Olympics Precap: Norge Domination

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(Note: Due to the time difference between South Korea and the United States, all events will be listed by the day they are being aired in the United States.)

The Olympics Precap is a daily post that will serve as a recap and preview of the action in PyeongChang.


Here’s What Happened: Sunday, February 11th

If there is one country that lives for the Winter Olympics it is Norway and through two days of medal competition they are making the most of the opportunities given to them.

Coming off an opening day haul of four medals, the Scandinavians doubled that total with another four medals on Sunday, including their first gold medal of the 2018 Games in PyeongChang.

Cross-country skiing kicked off the medal events for Sunday with the Men’s 15km+15km skiathlon and it was the Norwegians claiming a clean sweep of the podium.

Simen Hegstad Krueger took home the gold, finishing the course in one hour and 16 minutes. Krueger was followed by teammates Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Hans Christer Holund in silver and bronze position. All three Norwegians finished within 10 seconds of one another.

A fourth Norwegian medal was on tap just a bit later in Long-track speed skating but it was in the color of bronze. Sverre Lunde Pedersen finished third in the Men’s 5,000M event to extend Norway’s overall medal lead early in these Games.

While Pedersen settled for bronze on the long-track, The Netherlands continued their dominance over the discipline with their second gold in two tries so far in PyeongChang. Sven Kramer set a new Olympic Record to claim his third consecutive gold in 5,000M, beating silver medalist Ted-Jan Bloemen by almost two seconds.

Germany sits third on the medal table with fourย  but lead in number golds at three. Arnd Peiffer helped boost that total with a victory in Men’s 10km biathlon. Michal Krcmar brought home silver for the Czech Republic and Italy broke into the medal count with a bronze from Dominik Windisch.

History was made on the sliding track in the form of American Chris Mazdzer who claimed the United States first individual medal in a men’s luge event. Mazdzer sat in fourth after two runs but slid the two best rides of his life on Sunday to push himself all the way to the silver medal.

Two time gold medalist and 2018 favorite Felix Loch was second after his third run but completely fell apart on his final run, costing him not only a third straight gold medal but a medal of any color. The German legend finished sixth overall.

Mazdzer was sandwiched in the final standings by Olympic rookie David Gleirscher of Austria who took home gold and German Johannes Ludwig in bronze position.

Later in the evening, France broke into the medal standings with a gold in Women’s moguls. Perrine Laffont battled through brutal cold and driving snow to finish atop the standings. Flanking Laffont on the podium was 2014 gold medalist Justine Dufor-Lapointe of Canada with silver and Yulia Gaysheva of Kazakhstan with bronze.

Sunday’s medal events wrapped up late on the East Coast here in the United States with the U.S. adding two medals to their overall total.

After three full days of competition, the team figure skating event came to a close and the United States repeated their effort from Sochi with another bronze in PyeongChang. North American rival Canada improved on their silver from 2014 with gold this year and the Olympic Athletes from Russia came in with silver.

Olympic rookie Adam Rippon made his debut, skating the men’s long program for the United States and 2010 returnee Mirai Nagasu skated the women’s long program, making history as the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympic Games.

Heading over to snowboarding, the United States completed their sweep in the Slopestyle events with a gold from Jamie Anderson in the women’s competition that was mired by delays due to wind.

Anderson came in as the defending champion from Sochi and claimed her second straight gold with an opening run of 83.00 to finish atop the podium.

Laurie Blouin of Canada finished with the silver medal and Enni Rukajarvi of Finland rounded out the podium with a bronze.

Wind wreaked havoc on the Slopestyle event, cancelling the qualifications all together and limited the number of finals runs to two a person, down from the standard of three.

