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FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) of France competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Men's Individual Time Trial
FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) of France competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Final - Men's Team Pursuit Final Gold Race - Rio Olympic Velodrome - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) of Britain celebrates winning the race and setting a new world record. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Men's Team Pursuit Final Gold Race
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Final - Men's Team Pursuit Final Gold Race - Rio Olympic Velodrome - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) of Britain celebrates winning the race and setting a new world record. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Men's Individual Time Trial
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Men's Individual Time Trial
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
<p>With the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea fast approaching, here's everything you need to know about cross-country skiing.</p><p>Cross-country skiing at the Olympics is a lengthy competition, with events spanning throughout all 15 days in PyeongChang.</p><p>Check out the full cross-country skiing schedule <a href="https://www.si.com/olympics/2017/10/17/winter-olympics-2018-cross-country-ski-schedule" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>.</p><p>In December, SI published a complete Rookie's Guide to cross-country skiing, packed with information about the sport's different techniques, rules and qualifying criteria. From videos of hilarious pileups of skiers to detailed breakdowns of the Games' events and athletes, the Rookie's Guide will get you ready to go for one of the most popular (and highly contested) winter sports.</p><p>• <a href="https://www.si.com/olympics/2017/12/07/2018-winter-olympics-rookies-guide-cross-country-skiing-pyeongchang" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cross-Country Skiing 101: Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of PyeongChang." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cross-Country Skiing 101: Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of PyeongChang.</a></p><p>And if you want even more coverage on the sport's athletes, our expert Brian Cazeneuve has you covered. In the January 29-February 5 Olympic Preview issue, Brian gave his medal predictions. Here are his picks for cross-country skiing:</p><h3>Men</h3><p><strong>1.4K Sprint (Classical)</strong></p><p>• Gold: Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Norway</p><p>• Silver: Emil Iverson, Norway</p><p>• Bronze: Federico Pellegrino, Italy</p><p><em>Klæbo is an active vlogger on YouTube with 30,000 subscribers.</em></p><p><strong>Team Sprint (Freestyle)</strong></p><p>• Gold: Italy</p><p>• Silver: Norway</p><p>• Bronze: Sweden</p><p><em>The Russians, who won a silver medal in Sochi, have been banned for doping.</em></p><p><strong>15K Freestyle</strong></p><p>• Gold: Dario Cologna, Switzerland</p><p>• Silver: Maurice Manificat, France</p><p>• Bronze: Alex Harvey, Canada</p><p><em>Harvey’s dad, Pierre, was an Olympian in cycling and cross-country.</em></p><p><strong>30K Skiathlon</strong></p><p>• Gold: Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Norway</p><p>• Silver: Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Norway</p><p>• Bronze: Maurice Manificat, France</p><p><em>Sundby has won three overall World Cup titles but never Olympic gold.</em></p><p><strong>50K Mass Start (Classical)</strong></p><p>• Gold: Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Norway</p><p>• Silver: Alex Harvey, Canada</p><p>• Bronze: Alexey Poltoranin, Kazakhstan</p><p><em>Sochi winner Alexander Legkov was banned for doping.</em></p><p><strong>4x10K</strong> <strong>Relay</strong></p><p>• Gold: Norway</p><p>• Silver: Russia</p><p>• Bronze: Sweden</p><p><em>Norway leads all countries with 40 cross-country gold medals.</em></p><h3>Women</h3><p><strong>1.2K Sprint (Classical)</strong></p><p>• Gold: Maiken Caspersen Falla, Norway</p><p>• Silver: Stina Nilsson, Sweden</p><p>• Bronze: Jessie Diggins, U.S.</p><p><em>At worlds, Nilsson crashed out in the semis.</em></p><p><strong>Team Sprint (Freestyle)</strong></p><p>• Gold: Sweden</p><p>• Silver: U.S.</p><p>• Bronze: Norway</p><p><em>The U.S. was eighth in 2014.</em></p><p><strong>10K Freestyle</strong></p><p>• Gold: Heidi Weng, Norway</p><p>• Silver: Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, Norway</p><p>• Bronze: Jessie Diggins, U.S.</p><p><em>Weng sleeps 12 hours per day.</em></p><p><strong>15K Skiathlon</strong></p><p>• Gold: Charlotte Kalla, Sweden</p><p>• Silver: Heidi Weng, Norway</p><p>• Bronze: Marit Bjørgen, Norway</p><p><em>Kalla made up a 25-second deficit to lead Sweden to Sochi gold in the 4×5K relay.</em></p><p><strong>30K Mass Start (Classical)</strong></p><p>• Gold: Heidi Weng, Norway</p><p>• Silver: Charlotte Kalla, Sweden</p><p>• Bronze: Marit Bjørgen, Norway</p><p><em>Bjørgen’s partner is two-time Nordic combined gold medal winner Fred Børre Lundberg.</em></p><p><strong>4x5K Relay</strong></p><p>• Gold: Norway</p><p>• Silver: Sweden</p><p>• Bronze: Finland</p><p><em>Norway leads all countries with 107 total cross-country medals.</em></p><p>Check out Brian's medal predictions for all 102 events in the magazine.</p>
2018 Winter Olympics: Cross-Country Skiing Guide and Preview for PyeongChang

