Winter Olympics 2022: USA vs. Canada for women's hockey gold, Mikaela Shiffrin and Kamila Valieva compete again

We’re warning you now. You might want to call in sick tomorrow. The culmination of the 2022 Winter Olympics women’s hockey tournament is Wednesday night ET, as is Mikaela Shiffrin’s final individual race. Then, Kamila Valieva takes the ice again early Thursday morning ET in the women’s figure skating free skate.

The puck drops for USA vs. Canada at 11:10 p.m. ET and this meeting of hockey titans will decide the gold medal for the sixth time in seven Olympics. The Americans defeated Canada for gold in 2018, while Canada won the previous four gold medals.

“It gets the best and the worst out of both of us at the same time,” Team USA forward Hilary Knight said ahead of the game.

Two key stats:

334: The Americans lead the Olympic tournament with 334 shots on goal. They had 53 against Canada in the preliminary round but connected on just two goals.

45.5%: Canada’s special teams have been just that — special. In 22 power-play opportunities, they’ve scored 10 times (45.5%). The Canadians have been equally impressive killing penalties, thwarting 27 of 31 power plays.

As an appetizer to that clash, Mikaela Shiffrin will compete in the Alpine skiing women’s combined event. After entering these Games as a medal favorite in five individual events, she has yet to break through and land on a podium — but tonight could be her chance. Shiffrin joins fellow Americans Isabella Wright, Keely Cashman and Patricia Mangan in the field. They’ll compete in the downhill first, then the slalom course.

“Curling is cool, fool!”

Team USA curling fan Mr. T sent out a message ahead of the round-robin finale against Denmark. If John Shuster & co. secure the final playoff spot, it will also open up the opportunity for a second-straight gold medal.

Upcoming events (all times ET)

8:05 p.m.: Men’s curling round-robin (multiple matches)

8:30 p.m.: Women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe

9 p.m.: Women’s Alpine skiing combined downhill

11:10 p.m.: Women’s hockey gold-medal game — Canada vs. USA

1 a.m.: Women’s Alpine skiing combined slalom

1:05 a.m.: Women’s curling round-robin (multiple matches)

3:30 a.m.: Women’s 1000m speedskating final

5 a.m.: Women’s figure skating free skate final

7:05 a.m.: Men’s curling semifinal

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