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Winter Olympics: latest medal table for Pyeongchang 2018
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281 d ago
These countries had the smallest delegations at the Winter Olympics
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Although the Winter Olympics officially began Wednesday, the three week event kicked off Friday morning (Friday evening in  Pyeongchang , South Korea) with the Olympic opening ceremony. 
During the Parade of Nations, some countries walked with a huge crew consisting of of athletes, coaches, and supporters — otherwise known as delegations. While some delegations ran in the triple digits, others had a smaller showing, which often means a small team. 
Here are the countries with the smallest teams at the Winter Games. 
Greece: 4 Ronald Martinez / Getty
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Ghana: 1 Matthias Hangst / Getty
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Nigeria: 3 Harry How / Getty
Akuoma Omeoga and Moriam Seun Adigun will compete in bobsleigh, while Simidele Adeagbo will take part in the skeleton. 
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281 d ago
How to watch luge at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
What time is luge on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings, and more you need.
Have you ever found yourself thinking, “I enjoy bobsledding, but is there any way we can make it seem way more reckless and terrifying”? Brothers and sisters, it’s time to welcome luge into your life. Luge asks world-class athletes to lie on their backs on a sled and careen down the bobsled course, legs hanging out front, with no brakes. Sounds fun, right?
There are four Luge events in the Winter Olympics : men’s and women’s singles, doubles, and a mixed team relay. This was a European thing long before it was an Olympic thing, and it was one of the sports East Germans particularly dominated through the years. (Germans won every gold in 2014, too.)
That said, Erin Hamlin became the first American female to medal four years ago, grabbing the individual bronze in Sochi. The 31-year old is back in 2018 for her fourth Olympic go-round.
What time and how can I watch?
At Pyeongchang, luge events will run from Feb. 10-15 -- men’s singles on Feb. 10 and 11, women’s on Feb. 12 and 13, doubles on Feb. 14, and the relay on Feb. 15. As with everything else, luge events will be streamed at NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. You can also live stream NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel coverage via Fubo.TV on your computer or mobile devices.
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of luge?
Fun fact: it’s impossible to breathe watching a luge event. Even when the athlete is in complete control of his or her surroundings, it looks like things are about to go awry at any moment. It is the ultimate adrenaline event.
Even with a solid understanding of the laws of gravity, this sport doesn’t really make sense to the eye. At top speed, a luge will end up going over 80 miles per hour -- again, without brakes -- and you basically steer it with your calves and shoulders. This is not logical.
The relay event is particularly fascinating. There’s a men’s sled, a women’s sled, and a doubles sled. There is no baton, unfortunately, but when one person finishes the course, they hit a touchpad that opens up the starting gate for the next person. Terrifying speeds, technology, and gender balance? What could be better?
What are the rules of luge? Follow up: What is the weirdest rule of luge?
The rules are pretty minimal : When given the “track is clear” notification, an athlete has 30 seconds to take a deep breath and hurtle themselves down the course. In the singles event, the athlete takes four runs, and the winner is the one with the fastest combined time. There are two runs through the course in doubles, and the mixed relay is a single kamikaze charge.
The weirdest/best rule: if you don’t weigh enough to achieve a properly mortifying top speed, you can add up to 28 kilograms of ballast .
Whose jersey should I buy?
If you’re partial to the stars and stripes, start with Hamlin. She not only medaled in Sochi but also added three medals to her résumé at last year’s world championships -- she won gold in the women’s sprint and silver in women’s singles, and she took part in a silver-medal relay team. Summer Britcher is another women’s name to watch, as she just took down Olympic favorites at a tune-up race .
On the men’s side, Chris Mazdzer is taking part in his third Olympic games, and the doubles team of Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman ranked third on last year’s world cup tour.
Not attached merely to American names? German Felix Loch is the top name in the sport, having won gold in both 2010 and 2014, but Austrian Wolfgang Kindl took double gold at the 2017 world championships. On the women’s side, 34-year-old Tatjana Hüfner is battling injury but could still become a four-time Olympic medalist (bronze in 2006, gold in 2010, silver in 2014), and 2014 gold medalist Natalie Geisenberger is a favorite to repeat.
What can I talk about to impress the luge enthusiast in my life?
Just say, “Loch and Kindl are fine, but I’m more of an Armin Zöggeler guy/gal.”
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
Granted, we’re more of a street luge country , but luge gets a solid 3 out of 5 on the eagles scale at this point. Increased investment in analytics and technology has led to significant American gains on the luge track . There’s at least a chance that those investments pay off on the medal stand in South Korea.
What’s the best GIF I can watch from luge?
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SB Nation
281 d ago
How to watch long track speed skating at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
What time is long track speedskating on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings and more you need.
The 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang will be the 24th Winter Olympics to have speedskating as part of the program. One of the games’ most storied sports, speedskating has been in the Olympics from the very beginning, first appearing in the inaugural Winter Games in 1924 in France. It’s long been a strong sport for American athletes, though it’s competitive.
The United States has won 67 medals in long track speedskating, more than any country except the Netherlands, which is also the only country with more golds (35 to 29). The Dutch were the dominant nation in speedskating at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, where the United States missed out on the speedskating medal stand altogether.
The majority of Olympic speedskating events are considered “long track,” where there’s more straight-ahead sprinting and fewer turns. Long track races happen on a 400-meter track, compared to just more than 100 meters on a short track. It’s not strictly a commentary on the length of the races, though long track races trend toward longer distances.
What time and how can I watch?
Speedskating goes on throughout the games. The first event is the women’s 3,000m, at 6 a.m. ET on Feb. 10. There’s long track racing until the men’s and women’s mass starts, both new events, on Feb. 24. NBC networks will carry the games, with streaming available here . You can also live stream NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel coverage via Fubo.TV on your computer or mobile devices.
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of long track speedskating?
It’s one of the fastest sports in the world, but it’s also a significant endurance test. In a sense, it’s a hybrid between sprinting and distance running, with some ice hockey and figure skating mixed in. Plus, it’s only really in the spotlight for a few days every four years.
What are the rules of long track speedskating? Follow up: What is the weirdest rule of long track speedskating?
A bunch of skaters race around a 400m track as many times as it takes to reach the race’s full distance. They go in lanes. The speedskating race lengths at the games are 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m, and 5000m. A cool thing about the Olympic program is that qualifying is fully sorted out by the time the games come around, so medal rounds commence on the first day.
The weirdest rule is more a lack of a rule. Players aren’t required to wear hard helmets, which has always seemed dangerous to me given the speed at which they’re traveling. There’s another one, which is that skaters can restart if they’re impeded by an obstacle and take the best time of their two races, but dirty ice doesn’t count as an obstacle. Also, if a player slips and slides over the finish line, his or her run isn’t complete until the front skate crosses the finish line, whether that’s the first thing to cross or not.
What can I talk about to impress the speedskating enthusiast in my life?
Find out what country that person’s from (if you don’t already know), then holler during every race about how that country’s rival had a skater out of their lane get in the way of someone else and deserved to be disqualified. It doesn’t matter if that’s actually true.
Whose jersey should I buy?
Get yourself a nice Apolo Ohno full-body compression suit, even though he was a short-tracker.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
Seven bald eagles out of 10.
What’s the best GIF I can watch from long track speedskating?
Mario Kart!
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281 d ago
How to watch Alpine combined at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
What time is alpine combined on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings, and more you need.
The U.S. Alpine skiing team comes into the 2018 Winter Olympics after a strong showing in both the 2017 World Cup and the 2014 Olympics. Four years ago, both Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety won gold, Andrew Weibrecht won a silver medal, and Julia Mancuso and Bode Miller took home bronze medals.
Also returning to anchor the women’s team is Lindsey Vonn, who missed the 2014 Olympics due to injury, but is looking to win a gold medal like she did in 2010. Here’s a snapshot of the team as a whole, from US Ski and Snowboard :
The team includes 22 athletes who qualified for the team through one or more top-three finishes, top five finishes, and top 10 finishes, and then World Cup points. Qualification included 2017-18 FIS World Cup races through Cortina, Italy and Kitzbuehel, Austria on Jan. 20-21, 2018.
What time and how can I watch?
You’ll be able to watch the Olympics on NBC and its network of channels as well as streaming live online at NBC Sports .
Feb. 12: Men’s Alpine combined, run 1, downhill (9:30 p.m. ET)
Feb. 13: Men’s Alpine combined, run 2, slalom (1 a.m.)
Feb. 22: Women’s Alpine combined, run 1, downhill (9 p.m.)
Feb. 23: Women’s Alpine combined, run 2, slalom (12:30 a.m.)
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of Alpine combined?
This sport is fun, and there is a lot to love about it! For starters, it consists of two different runs that are scored as a whole, based on time. It involves both good ski skills, being able to go fast, but also being able to make turns on a dime.
This sport is exciting and dramatic, and it’s something anyone can enjoy.
What are the rules of Alpine combined? Follow up: What is the weirdest rule of Alpine combined?
For Alpine super combined, skiers run two times -- a downhill one and a slalom run. What’s a slalom, you’re probably thinking? It involves skiing between gates (they’re basically poles) down a course. The course times are combined, and whichever skier has the quickest time wins.
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A course typically features 55 to 75 gates for men and 40 to 60 for women. Only the skiers’ skis and boots need to go around each gate, so the body is allowed to go outside of them.
What can I talk about to impress the Alpine combined enthusiast in my life?
As far as the downhill events go it’s pretty simple -- falling or going outside of the track ends your competition immediately. When it comes to the slalom, it’s more about being precise than being fast to get through the gates. A lot of skiers touch the gates with their forearms to navigate each turn as close and precisely as possible. Honestly, saying how you’re allowed to touch the gate and even pass by the outside with your body is allowed is impressive to know, and would surely make for some engaging bar conversation about alpine combined.
Whose jersey should I buy?
For the U.S. men’s team, Ligety finished No. 12 and No. 5 in combined in both the 2014 and 2010 Olympics, and won gold in 2006. For the women, Vonn, the winningest female ski racer of all-time, recently came in fifth in the super combined in the 2017 World Cup. Mikaela Shiffrin is poised for more gold medals.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
The Americans have a shot to medal this year for both teams, especially given how experienced and filled with starpower the group is.
What’s the best GIF I can watch from Alpine combined?
Definitely when this drone fell while trying to follow a downhill skier.
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281 d ago
How to watch Alpine super combined at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
Mikaela Shiffrin can show the world she’s still its greatest skier with a win in Pyeongchang.
Alpine skiing’s downhill event measures pure speed on the mountain. Slalom events measure control and efficiency. The super combined (also called the Alpine combined, or just the combined) event gauges both.
Super combined is the Winter Olympics ’ mission to find the world’s most well-rounded skier, an athlete who excels in both the frantic tuck-and-go setting of the downhill and the measured, edge-shredding turns of the slalom. The super combined, which pairs the two events and takes the lowest completed time to determine its medalists, was added back to the Olympic schedule in 1988 after a 40-year hiatus and has been one of the games’ most exciting events ever since.
The event allows the sport’s most well-rounded technicians to earn their place on the podium. The downhill event rewards pure speed and risk taking as a race from the top of a mountain to the bottom over a predetermined course. The slalom requires more precision — competitors must make hairpin turns to zigzag their way from gate to gate as they careen downhill. Times in the two events are then combined, and the fastest man and woman on each side get to leave South Korea with a gold medal adorning their neck.
What time and how can I watch? Men’s final Date: Feb. 13, 2018 Time: 1 a.m. ET Location: Jeongseon Alpine Centre, Jeongseon, South Korea TV: NBC Streaming: NBC Sports Women’s final Date: Feb. 23, 2018 Time: 12:30 a.m. ET Location: Jeongseon Alpine Centre, Jeongseon, South Korea TV: NBC Streaming: NBC Sports
You can also live stream NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel coverage via FuboTV on your computer or mobile devices.
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of super combined Alpine skiing?
The super combined event is the best of both worlds. Speed freaks get to watch the world’s best athletes roar down a mountain at 80-plus mph in the downhill. The slalom is the second event, a testament to a skier’s control and technical ability. A small error in the first race could lead to losing a few fractions of a second. A small error in the second could mean missing a gate and facing disqualification.
Combining disciplines to see who’s best is what makes skiing special. You don’t see quarterbacks and cornerbacks switching positions to figure out who the NFL’s best athletes are. There is no showdown where first basemen throw curveballs to Cy Young winners and compare notes. Like swimming’s individual medleys, it’s an event that measures all-around mastery and achievement. The winner stakes his or her claim as the greatest skier in the world.
What are the rules of super combined Alpine skiing?
The rules for the downhill part of the event are simple — stay on the course and get to the finish line as fast as possible. There’s more to worry about in the slalom. Competitors must pass through gates — matched flags on points throughout the course — in a zigzag pattern that tests their ability to make hairpin turns at high speeds. Miss a gate, and you’re out.
In the end, the lowest combined time on the course wins.
What can I talk about to impress the super combined Alpine skiing enthusiast in my life?
Competitors will use two different sets of skis for the event. Downhill skis are longer, allowing for more contact with the snow and a greater top speed for an event that’s a simple race to the bottom of the mountain. Slalom skis are shorter to enhance control.
Whose jersey should I buy?
Mikaela Shiffrin broke out at the 2014 Games in Sochi with a gold medal-winning run in the slalom. She’s a heavy favorite to repeat after world championship performances in 2015 and 2017 and winning 2017’s “Skieur d’Or” award for best Alpine skier. Her mastery of the event should give her a leg up in the super combined -- even if she has only made two downhill runs in official competition before 2018. Expect to see NBC promote her a lot during the games.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
It’s skiing, which means its a very expensive way to go fast that caters to a limited market of fanatics. Just like NASCAR!
Bode Miller, a man who lived in an RV and was skiing’s answer to Terrell Owens, has a gold medal in this event. But no American woman has ever taken home gold, and while Shiffrin is a favorite to break that streak this February, it’s still skiing, so ...
America rating: Four bald eagles (out of five)
What’s the best GIF I can watch from super combined Alpine skiing?
The proper response to “Hey Mikaela, do you think you’ll add more Olympic hardware to your medal case in Pyeongchang?”
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281 d ago
How to watch snowboard slopestyle at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
What time is snowboard slopestyle on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings, and more you need.
