By Joanne C. Gerstner | Feb. 13, 2018, 11 a.m. (ET)
Mikaela Shiffrin competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup women's slalom on Jan. 28, 2018 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

 

This will be one of the most star-studded days of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, as American snowboarder Shaun White, alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin and speedskater Heather Bergsma all look to win gold on Wednesday.

Here are four of the events you’ll want to be sure to watch:

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1. Snowboarding – Men’s Halfpipe

The world is eagerly awaiting the next episode of the Shaun White show. The American superstar is poised to rewrite history – again – by going for his third gold medal, and possibly throwing down a double 1440 in the process. White has been coy about the new tricks he has planned for his final runs at Phoenix Snow Park, but they’re all guaranteed to be jaw-dropping. The U.S. has four riders in the final field of 12, with first-time Olympians Ben Ferguson, Chase Josey and Jake Pates also aiming for the podium.

When: 10:30 a.m. Korea/8:30 p.m. (Tuesday) ET

Watch: NBC


2. Alpine Skiing – Women’s Slalom

Another event with huge anticipation, which has been building to see U.S. star Mikaela Shiffrin finally compete. High winds have wreaked havoc with the PyeongChang skiing schedule, pushing this race from the weekend into Wednesday. Shiffrin has stayed positive and focused in pursuit of a second straight Olympic gold in the most technically demanding alpine event. Shiffrin came into the Olympics as the hottest skier on tour this season. She’s currently in the overall world cup lead. Shiffrin won Olympic gold in slalom as an 18-year-old in Sochi and has won the past three world titles in the event.

When: 1:45 p.m. Korea/11:45 p.m. (Tuesday) ET

Watch: NBC

 

3. Long Track Speedskating – Women’s 1,000-meter

American Heather Bergsma has owned this event the past two years. She was undefeated in 2016-17, en route to collecting world championship gold in the 1,000. More notable, her title came on the same Gangneung oval that she will skate on today. Brittany Bowe and first-time Olympian Jerica Tandiman will also look to contest in the deep field. Bowe and Bergsma finished fifth and eighth in the 1,500 earlier this week.

When: 7 p.m. p.m. Korea/5 a.m. ET

Watch: NBCSN

 

4. Luge – Doubles

It’s two runs for the medal stand at the Olympic Sliding Centre for American doubles teams Matt Mortensen/Jayson Terdiman and Justin Krewson/Andrew Sherk. Mortensen/Terdiman are the top U.S. team. They finished third in the world cup standings last season for the best ranking by a U.S. doubles team in 14 years. They were consistently in the top four in each of the first four training rung this week. The whole U.S. luge team is still buzzing from Chris Mazdzer’s historic silver medal win in men’s singles, and the doubles teams are hoping to win its first American medals since 2002.

When: 8:20 p.m. Korea/6:20 a.m. ET

Watch: NBCSN

 

Medals Will Also Be Awarded In:

Nordic Combined – Men’s Individual 10-kilometer (5:45 p.m. Korea/3:45 a.m. ET).
Yep, it’s the marriage of ski jumping and cross-country skiing, and the U.S. will have five skiers (Bryan Fletcher, Taylor Fletcher, Jasper Good, Ben Loomis, Ben Berend) in the field.


Biathlon – Women’s 15-kilometer individual (8:05 p.m. Korea/6:05 a.m. ET).
Four U.S. women will go for the country's first ever Olympic biathlon medal in the women's 15K.


Joanne C. Gerstner has covered two Olympic Games and writes regularly for The New York Times and other outlets about sports. She has written for TeamUSA.org since 2009 as a freelance contributor on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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