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Everything you need to know from Day 4 of Olympic action and what to watch on Tuesday night

Olympics Wire logo Olympics Wire 2/13/2018 Chris Chase
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The U.S. had an excellent Day 4 at the Olympics, one that could build into an even better Day 5, when Team USA could bring home multiple golds. Let's review what happened on Tuesday in Pyeongchang and look ahead to what's in store for primetime coverage on Tuesday night.

What you missed

Snowboard: Chloe Kim was worth the wait. America's newest Olympic hero was left out of the 2014 Sochi Olympics because she wasn't the required 15 years old but made up for lost time on Tuesday morning when she was the wire-to-wire winner of the halfpipe event. How dominant was it? We called it the most commanding debut in Winter Olympic history. Consider: There were 84 runs made by 24 women in the two-day competition. The four highest sores were all put up by the 17-year-old superstar-to-be.

Two hours after Kim clinched gold, Shaun White qualified for the men's snowboard final.

Skiing: After a three-day delay because of high winds, skiing finally made its debut in the 2018 Winter Games with the men's combined (downhill + slalom). While American Ted Ligety, who's more of a slalom specialist, finished 5th overall, the gold was won by the world's best male skier, Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who'd never won an Olympic race in his two previous appearances.

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Luge: You may want to sit down for this. Ready? Germany won both gold and silver in the women's luge. Natalie Geisenberger won her second-straight gold and the sixth-straight overall for Germany. In the 15 times the women's singles race has been run, a German has won 11 times. (And some of the other wins were by Austrians or Italians of German descent.) Last year's record-making American bronze medalist, Erin Hamlin, finished eighth. Her teammate Emily Sweeney suffered a terrible crash but walked away with only bumps and bruises.

Short track speed skating: American Maame Biney didn't make it out of the quarterfinals which kept her from one of the craziest finals in short track Olympic history. South Korean favorite Choi Min-jeong was disqualified after making contact on the final pass of the 4.5-lap race.

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What to watch

Snowboard: Shaun White put up the best score in qualifying (as well as the fourth-best score in his opening run) and installed himself as the favorite in tonight's halfpipe final. Australian Scotty James, who complained last month about judges favoring White because of his fame, finished in second place and will be the biggest obstacle between White and a third gold medal in the event.

Skiing: Mikaela Shiffrin takes to the slopes in the ladies' slalom. She's owned the event for a half-decade, taking home Olympic gold in 2014, three world championship golds, a total of 30 World Cup wins and recently became the first skier in 20 years to win five-straight World Cup races. Shiffrin wins slalom races usually decided by hundredths by margins of nearly a second. There's no bigger favorite on the slopes during these Olympics. (And, oh yeah, she's only 22.) Assuming there's no more delays on the slopes, the first run of the slalom is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET and the final run goes at 11:45 p.m. ET.

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Figure skating: The pairs short program will be aired live at 8 p.m. ET. If you love figure skating, it's a must watch. If rooting for Team USA is your bag, then you might want to DVR Shiffrin's race and watch it over and over. The American team of Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim (they're married, if you hadn't heard the 3 billion times it's been mentioned this week) are long shots for a medal, and that might be overselling it. Still, theirs is a wonderful story and a triumph of the Olympic spirit.

Ice hockey: The American men's hockey team, filled with virtual and literal unknowns, takes the ice at 7:10 a.m. on Wednesday morning to play Slovenia.

Speed skating: Heather Bergsma is a gold-medal favorite in the 1000m skeed skating event, which beings at 5 a.m. ET. Rise and shine, y'all.


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