Snowboard slopestyle is a young event in the Winter Olympic Games -- it made its first appearance just four years ago in Sochi, Russia. Combining elements of park riding, rail riding, and big air jumps, slopestyle is a neat way to get to appreciate every part of what makes snowboarding what it is. Plus, judging is highly subjective, which leads to lots of great arguments and bitching when the scores come, as well as great disappointed looks from snowboarders who have to pretend that they don’t care if they score well or not, because it’s snowboarding, but who all really do care if they score well or not.
Americans are primed to do extremely well in the event. Jamie Anderson is back after her gold medal win four years ago, accompanied by 2014 teammate Jessika Jenson and newcomers Julia Marino and Hailey Langland, all of whom have a shot at the podium. On the men’s side, it’s a trio of newcomers leading the charge in Chris Corning, Red Gerard, and Kyle Mack, with Ryan Stassel returning to add some veteran leadership. Medaling will be a bit tougher sledding, or I guess boarding, on the men’s side, but that doesn’t mean we can’t SHOCK THE WORLD.
What time and how can I watch?
Men’s snowboard slopestyle qualifying will be televised Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET with the final televised the next night, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. ET. Women’s snowboard slopestyle qualifying will be televised Feb. 10 at 11:30 p.m. ET with the final on Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. ET. All will be shown on NBC, and online at NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app . You can also live stream NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel coverage via Fubo.TV on your computer or mobile devices.
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of snowboarding slopestyle?
Snowboarding, I think anyway, is just about as beautiful a sport as there is, and slopestyle combines all of the elements that make it great. The rail and wall portion allows you to see snowboarding in its park habitat, which emphasizes how a rider interacts with the world around him or her, and the big air sections let you see, well, big fucking air. They’re flying everyone. FLYING THROUGH THE AIR.
What are the rules of slopestyle?
Slopestyle is basically a combination of park riding and big air, where riders start on a technical portion of rails and walls, and then progress to three massive jumps, which they fly off of and do very impressive tricks, indeed. Final scores are out of 100, which is said to be weighted by 60 percent trick scores and 40 percent overall impression. If it sounds like that gives a boatload of leeway for judges, you would be extremely right. (More on that to come.) Riders are judged not only on difficulty, amplitude, and variety, but on “progression,” which factors in how the tricks are linked together.
What can I talk about to impress the snowboarding enthusiast in my life?
The big debate raging in competitive snowboarding over the last five years or so is on the concept of “style.” As the sport gets pushed toward more spins, more flips, bigger moves, etc., a contingent of purists are fighting back, saying that pro snowboarders are becoming nothing more than gymnasts, and the flips-and-spins arms race is producing soulless snowboarding that doesn’t look cool. (There’s no bigger insult in snowboarding than saying something doesn’t look cool.)
This all came to a head at the last Olympics, when Sage Kotsenburg, a big proponent of the school of style, won gold despite not executing as difficult tricks as other riders. (He then retired from competitive snowboarding.) It was seen as a statement from the judges at the time, but this time, who knows? But talk about that. It’ll impress people.
Who should I root for?
American Hailey Langland is 17 years old (!), and while slightly more likely to medal in the Big Air competition, she also has a great chance to find the podium in slopestyle. She recently worked a double cork 1080 -- three full spins and two flips in one jump -- into her repertoire, which is just as flabbergasting to watch as you might imagine.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
Americans have done extremely well in slopestyle in its short Olympic history. At the 2014 Olympics games, the first time slopestyle was an event, Kotsenburg and American Jamie Anderson took home the gold. Did we basically invent the sport? We sure did. So good on us for dominating it. 12 FLAMING EAGLES OUT OF 12.
What’s the best GIF I can watch from snowboarding?
I like this one due to the twist ending.
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281 d ago
How to watch Alpine skiing downhill at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
What time is the Alpine skiing downhill on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings and more you need.
There is no sport that captures the speed, danger, and excitement of the downhill Alpine skiing event at the Winter Olympics . On Saturday, Feb. 10, the top skiers in the world will help kick off the Olympics with one of the games’ most breathtaking events.
Downhill skiing is the purest distillation of the sport — a race that drops more than half a mile in elevation where men and women compete against the mountain, the stopwatch, and themselves. The fastest competitor takes home the gold in one of Pyeongchang’s simplest competitions.
The men’s race has been one of the games’ most competitive events in the past eight years. In both 2010 and 2014, the top three racers were all separated by one-tenth of a second or less. No one has ever won gold in the event more than once.
But the women’s side provides much more intrigue. Lindsey Vonn is back for America after missing the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, due to injury. She’ll look to reclaim her 2010 title in the event after winning three straight downhill races on the World Cup circuit leading up to the women’s race on Feb. 20.
What time and how can I watch? Men’s final Date: Feb. 10, 2018 Time: 9 p.m. ET Location: Jeongseon Alpine Centre, Jeongseon, South Korea TV: NBC Streaming: NBC Sports Women’s final Date: Feb. 20, 2018 Time: 9 p.m. ET Location: Jeongseon Alpine Centre, Jeongseon, South Korea TV: NBC Streaming: NBC Sports
You can also live stream NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel coverage via Fubo.TV on your computer or mobile devices.
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of downhill Alpine skiing?
Downhill is pure excitement and little bureaucracy. Here’s a path down a mountain -- get to the bottom as quickly as possible.
Are there jumps? Hell yes there are jumps. Crazy turns? Well, not as crazy as in the slalom events, but yes. Are people going to crash and send chunks of broken skis into low-earth orbit at 85 miles an hour? MAYBE.
And with just one shot at climbing the podium, every racer on the mountain is going to bust their ass to get there, taking every risk to achieve the sport’s ultimate goal. There is no event that combines risk and urgency quite like the downhill.
What are the rules of downhill Alpine skiing? Follow up: What is the weirdest rule of downhill Alpine skiing?
It’s the simplest race on the mountain. While events like the slalom and giant slalom take the combined time from two races to declare a champion, downhill skiers get one official shot at the mountain — though they have three days of practice runs leading up to the event and have to log at least one official timed training run before the big day. Racers have to stay on a preplanned course and pass through staged gates on their way down the mountain — missing one means disqualification.
The weirdest rule? The mountain has to be extremely scary. For men, the course must drop between 800 and 1,100 meters for World Cup events — more than half a mile. The expectation is less for women — from 450 to 800 meters.
What can I talk about to impress the downhill Alpine skiing enthusiast in my life?
As cool as the jumps on the course are, racers want to keep their skis on the snow as much as possible to gain speed and increase control. Efficient speed is gained by carving through snow, not skidding. Gravity is the thing that makes you go fast.
Whose jersey should I buy?
Vonn’s combination of speed and strength made her one of America’s most popular Olympians in 2010. She’s got plenty to prove coming in to this year’s event and tremendous momentum after winning her last three World Cup events. With 2014 co-winners Tina Maze and Dominique Gisin retired, the safe money is on a Vonn victory. Maybe get on that bandwagon early.
On the men’s side, the event is impressively unpredictable. In the last four Olympics, 12 different skiers have taken the medal stand — proving the volatility of a sport where the world’s best athletes are separated by a fraction of a second. In 2014, Austrian Matthias Mayer took the gold. He’s still only 27 years old, and he’ll be bigger and stronger as he attempts to become the first male skier to ever repeat atop the podium in the downhill event.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
Well, it’s skiing, which is a time-honored pastime for upper middle-class families in the northeast and across the Rocky Mountains. But it’s also like hockey or lacrosse, where you need a lot of money, time, and equipment to participate. So it’s kind of self-segregating, which makes it pretty damn American despite its European roots.
Two of America’s most well-known athletes will compete in the event. Ted Ligety has won a pair of Olympic gold medals, but is better known for his slalom mastery than his straightaway speed. Vonn won gold in the downhill event in Vancouver, and 2018 may be her last chance to prove she ha overcome the torn ACL that prevented her from competing in Sochi.
America rating: Four bald eagles (out of five)
What’s the best GIF I can watch from downhill Alpine skiing?
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281 d ago
How to watch Alpine skiing Super G at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
What time is Super G on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings and more you need.
Do you feel like watching skiers try and make it through a series of gates set up in complicated ways while they also try not to fall, break anything, or screw up and ruin their chances of medaling? While also going really fast? Do you want all of that but don’t know where to find it, or are a little blurry on what Super-G is? Well you’ve come to the right place.
Super-G, a mix of the technical and speed factors that populate the rest of alpine skiing, holds a middle ground of the sport. But if its rules and differences from other events are a little murky for you, Lindsey Vonn is there to break through any confusion and get on the podium for the US.
Besides Vonn, the American field is made up of a stacked group of Wiley Maple, Bryce Bennett, Travis Ganong, Andrew Weibrecht, Thomas Biesemeyer, Mikaela Shiffrin, Laurenne Ross, Alice McKennis, Jacqueline Wiles, Alice Merryweather, and Breezy Johnson. That’s a lot of medal chances on both sides, but they’ll be up against some steep competition from other countries as well.
Even if none of the American favorites pulls a medal out of this event based on the one shot at the course each skier gets, the fun is in the marvel of each athlete’s speed and skill and the constant threat of disaster with every turn.
What time and how can I watch?
You can stream the events live on NBCOlympics.com or the NBC Sports app, and Super G will be televised live on NBC and NBC Universal networks at the following times:
Women’s Super G: Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. ET
Men’s Super G: Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. ET
You can also live stream NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel coverage via Fubo.TV on your computer or mobile devices.
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of Super-G?
It’s one of the fastest alpine events, but still has the entertainment factor of participants making or missing gates. If you like the speed of downhill but the stress of watching skiers whip through gates at top speed, then this is the event for you.
What are the rules of Super-G? Follow up: What is the weirdest rule of Super-G?
Super-G is more technical than downhill because of the gates athletes still need to pass through, but faster than slalom and giant slalom so it falls under the “speed event” category. Each skier gets only one run to put up their fastest time, so getting an Olympic medal comes down to a single short pass at the course.
The weirdest rule of Super-G is that the course “should be undulating and hilly if possible,” and in many competitions, the course is the same as the downhill course but shorter. Just in case you thought these skiers were hitting crazy speeds on a course that is smooth and not hilly.
What can I talk about to impress the Super-G enthusiast in my life?
Have a chat about all-time Super-G great Hermann Maier. He had 24 World Cup Super-G wins and five World Cup titles in the event. He was an aggressive skier (he once won Olympic gold three days after crashing in the downhill event) and liked taking the most dangerous way down the course in order to win. He also almost had his leg amputated after a motorcycle accident and then came back and won eight more Super-G titles after that.
Whose jersey should I buy?
If you don’t have a Lindsey Vonn “jersey” yet, you should think about picking one up. She’s pretty decent! This is her fourth Olympics ( she missed Sochi due to injury ) and she has 79 career World Cup wins across all five alpine events, with 27 of them coming in Super-G, and five Super-G World Cup titles.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
FOUR OUT OF FIVE EAGLES. Besides Vonn, the United States also has Wiley Maple, Bryce Bennett, Travis Ganong, Andrew Weibrecht, and Thomas Biesemeyer on the men’s side and Mikaela Shiffrin, Laurenne Ross, Alice McKennis, Jacqueline Wiles, Alice Merryweather, and Breezy Johnson in the women’s field. They won’t all be at the top of the rankings, but that deep of a field of Americans gives the US of A a great shot at a medal or two.
What’s the best GIF I can watch from Super-G?
Something that can give you a sense of how fast they’re going should do the trick. But there’s really no replacement for watching a full race.
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How to watch Alpine skiing slalom at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
What time is Alpine Slalom on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings and more you need.
Alpine skiing is the core of Winter Olympics sports; one half of a foundation (along with figure skating) that every other modern, fresher event can be built off. There are many events to be found in alpine skiing’s varied basket, but the one you probably think of first when alpine skiing comes to mind is the slalom.
A technical feat each time a skier even finishes the course, slalom is “slow” compared to other alpine events but requires the utmost concentration, strength, and luck just to make it through. There are a million small things that can go wrong, so that when everything goes right and one athlete beats another by tenths or hundredths of a second it’s all the more incredible to process.
The United States has Mikaela Shiffrin and Resi Stiegler competing in the women’s events, and a trio of Nolan Kasper, David Chodounsky, and Mark Engel on the men’s side. Shiffrin is the standout, already a gold medal in her trophy case from the Sochi Olympics. Between then and now she’s only won more, gotten better on the slopes, and accomplished everything at a young age that you would anticipate a prodigy to accomplish by her early 20s.
Just because the other four athletes skiing for the U.S. aren’t favorites for the podium doesn’t mean they can’t pull off the upset and add some more hardware to the US’ slalom haul. Shiffrin is leading the way, but there’s chances for more than just her on the podium when all is said and done.
What time and how can I watch? You can stream the events live on NBCOlympics.com or the NBC Sports app at the following times: Women’s slalom Run 1: Feb. 13 at 8:15 p.m. ET Women’s slalom Run 2 (medal round): Feb. 13 at 11:45 p.m. ET Men’s slalom Run 1: Feb. 21 at 8:15 p.m. ET Men’s slalom Run 2 (medal round): Feb. 21 at 11:45 p.m. ET
You can also live stream NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel coverage via Fubo.TV on your computer or mobile devices.
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of slalom?
Because it involves a lot of top athletes going down a snowy (and mostly icy) hill as fast as they can and traveling between narrow gates with abandon. Even though they’re traveling “back and forth” between gates, skiers are basically going in a straight line and adjusting their bodies to situate themselves from gate to gate at upward of 60 miles an hour, which sounds awesome in theory and is even more amazing to watch happen in real time. Plus there are wipeouts every so often.
What are the rules of slalom? Follow up: What is the weirdest rule of slalom?
In slalom, skiers pass through gates made up of red and blue poles (no flags here). There are no big turns, which means it’s one of the slowest and most technical events, since there’s not as much time to pick up speed before adjusting for the next gate. Each skier makes two runs down the slope and both times are added together, then the fastest total time determines the winner. If a skier loses control and “skis out” and misses a gate, they are disqualified from the event. For the men’s event, there are 55 to 75 gates and for the women, there are between 40 and 60.
The weirdest rule of slalom is that the gates are sometimes purposely set up in complicated sequences. As the FIS alpine guidelines put it in rule 803.2 :
A Slalom must contain horizontal (open) and vertical (closed) gates as well as a minimum of one and a maximum of three vertical combinations consisting of three to four gates and at least three hairpin-combinations. It must also contain a minimum of one and a maximum of three delay gate combinations.
Basically, make it difficult and switch things up on the skiers.
What can I talk about to impress the Slalom enthusiast in my life?