While the medal events will always take center stage, there are always much more going all around the Games. Here’s a look at what else took place on Sunday:

  • Mixed doubles curling wrapped up their round robin competition with Canada, Norway, OAR, and Switzerland advancing to the semifinals.
  • Training runs in men’s doubles luge and women’s luge.
  • Training jumps for the Nordic combined event.
  • Alpine skiing fans were disappointed once again with the cancellation of the Women’s giant slalom event.
  • U.S. women’s ice hockey team began their gold medal quest with a hard fought 3-1 victory over Finland.
  • Rival Canada followed suit with a dominating 5-0 win over OAR.

Here’s What’s Next: Monday, February 12th

Monday is always rough but hopefully you can sneak away for a bit to catch some Olympics action throughout the day.

Before we break down what to watch, here is Monday’s schedule of events:

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(Medalย events denoted.)

Like I said, hopefully you can pop away from your desk to catch some of the action on Monday.

Here’s what to keep an eye on:

  • Curling mixed doubles semifinals and bronze medal match.
  • First two runs of women’s luge.
  • Men’s freestyle skiing moguls final.
  • Women’s ski jumping crowns a champion.
  • Hopefully the weather improves and the men can begin the combined event in alpine skiing.
  • Men and women will compete for biathlon gold.
  • Bow to your Dutch long-track masters with the women’s 1,500M
  • Women’s ice hockey group play continues with the unified Korea team returning to the ice.

You can catch any of these events live or on replay by tuning into the channels listed beside the event.

If you cannot get to a TV, head on over to NBCOlympics.com to stream live online or catch up on any replays you may have missed. You can also watch wirelessly on your smartphone by downloading the NBC Sports App.

Medal Table

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Norway continues racking up the medals but Canada jumps to second with a strong Sunday medal haul. Germany leads the gold medal race with three. United States sits comfortably in the top 5 with four total medals, including two gold. Austria and France crack the top 10 thanks to golds on Sunday.


Keep up to date on everything Olympics right here on “The Bat Flip” where we will be posting our daily Precap to cover what all went down and what else is to come in PyeongChang.

Olympics Precap: Same Old Suspects

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(Note: Due to the time difference between South Korea and the United States, all events will be listed by the day they are being aired in the United States.)

The Olympics Precap is a daily post that will serve as a recap and preview of the action in PyeongChang.


Here’s What Happened: Saturday, February 10th

With the 2018 Winter Games officially declared open at the Opening Ceremonies on Friday night, medal events could finally get underway, starting right away on Saturday morning.

The first gold medal of these Games was awarded in theย 7.5 km+7.5 km skiathlon competition in what turned out to be a Scandinavian sweep on the podium. Swedish cross-country skier Charlotte Kalla who the gold, outlasting Norway’s Marit Bjoergen and Finland’s Krista Parmakoski who took silver and bronze respectively.

Thanks to her silver medal, Bjoergen of Norway became the most decorated female athlete in Winter Olympics history with 11 total medals.

As the day moved along the medals continued to flow.

Laura Dahlmeier of Germany claimed her country’s first gold of the 2018 Games with a victory in the Biathlon Women’s 7.5 km Sprint. Marte Olsbu of Norway claimed silver and Veronika Vitkova got the Czech Republic on the board with a bronze.

Germany claimed their second gold of the day in the Men’s Normal Hill Ski Jump. Andreas Wellinger out jumped all the favorites to take gold while Norway added to its opening day haul with silver and bronze thanks toย Johann Andre Forfang and Robert Johansson.

Speed skating competition began on both short and long track in what turned out to be a huge day for the hosts South Korea and powerhouse The Netherlands.

Coming off a dismal performance in the 2014 Sochi Games, South Korea gave the hosts something to celebrate on the first day of their speciality, short-track speed skating.

Lim Hyojun claimed gold in the Men’s 1,500M short-track final, edging Sjinkie Knegt of The Netherlands who took silver. Semen Elistratov took home the bronze, giving the Olympic Athletes of Rusia (OAR) their first medal.

Heading over to the long track portion of speed skating, The Netherlands continued their dominance in the sport in the Women’s 3,000M event. The Dutch swept the podium, claiming gold, silver, and bronze, with Carlijn Achtereekte taking gold. Joining Achtereekte on the podium were her teammates Ireen Wust and Antoinette de Jong.

