3 to Watch: From a Young Phenom to a Decorated Olympian, Snowboaders Chloe Kim and Shaun White Take Center Stage in PyeongChang - NBC Bay Area
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3 to Watch: From a Young Phenom to a Decorated Olympian, Snowboaders Chloe Kim and Shaun White Take Center Stage in PyeongChang

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    3 to Watch: From a Young Phenom to a Decorated Olympian, Snowboaders Chloe Kim and Shaun White Take Center Stage in PyeongChang
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    While Mikaela Shiffrin and Team USA’s other alpine skiers have been temporarily sidelined by high winds, American snowboarders are providing the Pyeongchang thrills. Competing in snowboarding slopestyle, teenager Red Gerard on Sunday won America’s first gold medal in Pyeongchang. Now, Chloe Kim, another 17-year-old, will try to match him in women’s halfpipe. And Shaun White, who won his first gold medal when Gerard and Kim were just 5 years old, takes the slopes in his fourth Olympic games in the men’s halfpipe qualifying.

    Kim and White highlight an action-packed day that includes speed skaters Shani Davis, Joey Mantia and Maame Biney, and a women’s hockey game between Team USA and the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

    Here’s what you need to watch in Pyeongchang over the next 24 hours:

    1. Kim Soars to Gold, White Makes Pyeongchang Debut

    Chloe Kim.
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    Seventeen-year-old Chloe Kim was golden Monday night, dominating the women’s halfpipe to win her first Olympic medal. Kim put up an unbeaten 93.75 on her first run, but later, after her victory was secured, she scored a near-perfect 98.25.

    Liu Jiayu took silver with an 89.75, becoming the first Chinese snowboarder to medal at the Olympics. American Arielle Gold edged out veteran Kelly Clark to win bronze.

    Shaun White is one of the most decorated snowboarders ever, appearing in his fourth Olympics. White won gold medals in the men’s halfpipe in his first two Olympics, but finished fourth in Sochi in 2014. He’s looking for redemption in Pyeongchang. He’ll compete in qualifying on Tuesday (Monday night in the U.S.), and then go for a medal on Wednesday if he advances.

    How to Watch: Tune in to see White live during NBC’s primetime coverage in primetime or on digital platforms here.

    2. Speedskater Biney Is America’s Best Hope In 500-Meter Short Track

    Maame Biney skates to victory in the Women's 500 Meter A Final on Dec. 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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    China’s Fan Kexin, who has six world medals in 500-meter short track speed skating, slipped in the semifinals at the Sochi Olympics four years ago, costing her a shot at a medal. Now, she’s got another shot at a gold medal.

    Her stiffest American competition? The Ghana-born Maame Biney the first black woman to qualify for a U.S. Olympic short track team. Piney learned to skate after moving to the United States at age 5. Another top contender, Choi Min-jeong, is from South Korea.

    How to Watch: Catch the action live on digital platforms beginning at 2 a.m. PT Tuesday on digital platforms here, or during NBC’s daytime Olympics coverage at 3pm ET Tuesday.

    3. Americans Speed Skaters Shani Davis and Joey Mantia Takes Ice in 1500m Medal Event

    Shani Davis; Joey Mantia.
    Photo credit: Getty Images; NBC

    Four-time Olympic medalist Shani Davis may be the more recognizable name in the Men’s 1500m, but it’s American Joey Mantia who is most likely to challenge for a medal.

    Mantia, from Ocala, Florida, struggled in Sochi, finishing 15th in the 1000-meter race and 22nd in his best event, the 1500-meters. Calling the experience "a complete disaster,” Mantia is hoping to find his way to the medal podium in Pyeongchang.

    The international field will be headlined by the Netherlands’ Kjeld Nuis, the reigning 1500m world champion, and his teammate Koen Verweij, who returned from a kidney injury that kept him from training for a year.

    How to Watch: Catch the action starting at 3 a.m. Tuesday PT on digital platforms here, or during NBC’s daytime Olympics coverage at 12 p.m. PT  Tuesday.