Learn how to pronounce Petra Vlhová, a member of the Slovakian ski team who is currently second in the World Cup standings and ready to tear it up in Pyeongchang. Or familiarize yourself with Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who has 54 career World Cup wins. Or Henrik Kristoffersen, a Norwegian skier who is second in the current World Cup standings, became the youngest male slalom medalist ever with Olympic bronze in Sochi, and honestly just has a really cool name.
Whose jersey should I buy?
Shiffrin is only 22 and has already cemented herself at the top of the sport. She’s a beast, and if you don’t remember her from the last Winter Olympics, something tells us you won’t have the same issue after this year’s events.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
Slalom gets an INFINITE EAGLES America Rating, mostly because of Shiffrin. Born in the always-associated-with-skiing town of Vail, Colo, she is the reigning World Cup champion in alpine skiing. On top of that, she’s the reigning slalom champion at the Olympics and at the World Cup, is currently leading multiple World Cup categories, and has won slalom four times at the World Cup (and is at the top of the slalom standings currently). She’s the youngest female World Champion ever and with her 2014 gold medal, she became the youngest slalom gold medalist in Olympic history (of either gender) at only 18 years and 345 days old.
Shiffrin isn’t the US’s only hope, though. There’s Resi Stiegler, Nolan Kasper, David Chodounsky, and Mark Engel. They might not be the standouts that Shiffrin is, but they offer another shot to get on the podium for the United States.
What’s the best GIF I can watch from Slalom?
If you’ve never seen the GIF of a drone crashing incredibly close to then-defending World Champion Marcel Hirscher , you’re welcome. The FIS banned drone cameras after this, which is only logical.
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How to watch Alpine giant slalom at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
What time is giant slalom on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings, and more you need.
I don’t know who the first person to think, “Hey, let’s set up a bunch of poles with flags on them and tell people to avoid them while they fly down a frozen mountain as fast as they can with slats strapped to their feet” was, but I do know that the first giant slalom was set up in Italy in 1935.
Since then, technology has improved, of course — skis are now made from high tech materials like carbon fiber and fiberglass as opposed to ye ole’ traditional wood. But the goal in giant slalom at the Winter Olympics remains the same: Get to the bottom of the mountain as fast as you can while zigging and zagging around every gate. You get two chances.
The U.S. Olympic team this year is strong — a lot of the names you recognize during the Winter Olympics belong to skiers. Competitors like Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, Ted Ligety, Steve Nyman, and Laurenne Ross are all looking to climb to the top of the podium this year.
What time and how can I watch?
You’ll be able to watch the Olympics on NBC and its network of channels as well as streaming live online at NBC Sports .
Feb. 11: Women’s giant slalom, run 1 (8:15 p.m. ET), run 2 (11:45 p.m.)
Feb. 17: Men’s giant slalom, run 1 (8 p.m.), run 2 (11:45 p.m.)
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of giant slalom?
Move to a ski town out west. Serve beers at a ski lodge to make ends meet, or work as one of the lift attendants. Either would be worth it to ski some fresh pow, because no one’s got it more right than ski bums who realized it actually makes the most sense to play all the time. Living on a great mountain is also a good way to watch some incredible races. Giant slalom is thrilling: these athletes go so fast (25 miles per hour!). They crash hard, too, which raises the physical stakes. And they’re so precise in their movements — how much of their ski edges to use, when to make themselves as small as possible, how to balance — that it’s truly mesmerizing to watch.
What are the rules of giant slalom?
Basically, you go down a hill as fast as you can and pass each gate on alternating sides, so it looks like skiers are snaking down the mountain. They get two runs to put up their best times.
The weirdest rule is that someone can just move the course if the snow isn’t good enough or something gets messed up with the original run. Say a meteor falls right in the middle of the course, rendering it un-skiable. The Olympic committee can just be like, well, guess we gotta regroup, and choose another place on the mountain to hold the competition. Not sure many other sports have that written into their rule book … “Oh, Gillette Stadium got run over by a pack of wild Pats fans? No biggie, move the game to Fenway.”
What can I talk about to impress the giant slalom enthusiast in my life?
You can talk about how rutted out the course is getting as athletes compete on it — look for the gouges in the snow that build up around the outside of the gate and sometimes give later skiers a disadvantage in skiing close to the gate.
That’s the real key: How clean are the lines? That means, how close to the gate are the Olympians able to ski? The closer to the gate they get, the less snaking they’ll do, the straighter the line will be, and the faster they’ll go because of the reduced friction skis generate when you have you use your edges in a turn. That’s another thing you’ll hear announcers talking about: how much of their edges are skiers using? How’s their balance and center of gravity? You want it to be low to propel you downhill and reduce wind resistance.
Who should I root for?
Ted Ligety or Mikaela Shiffrin. Ted’s been competing in the Olympics since 2006, and he’s the most decorated skier of all time: He has a GS gold medal, 24 GS World Cup wins, three GS world championship gold medals, and five World Cup titles. At 33, this could be his last Olympics, but never say never. He also owns a ski gear company called Shred Optics, which is just so sick and gnarly, man. Mikaela is the youngest Olympian ever to win a gold medal, when she topped the podium in 2014. She’s looking to repeat this year in Pyeongchang.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
Eh, it’s not that American. It’s way more Swiss. Or German. Or French. Unless you’re a super rich American who can afford ski vacations out west. Then I guess it’s pretty American. The one percent, baby!!!!
What’s a good giant slalom GIF I can watch?
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281 d ago
Everything you need to know about freeski slopestyle at the 2018 Winter Olympics
What time is freestyle skiing slopestyle on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings and more you need.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea will be the second games to feature the freestyle skiing slopestyle event. With Team USA’s men’s team finishing the 2014 Sochi games with a history-making sweep of the medal stand, this year’s American athletes should continue their established dominance.
As with the other freestyle skiing events, four men and four women will compete for the United States in the slopestyle event, including three returning medalists.
The men’s squad returns two of the three skiers from the podium sweep in 2014, Nick Goepper and Gus Kenworthy — Joss Christensen was unable to qualify coming off an ACL injury. The two discretionary spots to round out the roster, will be filled by Olympic rookies McRae Williams and Alex Hall — the youngest on the team at 19 years old.
In the women’s group, Devin Logan returns as the sole female medal winner from 2014, claiming silver in the event. Maggie Voisin will join Logan, as she did in Sochi before suffering an ankle injury that would keep her from competing. Voisin will look to finish what she started, along with first-time Olympians Caroline Claire and Darian Stevens.
What time and how can I watch? Women’s qualification and final Date: Feb. 17, 2018 Time: 8 p.m. ET (followed by the finals at 11 p.m. ET) Location: Phoenix Snow Park, Pyeongchang, South Korea TV: NBC Streaming: NBC Sports | FuboTV Men’s qualification and final Date: Feb. 18, 2018 Time: 8 p.m. ET (followed by the finals at 11:15 p.m. ET) Location: Phoenix Snow Park, Pyeongchang, South Korea TV: NBC Streaming: NBC Sports | FuboTV Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of freestyle skiing slopestyle?
Because it is awesome.
From front and back flips to 720-degree spins, athletes have minimal time to hit some impressive moves mid-air before landing (right-side up, mind you), and each and every run is different and impressive. With almost an equal chance of landing on their feet as face planting in the snow, each run will keep you on the edge of your seat.
What are the rules of freestyle skiing slopestyle?
The slopestyle course in Pyeongchang has six total features, including three jumps and three rail sections, which skiers will use to perform tricks on their way down the slope. Each skier gets two runs during the qualification round, with the best single run counting, and the top 12 skiers advancing to the finals. The finals consist of three runs per athlete. Top score wins.
Runs are scored from 1 to 100, with judges using several metrics in their decisions , including amplitude, difficulty, variety, execution, and progression. With the Pyeongchang course featuring three jumps, most competitors will try to choreograph three of the four different ski spins (or grabs in different spots) to showcase the variety of their skills.
What can I talk about to impress the freestyle skiing slopestyle enthusiast in my life?
During the event’s debut at the 2014 Olympics, the slopestyle finals featured only two runs per athlete, but this year they’ll switch to a three-run final.
Whose jersey should I buy?
All eyes will be on the men’s team, and whether they’ll be able to repeat their sweep of medals in the event. It won’t come easily, and Joss Christensen won’t be there to round out the top three, but with Nick Goepper and Gus Kenworthy qualifying, 19-year-old phenom Alex Hall could claim that third podium.
If you need someone to root though, it’s Maggie Voisin . She was considered a heavy favorite to medal in 2014 (at 15 years old!), but after suffering an ankle injury during practice, ended up missing her chance to be the youngest American to compete in the Winter Olympics over 40 yers. Now, just over a month since her 19th birthday, Voisin will look to claim the first of many Olympic medals.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
The goal of this sport is essentially to get from Point A to Point B in the most dangerous and least-direct way possible — which also accurately defines my driving as a teenager. Showing off with gravity-defying jumps and grinding a little metal is American enough to earn five out of five bald eagles.
What’s the best GIF I can watch from freestyle skiing slopestyle?
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How to watch freestyle skiing ski cross at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
What time is freestyle skiing ski cross on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings and more you need.
Freestyle skiing is one of the most fascinating competitions in the Winter Olympics . There are so many variations of freestyle skiing, but the ski cross competition is the discipline you should keep an eye on.
This sport is so cool because it tests the skiers' agility, balance, and coordination. This discipline will also put their speed to the test. Ski cross is an aggressive sport. And like the other events in the Winter Olympics, it's also highly competitive.
McRae Williams, a U.S. Olympic team member who captured a world championship in 2017, told the Olympic Games' official website that “it’s great to watch when there are several people in there.
“It gets pretty aggressive when riders are pushing themselves around trying to fight to the finish. I enjoy that more than Alpine racing. Obviously, Alpine racers are going insanely fast, but ski cross has more variables to it, which is fun on the spectator sides of things.”
How and when can I watch it?
You can watch the men’s ski sross competition on Feb. 21 at 9:30 p.m. ET. The women’s ski cross competition is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 23. NBC ( live stream ) will broadcast all the action live from Pyeongchang.
You can also live stream NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel coverage via Fubo.TV on your computer or mobile devices.
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of ski cross?
You will get a chance to see the world's best skiers clash for the Olympics' most coveted prize: a gold medal. There will be breathtaking moments that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
During this timed discipline, you will see skiers perform big-air jumps at full speed. Skiers will tell you that it's hard to stick the landing after spending so much time in the air. But that's what makes the competition fun.
What are the rules of ski cross? What is the weirdest rule of ski cross?
Four competitors at a time will compete in this 1,050-meter downhill track, which will feature multiple jumps, rollers, and banks. But time is the only stat that matters in this discipline.
What can I talk about to impress the ski cross enthusiast in my life?
Male and female skiers will showcase their talents and skiing prowess. It takes incredible balance and core and leg strength to successfully get past those jumps, rollers, and banks. You and your friends could have endless conversations about how difficult it is to pull off those kinds of jumps. Seriously.
Whose jersey should I buy?
There are tons of prominent skiers in this discipline. On the men’s side, you have French skiers Jean-Frederic Chapuis and Arnaud Bovolenta. France dominated this competition in 2014. Chapuis won the gold medal and is considered this year's top competitor.
Also, there are some fantastic female skiers, like Sweden's Sandra Naeslund, who is a five-time World Cup winner.
What is ski cross’ AMERICA RATING?
This discipline is a four out of five eagles. This event will test a skiers' skill to the fullest. Freestyle skiing is not an easy sport. There will be non-stop action. That alone will always keep your eyes glued to the television.
What’s the best video I can watch from ski cross?
If you want a quick preview of how awesome the ski cross discipline is, just watch this video of Chapuis, Bovolenta, and Jonathan Midol in 2014. Like you saw in the video, you can expect some close races and finishes.
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2018 Winter Olympics: Every venue in Pyeongchang, in photos
Check out where all the Olympic magic will happen
Beginning February 9, athletes from around the world will flock to Pyeongchang—a rugged, mountainous region in the Gangwon Province of South Korea—for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
To prepare for the games, South Korea has built six new venues and refurbished six others in three different areas in the province: Pyeongchang, an area known for winter sports and home to the Olympic Stadium; Jeongseon, a former mining area home to the downhill skiing courses; and Gangneung, a resort town and bustling port city home to the ice skating, speed skating, and hockey arenas.
Like any Olympics, Pyeongchang has made a few thorny headlines in the lead-up to the Games. Escalating military tension might be scaring away tourists , organizers have banned Russia from competing, and some worry that Pyeongchang’s frigid temperatures could pose problems for both athletes and spectators.
The good news? Officials report that all 13 venues and the Olympic Village are ready to go , an impressive feat considering that organizers of the recent Sochi and Rio Games were scrambling to finish hotels and venues on time.
In addition to the new venues, many Olympic athletes and visitors will arrive in Gangwon Province on a new $3.7 billion express train that just opened between Seoul and Pyeongchang. Instead of a taxing three-hour drive, the Korail train journey will take just under 1.5 hours.
To get pumped for all the excitement to come, we’ve rounded up the details and best photos of the major Olympic venues. From a giant stadium to snow-covered ski runs, here’s where all the Olympic magic will happen.
Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images An aerial photo shows a view of the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on October 31, 2017.
Built to hold 35,000 people, the pentagonal Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympics. Located about one mile northeast of Alpensia Ski Resort, the stadium is a temporary structure that will be dismantled after the Olympics are over.
In recent months, the stadium has come under criticism because it was built without a roof or heat to save time and money. In November, seven people reportedly suffered hypothermia while attending a concert at the stadium. In order to alleviate the freezing temperatures and cold winds forecasted during the Olympics, officials will provide each spectator at the opening and closing ceremonies with a small blanket, a rain coat, and a heating pad.
Pyeongchang Olympic Village Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images The towers of the Olympic Village in Pyeongchang on December 15, 2017.
Athletes competing in Pyeongchang will stay in the Olympic Village located near the main stadium. The village will officially open on February 1, eight days before the opening ceremony. The compound includes eight apartment buildings —each 15 stories tall—with about 600 units total.
A residential area is supplemented by an athletes’ plaza, and the village also includes important day-to-day services like banks, post offices, convenience stories, fitness centers, and multifaith churches. A similar Olympic Village in Gangneung has nine apartment buildings with a total of 922 units.
Alpensia Sports Complex AP Photo/Lee Jin-man The Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre is a venue for the ski jumping and Nordic combined events for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
A nexus of many different sports for the Olympics in the Pyeongchang Mountain Cluster, the Alpensia Sports Complex at Alpensia Ski Resort is home to the biathlon, cross-country skiing, and ski jumping centers. In total, South Korea has spent more than $1.5 billion on Alpensia and structures like the ski jumping center, which was completed in 2008 and features two different sloping ramps.