The final medal event of Saturday’s competition schedule actually took place on Sunday in South Korea but it all counts the same.

Making history as the first Olympic champion to be born in the year 2000 or later, 17 year old Red Gerard captured the United States first medal of the Games with a gold in Men’s Snowboarding Slopestyle.

On his third and final run, Gerard laid down a winning score 87.16 to claim victory over Canadians Max Parrot and Mark McMorris who took silver and bronze respectively.

It wasn’t only medal events taking stage on Saturday however. Several other disciplines opened their competitions and brought plenty of excitement to fans around the world.

Here’s a brief overview of what you may have missed.

  • Fast and chaotic short-track speed skating ran heats in several different events and Americans got their first look at Olympic rookie Maame Biney.
  • Women’s ice hockey pool play opened up with a unified Korea team taking the ice against Switzerland.
  • Men’s luge held their first two runs with gold medal favorite Felix Loch leading the way. American Chris Mazdzer sits in 4th place, just .001 out of a medal spot.
  • Mixed doubles Curling wrapped up their round robin play. American sibling tandem Becca and Matt Hamilton were eliminated from competition.
  • Alpine skiing fans were left disappointed when the Men’s Downhill had to be postponed due to high winds.
  • The Figure Skating team event resumed with the ice dancing, women’s short program, and the pairs long skate taking place. The United States qualified for the final five and currently sit in third place.

Here’s What’s Next: Sunday, February 11th

Sunday is another action packed day with more medals to be handed out.

Before we break down what to watch here is Sunday’s schedule:

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(Liveย gold medal events denoted. Gold medal replays available throughout the day.)

Once again, the schedule is loaded for Sunday and that should be all the reason you need to stay home and sit on the couch all day.

Some big events to keep an eye on Sunday:

  • Freestyle skiing returns with the finals in the women’s moguls. Three Americans will compete for gold in the finals.
  • United States women’s ice hockey begins their gold medal quest against Finland.
  • Men’s luge crowns a champion with the final two runs at the sliding track. American Chris Mazdzer sits in 4th place overall.
  • Women’s ski jump returns to the Olympics after making its debut at the 2014 Sochi Games.
  • If one ski jump event isn’t enough for you, check out the Nordic Combined event that begins today. It’s half ski jumping, half cross-country skiing.
  • Long-track speed skating holds another event in the Men’s 5,000M event. The Netherlands are the favorites for more gold.
  • Women’s snowboarding slopestyle takes center stage where American Jamie Anderson will look to defend her gold medal from Sochi.
  • Superstar skier Mikaela Shiffrin opens her 2018 Games looking for gold in the Women’s Giant Slalom.
  • Team figure skating comes to an end with the final disciplines and a winner being crowned.

You can catch any of these events live or on replay by tuning into the channels listed beside the event.

If you cannot get to a TV, head on over to NBCOlympics.com to stream live online or catch up on any replays you may have missed. You can also watch wirelessly on your smartphone by downloading the NBC Sports App.

Medal Table

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The Netherlands and Norway off to a hot start and expect to see them near the top of the medal count for the duration of the Olympics. The United States on the board with a gold thanks to 17 year old Red Gerard.


Keep up to date on everything Olympics right here on “The Bat Flip” where we will be posting our daily Precap to cover what all went down and what else is to come in PyeongChang.

Olympics Precap: And We’re Off!

 

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(Note: Due to the time difference between South Korea and the United States, all events will be listed by the day they are being aired in the United States.)

The Olympics Precap is a daily post that will serve as a recap and preview of the action in PyeongChang.


Friday, February 9th

Competition for the 2018 Winter Olympics began on Thursday but the Games are not officially open until the Opening Ceremonies are held and the Games are declared “open.”

Friday night in PyeongChang, Olympic organizers put on a spectacular display that celebrated the rich history and culture of the Korean people.