With the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea fast approaching, here's everything you need to know about cross-country skiing.

Cross-country skiing at the Olympics is a lengthy competition, with events spanning throughout all 15 days in PyeongChang.

Check out the full cross-country skiing schedule here.

In December, SI published a complete Rookie's Guide to cross-country skiing, packed with information about the sport's different techniques, rules and qualifying criteria. From videos of hilarious pileups of skiers to detailed breakdowns of the Games' events and athletes, the Rookie's Guide will get you ready to go for one of the most popular (and highly contested) winter sports.

Cross-Country Skiing 101: Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of PyeongChang.

And if you want even more coverage on the sport's athletes, our expert Brian Cazeneuve has you covered. In the January 29-February 5 Olympic Preview issue, Brian gave his medal predictions. Here are his picks for cross-country skiing:

Men

1.4K Sprint (Classical)

• Gold: Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Norway

• Silver: Emil Iverson, Norway

• Bronze: Federico Pellegrino, Italy

Klæbo is an active vlogger on YouTube with 30,000 subscribers.

Team Sprint (Freestyle)

• Gold: Italy

• Silver: Norway

• Bronze: Sweden

The Russians, who won a silver medal in Sochi, have been banned for doping.

15K Freestyle

• Gold: Dario Cologna, Switzerland

• Silver: Maurice Manificat, France

• Bronze: Alex Harvey, Canada

Harvey’s dad, Pierre, was an Olympian in cycling and cross-country.

30K Skiathlon

• Gold: Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Norway

• Silver: Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Norway

• Bronze: Maurice Manificat, France

Sundby has won three overall World Cup titles but never Olympic gold.

50K Mass Start (Classical)

• Gold: Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Norway

• Silver: Alex Harvey, Canada

• Bronze: Alexey Poltoranin, Kazakhstan

Sochi winner Alexander Legkov was banned for doping.

4x10K Relay

• Gold: Norway

• Silver: Russia

• Bronze: Sweden

Norway leads all countries with 40 cross-country gold medals.

Women

1.2K Sprint (Classical)

• Gold: Maiken Caspersen Falla, Norway

• Silver: Stina Nilsson, Sweden

• Bronze: Jessie Diggins, U.S.

At worlds, Nilsson crashed out in the semis.

Team Sprint (Freestyle)

• Gold: Sweden

• Silver: U.S.

• Bronze: Norway

The U.S. was eighth in 2014.

10K Freestyle

• Gold: Heidi Weng, Norway

• Silver: Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, Norway

• Bronze: Jessie Diggins, U.S.

Weng sleeps 12 hours per day.