Olympic Sliding Center AFP/Getty Images The Olympic Sliding Center will host the bobsled, skeleton, and luge events.
Also located in the Pyeongchang Mountain Cluster, the 44-acre Olympic Sliding Center has several snaking chutes for bobsled, skeleton, and luge events. Constructed at a cost of $114.5 million , it was one of the last venues to complete, wrapping up in late 2017.
Phoenix Snow Park Cameron Spencer/Getty Images An aerial view of the FIS World Freestyle Cup Moguls and Aerials venues at Phoenix Snowpark on February 13, 2017.
All of the freestyle skiing and snowboard competitions will take place at the Phoenix Snow Park in the township of Bongpyeong-myeon. The facility sits at the foot of Mt. Taegi and includes mogul courses, big air jumps, and a half pipe.
Jeongseon Alpine Center Courtesy of PyeongChang 2018 The Jeongseon Alpine Center will host all of the men’s and women’s downhill skiing events.
With seating for 6,500 and room for another 2,900 standing spectators, the Jeongseon Alpine Center is home base for both men’s and women’s downhill, super-G, and Alpine combined ski events. It sits in the Gariwang mountains—one of the most remote areas in South Korea—and already hosted World Cup skiing events in 2016 and 2017.
Yongpyong Alpine Center Courtesy of PyeongChang 2018 An aerial view of Yongpyong Alpine Center.
Still in the Pyeongchang Mountain Cluster but located at Yongpyong Resort instead of Alpensia Ski Resort, the Yongpyong Alpine Center will host all of the slalom events. The top of the mountain stands 4,783 feet above sea level and has a vertical drop of 2,530 feet.
Kwandong Hockey Center Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images A view of the Kwandong Hockey Centre ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on April 8, 2017 in Gangneung, South Korea.
One of two homes for Olympic hockey at this winter’s games, the Kwandong Hockey Center sits on a Catholic university campus and offers an intimate venue for 6,000 Olympic spectators. The Kwandong Hockey Center is part of five indoor arenas located in the coastal region of Gangneung.
Gangneung Curling Center Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images The general view of the Gangneung Curling Centre ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 26, 2017 in Gangneung, South Korea.
Instead of building a completely new venue for the curling events, Olympic officials decided to renovate an existing building in 2015 and 2016. Inside, four ice curling sheets painted with bullseyes will host the world’s best curlers.
Gangneung Hockey Center Courtesy of PyeongChang 2018 An aerial view of Gangneung Hockey Center, where many of the main hockey events will take place.
A new structure built specifically for the Olympics, the Gangneung Hockey Center was completed in 2017. The octagonal stadium fits 10,000 people and will host the men’s and women’s team hockey tournaments.
Gangneung Ice Arena AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon This October 30, 2017, photo shows Gangneung Ice Arena at Gangneung Olympic Park in Gangneung, South Korea.
The Gangneung Ice Arena is center stage for the exciting short-track speed skating races as well as the ever-popular figure skating competitions. At night, the building’s exterior lights up to reveal changing colors.
Gangneung Oval Photo by Seung-il Ryu/NurPhoto via Getty Images A general view of the Gangneung Oval Speed Skating venue for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on October 30, 2017 in Gangneung, South Korea.
This oval building seats 8,000 spectators and boasts a 400-meter double track. It’s the place to be if you’re watching any of the long-track speed skating events.
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How to watch snowboard giant slalom at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
What time is snowboard giant slalom on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings, and more you need.
Two snowboarders racing side by side down parallel courses is about as pure a competition as you get in the Winter Olympics . The parallel giant slalom event is a standout for sure, and it’s one that’s definitely worth watching. It’s a head-to-head competition that’s all about speed and body control.
It’s also the only Alpine snowboarding discipline at Pyeongchang, and it’s been on the Olympic program since 2002. In a change from the last Olympics, each head-to-head elimination race will consist of just one run down the course, as opposed to one run on the red and one on the blue course.
There’s also the added possibility that the competitors can affect one another, which is grounds for disqualification. It’s not terribly likely, but this is a speed and technique competition, solo runs against another person. It’s very exciting to see.
What time and how can I watch?
The men’s giant slalom qualification begins at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 22. On Saturday, Feb. 24, the round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals will take place, beginning at 10:15 p.m. and running through around 11 p.m. The same dates apply for the women, who will begin 30 minutes earlier for qualification and 15 minutes earlier for the round of 16. NBC will have live coverage on NBCOlympics.com .
You can also live stream NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel coverage via FuboTV on your computer or mobile devices.
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of snowboard giant slalom?
Snowboarding is rad. It’s way cooler than skiing, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. The parallel giant slalom is a one-on-one event, and seeing the swings in momentum as one competitor gets a perfect turn in while another stumbles is just excellent.
What are the rules of snowboard giant slalom? Followup: What’s the weirdest rule?
In the qualification round, competitors each take two runs — one on the red course and one on the blue course. Their times are added together, and the top 16 cumulative times advance to the elimination runs. In the elimination rounds, all 16 competitors are seeded according to their times and put in a bracket. There is a head-to-head elimination race, with the competitor holding the best qualifying time having the choice of the red course or blue course. Whoever crosses the line first on that run advances.
A false start, disturbing one’s opponent, passing through the wrong gate, failing to execute a turn on the outside of a gate or not finishing the run with at least one foot fixed to the board are all the ways one can be disqualified.
What can I talk about to impress the snowboard giant slalom enthusiast in my life?
You can talk about how the United States is kind of bad at the event, that might show some knowledge.
Whose jersey should I buy?
Well ... at this point, probably nobody. It’s an outside shot for America. Maybe go and buy a Shaun White jersey and call it a day.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
The United States hasn’t won a medal in men’s parallel giant slalom since 2002, and will once again be underdogs this time around. Aaron Muss and Michael Trapp are the two representatives, with Muss earning a pair of sixth-place finishes in World Cup events.
What’s the best GIF I can watch from snowboard giant slalom?
No gifs for this one, but you can always check this video
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Your guide to snowboard cross at the 2018 Winter Olympics
What time is snowboard snowcross on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings, and more you need.
For the fourth time in Winter Olympic history, snowboard cross will be a featured freestyle snowboard event, and Team USA will send four men and four women to compete in the event. Making its Olympic debut in 2006, snowboard cross has grown in popularity, especially among younger athletes — more than half of the American freestyle delegates in Pyeongchang are under the age of 21.
Racing for the American men are Jonathan Cheever, Nick Baumgartner, Hagen Kearney, and Mick Dierdorff. Cheever was the only teammate to qualify through objective criteria, with the other three riders being named as discretionary picks. Baumgartner is the only racer with past Olympic experience, having competed in the last two Winter Games — although, his best finish was No. 20.
The women’s team is stacked heading into the 2018 games, especially with the return of legend Lindsey Jacobellis, who will compete in her fourth Winter Olympics . During the event’s debut in 2006, Jacobellis won a silver medal despite wiping out whole in the lead during the final race. She’s crashed out in the last two Olympics’ semifinal runs, but is still favored to medal in Pyeongchang.
It’s not just Jacobellis bringing experience to women’s snowboard cross group, Faye Gulini is preparing to compete in her third Olympic games. She finished fourth in Sochi in 2014, and is looking to snag a spot on the medal podium this time around. The rest of Team USA includes rookies Meghan Tierney and Rosie Mancari.
What time and how can I watch? Men’s heat Date: Feb. 15, 2018 Time: 9 p.m. ET (finals expected 12:41 a.m. ET) Location: Phoenix Snow Park, Pyeongchang, South Korea TV: NBC Streaming: NBC Sports | FuboTV Women’s heat Date: Feb. 16, 2018 Time: 8 p.m. ET (finals expected 10:52 p.m. ET) Location: Phoenix Snow Park, Pyeongchang, South Korea TV: NBC Streaming: NBC Sports | FuboTV Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of snowboard cross?
One of the best things about this event is that you don’t have to wait days in between heats to get to the finals. Running one right after another, you can settle in for a few hours of intense viewing, filled with both incredible tricks landed in spectacular fashion and wipe outs that you can feel from thousands of miles away.
What are the rules of snowboard cross?
Each heat consists of six snowboarders racing on a downhill course, and the top three finishers in each heat advance to the next round. The downhill course is inspired by motocross tracks and features jumps, banked turns, and rollers. With the various obstacles, there are some rules on the mountain , including automatic disqualification for any intentional contact by pushing or pulling, or anything else that might cause an opposing rider to slow down or fall. First one over the finish line in the medal round will claim gold — the event has occasionally had to rely on a photo finish to name a winner.
What can I talk about to impress the snowboard cross enthusiast in my life?
During each heat, the six riders wear different color bibs indicating their seeding/qualification run ranking . The top-ranked rider wears a red bib, with No. 2 wearing green, No. 3 blue, No. 4 yellow, No. 5 white, and No. 6 black. Riders get to choose which of the six starting gates they will use based on their ranking.
You just have to practice this one sentence, “Oh look, the rider wearing the red bib finished in the lead of their last heat.”
Whose jersey should I buy?
The women are the heroes for the United States in this event, and if you’re looking to put money on a medal winner, you should look no further than Lindsey Jacobellis and/or Faye Gulini. Both women are experienced riders and no stranger to the Winter Olympics. They have the experience to rise above the pressure of competing on the World’s biggest stage, and as they each inch closer to the end of their career, will look to claim a medal before hanging up their boots.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
The United States hasn’t had the most success on the medal podium in this event, but it’s ultimately the grown-up version of racing your friends down a hill on a snow day, which is super “America.” The event gets three out of five bald eagles, because it’s not something everyone gets into, but people would still be mad if they didn’t include it in the Winter Olympics moving forward.
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WATCH: Winter Olympics kick off with fireworks
The 23rd Olympic Winter Games officially kicked off in Pyeongchang, South Korea, today with a dazzling spectacle in the sky.
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How to watch short track speed skating at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
What time is short track speed skating on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings, and more you need.
Yeah, what’s good? So let’s talk about this speed skating ish. AMERICA IS THE SHIT. *insert 18 American flag emojis.* There is no more you need to know than that. You think I’m playing? These United States have won the second most speed skating medals in the history of the Winter Games (67). Only the Netherlands *throws tomato* has won more with an overwhelming 105 medals.
Now, listen. America happened to not do shit at all in the 2014 Winter Olympics . But why you talking bout the past? Right. Anyway, hater. Team USA is thought to be ready to get on that podium this year. Joey Mantia should medal in the mass start, back in the Olympics for the first time since the Great Depression. Mantia is the reigning world champion and is a thought to medal in the 1500m.
For the women’s team, Heather Bergsma comes in with some of the best odds to medal behind a dominant Netherlands team. The four-time world champ didn’t medal in 2014 but is the reigning world champion in two events: the 1000m and 1500m.
What time and how can I watch? Saturday, Feb. 10, Women’s 3,000 meter, 6 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, Men’s 5,000 meter, 2 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, Women’s 1,500 meter, 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, Men’s 1,500 meter, 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, Women’s 1,000 meter, 5 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, Men’s 10,000 meter, 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, Women’s 5,000 meter, 6 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, Men’s team pursuit qualifications, 6 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, Women’s 500 meter, 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, Women’s team pursuit qualifications, 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, Men’s 500 meter, 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, Men’s team pursuit finals, 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, Women’s team pursuit finals, 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, Men’s 1,000 meter, 5 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, Men’s mass start, 6 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, Women’s mass start, 6 a.m.
All times listed in Eastern. NBCOlympics.com will have live coverage of all the events.
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of speed skating?
Well, son. I’ll tell ya. If NASCAR on Ice is something that gets your blood pumping, this is the sport for you. Many races aren’t that long, and they can also bring the excitement of a good track race.
What are the rules of speed skating? Follow-up: What is the weirdest rule of speed skating?
Everyone gets set up from a draw. The draw and skating order is based on how well you did in previous races, and if you sucked, then you’ll be dealt with after the adults have fun. During the start, if you aren’t there when your name is called you’re disqualified. Once skaters get to the starting line, they cannot have their skates touching or ahead of the line, nor can skaters touch the ice before the start.
If you mess up any of that or get in a skating position before the word “ready” is announced, it’s a false start. When the race starts, skaters must change lanes when they interact with the crossing straight near the finish area. You win when you cross the line at the finish first.
What can I talk about to impress the speed skating enthusiast in my life?
I mean, just know who these people are? I don’t know. Ain’t no real magic behind speed skating. Just be faster than the other people, and get that glide well when you comin’ round them turns.
Whose jersey should I buy?
Just get hype for the folks listed above. And if you bout it, bout it and don’t think he’s too old. Root for 35-year-old Shani Davis, who made his fifth Olympics this year.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
Americans are expected to get a few medals and do well. But, like, they ain’t bout to beat up on the Netherlands.
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How to watch freestyle skiing moguls at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
What time is freestyle skiing moguls on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings, and more.
The Winter Olympics are here, which means a lot of snow and a lot of people with things strapped to their feet. One of the more interesting and hectic events is the freestyle skiing moguls event. Moguls are a series of bumps on the slope, and skiers have to navigate this with as much speed and technique as possible.
It’s almost comical at times, like a dirtbike going over a series of bumps, but with a whole lot more grace. It’s one of multiple freestyle skiing events at the Pyeongchang Olympics, alongside aerials, ski cross, half-pipe and slopestyle. Freestyle skiing has been described as a “circus on the snow” and its an apt description. There is so much grace and coordination, but it’s bumpy and chaotic at the same time.
In addition to hitting the moguls, the skiers will also have to hit a couple jumps along the way, incorporating twists and flips if possible. The most important thing for a moguls competitor is a strong base. The knees absorb a massive amount of force going over the moguls themselves, and it’s quite impressive to see a near-perfect run.
What time and how can I watch?
The women’s moguls qualification will take place at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 9. The finals will take place at 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. For the men, the qualification will take place at 9:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. The final will be at 7 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12. NBC will have live streaming coverage of the events.