Lighting the Olympic flame is an honor bestowed to a select few in history. In PyeongChang, the honor was awarded to Yuna Kim, the South Korean figure skater who won gold at the 2010 Olympics and followed it up with a silver medal at the 2014 Games.

One of the main attractions of any Olympic opening ceremonies is the parade of nations where all the athletes competing in the Games walk into the Olympic Stadium under the flag of their home nation. Another great honor of the Olympics is being named your country’s flag bearer for the opening ceremonies.

Carrying the flag for the United States was four time Olympian and 2014 bronze medalist, luger Erin Hamlin.

If you watched the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, you may be familiar with Tonga athlete Pita Taufatofua.

Taufatofua took the world by storm in 2016 when he carried the Tonga flag during the opening ceremonies shirtless and covered in coconut oil. Well, in the meantime, Taufatofua traded in his taekwondo gear for cross-country skis and qualified for the 2018 Games. Being the only representative for Tonga in Pyeongchang, he once again carried the flag wearing the same garb as he did in Rio.

It sent NBC’s Katie Couric into a frenzy.

All 95 competing nations paraded into Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Friday night ranging from delegations containing only one or two athletes, all the way up to the United States who sent 244 athletes to the 2018 Games.

Due to tense relations between South Korea and North Korea, the two countries had extensive talks to find a way to allow North Korean athletes passage through the DMZ and into South Korea for the Games. When all was settled, the two rival countries came to an agreement that athletes from both nations would compete under the same flag in PyeongChang. The end result saw the athletes parade together under a unified Korea flag.

The ceremony was filled with great moments that spectators and athletes will remember for the rest of their lives.

Now that the cauldron was lit and the Games officially declared open, the medals could start being awarded.

Saturday, February 10th

After a few days of training and preliminary competition across several sports, Saturday marks the first day of medals.

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(Medal events denoted by checkmark)

Every day will be packed with competition from morning until night so hopefully you’re fine with giving up some sleep over the next two plus week.

Some key events to keep an eye on for Saturday:

  • The first gold medal will be awarded in cross-country in the early hours of the morning in the United States.
  • There will be a total of seven gold medal events on Saturday.
  • Lots of hot curling action throughout the day if that’s your thing.
  • If you aren’t bothered by heights then check out the ski jumping events.
  • Chaos on ice in the form of short-track speed skating is a must watch.
  • The women’s ice hockey tournament kicks off with host South Korea taking on Switzerland.
  • Saturday will be capped off on the slopes with Snowboard Slopestyle and the Men’s downhill.

You can catch any of these events live or on replay by tuning into the channels listed beside the event.

If you cannot get to a TV, head on over to NBCOlympics.com to stream live online or catch up on any replays you may have missed. You can also watch wirelessly on your smartphone by downloading the NBC Sports App.

Medal Table

None but check back tomorrow.


Keep up to date on everything Olympics right here on “The Bat Flip” where we will be posting our daily Precap to cover what all went down and what else is to come in PyeongChang.

Let’s Do That Olympics

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**Olympic theme blaring in the background**

Hello, everyone. Whether you found your way here on purpose or by complete happenstance, we are delighted to have you with us. Welcome to “The Bat Flip” official 2018 Winter Olympics extravaganza. Over the next 17 days we will have daily content regarding all things Olympics, from daily recaps, event previews, athlete spotlights, and much more.

Today will be the official kickoff of our Winter Olympics content, with our preview of the 23rd edition of the winter Games being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

What can you expect from our preview? Here’s a brief look:

  • Basics on the host city
  • Venues
  • List of events
  • Schedule
  • How to Watch
  • Participating nations
  • Quick look at Team USA
  • Medal Outlook
  • Who to follow for Olympic news
  • Future Olympic content

Now that the formalities are out of the way and we have your feet wet, let’s dive into our preview of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.


