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RVAHub’s Olympic Must Watch Thursday Pick: Men’s Skeleton Medal Round

Throughout the Winter Olympics, we’ll pick the events that shouldn’t be missed. Tonight, that event is the exciting action of the Men’s Skeleton medal round.

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Our Pick: Men’s Skeleton Medal Round – Part of NBC12 Primetime Coverage starts 8 PM

Skeleton is the crazy person’s luge. Instead of going feet first you go head first. The skeleton event in the Winter Olympics uses a two-day, four-heat format. Thursday will be the second day so you’ll get to see medals being awarded. One thing to notice is that since the athletes’ heads are inches from the ice they’ve developed a bond with their helmets. These are the best from the last Winter Olympics and there is this NBC article on some of this year’s cool-ass helmets.

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Ghana’s first every athlete, Akwasi Frimpong to compete has a story behind his helmet called Lion Chases Rabbit.

“My former sprint coach Sammy Monsels talks about the analogy of a rabbit in a cage, ready to escape from a lion,” Frimpong said in an email Monday. “I am that rabbit, and I have escaped the lions [of my past]. I am no longer being eaten by all the things around my life.”

Who to Watch: The two American’s that are in the running are Matt Antoine (2014 bronze) and John Daly the slider, not the golfer. Although I’d pay really good money to see John Daly shoot down the track. This John prior to competing in skeleton was a BMX racer but stopped after breaking both wrists during a practice run.

Other sliders to watch include Martins Dukurs of Latvia and Axel Jungk of Germany.

What am I watching? – Basically, athletes throw themselves onto two long blades attached to a metal and plastic frame. They then fly down an ice chute head first. Skeleton sleds can reach speeds of around 80 mph as athletes fight intense G-forces created by the serpentine course to keep their heads up and their eyes on the track.

Also, Catch: Men’s Curling – MSNBC live at 2 PM

Curling is truly fascinating to watch and you’ll quickly invested in the strategy. You’ll even be able to use the term hammer for something other than construction and instead of following MC. Team USA takes on Italy in a men’s Curling round-robin game.


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

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

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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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