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Olympics recap, Day 4: Triple Dutch treat, slush doom, speed skating anxiety, Top 5 Pieces of Flair

Congratulations to EW.com’s Olympic Stud of the Day, Dutch Chris Hardwick a.k.a. Michel Mulder, winner of the Men’s 500-meter Stay In Your Lane event. I was just about to write off long-track speed skating as “almost too chill,” but suddenly there were twin Dutch brothers in the picture and I had to reevaluate (plus, duh, nothing in existence has ever been “too chill”; get it together, Annie!) After a very confusing “time correction” — an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one — kept Michel and silver medalist Jan Smeekens in the dark as to who actually won, a photo finish determined that Mulder had indeed edged out his teammate by one-hundreth of a second. Michel’s twin brother Ronald took the bronze, making it an unprecedented clean sweep for the Netherlands.

Twins then:

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Olympics preview: Shaun White sets out to threepeat in halfpipe

Today, Feb. 11, Shaun White may become the first U.S. man to threepeat at the Winter Olympics. Men’s halfpipe qualification is scheduled to begin at 5 a.m. ET, followed by the semis at 10 a.m. ET and the finals at 12:30 p.m. ET. All will livestream on NBCOlympics.com before airing in primetime on NBC. (That’s assuming, of course, the halfpipe is ridable. Update: It’s a go. If you’re looking for results, click here.)

White has already made headlines in Sochi, dropping out of the inaugural snowboard slopestyle event to keep his focus (and health) for his run at history. Speaking to EW before he left for Russia earlier this month, NBC snowboarding play-by-play guy Todd Harris said he thought White set out January’s X Games to perfect his Olympic run — which everyone is hoping will include his first triple cork landed in competition. “Shaun has a history, obviously, the last two Olympics of showing up and just putting down a first run that no one can touch,” Harris said.

Mastering the dangerous trick hasn’t been kind to 27-year-old White — as in, it landed him in the hospital, so if the halfpipe conditions aren’t right, don’t look for it. “The thing is that there’s no good scenario if he doesn’t land it,” a member of his team said in his recent NBC special Shaun White: Russia Calling. “He’s carted off by ski patrol if he doesn’t land it.” As Harris told EW, “He knows as well as anyone that your body takes a beating when you try to do a new trick. I think it’s simple physics: It comes to a point where your body can only get so much airtime before gravity’s gonna pull you down, and unfortunately, when it pulls you down in a halfpipe, it pulls you down really hard. I think Shaun’s taken a lot of heavy hits this year. As he gets older, I think he’s realizing that his body’s not gonna be 21 for the rest of his life. Even for the great Shaun White, it gets to a point where even he has limits.” READ FULL STORY

Olympics preview: Women's ski jumping finally takes flight

NBC ski jumping analyst Jeff Hastings, a 1984 Olympian who’s provided commentary at every Winter Olympics since 1988, has already told EW why the sport makes great TV: “It’s an amazing piece of physics and an amazing bit of courage to do it well.” But as the women finally get their chance on the normal hill — qualifying for the inaugural women’s ski jumping event on Feb. 11 livestreams on NBCOlympics.com at 12:30 p.m. ET, followed by the final round at 1:25 p.m. ET, before airing in primetime on NBC — we should acknowledge that for them, it’s also taken some patience. In 2009, America’s Lindsey Van, now 29 and competing in Sochi, held the record at the hill where the men competed at the Vancouver Games — which means she would have been the gold medal favorite.

“If you’re totally unbiased about this, the women probably should have been in the 2010 Games, but probably shouldn’t have been in before that,” Hastings says, explaining that 2009 was the first year women had an official world championship (which Van won). “The IOC, rightly so, says, ‘Look, you need to have this many nations, and this many participants, and this big a tour before we’ll consider you as a possibility for an Olympic sport.’ [Women] pushed hard in ’02, they pushed hard in ’06, and got turned down. In ’10, you could argue that with their world championship in ’09, they really deserved to be there, but it was a tight turnaround, and in the meantime, one or two IOC people said some pretty sexist, stupid things that everybody hung their hat on as the reason why they were saying no. But long story short, they’re in now, and they deserve to be in, and they’re still going to be fighting like heck to get on the large hill in 2018. So the fight’s not over, but the first battle’s been won — and everyone’s winning in this deal.” READ FULL STORY

Olympics: Curling coach answers 5 burning questions

No Winter Olympics sport takes more abuse from TV viewers than curling. With 12 days of curling on tap in Sochi (daily play continues until medals are awarded to the women on Feb. 20, and the men on Feb. 21), it’s time we change that. We phoned 2010 Olympics coach Phill Drobnick, who’s now the Project 2018 National Coach for USA Curling, to ask a few burning questions, like why the sport’s three-hour matches are interesting and if we could, theoretically, become Olympians if we started training today.  READ FULL STORY

Tara Lipinski picks her most memorable ladies' figure skating programs -- VIDEO

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Arguably the biggest storyline to emerge from the Sochi Olympics’ inaugural team figure skating event was confirmation that Russia’s 15-year-old Yulia Lipnitskaya is ready to contend for ladies’ gold now (or rather on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, when their individual competition finally takes place) as opposed to waiting for 2018. With her GIF-worthy flexibility, how long will her programs stay with you?