The Host

Host city: Pyeongchang, South Korea

  • Dates: February 8-25
    • Competition begins on the 8th, Opening Ceremonies are held on the 9th.
  • Population: 43,666 (2013 estimate)
  • Region: Gangwon Province
  • Closest Major City: Seoul, South Korea
  • Language: Korean
  • Timezone: UTC +9
    • (14 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time; 8:00 AM EST=10:00 PM Pyeongchang)
  • Previous Olympics hosted: None
  • Climate: It’s going to be very cold
  • Stadium: Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium
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Venues

  • Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium — Opening/Closing Ceremonies
  • Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre — Ski jumping, Nordic combined
  • Alpensia Biathlon Centre — Biathlon
  • Alpensia Cross-Country Centre — Cross-country skiing, Nordic combined
  • Alpensia Sliding Centre — Bobsled, Luge, Skeleton
  • Yongpyong Alpine Centre — Alpine skiing (slalom, giant slalom)
  • Bogwang Snow Park — Freestyle skiing, Snowboarding
  • Jeongseon Alpine Centre — Alpine skiing (downhill, super-G, combined)
  • Gangneung Hockey Centre — Men’s ice hockey tournament
  • Gangneung Curling Centre — Curling
  • Gangneung Oval — Speed skating
  • Gangneung Ice Arena — Short-track speed skating, Figure skating
  • Kwandong Hockey Centre — Women’s ice hockey tournament
  • Olympic Village

List of Events

Unlike the Summer Olympics, there are far fewer events taking place during its winter counterpart but that does not mean there will be a lack of fun and excitement in the snowy mountains of South Korea.

There are 15 events under the Winter Olympics banner, each featuring their own special disciplines. Some, like Alpine skiing and ice hockey, may be familiar to you. Others, like Nordic combined and Biathlon, may be completely new to you. Regardless, there will be plenty of action to keep you entertained throughout the Games.

For more information on the individual events, click on the links below to learn all about the different events you can watch during the Winter Olympic Games.

  • Alpine Skiing: Includes downhill, slalom, Super-G, etc.
  • Biathlon: Cross-country skiing combined with shooting.
  • Bobsled: 2 person and 4 person competition.
  • Cross-country skiing: Individual, team, and mass start competitions
  • Curling: America’s favorite past time every four years.
  • Figure Skating: Men’s, Women’s, Pairs, Dance, and Team competition.
  • Freestyle Skiing: A more refined X-Games. Moguls and SlopeStyle are examples.
  • Ice Hockey: No NHL players but still must-watch TV, especially on the women’s side.
  • Luge: 90 MPH feet first with only a board between you and the track.
  • Nordic combined: Combination of ski jumping and cross-country skiing.
  • Short-track speed skating: Pure chaos on razor sharp blades.
  • Skeleton: Luge except face first and slightly more psychotic.
  • Ski jumping: Not for the faint of heart. Start really high, end on the ground.
  • Snowboarding: Same as freestyle skiing with a snowboard.
  • Speed skating: Big oval speed-skating, like running track.

Schedule

The Olympics schedule varies on a day to day basis and our daily briefings will highlight what to watch on specific days. One guarantee is there will be plenty of action every day to keep you entertained.

The full schedule by day can be found here on the Olympics website but the photo below lays out the whole schedule from start to finish, including the opening and closing ceremonies.

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How to Watch

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Watching the Olympics in 2018 could not be any easier, whether it be through your cable package or streaming online.

NBC holds the rights to broadcast in the Olympics in the United States for almost the rest of eternity and they are taking full advantage of their family of channels.

Events will be live throughout the night and day across the NBC networks (NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, and USA Network) or available streaming online at NBCOlympics.com.

Due to the major time zone difference between Pyeongchang and the United States, live events may take place at odd times here at home.

Every night, NBC will hold its traditional primetime broadcast beginning at 8:00 PM EST, featuring live events mixed in with replays from earlier in the day. Mike Tirico takes over as primetime host after Bob Costas stepped down from the role following the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

All information on watching the Games can be found here.

All live streaming information can be found here.

Daily television listings can be found right here.

