By Joanne C. Gerstner | Feb. 22, 2018, 10:23 a.m. (ET)
Lowell Bailey competes in the men's biathlon 12.5-kilometer pursuit at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 12, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.


Two-time Olympic gold medalist speedskater Shani Davis competes in his signature event, the 1,000-meter, while the Team USA’s figure skating trio and men’s biathlon team looks to reach the podium Friday, Feb. 23.

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

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1. Figure Skating – Women's

Team USA’s Mirai Nagasu, Bradie Tennell and Karen Chen are hoping to deliver clean and strong free skates, after the trio did not have the short programs they were seeking on Wednesday. Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva, both Olympic Athletes from Russia, were the standouts of the short, and carry a healthy point lead into the free. Zagitova, who set a new world record for points (82.92) in the short, will be tough to top for gold. The American trio still has an outside shot of winning medals. Nagasu sit in ninth (66.93 points), Chen in 10th (65.90) and Tennell 11th (64.01). Watch for Nagasu to land a triple axel, just as she did in the team event free skate earlier at these Games when she became the third woman ever to land a triple axel at the Olympics.

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

Watch: NBC

2. Long Track Speedskating – Men's 1,000-meter

Shani Davis, Joey Mantia and Mitch Whitmore will vie for Team USA’s first men’s medal of the Games in Thursday’s 1,000-meter. Mantia is the reigning world champion in mass start and has eight world up medals to his name at 1,500 meters but has also found success in the 1,000. Davis, meanwhile, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 1,000, winning in 2006 and 2010 and has been among the world’s leaders in this event for more than a decade. Whitmore surprised even himself when he made the Olympi team in the 1,000 but has been gaining momentum at this distance.

When: 7 p.m. Korea/5 a.m. ET (Wednesday)

Watch: NBCSN


3. Biathlon – Men's 4x7-kilometer

This is the last biathlon event of the PyeongChang Games, and Americans Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke will lead the team that’s aiming for the country’s first medal in their sport. Bailey and Burke are a strong team, finishing seventh in the 2017 world championships and having each earned individual world championship medals in the past. They’re both in their fourth Olympics and know what they need to do with the fickle snow and wind conditions on the tricky Alpensia Biathlon Centre course.

When: 8:15 p.m. Korea/6:15 a.m. ET 

Watch: NBCSN


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 since 2009 as a freelance contributor on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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