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RVAHub’s Olympic Must Watch Wednesday Pick: Women’s Ice Hockey: USA vs. Canada

Throughout the Winter Olympics, we’ll pick the events that shouldn’t be missed. Tonight the women of Team USA take on Canada in the continuation of a rivalry about as old as the Winter Olympics themselves.

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Our Pick: Women’s Ice Hockey (USA vs. Canada)  – Live 10:10 PM – 12:30 AM on NBCSN

Women’s ice hockey (U.S. vs. Canada): Perhaps the most anticipated preliminary-round hockey game of the PyeonChang Olympics, Team USA takes on Canada Wednesday evening, continuing a tradition that’s seen a heated rivalry between the two countries in every Winter Games since 1998 with the exception of 2006. Not to mention Team USA just took out the Russian athletes who were later barred from participating in the Games, 5-0.

Who to Watch: Meghan Duggan – As a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team and team forward in 2018, Duggan has represented the U.S. at two Olympic Winter Games, played in eight International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships, 10 Four Nations Cups, and one IIHF Twelve Nations Invitational Tournament Series.

What am I watching? – Ice hockey, now a mainstay in the United States, originated in Canada in the early 19th century, based on several similar sports played in Europe (probably why Canada is still the dominate force in the sport today). Ice hockey tournaments have been staged at the Olympic Games since 1920. The men’s tournament was introduced at the 1920 Summer Olympics and was transferred permanently to the Winter Olympic Games program in 1924, in France. The women’s tournament was first held at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Also, Catch: Men’s Downhill Skiing  – 8:30 – 10:00 PM on NBC

Postponed due to gusty winds and heavy snowfall over the weekend, Norway’s 2014 bronze medalist Kjetil Jansrud and 2010 silver medalist Aksel Svindal will take on Austria’s defending champ Matthias Mayer now that Team USA’s Steve Nyman suffered a pre-Olympics injury that took him, the projected favorite for gold, out of the running.


PyeongChang Winter Olympics Breakdown

When: Olympics run from February 9th – 25th
Where: PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. PyeongChang is a county in Gangwon Province of South Korea located in the Taebaek Mountains region. It is home to several Buddhist temples, including Woljeongsa. It is approximately 180 km (110 mi) east southeast of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. (Wikipedia)

Mascot: Soohorang, a white tiger is the official mascot.

Official Olympic Website: PYEONGCHANG2018.COM

How to Watch: NBC, as you’ve probably seen, is the official broadcaster of the games. Full and detailed competition schedules, TV listings and live streaming schedules are available on NBCOlympics.com.

A total of 365.5 hours of Olympic coverage will be aired on NBCUniversal cable networks, which include NBCSN, CNBC, and the USA Network. The big events will be on NBC which if you’re a cable cutter you should be able to get over the air.

What we’re doing: PyeongChang South Korea is the home for the 2018 Winter Games. This is the 24th time athletes have taken to the snow and ice to compete for gold.

There are 15 official Winter Olympics events. All of those breakdown to individual competitions. For example, under the heading of Alpine Skiing, there are a total of 13 events to watch. This means there is a ton to keep track off.

That’s where we come in. We’ll pick the event or story to watch that you might miss.

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Four West End swimmers headed to Olympic trials

Zoe Dixon, Josephine Fuller and Megan Pulley – all of Henrico – and Grace Sheble of Chesterfield each qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for swimming, which will be held June 21-28 in Omaha, Nebraska.

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It’s 6:45 a.m., and there is still a chill outside as the sun rises sluggishly. Inside the NOVA of Virginia Aquatics center on Gayton Road in western Henrico, four teen girls and their teammates pull themselves out of the pool and head to the bathrooms to change before catching their rides home, where they will get ready for the school day.

These four practice diligently, with the older ones spending about 16 hours in the pool each week and lifting weights three more times.

That practice has paid off in a big way: Zoe Dixon, Josephine Fuller and Megan Pulley – all of Henrico – and Grace Sheble of Chesterfield each qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for swimming, which will be held June 21-28 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Dixon and Fuller qualified at a meet last weekend, while Pulley and Sheble qualified in January.)

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RVAHub’s Olympic Must Watch Pick: Women’s Bobsled Medal Round

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Our Pick: Women’s Bobsled Medal Round – Part NBC Primetime coverage starting at 8 PM

Wednesday’s coverage in PyeongChang focuses heavily around Team USA with the final runs of Women’s Bobsled, Men’s Halfpipe, and more. Our pick is the Women’s Bobsled event, which will prove exciting as

What to Watch:

Team USA’s Elana Meyers, who has competed since 2007, is a contender for gold alongside teammate Jamie Greubel Poser and will go up against defending Canadian gold medalist Kaillie Humphries.

What am I watching? 

Bobsled is a winter sport in which teams of two or four teammates make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks in a gravity-powered sled. The timed runs are combined to calculate the final score.

The various types of sleds came several years before the first tracks were built in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where the original bobsleds were adapted upsized luge/skeleton sleds designed by the adventurously wealthy to carry passengers. All three types were adapted from boys’ delivery sleds and toboggans.

