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The 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang

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Five to Watch: Goepper Wins U.S. a Silver and Will a Hurricane Win Gold?



    Gus Kenworthy and Maggie Voisin Explain Slopestyle Skiing With Legos

    U.S. freeskiers Gus Kenworthy and Maggie Voisin explain their sport, slopestyle, with the help of a bowl full of Legos. (Published Friday, Feb. 16, 2018)

    So far in these Pyeongchang Olympics, the United States snowboarders have led the way, netting four of America’s five gold medals. On Sunday, the skiers tried to catch up, but it was a rough day.

    Here are five events to watch for the next 24 hours in Pyeongchang:

    Goepper Wins Silver in Freeski Slopestyle as Injured Kenworthy Fails to Medal

    For the second Winter Olympics in a row, Nick Goepper will bring a medal back to the United States.

    Goepper came from behind in the men's Freeski Slopestyle finals on Saturday with a dominating third run that catapulted him into 2nd place behind Norway's Oystein Braaten.

    Slopestyle was not as kind to Goepper's teammates. Gus Kenworthy strugged through the finals while nursing a broken thumb and massive hematoma on his side. He was injured in a training run crash earlier in the week.

    Kenworthy failed to land any of his runs, landing in 12th for the final.

    McRae Williams had trouble in the qualifying rounds and never made it to the finals.

    You can re-watch the qualifying rounds on digital platforms by tapping here.

    You can re-watch the elimination rounds on digital platforms by tapping here.

    The Secret Written Language of Slopestyle and Halfpipe JudgesThe Secret Written Language of Slopestyle and Halfpipe Judges

    Olympic judges for halfpipe and slopestyle events have about 30 seconds from the end of a run to submit their score. They have to keep their eyes on the athlete at all times. So how do they take notes to evaluate the run?

    (Published Friday, Feb. 16, 2018)

    Defending Champ Ted Ligety Fails to Medal in Olympic Giant Slalom

    Austrian Marcel Hirscher claimed the Olympic giant slalom gold medal, his second gold medal at the Pyeongchang Games.

    American Ted Ligety, the defending Olympic champion who is nicknamed “Mr. GS” because of his success in the discipline, finished tied for 15th, a distant 3.21 seconds behind Hirscher.

    Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway took silver and France’s Alexis Pinturault earned the bronze medal.

    Watch the first run on digital platforms by tapping here.

    Watch the second run on digital platforms by tapping here.

    Bohonnon Hopes to Ride Hurricane to Gold

    Mac Bohonnon wants to win a gold medal while paying tribute to a friend.

    Bohonnon is an American expected to contend in the freestyle skiing aerials event — and he might break out a trick called “The Hurricane,” an homage to Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, who used the Hurricane in 2010 to win a silver medal in Vancouver.

    Photo credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

    The Hurricane is a trick that involves three flips with five twists, and three of the twists come in the middle flip. Peterson, who died in 2011 at the age of 29, is the only person to complete the trick in completion — but Bohonnon has been practicing it.

    "It’s a scary trick,” Bohonnon told the Associated Press. “And Speedy came out and did this all the time, like it was nothing."

    John Lillis could contend for the U.S. He’s been inconsistent the last few years, but ended the 2016-27 season with a world title. A repeat performance would get him a gold medal.

    China’s Qi Guangpu and Belarus’ Anton Kushnir are also expected to contend for a medal.

    Watch the aerials final on digital platforms at 6 am ET Sunday morning by tapping here.

    Bergsma Hopes to End Speedskating Struggles

    A year ago, Heather Bergsma seemed destined to single-handedly end America’s speedskating struggles. She won 9 of 11 World Cup starts in the 1000m and 1500m distances, including world championships in both. She seemed a good bet to win multiple medals in Pyeongchang.

    In the past year, though, she only won one World Cup race. And in her first two races in the Olympics, in the 1000m and 1500m, she finished in eighth place in both.

    “I don’t feel quite as good as I did last year,” she told NBC Olympics. “I think it shows throughout the season.”

    Now, if Bergsma is going to win a medal, she’ll have to do it in her weakest event, the 500m.

    For the U.S., it’s more of the same: The Americans failed to win a speedskating medal in Sochi, and haven’t won one in Pyeongchang yet. Bergsma and teammate Brittany Bowe are America’s best bets in the 500m.

    Watch the 500m race on digital platforms at 6:56 a.m. ET Sunday by tapping here.

    Fourcade Edges Out Schempp in Biathlon 15km Mass Start

    Martin Fourcade overcame two missed targets and a tumble after his first penalty loop to beat German’s Simon Schempp in a dramatic photo finish to win the men’s 15km mass start Sunday at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre in Pyeongchang.

    The Frenchman captured his first gold medal in the mass start after grabbing silver in each of the past two Winter Olympics.

    Most Americans haven’t heard of him, but Fourcade is one of the most decorated athletes in French history. His win in Sunday’s mass start makes him France’s first four-time Olympic gold medalist.

    Fourcade won the 12.5km pursuit event earlier this week. He also won two gold medals at the Sochi games in 2014.