Participating Nations

A total of 95 nations will send athletes to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics though not all will have their flag present.

Due to tension between North Korea and South Korea, a deal was struck between the two nations to allow North Korean athletes passage through the Korean DMZ to compete. Apart of the deal also stated that athletes both nations will compete as one country under the Korean Unification flag.

A state sponsored doping program saw the Russian Olympic Committee banned from participation in the 2018 Games but some athletes from Russia were approved for competition and will compete as the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR).

Six countries will make their debut at the 2018 Games: Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria, and Singapore.

The United States will have the largest athlete delegation with 244 athletes expected to compete.

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Introducing Team USA

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There may be some slight bias here at “The Bat Flip” for Team USA seeing that is our home country. As mentioned above, Team USA will be the largest athlete delegation at the 2018 Winter Olympics, featuring 244 athletes (135 men, 109 women) from 31 states.

All 15 events will have an American athlete participating at some stage.

Some Team USA athletes to watch during the 2018 Winter Olympics:

  • Lindsey Vonn: Alpine skiing; 2010 gold medalist and favorite to win the women’s downhill.
  • Mikaela Shiffrin: Alpine skiing; 2014 gold medalist and favorite in the slalom events.
  • Nathan Chen: Figure skating; Gold medal contender in men’s individual competition.
  • John Shuster: Curling; Skipper for men’s curling team.
  • Jaelin Kauf: Freestyle skiing; Gold medal contender in women’s moguls.
  • David Wise: Freestyle skiing; 2014 gold medalist and favorite to repeat in skiing halfpipe.
  • Troy Terry: Ice Hockey; Will look to lead a NHL-less Team USA to a gold medal.
  • Amanda Kessel: Ice Hockey; Hoping to finally get past Canada for a gold medal.
  • Shani Davis: Speed skating; 2006 & 2010 gold medalist in 5th Olympic Games.
  • Chloe Kim: Snowboarding; Favorite in women’s halfpipe.
  • Maame Biney: Short-track speed skating; Best American hope for short-track medal
  • Jamie Anderson: Snowboarding; 2014 gold medalist will look to repeat in slopestyle.

You can meet the entire Team USA roster right here.

Medal Outlook

If you’re a hardcore Olympic fan like myself who pays attention to the Games regardless if they are summer or winter, then you’ll see a bunch of familiar nations at the top of the Winter Olympics medal table but you’ll also see some names you may not normally see during the Summer Games.

The nature of the Winter Games opens opportunities for northern nations like Norway, Canada, and Austria but puts limits on countries such as Brazil, Mexico, and Australia. The real winners are countries like the United States, Germany, and France who routinely find themselves high up on the medal table regardless of what Games are being held.

Russia finished 5th in the 2014 medal count (a games in which they hosted) but are expected to fall well short of that in 2018 as a result of penalties from a state sponsored doping scandal that saw several athletes banned from this year’s Games.

Nations to watch in 2018:

  • Norway: Second in 2014 medal count and dominant across several events.
  • United States: Led 2014 medal count and hold favorites in a number of events.
  • Germany: Sixth in 2014 medal count and a powerhouse in the sliding sports.
  • Canada: Third in 2014 medal count and filled with young talent across the board.
  • Netherlands: Fourth in 2014 medal count and a powerhouse in speedskating.
  • Austria: Seventh in 2014 medal count and strong on the slopes.
  • South Korea: Playing host should inspire some medal winning performances.

The first medals of the 2018 Olympic Games will be awarded on Saturday in Biathlon, Cross country skiing, Short-track speed skating, Ski jumping, and Long-track speed skating.

You can keep tabs on the 2018 medal table right here.

Olympic News

Much like watching the Olympics, following Olympics related news in 2018 has never been easier. Traditional media mixed with new media makes your options almost limitless.

For up to second news and updates you can follow the official Olympics Twitter page.

As the rights holder in the United States, NBC will be the only site for official Olympics highlights online. You can visit NBCOlympics.comย or visit their Twitter page.

