The 2 weeks-plus length of the Olympic Video games tends to have a sure rhythm. And it’s within the ultimate week that fatigue can begin to set in. So many nice performances. A lot triumph and heartbreak. How rather more can we take?
Take into account that every one of those occasions, and lots of extra — that includes a bunch of Olympic stars in Beijing — are nonetheless to return.
In determine skating, ice dancing and pairs will draw their share of consideration, however there are few occasions extra anticipated than girls’s singles skating. And this time, off-the-ice drama has intruded: After Kamila Valieva of Russia tested positive for a banned substance, it’s nonetheless unclear whether or not the skater with the dazzling quad soar might be within the ultimate. A choice is anticipated by Monday afternoon in Beijing. The excellent news for Russia? It has a robust bench and will win gold even with out Valieva. The ladies’s brief program is on Tuesday, and the free skate is on Thursday.
In freestyle snowboarding, it’s all about Eileen Gu of China. After successful the massive air occasion, she might add the slopestyle gold within the ultimate on Monday (Sunday evening in the USA) and one other within the halfpipe on Friday (Thursday evening in the USA). And ski cross, one of many wildest occasions of the Video games, with 4 skiers racing each other on the same course all at once, is on Thursday for the ladies and on Friday for the lads. The potential for chaos historically makes it a wide-open occasion, however Sandra Naslund of Sweden positive is hard to beat.
In Alpine snowboarding, the ladies’s downhill — all the time an enormous race — is on Tuesday (Monday evening in the USA). And the mixed occasion, scheduled for Thursday, provides Mikaela Shiffrin one more chance at a gold medal after early exits in her first two occasions, and a finish well off the podium in her third.
In hockey, the ladies’s ultimate, nearly definitely between the longtime rivals Canada and the United States, is on Thursday (Wednesday evening in the USA). The lads’s ultimate is subsequent Sunday (Saturday evening in the USA).
In bobsled, the new monobob event for ladies makes its debut on Sunday and Monday (Saturday and Sunday evening in the USA). Two Individuals, Elana Meyers Taylor (after a Covid scare) and Kaillie Humphries (who used to race for Canada), would possibly go 1-2 — or is it 2-1?
In speedskating, should you’ve been left unmoved by the races to date, which have been in a time trial format, you would possibly fall in love with the mass start occasions on Saturday. In these, 24 skaters are crowded onto the ice without delay.