The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 come to a close today after two weeks of intense competition. At 20:00 local time the Closing Ceremony will get underway, and once the Olympic flame has been extinguished the athletes will come together in the Olympic Stadium for one last celebration. Before that, however, there is a fabulous day of events to be enjoyed, with the final of the men’s four-man bobsleigh, the women’s 30km classic mass start in the cross-country skiing, the women’s curling final and the men’s ice hockey final.
Bobsleigh, men’s four-man, heats three & four: 09;30 local time
The four-man teams complete their final two runs to decide the make-up of the podium. Joint world champions in 2017 and currently lying in first and second respectively in the IBSF World Cup, German pilots Johannes Lochner and Francesco Friedrich will lead their teams as the clear favourites for the title. Also likely to be in the mix for the medals are their other team-mate Nico Walther, Justin Kripps of Canada, US prodigy Codie Bascue and the experienced Latvian Oskar Melbardis.
Curling, women’s final: 09:05 local time
Canada and Sweden have featured on the podium at the last three editions of the Olympic Winter Games, with the third spot going to Switzerland, China and Great Britain in 2006, 2010 and 2014 respectively. And Sweden made it again to the final where they will meet host Republic of Korea.
Ice hockey, men’s final: 13:10 local time
The absence of players from the North American professional league (NHL) has made this one of the most open tournaments in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. Canada were the current two-time reigning champions, but they lost in the semi-final to Germany. The Olympic Athlete from Russia team beat the Czech Republic on Friday in the other semi-final.
Cross-country skiing, women’s 30km classic mass start: 15:15 local time
Led by Marit Bjørgen, Norway made it a clean sweep of the podium at Sochi 2014, when the 30km event used the freestyle technique. It was Bjørgen’s tenth Olympic medal and sixth gold. Despite the change to classic technique this time around, the Norwegian cross-country queen will once again start as favourite. She won the most recent major title over the distance, the 2017 World Championships in Lahti, ahead of team-mate Heidi Weng, who is also expected to mount a challenge in PyeongChang, for the 102nd and final gold medal of these Games.