United States’ Mikaela Shiffrin leaves the course after the women’s giant slalom was postponed due to high winds at the 2018 Winter Olympics at the Yongpyong Alpine Center, Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
U.S. star Mikaela Shiffrin , the reigning overall World Cup champion, will finally make her Pyeongchang debut with the slalom at 7:15 p.m. She famously said in Sochi that she wanted to leave Korea with gold medals in all five alpine events, but she has yet to confirm if she will compete for all of them.
In alpine , there are no tricks to watch — the clock is the only judge. Look for the skiers to make tight turns around poles, which is different than giant slalom with fewer and wider turns. The medal race is set for 10:45 p.m.
The men will also ski Tuesday, finishing the slalom portion of the combined race at midnight.
Prime time in North America means marquee events and Tuesday is no exception. The pairs skating short program starts at 7 p.m. Fittingly, it will be Valentine’s Day in Korea when the pairs take the ice: Americans Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim are married in “real life.”
The short program lasts 2 minutes, 50 seconds. For the uninitiated, scoring is complicated, but basically skaters get two sets of scores for their two routines: a technical score and one that is more about presentation. The short program acts as a qualifier, eliminating the lowest performers from competition. Watch for the elements that are unique to pairs skating, including lifts, throw jumps and the leap of faith called a death spiral.