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14 Feb 2018
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PyeongChang 2018

Today at PyeongChang 2018: Wednesday 14 February

Snow sports take centre stage on the seventh day of competition at PyeongChang 2018, as Olympic champions are crowned in the women’s 15km individual in biathlon, the normal hill/10 km in Nordic combined and the men’s snowboard halfpipe final. On the ice, gold medals will be awarded in the men’s doubles in luge and the women’s 1,000m in speed skating.

 
Alpine skiing, women's slalom: 

The competition initially scheduled for today has been postponed until Friday, February 16 at 10.00.

 

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Biathlon, women's 15km individual: 

The competition initially scheduled for today has been postponed until Thursday, February 15 at 17.15.

 

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Luge, men's doubles, heats 1 and 2: 20:20 local time

Unlike the men's and women's singles events, the men's doubles comprises of just two heats, held on a single day. Germany's Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt are the reigning Olympic champions, while compatriots Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken claimed the 2017 world title and top the World Cup standings going into PyeongChang 2018, having won the first five rounds of the season. They won't have to contend with a challenge from the 2006 and 2010 champions Andreas and Wolfgang Linder, who also won silver in Sochi, as the Austrian brothers have now retired.

 

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Nordic combined, normal hill/10 km: 15:00 and 17:45 local time

Under the Gundersen system, competitors are ranked for the cross-country leg on the basis of the number of points they score in the ski jumping round. Each point separating athletes equates to four seconds. The athlete scoring the most points on the hill goes out first in the 10km, which is a pursuit race, with the first skier over the line declared the overall winner. Germany's Eric Frenzel will be defending the title he won in Sochi four years ago, while team-mates Johannes Rydzek and Fabian Riessle also have designs on success, competing in a strong field overall.

 

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Snowboard, men's halfpipe: 10:30 local time

Bokwang Snow Park earned universal praise during the Olympic test event in February 2017 and should provide the setting for a thrilling competition. Riders each have two runs in the final and retain their better score. The USA's Shaun White was at his innovative best when he won gold in 2006 and 2010, though Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov relieved him of his title in 2014. Having finished just out of the medals last time around, White is anxious for a return to the top of the podium. Among the other contenders are Japan's Ayumu Hirano, a silver medallist at Sochi who has enjoyed a top-class 2017/18 season, and Australia's Scotty James, who claimed the 2017 world title. 

 

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Speed skating, women's 1,000m: 19:00 local time

Predicting a winner in this event is no easy task. The USA's Heather Bergsma took the honours at the 2017 ISU World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships ahead of Japan's Nao Kodaira in second and the Netherlands' Jorien Ter Mors in third. Another Dutchwoman, Marrit Leenstra, finished fourth on that occasion, while Sochi 2014 gold medallist Zhang Hong of China came in a disappointing seventh. These four will once again all be contenders for gold, though Kodaira is on the best form, having won three of the first four events of the 2017/18 World Cup season, with Bergsma winning the other.

 

Elsewhere at the Games…

The round-robin preliminary rounds get under way in the men's and women's curling competitions. The men have two sessions, with all 10 teams in action, while there are four women's matches scheduled to take place in between. Meanwhile, in the figure skating pairs the focus switches to the short programmes, while the men's ice hockey kicks off with the opening matches in Group B, where Slovakia takes on the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) and the USA plays Slovenia. Also on the day's card are two matches in Group B of the women's ice hockey competition: Korea-Japan and Sweden-Switzerland.

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