Medal Count 2018 Olympics: Updated Tally, Predicting Winners for Tuesday Night

Medal Count 2018 Olympics: Updated Tally, Predicting Winners for Tuesday Night

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Snowboarder Chloe Kim stole the show on Monday night when she took home gold for the United States in the women’s halfpipe competition.

Now it’s Shaun White‘s turn to take on the field in the men’s halfpipe.

Tuesday night (Wednesday morning in Pyeongchang, South Korea) will also feature some preliminary men’s curling, women’s ice hockey and the pairs’ figure skating short program.

On top of that, medals will also be handed out in alpine skiing for the women’s slalom.

Before we dive into the full schedule and our nightly predictions, let’s take a look at the updated medal tally heading into the night’s action:

         

Medal Count Entering Tuesday Night

        

Tuesday Night Schedule (Preliminary Events)

Men’s Curling (7:05 p.m. ET)

Canada vs. Italy

South Korea vs. United States

Great Britain vs. Switzerland

Denmark vs. Sweden

     

Figure Skating (8 p.m. ET)

Pairs’ Short Program

Ice Hockey (10:10 p.m. ET)

Women’s Group B: Sweden vs. Switzerland

       

Tuesday Night Schedule (Finals)

Alpine Skiing (Run 1, 8:15 p.m. ET; Run 2, 11:45 p.m. ET)

Women’s Slalom

      

Snowboarding (8:30 p.m. ET)

Men’s Halfpipe

     

Tuesday Night Predictions

Snowboarding: Men’s Halfpipe

      

Does Shaun White still think about missing the podium at the 2014 Olympics?

"People ask, ‘When are you going to get over [that loss]?’" White told Shawn Smith of NBC Sports. "You don’t, you don’t really ever get over it. It’s kind of like you have a scar from falling off a bike, it’s just with you forever."

He’ll have a chance for some redemption on Tuesday night.

Standing in the way of his pursuit of a third gold medal are Scotty James of Australia and Ayumu Hirano of Japan.

Those three all finished with huge scores in the qualifying round: White (98.50), James (96.75), Hirano (95.25).

There’s some added history on the line, too.

The next gold medal that Team USA takes home will be the 100th Winter Olympic gold in U.S. history.

Prediction: 1. Shaun White (United States), 2. Scotty James (Australia), 3. Ayumu Hirano (Japan)

         

Alpine Skiing: Women’s Slalom

While the men’s halfpipe figures to be close, it would be a major upset if the U.S. doesn’t take home gold in the women’s slalom.

Mikaela Shiffrin is the overwhelming favorite to win the event.

The 2014 gold medal winner currently sits atop the World Cup rankings by a sizeable margin:

  • Mikaela Shiffrin (780 points)
  • Petra Vlhova (605 points)
  • Frida Hansdotter (561 points)
  • Wendy Holdener (545 points)

There’s a dropoff of nearly 200 points from Holdener to the rest of the field, so those four have to be considered the heavy favorites to be standing on the podium.

Prediction: 1. Mikaela Shiffrin (United States), 2. Frida Hansdotter (Sweden), 3. Wendy Holdener (Switzerland).

     

Schedule and stats via NBCOlympics.com.

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February 13, 2018 at 01:35PM

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