Competition naturally followed, and to protect the working class and rich visitors in the streets and byways of St Moritz, bobsledding was eventually banned from the public highway. In the winter of 1903/1904 the Badrutt family, owners of the historic Kulm Hotel and the Palace Hotel, allowed Emil Thoma to organise the construction of the first familiarly configured ‘half-pipe’ track in the Kulm Hotel Park, ending in the village of Cresta. It has hosted the sport during two Olympics and is still in use today. (Wikipedia)

Also, Catch: Men’s Halfpipe Medal Round – NBC 8:00 PM

The men of Team USA will compete in the halfpipe final. Defending champion David Wise will likely lead Team USA, hoping to bring home another gold.


PyeongChang Winter Olympics Breakdown

When: Olympics run from February 9th – 25th
Where: PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. PyeongChang is a county in Gangwon Province of South Korea located in the Taebaek Mountains region. It is home to several Buddhist temples, including Woljeongsa. It is approximately 180 km (110 mi) east southeast of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. (Wikipedia)

Mascot: Soohorang, a white tiger is the official mascot.

 Official Olympic Website: PYEONGCHANG2018.COM

How to Watch: NBC, as you’ve probably seen, is the official broadcaster of the games. Full and detailed competition schedules, TV listings and live streaming schedules are available on NBCOlympics.com.

A total of 365.5 hours of Olympic coverage will be aired on NBCUniversal cable networks, which include NBCSN, CNBC, and the USA Network. The big events will be on NBC which if you’re a cable cutter you should be able to get over the air.

What we’re doing: PyeongChang South Korea is the home for the 2018 Winter Games. This is the 24th time athletes have taken to the snow and ice to compete for gold.

There are 15 official Winter Olympics events. All of those breakdown to individual competitions. For example, under the heading of Alpine Skiing, there are a total of 13 events to watch. This means there is a ton to keep track off.

That’s where we come in. We’ll pick the event or story to watch that you might miss.

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RVAHub’s Olympic Must Watch Tuesday Pick: Women’s Downhill Medal Round

Throughout the Winter Olympics, we’ll pick the events that shouldn’t be missed.

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Our Pick: Women’s Downhill Medal Round – Part NBC Primetime coverage starting at 8 PM

The two sports that I think of when Winter Olympics is mentioned are Ice Skating and Downhill. One focused on artistry, the other is simply about getting down a mountain faster. The simplicity of Downhill appeals to my simple mind and often the victor is the person that shows just a little bit less fear.

Things don’t always go as planned.

Who to Watch:

American Lindsey Vonn, 33, seeks a second downhill gold eight years after victory in Vancouver; any medal would make her the oldest woman in Alpine history to climb an Olympic podium. Lindsey is no stranger to success on the World Cup circuit with a lifetime total of 37 World Cup downhill wins and 7 women’s titles. One person, we were expecting to see was Mikaela Shiffrin. Mikaela withdrew from the downhill after the Olympic committee changed the date of the Nordic Combined. Mikaela was a long shot in the downhill.

Competition for Lindsey comes in the form of Italy’s Sofia Goggia who clocked the fastest time in Saturday’s training run and Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather who came in second. It is worth noting that during her training runs Lindsey stood up at the end of the course, which sandbagged her time a little.

What am I watching? 

In all forms of Downhill, both at a local youth-level as well as the higher FIS international level, racers are allowed extensive preparation for the race, which includes daily course inspection and discussion with their coaches and teammates as well as several practice runs before the actual race. Racers do not make any unnecessary turns while on the course, and try to do everything they can to maintain the most aerodynamic position while negotiating turns and jumps.

Unlike Slalom and Giant Slalom, where racers have the times of two runs combined, the Downhill race is a single run. Times are typically between 1½ and 2½ minutes for World Cup courses and must be over 1 minute in duration to meet international minimum standards. Tenths and hundredths and, occasionally, thousandths of seconds count: World Cup races and Olympic medals have sometimes been decided by as little as one or two hundredths of a second, and ties are not unheard of. (Wikipeida)

Also, Catch: Men’s Curling – CNBC 5:00 PM

Team USA takes on Switzerland in round-robin Men’s curling action.


PyeongChang Winter Olympics Breakdown

When: Olympics run from February 9th – 25th
Where: PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. PyeongChang is a county in Gangwon Province of South Korea located in the Taebaek Mountains region. It is home to several Buddhist temples, including Woljeongsa. It is approximately 180 km (110 mi) east southeast of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. (Wikipedia)

Mascot: Soohorang, a white tiger is the official mascot.

 Official Olympic Website: PYEONGCHANG2018.COM

How to Watch: NBC, as you’ve probably seen, is the official broadcaster of the games. Full and detailed competition schedules, TV listings and live streaming schedules are available on NBCOlympics.com.

A total of 365.5 hours of Olympic coverage will be aired on NBCUniversal cable networks, which include NBCSN, CNBC, and the USA Network. The big events will be on NBC which if you’re a cable cutter you should be able to get over the air.

What we’re doing: PyeongChang South Korea is the home for the 2018 Winter Games. This is the 24th time athletes have taken to the snow and ice to compete for gold.

There are 15 official Winter Olympics events. All of those breakdown to individual competitions. For example, under the heading of Alpine Skiing, there are a total of 13 events to watch. This means there is a ton to keep track off.

That’s where we come in. We’ll pick the event or story to watch that you might miss.

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