The Most Exciting Events to Watch Before the 2018 Winter Olympics End

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The final week of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea has been filled with hardware for Team USA.

On Thursday alone in PyeongChang, the women’s ice hockey team won gold in a historic match against arch rival Canada, freestyle skier David Wise defended his gold medal in the halfpipe competition, and alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin and snowboarder Jamie Anderson won silver medals in their respective events.

But the Games will soon come to an end. While competition has been intense for the U.S. all along, there are still a few key events left to watch.

Here are several big events to watch before the Closing Ceremony.


Figure Skating: Women’s Medals

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Mirai Nagasu of the United States falls while competing during the Ladies Single Skating Short Program on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.XIN LI—Getty Images

Competitors in the women’s single skating event will have their last chance to make it on the podium with the free skate. Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva of the Olympic Athletes from Russia came out on top during the women’s short program earlier this week, with the U.S.’s athletes far behind in 9th, 10th and 11th place.

The U.S.’s Mirai Nagasu attempted a triple axel during her short program but fell upon landing. Ranked 9th going into the free skate, Nagasu helped the U.S. win a bronze medal in the Team Event earlier in the Games thanks to her historic triple axel.

When to watch the women’s Figure Skating final on TV: Thursday at 8 p.m. ET

Snowboarding: Big Air Final

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Mark McMorris of Canada competes during the Men's Big Air Qualification Heat 2 on day 12 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on February 21, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.Lars Baron—Getty Images

While Americans have dominated snowboarding events so far, the new snowboarding big air event will be a more difficult moment to capture gold.

Medal-favorite Mark McMorris of Canada is expected to come out on top. Three Americans have qualified for the men’s big air event, including Kyle Mack, Chris Corning and Red Gerard, who stunned viewers with his gold-medal win in the slopestyle event early on in the Games.

When to watch the men’s Snowboarding Big Air final on TV: Friday at 8 p.m. ET.

Speed Skating: Men’s 1,000m

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Shani Davis of the United States competes during the Men's 1500m Speed Skating on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Oval on February 13, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.Maddie Meyer—Getty Images

Decorated speed skater Shani Davis will compete in what could be his last-ever Olympics event with the men’s 1,000 meter race. Davis, who was the first African American to ever qualify for the U.S. Olympic speed skating team, also is the first man to win back-to-back gold medals in the men’s 1,000, which came in 2006 and 2010.

At the 2018 Winter Olympics so far, Davis placed 19th in the men’s 1,500 meters — an event he had previously won silver in twice.

When to watch the men’s 1,000m Speed Skating event on TV: Friday at 5am ET

Speed Skating: Mass Start Final

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Skaters compete during the men mass start final on Day Two during the ISU World Cup Speed Skating at the Thialf on November 11, 2017 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.Christof Koepsel - ISU—ISU via Getty Images

With 24 speed skaters taking the track in the first-ever Olympic mass start, this event is sure to be a chaotic one to watch. The new event brings an exciting element to the sport, with all competitors on the ice at once and medals for the top three to cross the finish line.

The U.S.’s Joey Mantia, who placed 8th in the men’s 1,500 meter earlier in the Olympic Games, is the reigning world champion in the men’s event. On the women’s side, the U.S.’s Heather Bergsma will compete following her 8th-place finish in the women’s 1,500 meter.

When to watch the Speed Skating Mass Start on TV: Friday at 7:30 am ET

Curling: Men’s Gold Medal Match

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Matt Hamilton, John Shuster, John Landsteiner of USA compete in the Curling Men's Semi-final against Canada on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.Dean Mouhtaropoulos—Getty Images

For the first time in U.S. history, the men’s curling team will battle for gold in the final match for the sport at the Winter Olympics. The team, led by Olympic veteran John Shuster, beat Canada, a medal-favorite, 5-2 on Thursday, securing their historic spot in the finals. The gold medal match comes after years of lackluster performances from the U.S. men’s curling team at the Olympics, where they placed last in 2010 and second-to-last in 2014.

When to watch the men’s Curling final on TV: Saturday at 3 a.m. ET

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