Minnesotans at the Olympics: Thursday preview - Bring Me The News

Minnesotans at the Olympics: Thursday preview

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Men's and women's curling along with women's hockey highlighted Wednesday Olympic activities for Minnesotans, with only the men's curling team coming out on top, women's hockey losing to Canada 3-2 and women's curling remaining winless after falling to China 7-4.

Thursday, the much awaited debut of the U.S. men's hockey team commences, Leif Nordgren of Marine on St. Croix participates in his third biathlon event of the Games, and both the men's and women's curling teams return to the ice to try and turn around their Olympic fate,

DAY 6:

The men's hockey team, highlighted by Wild stars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, finally get their chance to step on the ice and compete in the 2014 Games. Slovakia will be the opponent, and they'll be missing former Wild star Marian Gaborik, who didn't recover from a broken collarbone in time to participate in Sochi. Aside from Parise and Suter, Minnesota natives David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Blake Wheeler, Justin Faulk, Paul Martin, Ryan Mcdonagh, and Derek Stepan also give the U.S. team a local connection, along with former Gopher Phil Kessel. Oshie, Parise, and Backes are expected to be on a line for the U.S., while Martin is likely to be paired with Cam Fowler on defense, McDonagh will reportedly skate with John Carlson, and Faulk will form a pair with Brooks Orpik. The U.S.-Slovakia game can be seen on NBC Sports Network at 6:30 a.m. Another Minnesota connection, Wild center Mikael Granlund, will be playing just a few hours before the stars and stripes drop the puck.

Leif Nordgren of Marine on St. Croix is once again in biathlon action, this time taking to the snow for the 20-kilometer individual race. Nordgren has already raced twice for the U.S., coming in 53rd in the 12.5-kilometer pursuit and 45th in the 10-kilometer sprint Sunday. Competitors start at 8 a.m. central time, and Nordgren will leave the starting line at 8:31 a.m., a race that can be seen at 2 p.m. on NBC.

The men's curling team, currently 1-2 after a 9-5 win over Denmark today, gets no rest as they are back to work Thursday. Currently in seventh-place of 10 teams, the U.S., led by four Minnesotans, take on Great Britain at 4 a.m., a match being carried live on USA Network.

The women's team is in the cellar of the curling standings, sitting at 0-4 and one of just two participating countries (Denmark) to not have a win. Eden Prairie native Allison Pottinger and Minneapolis native Jessica Schultz look for victory No. 1 against Japan, who are 2-1 and third in the curling table. The match is at 9 a.m. and can be seen on replay at 4 p.m. on CNBC.

Results of these and more events coming tomorrow afternoon.

Next Up

Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen

Vikings will face Everson Griffen twice after trade to Lions

The former Vikings star was traded to Detroit for a fifth-round pick.

Jordana Green

WCCO Radio's Jordana Green diagnosed with leukemia

"I got this," Green wrote on her Facebook page.

CrispAndGreenPhoto

Minnesota-based Crisp & Green adds 20 locations in four states

The four-year-old local business says it's going national

victoria burrow pizza

Fair-inspired entertainment venue opening at Mall of America

Fair on 4 will feature axe throwing, go carts and more.

cheers-2636510_1280

Canceled: The Halloween bar crawl that no bars knew about

The dubiously organized event was planned for this weekend in Minneapolis.

covid saliva test

St. Cloud gets Minnesota's 6th COVID-19 saliva testing site

Four more sites are expected to open in the Twin Cities in the coming weeks.

burnsville center

Part of Burnsville Center is being auctioned off

More than 500,000 square feet of the mall is being auctioned off.

State Capitol

Elections 2020: Control of Minnesota's divided Legislature is up for grabs

Redistricting and responding to COVID-19 are among the issues the new legislature will have to deal with.

ambulance

Rochester woman found dead in the snow after leaving senior residence

The woman left the senior living center around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Screen Shot 2020-10-27 at 10.43.19 AM

Investigation: Sprinklers could have saved 5 killed in Minneapolis high-rise fire

The deadly fire broke out at the Cedar-Riverside apartment block last November.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, October 27

Hospitalizations continue to rise quickly in Minnesota.

Related