The last day of the Winter Olympics offers a last chance for some athletes to win a medal. Here are the names and events to watch on Sunday:
⛷️ Mikaela Shiffrin (always) still has a chance: High winds forced organizers to postpone the mixed alpine team parallel race from Saturday to Sunday, the final day of the Winter Games. The decision has forced some teams to rearrange flights and accommodation, but all 15 nations entered in the competition are ready to take part. The team event is the last chance for the American Mikaela Shiffrin, the biggest star in alpine skiing, to win a medal. One of the few skiers to compete in all alpine skiing events, Shiffrin has so far finished with a ninth-place finish in the super-G, 18th in the downhill and three Did Not Finish results. Switzerland is the reigning Olympic champion in this event. The Norwegians enter as reigning world champions and were also on the podium four years ago with bronze in PyeongChang.
🏒 Ice Hockey Final: Finland vs. ROC: One of the highlights of the final day is expected to be the men’s ice hockey final, where reigning Olympic champions Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) will attempt to defend their title against Finland. Russia has not retained the title since the glory days of the “Big Red Machine” when a unified team won gold at the Albertville Winter Games in 1992, after the former Soviet Union won top honors at Calgary 1988 and Sarajevo 1984. Finland have made regular appearances on the podium, returning home with a medal in five of the previous seven Games, but have yet to reach the top step. Finland is the most successful hockey nation without an Olympic gold medal, with 10 silver or bronze medals between the men’s and women’s teams.
🥌 Curling: Can British women do better than men? twenty years later Rhona Martin skipped Britain to victory in Salt Lake City, women’s curlers are in contention to win gold in Beijing after Eve Muirhead lead his team to the final. They will be hoping to do better than the men, who finished with silver after falling short against Sweden on Saturday. The British team take on Japan, who finished fourth in the standings, but stunned Switzerland at the National Aquatics Center to reach their first-ever Olympic final in the sport. This is a rematch of the 2018 Olympic bronze medal game, which was won by Japan for their first curling medal. Britain had not won any medals at these Beijing Games until the men at least guaranteed themselves silver, ending fears there would be no podium for the first time since 1992 .
🛷 Germany is aiming for even more glory in the bobsleigh: Germany is on course to win a ninth gold medal in 10 sliding events. A four-man bobsleigh piloted by Francesco Friedrich tracks by Johannes Lochner four men trailed by 0.03 seconds after the first two of four sets, which is a closer battle than expected. Friedrich, who tried to become the first rider to win gold in twos and fours at multiple Olympics, won 14 consecutive international races in fours until his runners-up finish at the last World Cup. As of 2017, Friedrich has won the last five four-man Olympic or world titles.