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5 to Watch: Pyeongchang Says Goodbye to Winter Olympics

We're down to the final days of competition in Pyeongchang, but there are more medals to be awarded

One of the iconic moments for Team USA in these Pyeongchang Olympics was Jessie Diggins pushing down the stretch during the women’s team sprint to earn America’s first-ever cross country gold medal. So it’s fitting that Diggins will end the Olympics by carrying the American flag in Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony.

But before Diggins leads Team USA out of the Olympics, there are more medals to be awarded: The host country’s "Garlic Girls "go for gold in women’s curling and the not-Russians go for gold in men’s hockey. The United States will try to spoil a Canada-Germany rematch in the bobsled, and there's a mass of speedskaters going for gold.

Here’s everything you need to watch for the final days of the Winter Olympics:

Historic Gold Medalist Carries the Red, White and Blue on Sunday

Jessie Diggins captured the United States' first-ever women’s cross-country skiing medal when she and teammate Kikkan Randall won gold in the freestyle team event. Now, the 26-year-old will be the first country-country skier to carry the U.S. flag in the Winter Games’ closing ceremonies.

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“I actually thought there maybe had been a mistake. I was like, `What? I can’t believe this,’” Diggins said on the “Today" show. “It is so humbling, and I feel so honored to have been picked.”

Some of the star power will be in the stands, where President Donald’s Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, will lead the U.S. delegation. The opening ceremony spotlight was on the mysterious Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, who was dubbed “North Korea’s Ivanka.” Will the real Ivanka Trump be able to seize some of that limelight?

As for entertainment, expect K-pop stars CL and the boy band EXO.

Figure skating analysts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir along with skating play-by-play partner Terry Gannon will host the closing ceremony on Sunday night in primetime on NBC.

How to Watch: The closing ceremony will be on NBC at 7 p.m. CT Sunday. Click here to watch on digital platforms. You can also watch the closing ceremony as it happens live (with natural sound only) click here at 5 a.m. CT on digital.
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OAR Defeats Germany in OT, Takes Home Men's Hockey Gold

Olympic Athletes from Russia beat Germany in overtime in the men’s hockey gold-medal game Sunday at Gangneung Hockey Centre. The score was 3-3 after the third period, and Kirill Kaprizov scored the last goal for OAR in sudden death, helping his team take home the gold.

The medal is Russia’s third in men’s hockey, following a silver in 1998 and a bronze in 2002. The nation won nine medals, seven gold, as the Soviet Union and took gold again when it played as the Unified Team at the 1992 Albertville Games.

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Sweden Beats South Korea’s ‘Garlic Girls' to Win Gold in Women’s Curling

The South Korean women’s curling team fell, in front of a home crowd, to Sweden in the gold medal match, 8-3.

But South Korea’s “Garlic Girls” (dubbed the nickname for their hometown’s locally grown garlic) still earned silver in women’s curling, the country’s first-ever Olympic medal in the sport. Korea had never qualified for an Olympic curling tournament before Sochi in 2014.

In Pyeongchang, curling was the busiest sport; from the first match of the new mixed doubles discipline — a day and a half before the lighting of the cauldron — to the end of the women's final, there were 18 straight days of competition, some with as many as four matches in each of three sessions per day.

Watch: Sweden Tops Korea's 'Garlic Girls' for Curling Gold

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Germany Wins Gold in 4-Man Bobsled

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Driver Nico Walther, Kevin Kuske, Alexander Roediger and Eric Franke of Germany start their heat on the first day of four-man bobsled competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

A German team driven by Francesco Friedrich on Sunday won gold in the four-man bobsled event.

Two teams tied for second and will receive silver medals: South Korea's sled driven by Won Yunjong and a German sled driven by Nico Walther.

It was the first medal for South Korea in bobsled.

For the United States, the sled driven by Codie Bascue finished ninth, while the sleds driven by Nick Cunningham and Justin Olsen finished 19th and 20th, respectively.

Watch: Germany Takes Gold in 4-Man Bobsled

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Skaters From Japan, Korea Win Gold in First Olympic Mass Start Event

Japan’s Nana Takagi blasted past opposition in the final straightaway to win the first women’s mass start speedskating gold medal, ahead of Kim Bo-reum of South Korea. This is Takagi’s second gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Irene Schouten of the Netherlands was leading into the final straightaway but went too wide on the final corner and had to settle for bronze Saturday.

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In the men’s event, top favorite Lee Seung-hoon skated a masterful race and unleashed a final sprint that no one could match to take gold for South Korea. He has now won 5 Olympic medals from 2010 through 2018.

Behind him, Belgian inline skater Bart Swings held on to take silver ahead of Koen Verweij of the Netherlands on Saturday.

In a tactical race, 5,000-meter champion Sven Kramer went for gold with four laps to go, but the Dutchman was caught just as he entered the final lap. From then on, it was a race among the trio, and Lee’s skills on the tight final corner paid off.

It was the first South Korean gold medal at the Gangneung Oval.

Joey Mantia was the final skater to advance out of the men’s semifinal 2 with three points. Mantia, the reigning world champion, finished ninth in the final.

Brian Hansen missed out on the final after finishing in tenth with just one sprint point.

Mia Manganello and Heather Bergsma both advanced to the women’s final. Manganello finished seventh in the semifinal with one sprint point, while Bergsma qualified with five points. In the final, Bergsma finished tenth and Manganello finished 15th.

The mass start event made its Olympic debut in Pyeongchang. Rather than racing in pairs around the oval, the mass start has up to 24 competitors racing simultaneously.

“Mass start’s amazing, because as soon as you cross the line, you know who first, second and third are,” Mantia said previously. Bergsma had said she likes mass start "because you have to have a tactic with it."

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