Winter Olympics: Day-by-day guide to Pyeongchang 2018

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Yarnold retains Olympic skeleton title
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Date: 9-25 February
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app.

Here's our day-by-day guide to what are expected to be the highlights of Pyeongchang 2018 for both Team GB and other leading nations.

All times are scheduled start times, in GMT.

Friday, 23 February - day 14

Medal events: Five

  • 01:00-05:15: Figure skating - women's single short programme
  • 01:00-02:40: Freestyle skiing - women's ski cross finals
  • 06:35-09:30: Curling - men's bronze medal final
  • 10:00-11:35: Speed skating - men's 1,000m final
  • 11:15-12:45: Biathlon - men's 4x7.5km relay

Brit watch:

  • 11:05-14:00: The British women's team face Sweden for a place in their curling final when they compete in their semi-final.
  • 01:00-02:40: GB ski-cross athlete Emily Sarsfield could be in line to win a medal if she makes the latter stages of her event.

KEY ACTION TO WATCH:

Ski-cross:

01:00-02:40: If Briton Emily Sarsfield makes the latter stages then she could pull off a surprise, but among the main predicted medal prospects are Sweden's Sandra Naeslund and Canadian Sochi 2014 silver medallist Kelsey Serwa.

Figure skating:

01:00-05:15: Retirement and injury have robbed the sport of the gold and silver medallists from the last Olympics, but third-placed Carolina Kostner of Italy is back.

She is looking to become - at 31 - the sport's oldest Olympic medallist since 1924, but is a somewhat controversial figure, having spent two years out of the sport after lying about her boyfriend's whereabouts when drug testers came calling.

The sport's newest sensation is 15-year-old Russian Alina Zagitova - she and team-mates Maria Sotskova and Evgenia Medvedeva are all possible contenders.

Ice hockey:

07:40-10:00 & 12:10-14:30: The men's competition reaches the last-four stage.

On paper at least - for what that's worth - Canada, Olympic Athletes from Russia, Sweden and Finland are the top four.

However, the USA will be keen to secure themselves a place in the final, having finished fourth at Sochi 2014.

Curling:

06:35-09:30: Four years ago, the men's bronze-medal match was between Sweden and China. The Swedes won, but they are keen for an upgrade and head into the Games ranked second in the world.

They face Switzerland - who beat Great Britain - in their semi-final. The other semi-final pits Canada against neighbours the USA.

11:05: Eve Muirhead's GB women's team play Sweden for a place in Sunday's final. Can they improve on the bronze they won four years ago?

Speed skating:

10:00-11:35: American Shani Davies won the men's 1,000m at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, but was eighth in 2014. However, much like the short-track version, surprises and upsets are part of what makes the sport so exciting.

As ever, the Dutch are the leading nation in the event - particularly with Russia's leading athletes missing out - and multiple world champion Kjeld Nuis and compatriot Koen Verweij are strong favourites.

Saturday, 24 February - day 15

Gold medal events: 10 (eight gold)

  • 01:00-02:45: Snowboarding - men's big air finals
  • 02:00-03:55: Alpine skiing - alpine team event
  • 03:00-04:30: Snowboarding - women's/men's parallel giant slalom finals
  • 05:00-08:05: Cross country skiing - men's 50km mass start classic
  • 06:35-09:55: Curling - men's gold-medal final
  • 11:05-14:00: Curling - women's bronze-medal final
  • 12:10-15:00: Ice hockey - men's bronze-medal final
  • 12:30: Speed skating - women's mass start
  • 13:00: Speed skating - men's mass start
GB in four-man bobsleigh action
GB's four-man bobsleigh team took silver at the Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Cup in Whistler, Canada

Brit watch:

  • 01:00-02:45: Billy Morgan - Big Air finals.
  • 00:30-03:00: GB four-man bobsleigh team begin their Olympic campaign.
  • 11:05-14:00: The British female curlers could be in contention for Olympic bronze.
  • 02:00-03:55: Alpine team event featuring Dave Ryding, Charlie Guest, Alex Tilley and Laurie Taylor.
  • 05:00-08:05: Andrew Musgrave in 50km classic.

KEY ACTION TO WATCH:

Bobsleigh:

00:30-03:00: Four years ago the British men's four-man team began their podium charge as rank outsiders but climbed into contention through impressive runs on the opening day.

Again they will start some distance behind the leading candidates from Germany and Canada - whose early starts should give them an advantage on fresh ice - but the weather can have a huge impact in this sport.

Having now all but been confirmed a retrospective bronze medal from Sochi 2014 - after the bans of five Russian bobsleighers were upheld - the GB men will be hoping they'll be celebrating on the ice this time, rather than years after the event.

Did you know?

Sochi Olympic bobsleigher Bruce Tasker was in line to compete for Team GB in Pyeongchang before suffering a stroke in early January. He is, though, on course to make a full recovery and return to the sport next season.

Big air:

01:00-02:45: Can Britain's Billy Morgan land his top trick and secure a medal in the sport's Olympic debut?

He will need to be at his very best, but the quad cork-king is a strong medal contender, as is Canada's multiple X Games champion Max Parrot and slopestyle bronze medallist Mark McMorris.

Curling:

06:35-09:55 and 11:05-14:00: Great Britain's women's team could be involved in their bronze-medal match but will be hoping their moment comes 24 hours later in the gold-medal match.

The men's final is the first match of the day.