We asked 1998 gold medalist-turned-commentator Tara Lipinski for her picks for the five most memorable ladies’ performances ever. Four of them came on Olympic ice, one happened at the World Championships (Midori Ito fans, you know it). Watch the video below. Then give us your picks. READ FULL STORY

Which Winter Olympics sport are you surprised you enjoy watching? Celeb picks! -- VIDEO

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With the Sochi Games underway, have you already gotten sucked into ice dancing, sky jumping, or — it starts today! — curling? You’re not alone. Before the Winter Olympics began, we asked celebs which sport they’re surprised they enjoy watching. Check out the responses below from Sleepy Hollow‘s Tom Mison, Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden, Saturday Night Live‘s Bobby Moynihan, Black Sails‘ Toby Stephens and Luke Arnold, Enlisted‘s Geoff Stults, Outlander‘s Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, Hawaii Five-O’s Daniel Dae Kim, the cast of Workaholics, and more. Then tell us your pick.  READ FULL STORY

Ashley Wagner's fed up face, now in meme form

American Ashley Wagner finished fourth in a team ice skating event this weekend and she was not happy about it. A photo of her disgusted reaction as her score was read quickly spread and, because it’s the internet, resulted in a variety of Ashley Wagner-centered memes. Wagner follows fellow American Olympian McKayla Maroney, who also became internet famous for her similarly displeased reaction when she won a silver, not gold, medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Check out some of the memes that have come out of the moment so far: READ FULL STORY

Olympics: What to watch today

The Olympics: So many sports, so little time. Need help deciding which events to watch? We’re here to help. Each day, we’ll give you our three picks for the most watch-worthy events. Here’s what we recommend for Monday, February 10:

MEN’S SPEEDSKATING 500M GOLD FINALS
3 p.m. NBC
These men, skating at the speed of light (or something like that), are what winter commuters wish they looked like when they slip and slide on icy sidewalks.

MEN’S CURLING, USA VS. NORWAY
5 p.m. CNBC
The Americans should win this match if they can keep their eyes on the prize and not on the Norwegians’ famously garish pants, which, much like the sun, should never be looked at directly. –Clark Collis

WOMEN’S ALPINE SKIING SUPER COMBINED GOLD MEDAL
8 p.m. NBC
Lindsey Vonn may be missing from this year’s games, but the U.S. still has a strong showing: Three-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso is competing, along with Mikaela Shiffrin, whose coach once said of her, “One day, she could beat everyone at everything.” Yeah, that’s what people say about me, too.

Olympics Recap: Jamie Anderson wins big. Plus: The many faces of Gracie Gold

NBC’s primetime coverage of the Olympics on Sunday was all about the ladies. Jamie Anderson tore up the inaugural Olympic Snowboard Slopestyle competition. Gracie Gold took to the ice and gave a commanding performance…although not as commanding as Julia Lipnitskaia, the Russian skating superstar. Presumably both young ladies feel nothing but deep respect for each other as opponents, but let’s just assume for that they are the estrogenized figure-skating reincarnation of Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago, and this is all building up to an epic showdown in the individual competition. (Miley Cyrus will fill the James Brown role with a performance of “Party in the USA.”)

2014’s official will-they-or-won’t-they couple Meryl Davis and Charlie White performed a lovely ice dance, although now there are allegations about score-fixing, because we all know that ice-dancing is just a front for the mafia. (Which mafia? Oh, I dunno, maybe all of them.) Oh, and NBC sent Mary Carrillo to Siberia, presumably hoping she would just get the hint already. Mary discovered a whole network of ice caverns, containing a veritable ice king. What did this have to do with sports? Nothing. Everything.

Most Endearing Disappointed Reaction
Teenaged snowboarder Ty Walker couldn’t make the cut for slopestyle. Here’s how much that bothers her:

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“Whaddaya gonna do?” she seems to be saying. “I’m 16, and I’m an Olympian snowboarder. I’m already cooler than like almost everyone who’s ever lived. I guess I’ll come back in four years and win then? Just think: In four years, you’ll feel really old, and I’ll be 20!”

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Olympics: What to watch today

The Olympics: So many sports, so little time. Need help deciding which events to watch? We’re here to help. Each day, we’ll give you our three picks for the most watch-worthy events. Here’s what we recommend for Sunday, February 9:

WOMEN’S BIATHLON 7.5KM SPRINT
9:30 a.m.
How did someone come up with the idea of combining shooting and skiing into one sport– were they skiing when they ran into an angry bear and had to race away while shooting at it? Do bears even live on mountains? No matter the origin (which, as it turns out, has nothing to do with bears– maybe), it should be fun to watch Norwegian Tora Berger, who won her country’s first biathlon gold medal in the last winter Olympics, compete.

TEAM ICE DANCE FREE DANCE
12:10 p.m.
Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White have been skating (and winning) together for 17 years and this time around, they may be able to prove they’re better than their Canadian rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. But will they?

MEN’S LUGE, SINGLES FINAL
11:35 p.m.
Legendary Italian luger Armin “the Cannibal” Zöggeler is hoping to become the first Olympic athlete ever to win six consecutive medals in the same individual event. Everyone else is just hoping he doesn’t eat them. –Clark Collis

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