15K Skiathlon

• Gold: Charlotte Kalla, Sweden

• Silver: Heidi Weng, Norway

• Bronze: Marit Bjørgen, Norway

Kalla made up a 25-second deficit to lead Sweden to Sochi gold in the 4×5K relay.

30K Mass Start (Classical)

• Gold: Heidi Weng, Norway

• Silver: Charlotte Kalla, Sweden

• Bronze: Marit Bjørgen, Norway

Bjørgen’s partner is two-time Nordic combined gold medal winner Fred Børre Lundberg.

4x5K Relay

• Gold: Norway

• Silver: Sweden

• Bronze: Finland

Norway leads all countries with 107 total cross-country medals.

Check out Brian's medal predictions for all 102 events in the magazine.

<p>With the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea fast approaching, here’s everything you need to know about what might be the most aesthetically pleasin event of all: Freestyle skiing. </p><p>Freestyle skiing is not one specific event, but an umbrella term that encompasses five different ski terrain events on both the men's and women's side, for a total of ten. Those events are: aerials, halfpipe, moguls, ski cross and slopestyle. </p><p>In PyeongChang, Freestyle skiing kicks of with the men's and women's moguls qualifying on Feb. 8 and concludes with the women's ski cross on Feb. 23. </p><p>A full schedule of all ten events can be seen <a href="https://www.si.com/olympics/2017/10/18/2018-winter-olympics-freestyle-skiing-schedule" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>. </p><p>In December, SI.com published a <a href="https://www.si.com/olympics/2017/10/18/2018-winter-olympics-freestyle-skiing-schedule" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rookie’s Guide to Freestyle Skiing" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rookie’s Guide to Freestyle Skiing</a> with information about each specific event, including the rules, history, 2014 medal winners and current world champion. You'll learn about how each event is judged and which tricks you can expect to see. There is no better way to become the coolest person at your watch party than to accurately predict seeing a switch double-cork 900.</p><p>In the January 29-February 5 Olympic Preview issue of <em>Sports Illustrated</em>’s magazine, our expert Brian Cazeneuve gave his medal predictions. Here are his picks for Alpine skiing:</p><h3>MEN</h3><p><strong>Aerials</strong></p><p>Anton Kushnir, Belarus Qi Guangpu, China Maxim</p><p><em>Defending champ Kushnir is in his fourth Olympics.</em></p><p><strong>Halfpipe</strong></p><p>David Wise, U.S. Alex Ferreira, U.S. Simon D'Artois, Canada</p><p><em>A U.S. sweep is possible.</em></p><p><b>Moguls</b></p><p>Mikael Kingsbury, Canada Dmitry Reiherd, Kazakhstan Ikuma Horishima, Japan</p><p><em>Horishima recently snapped Kingsbury's record of 13 straight World Cup wins.</em></p><p><b>Ski Cross</b></p><p>Alex Fiva, Switzerland Marc Bischofberger, Switzerland Jean-Frederic Chapuis, France</p><p><em>Fiva was born in Newport Beach, Calif.</em></p><p><strong>Slopestyle</strong></p><p>Oystein Braten, Norway Andri Ragettli, Switzerland Ferdinand Dahl, , Austria</p><p><em>The U.S. swept this event in Sochi and could return to the podium in Pyeongchang.</em></p><h3>WOMEN</h3><p><strong>Aerials</strong></p><p>Xu Mengtao, China Hanna Huskova, Belarus Lydia Lassila, Australia</p><p><em>Watch for U.S. veteran Ashley Caldwell</em>.</p><p><strong>Halfpipe</strong></p><p>Cassie Sharpe, Canada Brita Sigourney, U.S. Marie Martinod, Fran</p><p><em>At 22, Martinod, now 33, quit skiing for six years to run a nightclub. </em></p><p><b>Moguls</b></p><p>Jaelin Kauf, U.S. Britteny Cox, Australia Justine Deufour-Lapointe, Canada</p><p><i>Kauf's parents, Scott and Patty, were moguls world champions </i></p><p><b>Ski Cross</b></p><p>Sandra Naslund, Sweden Fanny Smith, Switzerland Georgia Simmerling, Canada</p><p><em>Simmerling won a bronze medal in team pursuit cycling in Rio. </em></p><p><strong>Slopestyle</strong></p><p>Johanne Killi, Norway Tiril Sjastad Christiansen, Norway Jennie-Lee Burmansson, Sweden</p><p><i>Maggie Voisin, then 15, broke an ankle in Sochi; she's now the U.S. hope</i></p><p>Check out the rest of Brian’s medal predictions for all 102 events in the magazine.</p>
2018 Winter Olympics: Freestyle Skiing Guide and Preview for PyeongChang

