 2013 world champion and three-time Winter X Games champion, competed for the first time since tearing an ACL in August, her third such injury.

Logan, 20, is also trying to make the U.S. Olympic Team in ski halfpipe, similar to what Shaun White is attempting in snowboarding.

The fifth and final Olympic selection event in women’s ski slopestyle is Saturday.

Keri Herman and Maggie Voisin are in best position to clinch the final two automatic spots but need to finish in the top three overall Saturday.

Two top-three results are needed for one of three automatic berths on the Olympic Team in ski slopestyle. Here are the Olympic selection standings, only counting those with top-three results.

Women’s Ski Slopestyle — Three automatic Olympic spots
1. Devin Logan — 200 (clinched Olympic berth)
2. Keri Herman — 160
3. Maggie Voisin — 160
4. Darian Stevens — 140
5. Grete Eliassen — 140

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