Winter Olympics 2018: Sara Takanashi aims for ski jumping gold, biathlete Martin Fourcade could add to silver on Day 3

Violent winds prevented superstar alpine skier Mikaela Schiffrin from lighting up the Olympics Monday but other stars are lining up to grab the Pyeongchang spotlight.

Here are five events to watch out for on day three of the Winter Games:

Sara Takanashi

File photo of Sara Takanashi of Japan in action. Reuters

File photo of Sara Takanashi of Japan in action. Reuters

The most successful women's ski jumper of all time, Takanashi will attempt to shake off her Olympic demons in the normal hill competition. The 21-year-old star flopped at Sochi four years ago and must break a perplexing slump in form to avenge that loss. "I want to pay my debts for what happened in Sochi," she said.

Chloe Kim

One of the potential breakout stars of the Games, Kim competes in qualifying Monday in women's halfpipe snowboarding. Born in California, of Korean parents, Kim draws mobs of cameras and fans wherever she goes in Pyeongchang. The 17-year-old whizzkid is favourite for the halfpipe finals on Tuesday after clinching the X-Games title in January and could capture an emotional gold for her number one fan: her granny who still lives in South Korea and will be watching her in Pyeongchang.

Evgenia Medvedeva

The gold medal in the figure skating team event will be decided Monday with Canada in the lead ahead of the OAR (Olympic Athletes from Russia) and the United States. The men's and women's free skate and the ice dance are on the programme. Russian ice queen Medvedeva conjured up a personal best on her Olympic bow on Sunday to place her team in contention for a medal. Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu pulled out of the team event to preserve his strength for an attempt to retain the men's title he won four years ago in Sochi.

Martin Fourcade

French army officer Fourcade made just three errors in shooting during the 10km biathlon on Sunday and it cost him gold. One fewer and he would have been Olympic champion. Unbowed, the 29-year-old will be favourite again in the wind and bitter cold on Monday as he goes in search of the pursuit title following his two golds and a silver at Sochi 2014.

Unified Koreans

The unified Korean women's ice hockey team play their second match after taking an 8-0 lesson from Switzerland in their opening game. That tie was watched by the first member of North Korea's ruling Kim dynasty to visit the South since the 1950-53 Korean War. For Monday's match they will be supported by a vocal group of North Korean cheerleaders but their chances of beating the Swedes look minimal.


Updated Date: Feb 12, 2018 10:01 AM

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