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

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By Nick Hope-BBC Olympic sports reporter

Sunday, 18 February – day nine

Medal events: Six

  • 01:15-03:10 & 04:45-06:45: Alpine skiing – men’s giant slalom
  • 04:15-05:50: Freestyle skiing – men’s ski slopestyle finals
  • 06:15-08:10: Cross country skiing – men’s 4x10km relay
  • 11:00-12:20: Freestyle skiing – men’s aerials finals
  • 11:00-12:55: Speed skating – women’s 500m final
  • 11:15-12:15: Biathlon – men’s 15km mass start

Brit watch:

  • Men’s ski slopestyle – X Games and World Cup winner James Woods looks for a first Olympic honour, while Youth Olympian Tyler Harding makes his senior Games debut. Heats 01:15-04:15; Final: 04:15-05:50.
  • 05:05-08:00: GB women’s curlers face Sweden.
  • 11:05-14:00: GB men’s curling team take on Italy.
  • 11:05: Men’s two-man bobsleigh competition gets under way with Brad Hall piloting in a bid to boost his experience on the track before a bid for a medal in the four-man competition.

KEY ACTION TO WATCH:

Ski slopestyle:

Heats: 01:15-04:15; final: 04:15-05:50

Back at Sochi 2014, James Woods was seen as a leading British medal contender but a serious hip injury on the controversial slopestyle course just before the competition began hampered his preparations and he finished fifth.

Considering the level of pain he had to endure to complete his runs, it was a highly creditable result. However, Woods wants to be remembered as a winner and has claimed X Games and world medals since the last Olympics.

A broken collarbone late last year has not aided his build-up but finishing fourth in the X Games slopestyle event in late January shows he is closing in on career-best form.

The event is stacked with talent, though, and Swiss Andri Ragettli, Norwegian duo Oystein Braaten and Ferdinand Dahl and Americans Gus Kenworthy and McRae Williams are all serious contenders.

Giant slalom:

Austrian Marcel Hirscher won a long-awaited first Olympic gold medal with victory in the men’s combined event on day four in Pyeongchang.

Strong in both the slalom and giant slalom, his battles with defending champion Ted Ligety of the USA could be something rather special.

Bobsleigh:

The start of the men’s two-man competition is likely to see a moment of reflection by athletes as they pay tribute to 2010 USA Olympic gold medal-winning bobsleigh pilot Steven Holcomb, who died in May.

It is the first Olympics since Salt Lake City in 2002 at which the USA team will not feature the five-time world champion. Following the Russian doping scandal, Holcomb is in line to have the two bronze medals claimed at Sochi 2014 posthumously upgraded to silver.

Speed skating:

The ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ women’s 500m dash is likely to see a rare break in Dutch domination of the long-track ice rink events.

The battle between world gold medallist Nao Kodaira of Japan and South Korea’s two-time Olympic gold medal medallist skater Lee Sang-hwa could be a fascinating watch.

Biathlon:

Since a best individual finish of eighth in the 15km mass start event at Sochi 2014, Norwegian Johannes Bo has gone on to become a major force in the sport, winning nine world medals in the past three years.

He is ranked second in the World Cup standings for the event while elder brother Tarjei Bo – a relay gold medallist at Vancouver 2010 – is sixth.

Frenchman Martin Fourcade tops the rankings and is looking for a third Olympic gold in Pyeongchang following two titles at Sochi 2014.

 

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