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W2W4 during Pyeongchang: Nathan Chen looks to rebound, Lindsey Vonn creates debut

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Team USA suffered a double reversal Friday (Thursday dusk in a U.S.). Just as Mikaela Shiffrin fell brief of a award in slalom, Nathan Chen stumbled by his brief module in a men’s singles event. Heading into a giveaway program, he is in a 17th position (out of a 24 competent skaters), behind both his U.S. teammates, Adam Rippon and Vincent Zhou.

It’s a vast day for Team Germany as biathlete Laura Dahlmeier will contest to win her third bullion award this Olympics. She will turn a initial German lady (since reunification) and a fourth biathlete ever to do so if she wins.

Germany’s Andreas Wellinger won his initial particular bullion in a normal mountain ski jumping eventuality final week. When he comes behind for a vast mountain eventuality Saturday, he will demeanour to take home his second Pyeongchang gold.

With that, here are a tip things to watch:

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  • Figure skating

    Men’s singles, giveaway module (Friday, 8 p.m. ET/Saturday, 10 a.m. internal time): If there was any china backing in Nathan Chen’s catastrophic opening in a group eventuality progressing in a Olympics, maybe it was that he got it out of his system. But a violence continued into a brief module Friday. Chen fell on his initial quadruple lutz, converted a second quad into a triple, did not do a imperative mixed burst and stumbled on another triple. He finished during No. 17 (with 82.27), 29 points behind fortifying champion Yuzuru Hanyu from Japan. Chen is also behind his U.S. teammates, Rippon and Zhou, going into a giveaway movement Saturday.

    Hanyu enraptured a throng with a ideal brief program, his initial rival movement given October. He suffered vinculum repairs on his ankle in November, and experts wondered possibly he could give his best. He did. He was seemly as ever and aced his quad loop and quad-triple combination. He scored 111.68, usually bashful of violence his possess universe record. Does he have it in him to final for 4½ mins in a giveaway movement and win his second uninterrupted Olympic gold?

    Another Japanese skater, Shoma Uno, finished in a tip 3 after a brief program, usually 7 points behind Hanyu. Unless something variable happens in a giveaway program, it looks as if Japan will take home during slightest one award in men’s singles.

    Prediction: Not Nathan Chen. Yuzuru Hanyu looks set to repeat as Olympic champion after a high brief program. He binds a record-high measure in a giveaway movement and looks to be behind during his best after an ankle damage usually 3 months ago.

    Alpine skiing

    Women’s super-G (Friday, 9 p.m. ET/Saturday 11 a.m. internal time): Team USA’s Lindsey Vonn creates her Pyeongchang entrance in a super-G. After winning a bronze in 2010, Vonn is a usually returning Olympic super-G medalist in a field, as she looks to be a third American with 3 career Olympic Alpine skiing medals.

    It would have been Mikaela Shiffrin’s third true try during Olympic bullion (and third true foe day), had she motionless to race. But she motionless to skip a super-G eventuality to rest adult and get prepared for downhill.

    Switzerland’s Lara Gut, a Sochi bronze medalist in a downhill event, hopes for her initial Olympic bullion going into this event. Gut did not have a best start to her Pyeongchang Olympics tour when she crashed into photographers usually 17 seconds into a hulk slalom foe Thursday. But she reliable that she was excellent and will come behind to foe Saturday. Despite a glitch, she is still a complicated favorite to win a gold.

    Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather, who won china during a 2017 universe championship, is looking for bullion in South Korea. In Sochi, she had to lift out of a super-G eventuality after crashing and injuring her right leg during a lead-up training session.

    Prediction: Vonn, Tina Weirather and Sophia Brigonne.

    Freestyle skiing

    Women’s slopestyle, final (Friday, 11:56 p.m. ET/Saturday, 1:56 p.m. internal time): The reigning Olympic champion in ski slopestyle, Dara Howell, is somewhat underneath a radar, though she has a weapons and a knowledge to lift off another gold-medal foe in a slopestyle event. The Sochi bullion medalist took dual seasons off after a 2014 Olympics and hasn’t won a vital award this past season, though she has been skating consistently.

    Don’t be astounded if Canada wins a tip dual medals in a event. Kim Lamarre, who won bronze during a Sochi Olympics, could give Howell a run for her money.

    Prediction: Three weeks after apropos a initial American lady to win ski slopestyle during X Games, Maggie Voisin will turn a initial American to win Olympic bullion in a event. Maggie competent for a Sochi Games — during 15! — though pennyless her ankle in training on a day of a opening rite though never competed. Now she gets an support from another injury. Fifteen-year-old Estonian skier Kelly Sildaru has dominated a foe a past few years, though missed this deteriorate with a knee injury.

