Competitions that take place today at PyeongChang 2018
12. 02. 2018
Seven gold medals are up for grabs on what promises to be an action-packed day. both male and female biathletes will go for glory in the pursuit; while the figure skating team event reaches its conclusion in gangneung. the freestyle skiers will battle it out in the men’s moguls final, while the destiny of the gold medal in the women’s snowboard slopestyle will also be decided. back in gangneung, the spotlight shines on the women’s 1,500m speed skating, and the alpensia ski jumping centre will see the culmination of the second ever women’s olympic ski jumping competition.
Figure skating, team event: 10:00 local time
The third and decisive session of the figure skating team competition takes place today, with the men's, women's and ice dance free programmes. Gold will go to the team that shows the greatest consistency across all of the events. Expect high drama and some sparkling performances.
Biathlon, men's and women's pursuit: 19:10 and 21:00 local time
The starting order for the two pursuit events will be determined by the results of the sprint competitions that took place on day one of PyeongChang 2018. First to set off are the women, who cover a distance of 10km, followed by the men, who race 12.5km. In each case, the biathletes must prove their accuracy as well as their speed and stamina by completing four visits to the shooting range − two standing, two prone. Only one athlete has ever managed an Olympic sprint/pursuit double – Norwegian legend Ole Einar Bjørndalen at Salt Lake City 2002.
Freestyle skiing, men's moguls: 19:30 and 21:00 local time
The 20 best finishers from the qualification round will contest the three-stage final at Bokwang Phoenix Park. That group will be whittled down to just 12 after their first run, with competitors scored on both speed and quality. Six will then make it through to the 'super final', which will determine who makes it onto the podium. Canada's Mikael Kingsbury, a silver medallist at Sochi 2014, is the hot favourite, having dominated the event in supreme fashion for several years.
Speed skating, women's 1,500m: 21:20 local time
Racing in pairs, the skaters must complete 3.75 laps of the Gangneung track in an event that produced a Dutch medal clean sweep four years ago as Jorien Ter Mors, Ireen Wüst and Lotte Van Beeke turned the podium orange. Ter Mors is the 2016 world champion over this distance but lost the title in 2017 to the USA's Heather Bergsma. Meanwhile, Japan's Miho Takagi has been the star performer during the ISU 2017-2018 World Cup season, and yet another Dutch athlete, Marrit Leenstra, could also mount a serious challenge.
Ski jumping, women's normal hill: 21:50 local time
Featuring on the programme for just the second time following its spectacular debut at Sochi 2014, the women's ski jumping competition is guaranteed to produce some top-quality displays. Germany's Carina Vogt, who won the inaugural Olympic gold before going on to claim the world title in 2015 and 2017, will be hoping to repeat the feat in PyeongChang. That won't be easy given the dominant form of Japan's Sara Takanashi, who will be desperate to improve on the bronze she won four years ago.
Elsewhere at the games...
The new mixed doubles curling event reaches the semi-final stage, while in the preliminary round of the women's ice hockey, Switzerland takes on Japan and Sweden faces the unified Korea team in Group B. Over on the luge track, the women will complete their first and second runs.
News and photo source: olympic.org