5 to Watch Sunday: Texans Begin Quest for Gold

Day 9 in Pyeongchang features a group of Texans that are hunting for gold while in Pyeongchang semifinals

From the Shibutani siblings to a pair of Texans that are hoping for gold in the men's bobsled competition, and a nail-biting semifinals round in women's ice hockey, there should be no shortage of must-see action on Day 9 of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

Top Three U.S. Ice Dance Teams Advance

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Figure skating team event bronze medalists Alex and Maia Shibutani.

All three American teams are in position to contend for a medal in ice dance following the short dance portion of the competition Monday at Gangneung Ice Arena. The favorites entering the competition also asserted themselves, with Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir posting a world record-score for short dance.

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Virtue and Moir, who lead the field with 83.67 points, were Team Canada’s flag bearers at the opening ceremony and have a chance to become the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history. A trip to the podium in Pyeongchang would net them their fifth medal between ice dance and the team figure skating event. The short dance will be followed by the free dance Tuesday (Monday night in the United States).

Watch: Americans Eye Podium After Short Dance; Canadian Pair Sets World Record

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Texan Garcia Sidelined in Speed Skating Team Pursuit

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Jonathan Garcia of the USA competes in the men 1000m during the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships - Gangneung - Test Event For Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Gangneung Oval on February 11, 2017 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Four athletes are named for the speed skating team pursuit, but only three take to the ice. Katy, Texas, native Jonathan Garcia cheered on Team USA in team pursuit Sunday.

The U.S. team on the ice was made up of Joey Mantia, Emery Lehman and Brian Hansen. The trio failed to qualify and came in last place.

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Garcia competes Monday in men's 500m. Pyeongchang is Garcia's second Olympic appearance.

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Two Texans Have Work Cut Out for Them in Bobsled

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Bobsledder Justin Olsen.

The U.S. men’s two-man bobsled teams have their work cut out for them after the first two runs Sunday. The Germans finished with three teams in the top five, along with one Canadian team and two Latvias.

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Team USA 2, made up of pilot Nick Cunningham and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor finished 24th.

The third U.S. team, made up of Sam McGuffie, of Houston, and pilot Codie Bascue finished 25th.

Men's bobsled is competing for the first time without three-time Olympian Steven Holcomb who died last year.

German pilot Nico Walther and Canada’s Justin Kripps are the top two leaders heading into the finals, separated by 0.10 seconds. Kripps, a three time Olympian, could contend for Canada’s first gold medal in the two-man since 1998.

Another German, Johannes Lochner, is close behind. Lochner was inspired by his Olympic silver medal-winning uncle, Rudi Lochner.

Watch: Heats 1 & 2 in the 2-Man Bobsled replay. The final two runs will be held Monday.

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Women's Ice Hockey Semifinals

Emily Pfalzer (8), Haley Skarupa (11), Amanda Kessel (28), Kali Flanagan (6), Hilary Knight (21) and Kendall Coyne (26) of the United States huddle up before the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Kwandong Hockey Centre on Feb. 11, 2018.

The U.S. women’s hockey team heads into the semifinals after shutting out Russia, 5-0, and setting an Olympic record while doing it. Forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored back-to-back goals six seconds apart, the fastest mark ever.

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Archrival Canada, which beat the U.S. 2-1 in the preliminary round, also plays Monday, taking on the Russians.

At the 2014 Sochi Games, Canada rallied from 0-2 to win its fourth straight gold.

How to Watch: The action starts at 10:10 p.m. CT. Click here to watch the first seminal live. The second semifinal will be at 6:10 a.m. CT Monday. You can watch that one live right here.

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Defending Champion Bowman Begins Quest for Gold in Women’s Halfpipe

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Maddie Bowman

Team USA’s Maddie Bowman begins her quest to repeat her Sochi golden run in the women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe with qualifying runs on Monday (Sunday night in the U.S.). She will lead a large contingent of U.S. athletes who hope to advance to the third and final run the next day.

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How to Watch: The coverage will be included in NBC's primetime Olympics coverage starting at 6 p.m. Sunday night. You can also watch live by clicking here.

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