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BEIJING — Finland has never won an Olympic gold medal in hockey.
To break that drought, the Finns will need to beat defending champions Russia – the team that, if you include all of their various designations, have won as many Olympic titles in men’s hockey as anyone.
Any remaining medals from the Beijing Games are part of Saturday’s TV coverage in the United States – if you count the wee hours of Sunday morning, when the women’s 30-kilometre cross-country ski race takes place. The men’s hockey final, as usual, will be a highlight. Additionally, American Elana Meyers Taylor has a chance of winning a medal in the women’s bobseld.
Here are some things to watch out for:
HOCKEY: The Soviet Union won seven gold medals in men’s hockey, the unified team won one and the Olympic athletes from Russia won in 2018. Add it all up, and that’s nine gold medals for the Russian hockey in various forms – the same number as Canada.
Russians are competing this year as the Russian Olympic Committee because Russia’s name and flag have been banned as part of the fallout from the doping scandal in the country.
The Russians are aiming for another hockey gold medal when they face Finland in the gold medal match, which will air live on USA Network at 11:10 p.m. The bronze medal match between Sweden and Slovakia will air live on CNBC at 8 p.m.
The Finns lost to the United States in 1980 in the game that won gold for the Americans. Finland won silver in 1988 in 2006.
BOBSLED: The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee has announced that Meyers Taylor — who has hinted she may retire after these Games — will carry the American flag at Sunday night’s closing ceremony. She was supposed to be one of the flag bearers at the opening ceremony, but was unable to do so as she was in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. She got out in time to compete.
The women’s bobsleigh will take place in the morning on USA Network. The final round of the four-man event will air live on NBC primetime, and another presentation of the women’s event will also air on NBC primetime.
Meyers Taylor is third at the midpoint in women’s bobsleigh. She has already won silver in the monobob, finishing behind her American teammate Kaillie Humphries. Humphries is fifth in the women’s bobsleigh after two runs.
FIGURE SKATING: Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China set a world record with their short program and lead Russia’s Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov in the pair free skate. It will be live on USA Network at 6 a.m., and NBC will air it in prime time.
The figure skating gala will air live on NBC’s late night coverage.
Sui and Han won silver at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.
CURLING: Sweden finished second in the men’s curling tournament in 2018, losing to the United States in the final. Now captain Niklas Edin, who also won bronze in 2014, has another shot at winning gold against Great Britain. This match will be broadcast live on USA Network early in the morning.
The women’s final between Great Britain and Japan will be broadcast live on CNBC at 8 p.m. The women’s bronze medal game between Sweden and Switzerland will be broadcast on USA Network.