You can also live stream NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel coverage via FuboTV on your computer or mobile devices.
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of freestyle skiing moguls?
It’s one of the most accessible skiing events, but also one of the coolest to watch. It’s not as intense as aerials, where skiers get 30 feet up in the air, but it’s hectic in a way that feels like the competitors are always right on the edge of losing it.
What are the rules of freestyle skiing moguls? Followup: What’s the weirdest rule?
Competitors ski down a course with rounded bumps — moguls — and twice during the run, they will hit a jump. They must execute a trick, usually a flip that incorporates some kind of horizontal spin. Speed is a factor, but it is not a race. Each run is judged on two components, with five judges determining the score for turns and two judged determining the score for air. Each run will be timed, with speed making up the third component to the score.
As far as weird rules go, they get really specific when it comes to turning. The fall line, carving, absorption, extension, and upper body are all part of what the turning judges consider, and they judge these things to a decimal point.
What can I talk about to impress the freestyle skiing moguls enthusiast in my life?
The fact you know the bumps are actually called moguls is probably a good starting point.
Whose jersey should I buy?
Well, Jaelin Kauf is the woman best-suited to take home the gold for the US.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
American men have one gold medal, one silver medal, and three bronze medals in the history of the event. American women have two gold medals, two silver medals, and two bronze medals in the event’s history.
What’s the best GIF I can watch from freestyle skiing moguls?
Gif via Deadspin.
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281 d ago
How to watch women's figure skating singles at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
What time is women’s figure skating on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings, and more you need.
Karen Chen, Bradie Tennell, and Mirai Nagasu are the faces of the US women’s figure skating team for these Winter Olympics . Tennell, 19, finished first in the 2018 U.S. Championships, with Nagasu, 24, and Chen, 18, taking second and third, respectively. Nagasu is the elder stateswoman of the group. She competed in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and finished fourth. She is the only one representing the U.S. who has competed in a previous Olympics.
The three competitors from the Sochi tournament—Ashley Wagner, Polina Edmunds, and Gracie Gold—are all missing out from a combination of injuries, personal problems, and in Wagner’s case, bad performance. She finished fourth in the U.S. Championships and will be the first alternate.
These current three will bear the responsibility of bringing back the hope to a team that once thought its future was bright, but has underperformed in recent years.
What time and how can I watch?
All competitions can be watched live on: NBC or on NBCOlympics.com and the free NBC Sports app.
Sunday, Feb. 11
9:45 p.m.: Team Event: Ladies’ Short Program
Monday, Feb. 12 — Medals Awarded
9:45 p.m.: Team Event: Ladies’ Free Skate
Wednesday, Feb. 21
8 p.m.: Ladies’ Short Program
Thursday, Feb. 22 — Medals Awarded
8 p.m.: Ladies’ Free Skate
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of women’s figure skating?
Probably the most famous of the winter Olympic sports, the women’s figure skating competition is a beautiful display of ability and grace. Competitors have to be daring, all while appealing to often subjective concepts like aesthetics and whether they are skating with “soul.” It is one of the most difficult sports because of how it is judged and thus, requires the skaters to maintain an inhuman elegance while performing incredibly difficult feats.
What are the rules of women’s figure skating? Follow up: What is the weirdest rule of women’s figure skating?
The skaters are judged on five program component scores: Skating skills, their ability to skate with ease; transitions, what the skater is doing between technical elements (basically, don’t skate without a purpose); performance, which is the art of it; composition, which is how the skater tells the story of their performance on the surface; and interpretation, another abstract concept that can be best explained as the skater skating with their soul. Basically, are they in tune with what they’re doing. Is the skater in flow?
These are graded on quarter increments from 0.25 to 10.00 on an absolute scale.
Competitors can lose points for not skating perfectly along with their music. Or for skating “purposely” between techniques.
What can I talk about to impress the women’s skating enthusiast in my life?
Florence Syers won silver in the men’s competition in 1903 at the London World Championships, when there was no women’s competition. She would then win gold in the 1903 British Championships, before winning back-to-back world titles in 1906 and 1907. A year before figure skating was added to the Olympics.
Whose jersey should I buy?
Out of the three women representing the United States, Bradie Tennell has the best opportunity to medal.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
None of the Americans medaled in the Sochi Olympics and the same is expected this time around. The history of the women in figure skating has been bleak in recent times, but the U.S. still has the highest medal count. If no one medals, then it’s a shoddy competition anyway, but if one of the three does really well, then it’s the resurgence of America in the sport.
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281 d ago
Winter Olympics begin with powerful message of peace
Opening ceremony full of symbolism brings strong emotions in Pyeongchang
Towards the end of an opening ceremony that flitted between vibrancy and schmaltz, an image of two doves appeared on the floor of the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium and the opening bars of John Lennon’s Imagine struck up. As four of South Korea’s most famous singers tried to outdo each by singing each line even more earnestly than the next, the stage was flooded by volunteers holding candles of peace.
You didn’t need a degree in east Asian studies to work out what was happening. This was the International Olympic Committee making a shameless pitch for this year’s Nobel peace prize.
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There will not be an international refugee team competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics
During the 2016 Olympic Games the International Olympic Committee allowed a collective team of refugees to compete as a way of highlighting the global crises of displaced people. There will not be a similar team for this year's Winter Games. 
In an email, a spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee confirmed to Mashable that there would not be a team made up of people who fled their home countries because of conflict or persecution competing in Pyeongchang, South Korea, under the Olympic flag.
SEE ALSO: These LGBTQ Olympians are here to break records (and tiny queer hearts)
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264 d ago Business InsiderThe 61 best photos of the Winter Olympics
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The reasons the Olympics enthrall viewers — the atmosphere, the joy of winning, the agony of defeat, the spectacle of sport — are the same reasons they produce some of the best photos.
The  Winter Olympics have now come to a close, but for over two weeks photographers captured stunning images from the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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265 d ago CNET News :: Gold! 5 best social-media memes of the 2018 Winter Olympics - CNET
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Commentary: From kids licking cameras to relatives shotgunning beers to Mario winning gold, it was an Olympics to remember.
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264 d ago Time :: Ranking the Best Memes of the 2018 Winter Olympics
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The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea have had no shortage of noteworthy moments , from the American women’s hockey team finally defeating their longtime rivals from Canada to win gold to the sensual choreography that not only netted Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir a gold medal , but had the whole word shipping a romance for the ice dancing pair. However, it won’t be just the medals awarded to athletes and displays of nationalism that will be immortalized in Olympic history following the Winter games in PyeongChang — thanks to the Internet, viral moments will live forever in our hearts and minds . With that in mind, we’ve taken the liberty — nay, the responsibility and the honor — of awarding our own Olympic medal rankings to the most noteworthy and meme-able moments of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Let the games begin.
The Tongan Flag Bearer’s Glistening, Shirtless Chest
Pita Taufatoufa may have finished 114th in his program for cross-country skiing at the Winter Games, but when it came to fan love, the Tongan athlete took home top honors. Taufatoufua, who became a favorite of Olympics enthusiasts everywhere when he made a shirtless and well-oiled debut at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio as the flag bearer for Tonga, defied convention this year by becoming one of the rare athletes who compete in both the Winter and Summer Olympics, swapping out taekwondo for cross-country skiing, a sport he picked up less than a year ago. Much to the delight of everyone, Taufatoufa appeared shirtless once again as the flag bearer for Tonga during the Winter Games opening and closing ceremonies , a true feat when you consider how much more frigid the temperatures were in PyeongChang than Rio.
Ranking: Gold
Taufatoufa’s willingness to bare his chest for his country (and his many, many Olympics fans) is a selfless and thoughtful feat that should be celebrated with an honor of the highest order.
Let us all agree to henceforth measure intervals of time by biennial appearances of Pita, the Tonga flag bearer. pic.twitter.com/eXKI0XF7bK
— Hillary Warned Us (@HillaryWarnedUs) February 9, 2018
Bermuda: Its not that cold. We can wear shorts.
Tonga guy: Hold my beer #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/i4z8Btrvdm
— Nick Murray (@NickMurray91) February 9, 2018
Alex Kang-chan Kam and His Surprise Stunner Shades
In addition to being an impressive figure skater, Alex Kang-chan Kam is also a master of the Internet, something he splashily confirmed when he effectively made himself into a viral meme and Internet sensation ( making it to the front page of Reddit, check it ) by removing a pair of sunglasses adorned with the Olympic rings on it only to reveal that he was wearing another mirrored pair of shades beneath the first. If the move seemed calculated, that’s because it probably was — Kam took to Reddit to thank the Internet for their support of his viral moment, which he joked, “mean more to me than Olympic gold medals on this blessed day.”
Ranking: Bronze
Kam’s enthusiasm for Internet gold was only matched by the Internet’s enthusiasm for him.
This South Korean gentleman just won the entire Olympics. #PyeongChang2018 #Olympics pic.twitter.com/ZW7ZOwIZ4G
— SouthernSportsNation (@SoSportsNation) February 12, 2018
감강찬 선수의 오륜 선글라스 퍼포먼스!😎😆 #감강찬 #대한민국 #피겨스케이팅 #평창동계올림픽 #2018평창 #올림픽 #AlexKangChanKam #Korea #FigureSkating #PyeongChang2018 #Olympics @alex_kambam pic.twitter.com/5XzSZMrEPJ
— 올림픽 (@olympiko) February 19, 2018
Kim Eun-jung, captain of South Korea’s Garlic Girls and also our hearts
South Korea’s women’s curling team is nicknamed the “ Garlic Girls ,” because their main players come from the Uiseong region, known for being a major garlic producer in Korea. Now, however, Uiseong will have another claim to fame: being the birthplace of Kim Eun-jung, the stoic skip (a sort of team captain) of the Garlic Girls, who won a silver in the 2018 Winter Games, the first medal that their country has ever received in the Olympics for curling. Kim Eun-jung’s game face during the competitions— a sort of cross between a somber poker face and a “take no prisoners” stare down of concentration, intensified by her trademark spectacles — quickly became a favorite talking point for the web.
Ranking: Gold
Kim Eun-jung and the Garlic Girls may have lost the gold medal to Sweden, but when it comes to serious-as-hell game faces, she’s our golden girl for life.
The many faces of Kim Eun-jung aka 'Annie,' the leader of S Korea's women's curling team, 'Garlic Girls' pic.twitter.com/oQVP2K1PJn
— Joseph Kim (@josungkim) February 20, 2018
모두 안경언니하세요~ #안경언니 pic.twitter.com/wqwEn0WJZg
— 순수하게 상쾌하게 부드럽게 (@PvwJiFhzp1IStXu) February 20, 2018
This Show-stealing Kid Licking a Camera
When you’re at the Winter Games with the likes of Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir for on-air talent, it takes a lot to steal the spotlight, but a young Olympic fan managed to do just that by attempting to lick a video camera that captured his hilarious pursuit in all its glory.
Ranking: Silver
While this precocious kid wasn’t actually successful in licking the camera, we’re giving him extra points for the confidence and acumen it took to even attempt the feat.
Early breakout star of the Olympics is the small child who really wanted to know what an NBC camera tastes like pic.twitter.com/PFKEO2VGXL
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) February 9, 2018
Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir’s Affinity for Hunger Games Fashion
Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir’s sass-abundant skating commentary is basically its own Olympic sport , but their over-the-top and extravagant fashion during the Olympics had viewers comparing their commentary to another intense competition: the Hunger Games . And while Lipinski and Weir’s fashion sensibilities may skew towards the extreme (she brought 9 suitcases to PyeongChang, while he brought 13,) they both had a healthy sense of humor about their Hunger Game comparisons.
Ranking: Gold
When it comes to fashion (and the Internet,) it appears that the odds are definitely in this pair’s favor.
What I think about every time I see them on the #OlympicGames2018 #maytheoddsbeinyourfavor pic.twitter.com/eSMI2aF5Cq
— Darren (@darrendman) February 15, 2018
Johnny Weir heading right to the Hunger Games after the ice skating. #olympics pic.twitter.com/e6wUKnc37N
— Jon McGrath (@Jon_McGrath) February 16, 2018
I get it. Mommy loves it. #olympics pic.twitter.com/BKbPooflu9
— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) February 12, 2018
Matt Hamilton’s Striking Resemblance to Super Mario
US curler Matt Hamilton tickled the fancy of the collective Internet when he took to the ice in a red outfit and hat, that when paired with his sizable mustache, made him look like a real-life Super Mario . Needless to say, social media exploded with plenty of memes about Hamilton’s mustachioed Mario look, going so viral that it earned not only a co-sign from Team USA, but Hamilton himself.
Ranking: Gold
A meme so good that it captures not only the attention of the Internet, but its subject and Team USA? That’s worth a gold medal.
Just watching the olympics during my night class and we have Mario on our curling team!! #USA #curling #Olympics2018 pic.twitter.com/xqFucdjQdQ
— Jon (@douglasturtle) February 8, 2018
Spot the difference. @MattJamilton pic.twitter.com/s1XxSYqnsw
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) February 8, 2018
It’s a Me and @heccabamilton playing Sweden in game three! Live stream at 6:30EST through @NBCSN app!! Can I get a #HamFam ?! Where you all watching from tonight? #TeamUSA #teamhamiltons #curling #MixedDoublesCurling @usacurl pic.twitter.com/tHBSbOl3As
— Matt Hamilton (@MattJamilton) February 8, 2018
The Bromance of Our Times, Yuzuru Hanyu and Javier Fernandez
While Japanese skater Yuzuru Hanyu’s skating prowess and seeming advocacy for Winnie-the-Pooh could have easily captured the attention of Olympics fans, it was his beautiful display of friendship with competitor Javier Fernandez that fans lost it over. While Hanyu and Fernandez have competed against each other for years, during that time, they’ve also developed a close friendship that transcends their competition on the ice rink.
Ranking: Silver
Bromance will always medal, no matter what the competition.
Name me a better sports bromance than Yuzuru Hanyu and Javier Fernandez??????????? Don’t worry I’ll wait pic.twitter.com/VSikJIFyXM
— YUZURU HANYU (@taekookstress) February 13, 2018
i love yuzuru hanyu and javier fernandez with all my heart pic.twitter.com/71QOjyXZtJ
— 🥀 Tia (@caressyoon) February 16, 2018
Elizabeth Swaney’s Simple Run
Elizabeth Swaney’s journey to the 2018 Winter Olympics is both unconventional and long. The freeskier, who was born in the U.S. but competed in the Winter Games for Hungary, made a splash on the Internet when she did a simple skiing run that had zero tricks, unlike her competitors. Her performance, which gave off an air of cool nonchalance and seeming insouciance because of its simplicity, became the topic of debate when it was discovered that she qualified for the Olympics just by attending enough World Cup events. Despite those who might fuss about her unorthodox road to the Olympics, which had been a lifelong goal for Swaney, the Hungarian skier stated that she was just trying to “do the best for myself and represent Hungary as best as I can.”
Ranking: Bronze
Elizabeth Swaney’s Olympic ski run may not have come close to netting her a medal, but her viral status on the Internet shows that all her effort was not for naught.
How freeskier Elizabeth Swaney made it to the #WinterOlympics with this very simple halfpipe run: https://t.co/enfDyoQjGC pic.twitter.com/kHTAV7XND4
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 20, 2018
Monday Goal: have the irrational self-confidence of #ElizabethSwaney after completing the worst performance in Olympic history. pic.twitter.com/5NGaBRm29N
— Ben Holcomb (@BenjaminHolcomb) February 19, 2018

