Olympic watching guide: Clare Egan ready for another go-round in biathlon

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Clare Egan, of the United States, looks at her time after crossing the finish line during the women’s 7.5km biathlon sprint at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Cape Elizabeth native Clare Egan gets her second shot at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday with the women’s 15-kilometer individual biathlon race.

In her Olympic debut Saturday at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre in PyeongChang, South Korea, Egan fell in her first loop of the 7.5K sprint and hit seven of 10 targets on her way to 61st place. The top 60 finishers qualified for Monday’s pursuit competition, meaning Egan missed out by a mere 1.6 seconds of a race that took her 23 minutes, 51.6 seconds to complete.

Rookie Emily Dreissigacker of Vermont was the only one of four U.S. women to advance from sprint to pursuit. She placed 51st in sprint with only one missed target, in standing, and moved up four places in pursuit, hitting nine of 10 targets in prone and seven of 10 in standing.

Egan spent more than a year studying Korean in anticipation of the Olympics. Over the weekend, she had a conversation with Ban Ki Moon, former secretary general of the United Nations, telling him in Korean, “It is an honor to be at the Olympics.”

In Wednesday’s individual race, skiers will shoot at five targets twice from prone position and twice from standing position, each time after skiing a 2.5K loop. The penalty for each missed shot is one minute added to the total time on course.

The men’s 20K individual race is scheduled for Thursday, and the United States lineup appears likely to be the same as in the sprint: Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke, Sean Doherty and Leif Nordgren. Russell Currier, a Caribou High graduate who grew up in Stockholm, is in reserve should any of the top four become ill.

What else to watch Wednesday, Feb. 14

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World champion Heather Bergsma goes for gold in speedskating. The U.S. women’s hockey team takes on archrival Canada. The U.S. men’s hockey team, largely unknown players, plays its first game, against Slovenia. The free skate in figure skating pairs will determine the medalists. Three of the top pairs are from Russia.

  • NBC
    • 3-5 p.m. Luge, doubles gold; men’s Nordic combined, normal hill/10km gold
    • 8-11:30 p.m. Figure skating, pairs gold (LIVE); men’s skiing, super-G gold (LIVE); men’s skeleton (LIVE); women’s speedskating, 1,000-meter gold
    • 12:05-1:30 a.m. Men’s snowboard cross gold (LIVE); men’s skeleton
  • NBCSN
    • 2:30-6:30 a.m.Women’s speedskating, 1,000 gold (LIVE); men’s Nordic combined, normal hill/10km gold (LIVE); women’s skeleton training
    • 6:30-9:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, U.S.-Slovenia (LIVE)
    • 9:30-11:30 a.m. Luge, doubles gold; women’s skeleton training
    • 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Women’s biathlon, 15km gold
    • 1:15-5 p.m. Women’s curling, Denmark-Sweden
    • 7-10:10 p.m. Figure skating, pairs gold (LIVE)
    • 10:10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Women’s hockey, U.S.-Canada (LIVE)
    • 12:30-2:40 a.m. Women’s curling, U.S.-Britain
  • USA
    • 2:30-5 a.m. Women’s hockey, Korea-Japan (LIVE)
    • 5-7:10 a.m. Women’s curling, Britain-OAR
    • 7:10-9:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, OAR-Slovakia (LIVE)
  • CNBC
    • 5-8 p.m. Women’s curling, U.S.-Japan
    • 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, Finland-Germany (LIVE)

— The Washington Post

What to watch Thursday, Feb. 15

The men take the ice for the short program in figure skating. Speedskating features the men’s 10,000, an endurance race that always provides a wild finish. Top contender Sven Kramer of the Netherlands could become the most decorated Olympic speedskater of all time.

  • NBC
    • 3-5 p.m.Women’s cross-country, 10km gold; men’s speedskating, 10,000-meter gold
    • 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Figure skating, men’s short program (LIVE); women’s snowboard cross gold (LIVE); men’s skeleton gold (LIVE); women’s freestyle skiing, aerials; women’s cross-country, 10km gold
    • 1:05-2 a.m. Luge, relay gold; men’s biathlon, 20km gold
  • NBCSN
    • 2:40-5 a.m. Men’s hockey, Norway-Sweden (LIVE)
    • 5-7:10 a.m. Women’s cross-country, 10km gold
    • 7:10-9:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, Switzerland-Canada (LIVE)
    • 9:30 a.m.-noon Luge, relay gold; men’s speedskating, 10,000 gold
    • Noon-2 p.m. Men’s biathlon, 20km gold
    • 2-5 p.m. Men’s curling, U.S.-Italy7-11 p.m. Figure skating, men’s short program (LIVE)
    • 11 p.m.-2:40 a.m. Men’s curling, U.S.-Sweden; men’s cross-country, 15km gold (LIVE)
  • USA
    • 2:30-5 a.m. Women’s hockey, OAR-Finland (LIVE)
    • 5-7:10 a.m. Men’s curling, Canada-Norway
    • 7:10-9:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, Czech Republic vs. South Korea (LIVE)
  • CNBC
    • 5-8 p.m. Women’s curling, U.S.-Switzerland
    • 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, U.S.-Slovakia (LIVE)

— The Washington Post

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