W2W4 in Pyeongchang: Kenworthy eyes first Olympic gold despite injuries; Hirscher hopes for GS gold

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Remember that U.S. podium sweep in the men's slopestyle freestyle skiing event in Sochi? Team USA, led by Joss Christensen, dominated the event. In Pyeongchang, two of the three skiers, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper, are back and are hungry for the two top spots.

Austria's Marcel Hirscher finally has Olympic gold on his C.V. He won the combined alpine skiing event in Pyeongchang. Though he has been a top contender going into most alpine skiing events since the 2010 Olympics, the gold medal had somehow eluded him. On Sunday, he will compete in his best event -- giant slalom -- and will look to win his second Pyeongchang gold.

After missing his final two shots in biathlon, and consequentially missing the podium in the men's 20-kilometer individual, France's Martin Fourcade is back in the hunt for his fourth Olympic gold medal. It would tie him for the most by a French Olympian and tie him for the second most by a biathlete.

A lot is happening on Sunday. Here's everything you need to know:

Alpine skiing

Men's giant slalom (Saturday, 11:45 p.m. ET/Sunday, 1:45 p.m. local time): The Olympics has not been kind to Hirscher in the past. He has won six straight overall men's titles, a feat never achieved by any other skier. He has won two golds in each of the past three World Championships in different skiing events. But an Olympic gold medal wasn't meant to be. He won silver in slalom at the Sochi Olympics. All this changed on Tuesday when he won his first Olympic gold in the combined event. On Sunday (Saturday evening in the U.S.), Hirscher will come back to ski in his marquee event, and this time he will look to carry his momentum from GS to win his first slalom gold.

Also fighting for a place on the top of the podium is Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen, the 2014 Sochi Olympics bronze medalist in the slalom event. He will look to win his first Olympic gold and first GS Olympic medal.

Freestyle skiing

Men's slopestyle, final (Sunday, 12:11 a.m. ET/2:11 p.m. local time): Christensen, the 2014 gold medalist, did not make the team this year after returning from an ACL surgery.

But silver medalist Kenworthy and bronze medalist Goepper are in the lineup. While in Pyeongchang, Kenworthy has already suffered a couple of noncompetition injuries. He broke his thumb during practice and had to get a hematoma in his hip drained. Will the injuries prevent him from giving his best on Sunday?

Kenworthy and Goepper will have to fight it out with celebrated British freestyle skier James Woods, who finished fifth in Sochi after a last-minute hip injury during a training session. He is back this year, injury-free and a heavy favorite to win a medal in Pyeongchang. He won bronze at the 2017 Aspen X Games.

Men's aerials, final (Sunday, 6:52 a.m. ET/8:52 p.m. local time): Belarus is already halfway through winning both men's and women's aerials events again (it won gold in both events at the Sochi Olympics). Hanna Huskova won the women's event on Friday, and on Sunday, 33-year-old Anton Kushnir, a legend in his sport, will defend his gold.

Kushnir should have a relatively easy path to his second gold, but if there is one skier who might give him a run for his medal, it is China's Qi Guangpu. He won silver in the 2017 World Ski Championships.


Men's 4x10km relay (Sunday, 1:15 a.m. ET/3:15 p.m. local time): Norway's Simen Hegstad Krueger already knows what it's like to win an Olympic gold in Pyeongchang. He led his country to a clean sweep in the 30-kilometer skiathlon event on Feb. 11. Teammates Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Hans Christer Holund followed suit with the silver and bronze, respectively. On Sunday, Team Norway will skate for gold in the relay event. With Krueger's confidence from his recent gold-medal run and with Sundby's experience (he was part of the team that won silver in Vancouver), they look unstoppable.


Men's 15km mass start (Sunday, 6:15 a.m. ET/8:15 p.m. local time): This event will be a family affair for Norway's Boe brothers. Johannes is coming off a fresh gold medal run in the 20-kilometer individual event, while older brother Tarjei is looking to win his second Olympic gold medal. He won gold in the relay event in Vancouver. Unless everything goes off script, the brothers are in a good position to stand on the podium together.

Fourcade will be a major threat for the brothers. He won gold in the 12.5-kilometer pursuit event and has five Olympic medals to his name: three golds and two silvers. Earlier in the week, Fourcade had a rough time in the 20-kilometer event. He collapsed on the final shoot, giving Johannes his first Olympic medal. Their rivalry will continue going into the 15-kilometer mass start event.


Women's 500m (Sunday, 6:56 a.m. ET/8:56 p.m. local time): After three World Cup wins this season (which included a world record-breaking win in December), Japan's Nao Kodaira was the heavy favorite to win the women's 1,000 meters in Pyeongchang. But she had to settle for silver after an Olympic record-breaking performance by Netherlands' Jorien ter Mors. On Sunday, Kodaira will want to finish on a high and win her first Olympic gold medal in the 500-meter event. She is the current world champion in the event.

Not far behind her is South Korea's Lee Sang-hwa, the two-time Olympic gold medalist (at the Sochi and Vancouver Olympics). She finished the World Championship behind Kodaira with a silver, but that doesn't mean she won't go all out for her third consecutive Olympic gold.