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272 d ago The Guardian :: Winter Olympics 2018: day nine from Pyeongchang – live!
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Latest medal table | Full event schedule Christie in doubt for 1000m heats | Woods misses slopestyle medal Russian athlete reportedly fails drugs test | Day nine gallery Email Ben | or tweet @benfisherj

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Just the four stones to come in this eleventh and final end.
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GB take a timeout with four stones remaining. Italy have just drawn a stone but neither have exactly asserted their authority on this end. Viktor Kjell, the coach, comes down to join in the conversation. Italy look pretty smug they’ve caused this.
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272 d ago USA Today :: The five best only-at-the-Olympics moments from 2018 Winter Games
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From South Korea's skeleton gold, to Shaun White, to Mexico's German Madrazo to the shocking win by Ester Ledecka in the Super-G.
         
 
 

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269 d ago Business InsiderWhy some female Olympic athletes are referred to as 'ladies' instead of 'women'
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The naming of events at the Winter Olympics offers an odd inconsistency in which female athletes are sometimes referred to as "women" and others are "ladies." It turns out the IOC does not have an editorial stance on which term to use and defers to the individual sports.
A new program aimed at eliminating the portrayal of gender bias could lead to more consistency in how events are named.

At the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, 2,952 athletes are expected to compete and 43% of them are female, an all-time high.
Despite the record numbers, the games still seemingly can't agree on one small detail — should the female athletes be referred to as "women" or "ladies"? See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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274 d ago SB Nation :: Make 3-on-3 basketball a Winter Olympics sport
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It’s slotted to be a Summer Olympics event in 2020, but we have a better place for it.
The Summer Olympics are packed with fascinating, popular, and high-profile sports.
Track and field is the historic centerpiece of the games, and swimming (with its 2,156 different events) is a huge deal. Gymnastics is big. Volleyball, beach and indoor, are draws. To some extent depending on who shows up to compete, there’s tennis and golf. The soccer world sends its best young players. You have weightlifting, martial arts, boxing, badminton, rowing, boating, cycling, table tennis, fencing, rugby, wrestling, field hockey, shooting, horsey-riding, water polo, and new in 2020, skateboarding. You have the world’s most underappreciated sport: team handball!
The Winter Olympics has far less, and a relatively limited number of indoor sports — speedskating, figure skating slash ice dancing, curling, and hockey. Everything else is outdoor, where it is usually cold given the need for, uh, snow and ice. Outdoor sports are subject to the whims of the jet streams. Skiing has suffered some major delays in Pyeongchang this week.
Some have argued that because the Summer Games are packed and the Winter Olympics are not, basketball should be moved from the former to the latter. Basketball is, after all, a winter sport.
This will never happen for precisely one reason: The NBA is in season in February, and in fact has its All-Star Weekend in February and will not pause an already too-long season every fourth year for an Olympic break. A number of NBA franchise owners already oppose participation in the summer, preferring their well-paid stars rest or train instead of playing for their countries.
But the International Olympic Committee agreed to add 3x3 basketball to the Summer Olympics beginning in the 2020 Tokyo Games. This is a game we all know and love, newly formalized by FIBA, the international governing body for basketball. The problem is that the best basketball players in the world haven’t been competing in FIBA’s 3x3 tournaments. No offense to the athletes who have won those derbies and who are fighting for spots in Tokyo, but you’re not getting NBA- or Euroleague-level talent in that version of the sport.
What if you moved 3x3 to the Winter Olympics, though?
You wouldn’t get NBA or Euroleague players then, either. But by separating it out from normal basketball and giving it room to breathe, you could build interest in this version of the sport.
We haven’t yet seen 3x3 in the Olympics, so we don’t know what kind of reception it will receive. Odds are, though, it will be completely overshadowed by 5-on-5 men’s basketball, at least in the United States. LeBron, Durant, and Anthony Davis facing off against Joel Embiid’s Cameroon or Luka Doncic’s Slovenia or Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Greece or Kristaps Porzingis ’ Latvia or Ben Simmons ’ Australia ... or guys you’ve never heard of in a sport you’ve only watched retired NBA stars play?
Ah yes, the BIG3, one of the most surprising breakout stars of 2017. The BIG3 is essentially a domestic 3x3 men’s league populated by retired or fringe NBA players. It did surprisingly well on TV in its debut season . The quality of players for Season 2 is rising dramatically , though nearly all have still aged out of the NBA. If anything will build thirst for competitive 3x3 basketball in the United States, it will be BIG3 ... not the Olympic version of the sport. (This is where I acknowledge that this argument and plea is fairly America-centric.)
BIG3 is currently a summer league. So is the WNBA. The major international 3x3 tournaments, including the World Cup (being held in Manila this June) and the Olympics, are in the summer. (The United State is sending a women’s team to Manila, but not a men’s team.)
If you’re not going to get current NBA and top-flight European players to participate anyway, there’s no reason to focus 3x3 basketball as a summer sport. Bring it to the winter! Hold January or February tournaments, and lobby to move the sport from the Summer Olympics to the Winter Olympics. You could potentially get BIG3 players to try out for the United States national team, and perhaps WNBA players without overseas commitments would be game.
The Winter Games are replete with niche sports and are heavily Eurocentric. But 3x3 basketball wouldn’t be. The sport has huge potential (as seen from its fast rise to Olympic status and the BIG3’s success). Giving it the breathing room it deserves away from traditional 5-on-5 basketball could help it along.
What’s there to lose?

