3 to Watch: Fremont's Karen Chen in 10th After Short Program, Vonn Takes Bronze in Her Last Downhill and Women's Bobsled Heads to Final Runs

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Ladies' figure skating gets under way with the short program. Hometown girl Karen Chen of Fremont will be one of three women representing Team USA.

Here are some of the momenbts to watch for Tuesday: 

1. Stumbles for Team USA in Short Program, Russian Skaters Top the Standings

Women’s figure skating at the Pyeongchang Olympics was billed as a showdown between Olympic Athletes from Russia Evgenia Medvedeva and Aliona Zagitova, and they delivered Wednesday at Gangneung Ice Arena.

Zagitova set a new short program record with her score of 82.92 to slide into first place, ahead of Medvedeva by 1.31 points. If the 15-year-old Zagitova holds on to the top spot through Friday’s free skate, she would become the second youngest women’s figure skating gold medalist behind Tara Lipinski, the 1998 Olympic champion.

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond was in third place after the short program with 78.87 points.

All three Americans to skate in the short program planned to open their routine with triple jumps, and all three stumbled. Bradie Tennell and Mirai Nagasu each fell all the way to the ice — Tennell on a triple lutz to triple toeloop combination, and Nagasu on a her trademark triple axel — while teammate Karen Chen of Fremont placed a hand on the ice to brace herself coming out of a triple lutz. 

Chen, the 2017 national champion, choreographed both her short and long programs herself. She counts 1992 Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi among her friends and mentors.

The short program final standings have Nagasu in 9th, Chen in 10th and Tennell in 11th. 

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UPDATED: Italy’s Goggia Wins Gold, Vonn Takes Bronze in Women’s Downhill

Italy’s Sofia Goggia held off a strong field to win gold in the women’s downhill, while Team USA’s Lindsey Vonn took bronze, finishing 0.47 seconds behind her rival.

“I gave it my best shot,” Vonn said through tears after the race. “And I’m so proud to have competed with so many amazing girls.”

Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway won silver, finishing 0.09 seconds behind Goggia. 

Vonn’s bronze-medal finish makes history: At 33, she is the oldest female medalist in Alpine skiing at the Winter Games. She will ski again in the combined on Thursday (Wednesday night in the U.S.), going up against teammate Mikaela Shiffrin, who won gold in these Games in the giant slalom.

Team USA’s Alice McKennis finished fifth, Breezy Johnson finished seventh and Laurenne Ross finished 15th. 

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How to Watch: Tune in live during NBC’s primetime coverage on Tuesday, which begins at 5 p.m. PT, or watch on digital platforms at 6 p.m. PT Tuesday here.

Meyers Taylor, Humphries Renew Rivalry on Bobsled Track

Elana Meyers Taylor has waited four years for redemption. 

In Sochi in 2014, Meyers Taylor, bobsled driver for Team USA, was in first place after three of four runs. But she skidded on the final turn of that last run, and ended up 0.1 seconds behind Kaillie Humphries of Canada — who happens to be her training partner.

Humphries got gold. Meyers Taylor got silver. They’re back for another shot in Pyeongchang, and started that quest on Tuesday, with the first of two runs. The final two runs will be held on Wednesday.

Meyers Taylor, who has won two world titles since Sochi, was paired with Lauren Gibbs, and battled for first place again — this time with a pair of Germans, who are atop the standings after the first day’s action, just ahead of Meyers Taylor and Gibbs. Humphries, who has won gold at each of the last two Olympics, was paired with Phylicia George; they are in fifth place.

Americans Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans are also competing for a medal. The pair won bronze in Sochi and sit in fourth in Pyeongchang.

The Jamaican team has gotten the most attention at the Pyeongchang Games, in the spotlight for drama over their bobsled, rather than their performance. Their former driving coach left the team, and perhaps was to take the sled with her, dashing their Olympic hopes. But the Red Stripe beer company gave the sled to the team, saving its dream. They are in 18th place out of 20 after two heats.

Fun Fact: Meyers Taylor's husband is Nic Taylor, an alternate on the men's bobsled team, whose hometown is Hayward, Calif.

How to Watch: Catch the action live on digital platforms beginning on Wednesday at 3:40 a.m. PT here at or on NBCSN at 6:30 a.m. PT.

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