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PyeongChang Olympics: Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu & Karen Chen skate Thursday

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Thu, Feb 22nd 2018 07:05 am
Thursday's coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, is highlighted by:
•NBC's primetime presentation, which begins at 8 p.m. ET live across all time zones. Ladies' figure skating highlights live primetime coverage on NBC and NBCSN, as reigning U.S. champion Bradie Tennell leads the Americans, joined by 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu, who became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics earlier at these Games, and 2017 U.S. champion Karen Chen. The gold medal will likely come down to a duel between two-time reigning world champion Yevgenia Medvedeva and her 15-year-old training partner Alina Zagitova, competing as Olympic Athletes from Russia.
•Short track gold medal finals in the men's 500m, women's 1000m and 5000m relay in primetime on NBC; and
•The men's U.S. curling team led by skip John Shuster with a trip to the gold medal game on the line, as they face Canada in the semifinal at 5 p.m. on CNBC.
Wednesday Highlights - Women's Ice Hockey
Team USA edged Team Canada, 3-2, is a shootout. This was the American team's first gold medal in this event since 1998.
Wednesday Highlights - Cross Country Skiing
Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall become the first American cross-country skiers to win an Olympic gold.
Play-by-play commentator Steve Schlanger on American cross-country skier Jessie Diggins: "She has had two fifth-place finishes and one sixth so far at these Olympic Games. She is so desperate to finally crack the top three for Team USA. Diggins embodies the team spirit maybe more than anybody else in what can so often be an individual sport. She loves this team concept."
Analyst Chad Salmela: "She is able to dig a little bit deeper, push a little bit harder, and ski a little bit smoother on team days. She's got her glitter and relay socks on, and there is just no stopping Jessie Diggins when she has her socks and glitter on."
Salmela on Diggins in the final leg of the team sprint: "Almost three wide for the gold medal on the final climb."
Schlanger: "Here comes Diggins on the outside, sensing the moment and sensing the history at stake for Team USA."
Salmela: "They are all completely gassed. They have given it their all on the hill. Stina Nilsson (Sweden) is leading Jessie Diggins into the final turn. Can Diggins answer?"
Schlanger: "It is Jessie Diggins delivering a landmark moment that will be etched in Olympic history! The first-ever cross-country gold medal for the U.S."
Hear Steve Schlanger & Chad Salmela call the women's gold medal cross-country skiing finish HERE.

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