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274 d ago The Guardian :: Seasonal jobs: athletes competing at Summer and Winter Olympics
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By competing at Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018, Tonga’s bare-chested flag-bearer joins a select few in Olympic history
With his shirtless appearances at the opening ceremonies in Rio and Pyeongchang, Tonga’s Pita Taufatofua has become the very public face of athletes who have competed at both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Taufatofua switched his discipline from taekwondo in Brazil in 2016, to cross-country skiing in South Korea this year, joining the rare breed of athletes who have been able to take part in both types of Olympic games. There are just 161 of them in total.
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274 d ago USA Today :: Alex Ovechkin wishes he could be facing Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics
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Russia-born Capitals star hasn't had much time to watch Olympic hockey but will be rooting for Olympic Athletes of Russia in game against Americans.
         
 
 

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273 d ago USA Today :: 2018 Winter Olympics: How is Team USA doing?
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After hopefuls Lindsey Vonn and Nathan Chen fell short of the podium, speedskater John-Henry Kreuger came for the United States.
         
 
 

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277 d ago Business InsiderHere's why athletes are getting stuffed animals on the podium at the Winter Olympics
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At the Winter Olympics , athletes are being presented with stuffed tigers after they win medals.  The tiger — named Soohorang — is the official mascot of the Pyeongchang Games .  The athletes still get medals — they're just handed out at a ceremony later in the night, rather than right after the event. 

Viewers taking in the action at the Pyeongchang Games might be wondering why athletes appear to be receiving small stuffed tigers instead of medals. But the tigers aren't replacing medals at the 2018 Games — they are just an added bonus. 
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265 d ago Fox News :: US Winter Olympics 2018 medal winners
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Team USA made history at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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277 d ago USA Today :: Winter Olympics luge: Athletes accept the risk of crashes and danger
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American Emily Sweeney was able to walk away from a scary-looking crash during Tuesday's women's singles competition.
         
 
 

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278 d ago Business Insider :: Here are the best foods from Pyeongchang that Winter Olympics athletes can try
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The 2018 Winter Olympics are located in Pyeongchang, South Korea. There is tons of variety to Korean food, with many mouthwatering dishes that are specific to Pyeongchang and the surround region. Some of the dishes that Winter Olympics athletes and attendees can try include a spicy stir-fried chicken dish called dakgalbi and a soft tofu called chodang sundubu that tastes a little like ice cream.
 
As a middle schooler growing up in South Korea, I still vividly remember the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. At the time, the country  was a burgeoning democracy , and South Koreans were proud of hosting an international mega event.
I’ve since become a hospitality professor and researcher in the U.S. And thanks to the growing popularity of Korean culture (dubbed the “ Hallyu ” or “ Korean Wave ”), I tend to get asked a lot about Korean food.
Now, 30 years later, South Korea’s second Olympic Games – and its first Winter Games – are being held in Pyeongchang in Gangwon province (or Gangwon-do). Coincidentally, I recently received a message from a former student who was planning to visit Pyeongchang because her cousin, Jacqueline Wiles, will be competing for the U.S. alpine ski team.
She wanted to know more about the foods she should try.
“Lucky you,” I thought, “because there are almost too many to name.”
The Pyeongchang area is known as 'potato valley'
With its beautiful landscapes and relaxed beach towns, Gangwon-do is known as one of the best and most convenient  winter escapes  for many Seoulites.
Located along the eastern coast of the peninsula in northeast South Korea, the region faces the East Sea. But about three-quarters of the province is covered by mountainous forest, which means there’s very little farmland. The province is divided into two regions: Yeongseo in the west and Yeongdong in the east, where Pyeongchang is located.
Such an environment – surrounded by mountains but bordering the sea – creates the conditions  for cuisine that’s unique to the region .
Dishes tend to include some combination of potato, corn, buckwheat or seafood. (In Korea, people from Gangwon-do are actually called “folks from Potato Valley.”)
In the Yeongdong region, seafood is a main fare. At the Jumunjin Fish Market, the largest fish market on South Korea’s east coast, vendors sell red snow crab, octopus, mackerel, sole, flounder and a whole medley of sashimi. Nearby restaurants  will cook seafood by request , either steaming, boiling, grilling, frying, or even including it in a soup or stew.
In the Yeongseo region – with its rocky terrain – potato, millet, corn, buckwheat and mountain vegetables are the main ingredients in most dishes.  Potatoes will be used  for pastas, pancakes, dumplings or snacks.
Overall, the province’s food is simple, healthy, and can appeal to a global palate. The cooking method – which accentuates the natural flavors and aromas of the ingredients – is also rather uncomplicated.
The following are a sampling of several delicious dishes that are typical of the region:
Gamja ongsimi – a potato dumpling soup – is a vegetarian option. The potatoes are grated, drained, squeezed, and mixed with potato starch. Then it’s boiled in a broth with vegetables. This is a popular winter dish. Wikimedia Commons
A soft tofu called Chodang sundubu is another vegetarian option. During the congealing process – which goes through several steps – salt water from the East Sea is used. Republic of Korea/Flickr
This is a soft, light version of tofu, perfect for a soup or stew. But my favorite way of eating it is eating fresh – after steaming it with a bit of soy sauce and sesame oil.
It’s so light and soft that it’s almost like eating ice cream.

Dakgalbi (spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables) and makguksu (buckwheat noodle) are two dishes – usually served together – that are popular in Chuncheon, the capital of Gangwon-do. Chloe Lim/Flickr
The dakgalbi is seasoned and deboned chicken stir-fried with sliced rice cake, sweet potato, perilla leaves and cabbage. In restaurants, the spicy, sweet and meaty dish is usually served on the same tableside hot grill that it’s been cooked on.
Its companion, makguksu, is a buckwheat noodle served either in a chilled broth or with a sauce. The harmony of heat and coldness showcase the yin and yang of this frugal but filling meal.

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278 d ago Business Insider :: Here's why so many athletes have the letters 'OAR' on their uniforms at the Winter Olympics
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At the Winter Olympics , many athletes are competing with the acronym "OAR" on their uniforms. It stands for "Olympic Athlete from Russia." Russia was banned from the Winter Olympics because of evidence of widespread doping among athletes. But the 169 athletes who passed a specialized screening process were still allowed to compete.  These athletes are competing under the Olympic flag instead of the Russian flag. 