With the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea fast approaching, here’s everything you need to know about what might be the most aesthetically pleasin event of all: Freestyle skiing.

Freestyle skiing is not one specific event, but an umbrella term that encompasses five different ski terrain events on both the men's and women's side, for a total of ten. Those events are: aerials, halfpipe, moguls, ski cross and slopestyle.

In PyeongChang, Freestyle skiing kicks of with the men's and women's moguls qualifying on Feb. 8 and concludes with the women's ski cross on Feb. 23.

A full schedule of all ten events can be seen here.

In December, SI.com published a Rookie’s Guide to Freestyle Skiing with information about each specific event, including the rules, history, 2014 medal winners and current world champion. You'll learn about how each event is judged and which tricks you can expect to see. There is no better way to become the coolest person at your watch party than to accurately predict seeing a switch double-cork 900.

In the January 29-February 5 Olympic Preview issue of Sports Illustrated’s magazine, our expert Brian Cazeneuve gave his medal predictions. Here are his picks for Alpine skiing:

MEN

Aerials

Anton Kushnir, Belarus Qi Guangpu, China Maxim

Defending champ Kushnir is in his fourth Olympics.

Halfpipe

David Wise, U.S. Alex Ferreira, U.S. Simon D'Artois, Canada

A U.S. sweep is possible.

Moguls

Mikael Kingsbury, Canada Dmitry Reiherd, Kazakhstan Ikuma Horishima, Japan

Horishima recently snapped Kingsbury's record of 13 straight World Cup wins.

Ski Cross

Alex Fiva, Switzerland Marc Bischofberger, Switzerland Jean-Frederic Chapuis, France

Fiva was born in Newport Beach, Calif.

Slopestyle

Oystein Braten, Norway Andri Ragettli, Switzerland Ferdinand Dahl, , Austria

The U.S. swept this event in Sochi and could return to the podium in Pyeongchang.

WOMEN

Aerials

Xu Mengtao, China Hanna Huskova, Belarus Lydia Lassila, Australia

Watch for U.S. veteran Ashley Caldwell.

Halfpipe

Cassie Sharpe, Canada Brita Sigourney, U.S. Marie Martinod, Fran

At 22, Martinod, now 33, quit skiing for six years to run a nightclub.

Moguls

Jaelin Kauf, U.S. Britteny Cox, Australia Justine Deufour-Lapointe, Canada

Kauf's parents, Scott and Patty, were moguls world champions

Ski Cross

Sandra Naslund, Sweden Fanny Smith, Switzerland Georgia Simmerling, Canada

Simmerling won a bronze medal in team pursuit cycling in Rio.

Slopestyle

Johanne Killi, Norway Tiril Sjastad Christiansen, Norway Jennie-Lee Burmansson, Sweden

Maggie Voisin, then 15, broke an ankle in Sochi; she's now the U.S. hope

Check out the rest of Brian’s medal predictions for all 102 events in the magazine.