    Cross-country

    Women’s 4 x 5km send (Saturday, 4:30 a.m. ET/6:30 p.m. internal time): Norway has historically dominated cross-country, with 107 sum Olympic medals. The nation will demeanour to supplement another bullion during a women’s send foe Saturday. Led by maestro Olympian Marit Bjoergen. Norway missed out on medaling during a Sochi Olympics, though will demeanour to get behind on tip of a lectern Saturday. Bjoergen already has a bronze award during this Olympics in a 10-kilometer freestyle event.

    Biathlon

    Women’s 12.5km mass start (Saturday, 6:15 a.m. ET/8:15 p.m. internal time): To contend that Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier has had a dream run during a Pyeongchang Olympics would be an understatement. She won a 7.5km scurry gold, afterwards a 10km office bullion and got a 15km particular bronze. On Saturday, she looks to turn a initial German lady (after reunification) to win 3 bullion medals during a singular Olympics (winter or summer) and a fourth biathlete to grasp a feat.

    Despite Dahlmeier’s form, she should face heated foe from Belarus’ Darya Domracheva, who won bullion in a eventuality in Sochi.

    Short-track speedskating

    Women’s 1,500m, final (Saturday, 7:11 a.m. ET/9:11 p.m. internal time): China and South Korea will conflict for a place during a tip of a lectern in a 1,500m short-track speedskating final. China’s Zhou Yang will go into a foe as a favorite, carrying won dual true golds in a eventuality in Vancouver and Sochi.

    Facing off opposite Yang are dual tip speedskaters from South Korea, Choi Min-jeong (she has won mixed medals in universe championships) and Shim Suk-hee (she won china in 1,500m and bullion in 3,000m send in Sochi), who will have home-crowd advantage.

    Men’s 1,000m, final (Saturday, 7:26 a.m. ET/9:26 p.m. internal time): The tip 3 award contenders in this eventuality — Hungary’s Sandor Shaolin Liu, South Korea’s Hwang Dae-heon and China’s Wu Dajing — have one thing in common: They have never won an Olympic award in this event. And of a three, usually Dajing has won any Olympic award — china in 500m in Sochi. The 3 skaters have had a plain year entrance into a Olympics, and there should be an heated conflict among a 3 of them.

    Prediction: Hwang Dae-heon (SK) substantially pushes too tough to redeem himself from a 1500, and somehow doesn’t win. The beneficiaries of that form of thing always seem to be Canadian, so I’m tempted to collect Sam Gerard to win a men’s 1000. …. The unjustly punished Choi Minjeong (SK) wins a women’s 1500. One of possibly Elise Christie (UK) or Kim Boutin (CAN) destroy to make a podium.

    Skeleton

    Women’s particular (Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET/9:30 p.m. internal time): There is a good possibility Germany will travel divided with a tip dual medals in this event. Jacqueline Loelling has had a good run-up to these Olympics. She won a 2017 universe and European championships in a women’s particular event. Fellow countrywoman, Tina Hermann, competence emanate a hole in that plan, usually as she did final season. She is right behind Loelling with a china award from a worlds and bronze from a European championship.

    Canada’s Elisabeth Vathje is not distant divided in her query for her initial Olympic medal. She recently won china in a 2017-18 World Cup.

    Prediction: Great Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold takes her second bullion in as many Games carrying strike form during a right time here in PyeongChang. She’s got a champion’s mindset, while her Britain teammate Laura Deas, who had an considerable deteriorate using into a Olympics, will take bronze. Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling will secure silver.

    Ski jumping

    Men’s individual, vast hill, final (Saturday, 8:15 a.m. ET/10:15 p.m. internal time): The adversary between Germany’s Andreas Wellinger and Poland’s Kamil Stoch was clear in a men’s particular normal mountain eventuality Feb. 10. Stoch was fortifying his Olympic bullion medal, though Wellinger came divided as a improved ski jumper that night. His 113.5-meter beast burst was unbeatable; Stoch fell to fourth place. The adversary should continue in a vast mountain eventuality Saturday. Stoch will again demeanour to win his second uninterrupted bullion in a event, and Wellinger hopes to lift on his form from final week.

    ESPN reporters Wayne Drehs, Alyssa Roenigk, Tom Hamilton, Elaine Teng and Dotun Akintoye contributed to this story.

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