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August 23, 2014

Minnesotans at the Olympics: Tuesday preview

More success for Minnesotans in Sochi today, with the U.S. women’s hockey team, led by five with Gopher connections, picking up a 9-0 win, though the men’s and women’s curling teams lost early Monday, while Leif Nordren of Marine on St. Croix finished 53rd of 59 skiiers in the 12.5-kilometer biathlon pursuit.

The action doesn’t stop Tuesday, with more athletes from the Land of 10,000 Lakes looking to position themselves on the medal stand.

DAY 4:

Jessie Diggins of Afton will be back on the snow after finishing eighth in her first event in Sochi, the cross-country skiathlon Saturday. The sprint-free is the task this time around, with qualifying runs of the 1.5-kilometer race happening at 4 a.m. Minnesota time, and action continuing with quarter, semi, and finals all starting before 7:30 a.m. Diggins is scheduled to ski at 4:03:30 Tuesday morning, with American skiier Kikkan Randall considered one of the favorites to win the event. The entire event is being carried wire-to-wire live on NBC Sports Network.

Russia meets the USA in women’s curling after Eden Prairie native Allison Pottinger and the national team took a 7-4 loss Monday morning to the Swiss. The round-robin match against host Russia is scheduled to start at 11 p.m. tonight, 9 a.m. Sochi time. The match will replay on CNBC at 4 p.m.

The men’s curling team also returns Tuesday, facing China at 4 a.m. The men, led by Minnesota natives John Shuster, Jared Zezel, John Landsteiner, and Jeff Isaacson, lost to Norway 7-3 in their first competition on the ice in Russia.

Shuster called it a struggle.

U.S.-China will be carried live on USA Network.

Check back Tuesday afternoon for results.