<p>With the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea fast approaching, here’s everything you need to know about speed skating.</p><p>The Olympics begin Thursday, Feb. 8 and conclude Sunday, Feb. 25. Speed skating will be contested from Feb. 10 to 24 with medals on the line for 14 different events. At the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the Netherlands won eight out of 12 available gold medals but did manage to claim a medal in every event.</p><p>Check out the full speed skating schedule <a href="https://www.si.com/olympics/2017/10/20/2018-winter-olympics-speed-skating-schedule" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>.</p><p>In December, Sports Illustrated published a <a href="https://www.si.com/olympics/2017/12/20/2018-winter-olympics-rookies-guide-speed-skating-pyeongchang" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rookie's Guide to Speed Skating" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rookie's Guide to Speed Skating</a> with information about the background, selection process, rules and format of the sport. I challenge you to read that guide and not want to watch speed skating at this year's Olympics. The competition is going to be a lot of fun.</p><p>In the January 29-February 5 Olympic Preview issue of <em>Sports Illustrated</em>’s magazine, our expert Brian Cazeneuve gave his medal predictions. Here are his picks for speed skating:</p><h3>Speedskating</h3><h3><b>MEN</b></h3><p><strong>500 Meters</strong></p><p>Gold: Ronald Mulder, Netherlands</p><p>Silver: Kai Verbij, Netherlands</p><p>Bronze: Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen, Norway</p><p><em>Mulder’s twin, Michel, won the 500-meter long-track event in Sochi and came in third at 1,000 meters.</em></p><p><strong>1,000 Meters</strong></p><p>Gold: Kjeld Nuis, Netherlands</p><p>Silver: Kai Verbij, Netherlands</p><p>Bronze: Vincent De Haître, Canada</p><p><em>De Haître was Canada’s 1,000-meter track cycling champ in 2013.</em></p><p><strong>1,500 Meters</strong></p><p>Gold: Denis Yuskov, Russia</p><p>Silver: Koen Verweij, Netherlands</p><p>Bronze: Kjeld Nuis, Netherlands</p><p><em>Born in Moscow, Yuskov, who thought he was going to soccer practice at his first training session, grew up in Moldova.</em></p><p><strong>5,000 Meters</strong></p><p>Gold: Sven Kramer, Netherlands</p><p>Silver: Ted-Jan Bloemen, Canada</p><p>Bronze: Nicola Tumolero, Italy</p><p><em>Dual citizen Bloemen is a Dutch native.</em></p><p><strong>10,000 Meters</strong></p><p>Gold: Sven Kramer, Netherlands</p><p>Silver: Jorrit Bergsma, Netherlands</p><p>Bronze: Patrick Beckert, Germany</p><p><em>Kramer’s girlfriend, Naomi van As, won two Olympic golds in field hockey.</em></p><p><strong>Team Pursuit</strong></p><p>Gold: Netherlands</p><p>Silver: Norway</p><p>Bronze: Canada</p><p><em>Dutch skaters won eight of 12 races in Sochi.</em></p><p><strong>Mass Start</strong></p><p>Gold: Lee Seung-hoon, South Korea</p><p>Silver: Joey Mantia, U.S.</p><p>Bronze: Sven Kramer, Netherlands</p><p><em>Mantia twice won Pan-Am Games golds in in-line skating.</em></p><p><b>WOMEN</b></p><p><strong>500 Meters</strong></p><p>Gold: Nao Kodaira, Japan</p><p>Silver: Lee Sang-hwa, South Korea</p><p>Bronze: Arisa Go, Japan</p><p><em>Two-time Olympic champ Lee turns 29 on the day of the closing ceremony.</em></p><p><strong>1,000 Meters</strong></p><p>Gold: Nao Kodaira, Japan</p><p>Silver: Miho Takagi, Japan</p><p>Bronze: Heather Bergsma, U.S.</p><p><em>Bergsma and her Dutch husband, Jorrit, have combined for 23 worlds medals.