Winter Olympics: Day-by-day guide to Pyeongchang 2018

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 By Nick Hope-BBC Olympic sports reporter

Wednesday, 14 February – day five

Medal events: Five

  • 01:30-03:10: Snowboarding – men’s halfpipe finals
  • 06:00-06:55 & 08:45-09:45: Nordic combined – men’s individual normal hill and men’s individual 10km
  • 10:00: Speed skating – women’s 1,000m final
  • 11:05-13:00: Biathlon – women’s 15km individual
  • 11:20-13:25: Luge – doubles heats one and two

* Women’s slalom postponed until Friday because of strong winds

Both Great Britain’s men and women’s curling teams will be in action on day five

Brit-watch:

  • 00:05-03:00 & 11:05-14:00: GB men’s curling team – Kyle Smith (skip), Kyle Waddle, Cammy Smith and Thomas Muirhead (plus alternate Glen Muirhead) begin against Switzerland before taking on reigning Olympic champions Canada.
  • 05:05-08:00: The British women’s curling team – Eve Muirhead (skip), Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Lauren Gray (plus alternate Kelly Schafter) open against ‘Olympic athletes from Russia’.
  • 01:15-02:50 & 04:45-06:25: Alex Tilley will compete in the women’s slalom competition.
  • 11:05-13:00: GB biathlete Amanda Lightfoot races in the women’s 15km individual event.

KEY ACTION TO WATCH:

Day five could be a huge one for the USA team with snowboarder Shaun White and skier Mikaela Shiffrin both hoping to secure Olympic titles. Skiing sensation Shiffrin was due to compete on day three but the women’s giant slalom was postponed so day five will be the first time we see her in action.

Snowboarding:

01:30-03:10: Shaun White is the arguably the highest-profile athlete in winter sport – claiming halfpipe gold at the Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010 Games, before coming fourth at Sochi 2014.

Some doubted whether he would continue and injuries have hampered his preparations, but scoring a perfect 100 at the US team selection meet suggests he could yet return to the top of the podium.

Pulling out of the prestigious X Games – an event he has won eight times – just weeks before the Olympics in order to rest, shows just how determined the 31-year-old is to reclaim his throne.

Curling:

00:05-03:00 & 11:05-14:00: British interest begins in a big way, with the Team GB men – Olympic silver medallists in 2014 – taking on world bronze medallists Switzerland and reigning Olympic champions Canada in their opening two fixtures.

The GB line-up is completely changed from four years ago with Kyle Smith now skipping the team, which includes two brothers of women’s skip Eve Muirhead – Thomas, and Glen, who is an alternate.

Their form – under two different skips – had been so poor since Sochi that 12 months ago they would have been written off as medal hopes, but boosted by European silver in November they could be contenders again.

05:05-08:00: The GB women, who begin their campaign against ‘Olympic athletes from Russia’, will be hoping to better their result from four years ago with Muirhead, who is leading the team for a second Games in a row – insisting they’ve “had enough of finishing third”.

They won last year’s European Championships and will be among the favourites for the top honour in Pyeongchang.

Did you know?

When the Muirhead brothers aren’t sliding on ice, they spend their time shearing sheep in Perthshire, Scotland.

Ice Hockey:

00:10-14:30: For the first time since the 1994 Games, the men’s ice hockey will not feature players from the NHL – ruling out the world’s biggest talents.

Defending champions Canada and the USA are unsurprisingly the worst hit, but even the ‘Olympic athletes from Russia’ line-up will be missing superstar Alex Ovechkin.

That said, their domestic league is the second strongest in the world and despite the sanctions on the nation following the state-sponsored doping scandal they could be among the favourites for gold.

They open the men’s tournament against Slovakia (time tbc), before the USA face Slovenia.

Nordic combined:

06:00-06:55 & 08:45-09:45: Day five will also see the first medals awarded in the male-only nordic combined event which sees competitors complete in ski jumping and cross country disciplines.

Germany’s Johannes Rydzek took all four gold medals – a first in the sport – at last year’s World Championships, while compatriot Eric Frenzel is the defending champion in this event.

 

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