If you’re strictly here for Team USA content then you can follow along on their Twitter page for the latest news and updates involving all American athletes.

A simple Google search for Olympic news will also bring you closer to the Games with results from news media throughout the world.

If you are more of a social media person, head to Twitter and search the hashtag #Olympics for the latest news from South Korea.

Of course remember to check back here at “The Bat Flip” for daily recaps and previews of what happened and what to watch going forward.

Future Content

I mentioned above about our planned daily recaps and previews for each day of the 2018 Olympic Games but we also have a lot more planned over the next two weeks.

  • Athlete Profiles
  • Competition previews
  • Updated medal results
  • Event Explainers
  • Much, much more

We are really excited about our Olympics content we have coming and we really hope you check back daily to see what we have in store.

Friday Preview

Competition for the 2018 Winter Olympicsย  got underway on Thursday but the official start of games will be on Friday with the Opening ceremonies set to take place in the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.

NBC will show a tape delayed version with commentary during primetime coverage beginning Friday night at 8:00 PM EST.

America’s favorite pastime every four years, Curling, will continue with its Mixed Doubles competition that can be streamed live online or seen on television later in the evening.

Training runs for Luge and Alpine skiing events will be live throughout the day.

Saturday will be the first day medals are awarded during the 2018 Winter Olympics but we’ll have more on that later.


That’s it! That is your official 2018 Winter Olympics preview from us here at “The Bat Flip.” We hope you keep coming back for more Olympics content throughout the entirety of the Games.

Now, get yourself in the mood for the greatest sports competition in the world with the official Olympic theme.

You Have to See this Bat Flip

We are still a few weeks away from Major League pitchers and catchers reporting to their respective spring training sites but that does not mean baseball is completely dormant during these long winter months.

Head south into the Caribbean and you can find baseball being played regularly thanks to the tropical climate. One of the most popular leagues currently running is the Dominican Winter League in the Dominican Republic and on Thursday night, dropped what end up being the best baseball highlight of 2018.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, former major leaguer Juan Francisco of theย Tigres del Licey stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. With his team already leading 2-1, Francisco extended the lead by four with a grand slam over the right field wall.

The home run is impressive in itself and sent the home crowd into a frenzy as it sailed over the wall, but the real highlight is what the camera missed as it tracked the ball in the air.

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Yep, that’s Francisco staring that bad boy down for a solid six seconds before casually tossing the bat in the air to begin his trip around the bases.

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I mean, look at the height on that toss.

The only way to fully appreciate the moment is seeing the video sent out by the club’s official Twitter after it happened.

I suggest watching the whole thing just to soak in the crowd reaction but if you want to skip ahead to the stare down/bat flip then go to the 23 second mark. The way Francisco watches the ball sail over the fence then casually tosses the bat nearly into the stratosphere is stuff of legend.

There is another replay at the 41 second mark of the video where you can view his teammates reaction from the dugout along with a better view of the height he got on that toss. It’s quite impressive.

Bravo, Mr. Francisco.

Baseball needs more of this and if you could not already tell by the name of the blog, this is something we highly endorse at all times.

Army & Navy Will be Dressed for the Occasion

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One of the best traditions in college football is the annual game between the United States Military Academy (Army) and the United States Naval Academy (Navy), played on the final weekend of the regular season each year.

The tradition is so sacred, the game has the whole weekend to itself. Army/Navy is the only game on the docket for the second Saturday in December.

Over the years, the annual Army/Navy game has become one of the most exciting and thrilling games of the season, despite the lack of serious implications based on the result. Neither side will compete for a national championship, but for the players on the field this is the single most important day of their college football careers.

In over a century of battles between the two bitter rivals many great moments have been born. Most recently, it was Navy’s 14 game win streak between 2002-2015 and the subsequent end to that win streak last season, a 21-17 Army victory that sent West Point into a year long frenzy.