There are 169 Russian athletes competing at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang , but they're not officially representing their home country. Instead, they're identified by the acronym OAR: Olympic Athlete from Russia.
That designation is the result of a punishment handed down by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) back in December. After an investigation uncovered evidence of widespread, state-sponsored doping at the Sochi Games, Russia's team was barred from the Pyeonchang Olympics , the AP reported. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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277 d ago BBCWinter Olympics: Why ice hockey is missing biggest NHL stars
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The world's best ice hockey players are absent from the Olympics because of a row with the NHL. BBC Sport explains the stand-off.
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277 d ago The Guardian :: Did the NHL kill men's ice hockey at the Winter Olympics?
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The world’s best league has banned its employees from competing in South Korea. But there’s still the chance to watch the world’s greatest female players
When the 1980 US men’s hockey team upset the Soviet Union and went on to win gold, they did it with a roster full of little known players. Thirty-eight years later, Team USA will try to win its first gold since the “ Miracle On Ice ” featuring a similar roster of unknowns and no names.
Mark Arcobello, a 5ft 8in, 29-year old forward who last played in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs two seasons ago and now draws a paycheck from Bern SC of the Swiss-A league, where he is a top scorer. Defenseman Jonathon Blum, a 2007 first-round pick of the Nashville Predators who struggled to stick in the NHL and has instead spent his last three seasons in Russia’s KHL. Goalie David Leggio, a 33-year old minor league veteran now playing out his career in Germany. Players with similarly middling resumes fill up most of the rest of the 25 roster spots for the US team that will open play on Wednesday against Slovenia. Meanwhile, some 10,000km away on the very same day, American hockey superstar Auston Matthews will play the Columbus Blue Jackets in Toronto.
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279 d ago The Daily BeastNordic Combined 2018 Olympics: Full Schedule and How to Watch
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The 2018 Winter Games Nordic combined event starts Sunday, Feb. 11 at 1 a.m. ET. Trainings will last until Wednesday, Feb. 14, followed by the first competition ski jumping round. But to get excited to watch (even more excited, however, if you tuned into the Opening Ceremony festivities), let’s establish what the Nordic combined is exactly.
Put simply, the Nordic combine is a ski event that merges both ski jumping and cross-country skiing , hence the “combine” part of the name. Each athlete competes in a jump and then takes part in a cross-country event, broken down by individual sprints and 4X5 km men’s and 3X3.3 km events, after. According to the Team USA site, the competition is evolving and this year judging may place emphasis on the jumping aspect of the “combine.” The specific events themselves are named after Norwegian Gunder Gundersen , a Nordic combine athlete.
The term Nordic comes from where the sport originated: in Norway. The country has dominated the event since much like the other skii sports, cross-country skiing in particular. Norway's Jan Schmid is the athlete to beat this year: Schmid has already won the pre-Olympic world cup event in the Nordic combine category. But the Americans may spice things up. Siblings Bryan and Taylor Fletcher will both compete in the event. Taylor in particular is one of the fastest cross-country skiers. Only time—and air—will literally tell.
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278 d ago SB Nation :: How to watch Nordic combined at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
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What time is nordic combined on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings and more you need.
Nordic combined is the intersection of two extremes. On one side, you’ve got low-key cross-country skiing, a battle of endurance across snow-covered meadows and up-and-down rolling hills in a race that can take hours to complete. On the other side, you’ve got ski jumping, 10 frantic seconds of soaring through the air, measured not only by distance but the style with which you fall.
And the Nordic combined mashes the two together to see what kind of lunatic can do both best.
Winter Olympics competitors will start their day with a refreshing leap from a mountain before a frenzied cross-country ski race that will determine 2018’s medalists. There are three events in the Nordic combined arena this winter — a normal-hill discipline, a large-hill discipline, and a team event that changes the traditional 10K ski into a four-man, 20K race. The staggered start times and frenzied finishes make the Nordic combined an underrated standout in a sea of Olympic events.
What time and how can I watch? Men’s normal hill Date: Feb. 14, 2018 Time: Ski jump - 1 a.m. ET, 10K race — 3:45 a.m ET Location: Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre, Pyeongchang, South Korea TV: NBC Sports Network Streaming: NBC Sports Men’s large hill Date: Feb. 20, 2018 Time: Ski jump - 5 a.m. ET, 10K race — 7:45 a.m ET Location: Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre, Pyeongchang, South Korea TV: NBC Sports Network Streaming: NBC Sports Team large hill Date: Feb. 22, 2018 Time: Ski jump - 2:30 a.m. ET, 4x5K race — 5:20 a.m ET Location: Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre, Pyeongchang, South Korea TV: NBC Sports Network Streaming: NBC Sports
You can also live stream NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel coverage via FuboTV on your computer or mobile devices.
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of Nordic combined skiing?
Do you like short bursts of excitement, followed by long, grueling tests of endurance? Nordic combined basically mashes up the most boring and most insane things you can do on skis, then crowns a champion based on the competitors’ guts-to-lung-capacity ratio. First comes the ski jump. Then, survivors are shuttled to a medium-distance cross-county skiing race (10 kilometers for individuals and a 20-kilometer relay race for four-person teams) to burn off the adrenaline created from their controlled fall down a mountain. There’s a lull in the middle, but these events start and end with a bang.
What are the rules of Nordic combined skiing?
The ski jumping part is judged on two components: distance and style. The distance part is self-explanatory, while style points are awarded for everything from to form to landing and, most importantly, a jumper’s ability to not visibly cry while airborne. There are also points awarded for gate and wind factors to ensure fairness across the board.
The cross-country event is based on the results from the ski jump. The top-ranked jumper gets a head start on the rest of the field. Just how much of a head start depends on how badly he’s beaten his competition -- each point on the ski jump leaderboard equals a four-second advantage. If the man in first place carried a 1 1/2-point lead over his closest competitor, he’d start six seconds ahead of him.
All the racers’ start times are staggered according to their ski jump performance. From there, it’s a race to the finish -- first man across the line wins.
What can I talk about to impress the Nordic combined skiing enthusiast in my life?
Women’s Nordic combined isn’t an Olympic event. That’s messed up, but it’s a result of ski jumping not being a women’s event until the 2014 Games in Sochi. The inclusion of women’s jumpers has helped clear a space for women in the combined event. The U.S. held its first women’s national championship in 2017 in preparation of the sport’s inclusion in 2022 and beyond.
Whose jersey should I buy?
Make it a throwback and go with Felix Gottwald. The retired Austrian is one of his country’s most decorated athletes with seven medals — including three golds — in the event. Or, if you want to go with a 2018 favorite, German Eric Frenzel and Japan’s Akito Watabe are both likely to wind up on the podium and pay off your fandom. Frenzel, the 2014 normal-hill gold medalist, has won the individual World Cup title five times over the last five years, while Watabe has won the last three World Cup events leading up to the 2018 Games .
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
It’s skiing, but it’s two skiing events Americans typically don’t care about. The U.S. has only won one gold medal in the event. Bill Demong earned gold on the large hill in 2010.
America rating: One bald eagle (out of five), but ...
What is the sport’s SCANDINAVIA RATING?
This may shock you, but people from Nordic countries LOVE the Nordic combined. Countries from the Scandinavian Peninsula have dominated the sport in the last 92 years. Norway’s 30 medals are more than double the next closest country. Finland, with 14 comes in second. That’s because these countries consist solely of long stretches of snowy fields, and the only way to commute to work is via ski jump.
Scandinavia rating: Five salmiakki (out of five and god what did I just eat, it burns)
What’s the best GIF I can watch from Nordic combined skiing?
SKI JUMPERS ARE NEVER SAFE.

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278 d ago SB Nation :: How to watch skeleton at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
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What time is skeleton on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings, and more you need.
If you’ve ever taken a running leap and thrown yourself headfirst down an icy hill, then skeleton is your jam. If you’re looking for inspirational Americans, you’ve come to the right place.
After popping a groove (that’s bad) in final run at the 2014 games in Sochi, John Daly fell out of medal contention. Daly retired from the sport completely for two years before returning in time to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics . His teammate Matt Antoine took home the bronze at Sochi, but almost walked away to deal with situational depression .
On the women’s side, Katie Uhlaender will be making her fourth Olympic appearance. She’s had a dozen different surgeries on everything from her knees her liver. Kendall Wesenberg tried out for the national team on a dare from one of her siblings. She’s making her Olympic debut and is the first American woman to win a European Cup title.
What time and how can I watch?
Men’s competition: Feb. 14 (8 p.m. ET); Feb. 15 (7:30 p.m.)
Women’s competition: Feb. 16 (6:20 a.m.); Feb. 17 (6:20 a.m.)
They can be watched live through NBCOlympics.com or the NBC Sports app.
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of skeleton?
Who doesn’t want to spend their days sledding down hills at ludicrous speed? As Uhlaender told NPR, “It is the perfect combination of meathead and freestyle zen athlete.”
What are the rules of skeleton? Follow up: What is the weirdest rule of skeleton?
There’s not much you need to know. There are no steering mechanisms sleds, so sliders (skeleton term) use their head and shoulders to steer. There are also no brakes. There are four heats over two days. Fastest cumulative time wins.
What can I talk about to impress the skeleton enthusiast in my life?
This is a battle with gravity, so the launch is paramount. Sliders begin by sprinting about 30 yards with one hand on the sled in a crouched position. Once they have settled into the sled, form is everything. Chins are tucked just a few inches off the ice, so watch for involuntary head bobs. Really, the whole thing will be over in less than a minute, so just hang on tight. And watch out for the wall.
Whose jersey should I buy?
Latvia’s Martins Dukurs is an eight-time World Cup champion, but he has yet to breakthrough with gold at the Olympics, winning the silver in 2010 and 2014. His brother, Tomass, is also an accomplished slider, but Martins has won 90 percent of their competitions. Just go with Dukurs on the back and you should be fine.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
Skeleton began in the Alps and was an immediate favorite of British and American tourists. The U.S. has won the most medals, while the Brits have dominated the women’s competition. The American contingent is delightfully bad ass, so we’ll give it three screaming eagles.
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278 d ago SB Nation :: How to watch bobsled (2-person) at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
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What time is bobsledding on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings and more you need.
Bobsledding finds itself in the national spotlight exactly once every four years – right about now, when competitors from around the world go down icy tracks at the Winter Olympics . They’ll do that again in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the site of 2018’s Winter Games.
There are two types of bobsledding in the Olympic program – two-person and four-person. We’re here to talk about the two-sledder variety, which has both a men’s and women’s competition. This will be the 20th Games for two-man bobsledding and the fifth for two-women, which joined the program for the 2002 games in Utah.
The United States has only fared OK in two-person bobsledding. The men have never won gold in the event, while the women have medaled each year but not taken gold since the event’s inaugural year in the women’s program. Germany’s won the last three golds in the men’s competition, and Canada has topped the women’s field the last two times.
What time and how can I watch?
The two-man competition begins on Feb. 18, when there are two preliminary runs at 6:05 a.m. ET and 7:30 a.m. ET. You can stream those here . The medal heats begin at 6:15 a.m. ET the next day, on Feb. 19. You can stream those here , on NBC’s website. You can also live stream NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel coverage via Fubo.TV on your computer or mobile devices.
The two-women competition begins on Feb. 20, with two runs at 6:05 a.m. ET. You can stream those here . The medal heats begin at 6:40 a.m. on Feb. 21 and can be streamed here .
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of two-person bobsledding?
Because bobsledding is cool as hell. That’s not even a Cool Runnings joke, though the 1993 cult classic about the Jamaican bobsled team that competed at the 1988 games in Calgary is an amazing story. Related: the Jamaican women are in the field this year, as is a Nigerian team.
What are the rules of bobsledding? Follow up: What is the weirdest rule of bobsledding?
In this event, it’s pretty simple: Two people get into a sled and ride it down an icy track, trying to get there in a faster time than the opposition. (They don’t go at the same time, because the track is thin and can only accommodate one sled at a time, reasonably.)
The weirdest rule? Probably this one :
“The maximum weight for the sled including the crew, runners and other equipment: 390kg (860 pounds) for 2-man bobsled, 630kg (1,389 pounds) for 4-man bobsled and 325kg (717 pounds) for women’s bobsled.”
What can I talk about to impress the bobsled enthusiast in my life?
If talking about Cool Runnings fails, you can talk about how the team from some country should really consider making some changes to its bobsled lineup. You can sound smart by saying that teams can make substitutions of anyone except the pilot, who’s the one riding up front.
Whose jersey should I buy?
Get yourself a nice, full-body compression suit with the colors of the German flag on it. The Germans are the world’s greatest bobsledding people, generally speaking.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
A respectable yet restrained 7/10. Americans have won seven bobsledding golds, more than any country except Germany and Switzerland.
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278 d ago SB Nation :: How to watch bobsled (4-man) at the Winter Olympics: A guide to understanding and appreciating the sport
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What time is bobsledding on at the Olympics? Plus all the rules, streaming information, listings and more you need.
It’s rare that a sport in America is beloved not for our own involvement. But that’s what four-man bobsledding is thanks to our friends at Disney. The famous movie Cool Runnings made us all fall in love with the Jamaican bobsled team, and root for them.
But this is a Winter Olympics year, so we should at least pretend to root for the folks in stars and stripes.
I was under the impression that the activity would be quite fun, perhaps even an enjoyable experience for those in the bobsleigh. But my colleague, Morgan Moriarty, recently got a quote from a former football player turned bobsledder , Sam McGuffie, which explains to me that, no, it is not fun at all.
“It’s different than you think,” McGuffie said of going down the ice. “You look at it ‘oh, it looks smooth, it’s just going down the ice, it’s a joyride’ — it’s nothing like that. It’s totally polar opposite of that, it’s violent. It’s like being put in a garbage can and being kicked down a flight of stairs for a minute straight.”
Either way, that description has me hyped for the competition.
What time and how can I watch?
The four-man bobsleigh competition takes off during the second week of Olympic coverage with two days of action.
Feb. 23 — The main competition day in prime time on NBC. Feb. 24 — The gold medal runs, also in prime time on NBC.
NBCOlympics.com will have a live stream of all events. You can also live stream NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel coverage via Fubo.TV on your computer or mobile devices.
Why should I quit my job and become a lifelong devotee of four-man bobsleigh?
It really is everything Americans like. Speed, danger, teamwork and, most importantly, it’s short. Runs are only about a minute long, so there’s not a long attention span needed.
What are the rules of bobsled? Follow up: What is the weirdest rule of bobsled?
The bobsleigh comes in two-person, four-person and the excellently named MONOBOB versions. It was invented by the Swiss in the 1860s because I guess they just really wanted to bomb down mountain ranges at high speeds for no reason. The jig proceeds as such for the four-man: Four people run behind the sled to get it going, then hop in for a ride in which speeds can exceed 80 miles per hour.
The start was such a big deal that rules had to be made to stop really big guys getting put on teams to help push .
By the 1950s, the critical importance of the start had been recognized and athletes with explosive strength from other sports were drawn to bobsledding. In 1952, a critical rule change limiting the total weight of crew and sled ended the era of the super heavyweight bobsledder and rebalanced the sport as an athletic contest.
What can I talk about to impress the bobsleigh enthusiast in my life?
There’s actually very little steering involved because that gets the bobsleigh out of whack. You actually want to keep the thing going straight as best you can and be proactive instead of reactive because of the speeds.
Whose jersey should I buy?
You should get you a Steven Holcomb jersey if there are such things. The three-time gold medal winner and 10-time world champion was found dead in his sleep eight months ago. He was one of the U.S.’s top pilots, and Holcomb helped end our 62-year medal drought in the four-man event.
What is the sport’s AMERICA RATING?
If we’re doing this on a scale from one-to-’MERICA, McGuffie breaks it down in perfectly red, white, and blue terms.
“You have to be physical, you have to be fast, you have to be strong,” McGuffie said. “You can’t just be mediocre at both, you have to be 99 to 100 percentile in those aspects so, its tough, but it translates pretty well. Running back, it’s all explosive movements, and that’s what it is in bobsled basically, you have to explode off the line, off the block, and you’re hitting a 1000-pound sled, so you have to have power and speed to get it going.”
What’s the best GIF I can watch from 4-man bobsled?
Cool. Runnings.

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