3 to Watch: Big Air Silver for USA's Mack, Mass Start Speedskating Makes Its Debut and Back to the Slopes for Alpine Skiing Team Event - NBC Bay Area
The 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang

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3 to Watch: Big Air Silver for USA's Mack, Mass Start Speedskating Makes Its Debut and Back to the Slopes for Alpine Skiing Team Event

Primetime coverage begins at 5 p.m. on NBC on the West Coast

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    Tune in to for NBC's LIVE primetime coverage of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics beginning at 5 p.m. on the West Coast. Not near a TV? You can also catch it on your phone or computer right here.

    Here are some of the moments to watch for: 

    UPDATED: American Kyle Mack Takes Silver in Men’s Snowboard Big Air

    Sebastien Toutant of Canada won gold in men's snowboard big air on Saturday at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

    Team USA's Kyle Mack took silver, while Billy Morgan of Great Britain took bronze.

    The favorites were Canadian riders Max Parrot and Mark McMorris. Earlier in these Olympics, both athletes won slopestyle medals (Parrot earned silver, McMorris took bronze), but they are just as good — if not better — in big air.

    Slopestye gold medalist Red Gerard didn't make the podium, but was there to congratulate his teammate Mack on a job well done. 

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    Make Way for the Mass of Skaters

    Speedskating takes on a whole new look with the Olympic debut of the mass start.

    Out is the usual format, in which pairs of skaters race around the oval. In is the mass start, of up to 24 competitors race at the same time.

    “Mass start’s amazing, because as soon as you cross the line, you know who first, second and third are,” said Joey Mantia, a medal favorite for Team USA in the men’s event. “It’s easy to follow. It’s just traditional racing.”

    Mantia won the event at the 2017 world championships, but he should get stiff competition from South Korea’s Lee Seung-hoon, a three-time Olympic medalist who switched from short track.

    In the women’s race, Americans Heather Bergsma and Mia Manganello, who both won bronze in the team pursuit, will be competing. South Korea’s Kim Bo-reum, who also switched from short track, and Germany’s Claudia Pechstein could also contend for medals.

    “I really enjoy it because you have to have a tactic with it,” Bergsma said. “Not only the fastest person wins. Someone can break away from the group, or it can be an end sprint. You never know.”

    How to Watch: Catch all the action live on digital platforms Saturday at 3 a.m. PT here or watch coverage on NBCSN at 6:30 a.m. PT Saturday.

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    UPDATED: Switzerland Wins Gold in 1st-Ever Olympic Alpine Team Event

    Star U.S. skiers Mikaela Shiffrin, left, Ted Ligety, center, and Lindsey Vonn, right, will not join the alpine skiiing team event debuting at the 2018 Winter Games on Feb. 24.
    Photo credit: NBC

    It was a team effort.

    Switzerland took down top-seed Austria on Saturday to win gold in the first-ever Olympic Alpine skiing team event.

    The Swiss team was leading 2-1 and locked up the win when Austrian Marco Schwarz skied out along the side-by-side parallel slalom course. The team event victory marks the seventh gold in Pyeongchang for Switzerland’s ski team.

    Norway edged France in the bronze medal match.

    Some of the world’s top racers, including Americans Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Austrian Marcel Hirscher, skipped the event.

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