Since its inception in 1890, Army and Navy have played 117 times on the gridiron, with Navy leading the overall series 60-50-7. The teams will meet for a 118th time this Saturday, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Like most of college football over the past two decades, the Army/Navy game is not only a football game but also a fashion show of sorts. In fact, it has become one of the best dressed games of every college football season. The traditional black & gold of Army and the navy blue & gold of Navy is set aside for more modern threads. If you’re going to play the biggest game of you life, you might as well be dressed for the occasion.

This year is no different, as both sides are going all out to look their absolute best for Saturday’s contest. Let’s have a look:


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We’ll start with the visitors for Saturday’s clash, the Army Black Knights of West Point.

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Via Army Athletics

As always, the uniforms are a nod to a historic fighting division within the United States Army. These uniforms are an ode to the 10th Mountain Division, who trained and fought in extreme conditions during World War II.

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Via Army Athletics

The all-white design represents the conditions the 10th Mountain Division typically fought in, snow covered peaks where disguise was one of their biggest attributes.

Another major nod to the historic 10th division is on the shoes the players will be wearing on Saturday, a small logo with a skiing panda bear.

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Via Army Athletics

The significance of the logo is explained best by the Army itself…

“The 85th, 86th and 87th Infantry Regiments joined together in Pando, Colorado on July 13, 1943 to form the 10th Light Division (Alpine). Soldiers at Camp Hale trained at 9,200 feet, honing their skills to fight and survive in the most brutal mountain conditions.”

“The panda bear is the mascot of Camp Hale, Colorado. The Railroad stop at Camp Hale was officially Pando, Colorado. While the division was at Camp Hale, this unofficial insignia appeared everywhere on signs, buildings, and even the division newspaper. Since the design was a cartoon, it was not accepted by the Armyโ€™s heraldry office.”

Army never shies away from honoring those who came before them and these uniforms are no different. Being the away team and wearing white was the perfect opportunity to honor a division who played a key role in the Allies victory during World War II, fighting in some of the nastiest conditions one could imagine.

You can learn more about the uniforms and the 10th mountain division at the Army’s official website for the uniform or by watching the video below produced by the Army, announcing the uniforms last week:


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Now, let’s switch sides and check out the uniforms for the home side Navy Midshipmen from the Naval Academy.

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Via @NavyAthletics

If the blue and yellow color scheme looks familiar then you will probably realize the uniforms are dedicated to the U.S. Navy’s flight team, the Blue Angels.

The Blue Angels are a world renowned flight team, performing at air shows all across the United States in their very distinct blue and yellow fighter jets. While Army went completely away from their school colors this year, the Navy stayed similar with the Blue Angels color scheme.

Even the helmets are derived from the Blue Angels…

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Via @NavyAthletics

Here is the unveil video provided by the Navy Athletic Department on Twitter…

If you have never seen the Blue Angels in action you can find a treasure trove of videos on YouTube of them performing during various air shows across the country. They are one of the premier flying teams in the world and are immediately recognizable with their unique blue and yellow paint job on their fighter jets. The Navy football team will be honoring them on Saturday against their bitter rivals with these special uniforms.

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Via @NavyAthletics

Navy will be taking it one step further this weekend with a special game ball honoring the Blue Angels…

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Via @NavyAthletics

Saturday’s tilt between two of the oldest military institutions in our country’s history will undoubtedly be one of the best dressed events in all of college football this season as it is every season.

This isn’t simply a gimmick for either side to sell jerseys and make money, this is a moment for them to honor those who came before them while playing in the biggest game of their lives.

These young men are the future military leaders of our great country and will be sacrificing their lives to protect our freedoms, they earned this day. That’s what makes this game so special.

When the game kicks off Saturday afternoon you’ll see two teams playing for much more than a trophy or bragging rights, they’ll be playing to honor those who paid the ultimate price so we as Americans can enjoy the freedoms we do.

Best of luck to both the Cadets and Midshipmen. May the best Academy win. Don’t forget, winner sings second.

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