Parallel snowboarding:

03:00-04:30: Only the most special of athletes are able to achieve success in multiple Olympic disciplines. Come day 15, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic will add herself to that illustrious list by becoming the first athlete in history to compete in both skiing and snowboarding at the Winter Olympics.

Having earlier raced several of the alpine skiing races, she will become a leading medal contender in the women's parallel slalom.

If historic achievements are your bag then keep an eye out for Canadian Jasey-Jay Anderson.

He's 42, won gold at Vancouver 2010, recently became the oldest snowboard World Cup winner and in Pyeongchang will become the only rider to have competed in every Olympics since snowboarding was added to the programme in 1998.

Ex-American boarder Vic Wild, now know by his Russian name Victor Ivan, will be looking to retain the Olympic title he won for his adopted nation at Sochi 2014 - as part of the 'Olympic athletes from Russia' line-up.

Did you know?

Ester Ledecka's maternal grandfather, Jan Klapac, won Olympic ice hockey medals at the 1964 and 1968 Games, while her father - Janek Ledecky - is a nationally famous musician, best known for Christmas songs.

Alpine skiing:

02:00-03:55: Some feel the addition of freestyle events at recent Olympics has made traditional Alpine events feel a little dated - but the all-new mixed alpine skiing team event aims to inject new life into the sport.

Sixteen nations - including a British team featuring Dave Ryding - will compete in a head-to-head, best-of-four knockout contest with each team featuring two women and two men.

The French, Slovaks and Swiss are among the favourites for the medals.

Cross-country skiing:

05:00-08:05: Britain's Andrew Musgrave competes for the final time at the Games in the men's most gruelling cross-country event - battled out over 50km.

He was fourth at the 2017 World Championship - but that was in the freestyle event, whereas in Pyeongchang the distance will be held in the classic technique - not Musgrave's strength.

The event saw a clean sweep for Russia at Sochi 2014, but the gold and silver medallists have subsequently been stripped of their honours.

Canada's Alex Harvey and Norway's Petter Northug are among the leading skiers who will be looking to combat the conditions and claim the top honours.

Did you know?

Andrew Musgrave's two sisters were born in Norway and Egypt; he and his brother were born in Dorset. The family moved to the Shetlands when he was one, before heading to Alaska when he was five.

Sunday, 25 February - day 16

Medal events: Four

  • 00:05-03:25: Curling - women's final
  • 00:30-03:30: Bobsleigh - four-man final heats
  • 04:10-07:00: Ice hockey - men's final
  • 06:15-08:15: Cross-country skiing - women's 30km mass-start classic

MUST WATCH:

11:00-13:00: Closing ceremony

GB's women's curling team during the Sochi Games in 2014
Great Britain's women won curling bronze with the final stone of their match against Switzerland in 2014

Brit watch:

  • 00:30-03:30: Can the British four-man bobsleigh team achieve a first Olympic medal at the Games since Nagano 1998 in Japan?
  • 00:05-03:25: Will Britain's women's curling team be in contention to better their bronze from Sochi 2014 and repeat the gold medal-winning achievements of Rhona Martin's legendary team from Salt Lake City in 2002?

KEY ACTION TO WATCH:

While the majority of athletes will be in party mode having completed their programmes, day 16 is the final opportunity for those still competing to claim places on the Olympic podium - before another four-year-wait.

Bobsleigh:

00:30-03:30: The four-man competition is one of the most highly anticipated events of the Games, and it traditionally creates a lot of last-minute drama on the final day of competition.

Four years ago, the British 'meat wagon' team finished an agonising 0.11 seconds off the podium positions, and although they are in line to receive a retrospective bronze medal - following the disqualification of two Russian sleds - they are desperate to be celebrating on the day this time around.

In Brad Hall and Lamin Deen they have pilots who have guided their crews to World Cup successes this season, creating a rare situation whereby there are no obvious 'GBR 1' and 'GBR 2' line-ups.

Realistically, the Germans look overwhelming favourites with their pilots locking out the top three positions in the World Cup standings.

However, the Canadian, Latvian and British teams will all believe they can produce something special across four runs.

Curling:

00:05-03:25: The women's curling competition will reach its climax.

Four years ago, the gold-medal match was fought out between Canada and Sweden, with the Canadians - who beat GB in the semi-finals - taking the honours.

Ice hockey:

04:10-07:00: There will be no NHL players, but hopefully no lack of drama in the men's final.

This is one of the Games' marquee events, and despite the absence of some of the world's leading players, the International Olympic Committee and Pyeongchang 2018 organisers will be keen to ensure it remains a must-see spectacle.

The USA and Canada will unsurprisingly be the hardest hit, although both will be able to draw on talent playing elsewhere in the world.

However, somewhat ironically - given the sanctions placed on Russia's team heading into the Games - it is they who are likely to benefit the greatest from the NHL ban, as Russia has the next strongest domestic league.

Sweden head into the Games ranked third in the world - behind Canada and Russia, but ahead of fourth-placed Finland and the USA in fifth.

Cross-country skiing:

06:15-08:15: The final event of Pyeongchang 2018 will see the women battle it out over 30km in the mass start classic.

It is the last chance to see who truly is the queen of cross-country skiing following a gruelling campaign which will see some competitors compete in up to six events.

Norway's trio of 2017 World Championships medallists - Marit Bjorgen, Heidi Weng and Astrid Jacobsen - will all be in contention.

Closing ceremony:

11:00-13:00: The Games will officially end with the closing ceremony at the Pyeongchang Olympic stadium.

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