</em></p><p><strong>1,500 Meters</strong></p><p>Gold: Miho Takagi, Japan</p><p>Silver: Marrit Leenstra, Netherlands</p><p>Bronze: Ireen Wüst, Netherlands</p><p><em>Takagi was a 2010 Olympian at age 15.</em></p><p><strong>3,000 Meters</strong></p><p>Gold: Martina Sábliková, Czech Republic</p><p>Silver: Claudia Pechstein, Germany</p><p>Bronze: Antoinette de Jong, Netherlands</p><p><em>European 3K champ Esmee Visser made the Dutch team only at 5K.</em></p><p><strong>5,000 Meters</strong></p><p>Gold: Martina Sábliková, Czech Republic</p><p>Silver: Natalia Voronina, Russia</p><p>Bronze: Claudia Pechstein, Germany</p><p>Sábliková is a former national cycling champ in the time trial.</p><p><strong>Mass Start</strong></p><p>Gold: Francesca Lollobrigida, Italy</p><p>Silver: Kim Bo-reum, South Korea</p><p>Bronze: Guo Dan, China</p><p><em>The mass start returns to the Olympics after an 86-year layoff.</em></p><p><strong>Team Pursuit</strong></p><p>Gold: Netherlands</p><p>Silver: Japan</p><p>Bronze: Germany</p><p><em>Dutch skaters won 23 medals in Sochi; Poland was next with three.</em></p><h3>Short Track</h3><h3>MEN</h3><p><strong>500 Meters</strong></p><p>Gold: Wu Dajing, China</p><p>Silver: Shaolin Sándor Liu, Hungary</p><p>Bronze: Samuel Girard, Canada</p><p><em>Wu says his sports hero is Michael Phelps.</em></p><p><strong>1,000 Meters</strong></p><p>Gold: Shaolin Sándor Liu, Hungary</p><p>Silver: Wu Dajing, China</p><p>Bronze: Hwang Dae-heon, South Korea</p><p><em>Sándor’s girlfriend is Elise Christie.</em></p><p><strong>1,500 Meters</strong></p><p>Gold: Hwang Dae-heon, South Korea</p><p>Silver: Charles Hamelin, Canada</p><p>Bronze: Sjinkie Knegt, Netherlands</p><p><em>In 2014, Knegt became the first Dutch person to win a short-track medal.</em></p><p><strong>5,000-Meter Relay</strong></p><p>Gold: South Korea</p><p>Silver: Canada</p><p>Bronze: Netherlands</p><p><em>The U.S. team could nab a medal.</em></p><h3><b>WOMEN</b></h3><p><strong>500 Meters</strong></p><p>Gold: Choi Min-jeong, South Korea</p><p>Silver: Marianne St-Gelais, Canada</p><p>Bronze: Elise Christie, Great Britain</p><p><em>South Korea has never won gold or silver at 500.</em></p><p><strong>1,000 Meters</strong></p><p>Gold: Choi Min-jeong, South Korea</p><p>Silver: Kim Boutin, Canada</p><p>Bronze: Elise Christie, Great Britain</p><p><em>Christie has dyed her hair a dozen different colors before events.</em></p><p><strong>1,500 Meters</strong></p><p>Gold: Choi Min-jeong, South Korea</p><p>Silver: Shim Suk-hee, South Korea</p><p>Bronze: Kim Boutin, Canada</p><p><em>In 2015, Choi was world champ at age 16.</em></p><p><strong>3,000-Meter Relay</strong></p><p>Gold: South Korea</p><p>Silver: China</p><p>Bronze: Canada</p><p><em>All but five of South Korea’s 26 winter golds have come in short track.</em></p><p>Check out Brian’s medal predictions for all 102 events in the magazine.</p>
2018 Winter Olympics: Speed Skating Guide and Preview for PyeongChang

With the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea fast approaching, here’s everything you need to know about speed skating.

The Olympics begin Thursday, Feb. 8 and conclude Sunday, Feb. 25. Speed skating will be contested from Feb. 10 to 24 with medals on the line for 14 different events. At the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the Netherlands won eight out of 12 available gold medals but did manage to claim a medal in every event.

Check out the full speed skating schedule here.

In December, Sports Illustrated published a Rookie's Guide to Speed Skating with information about the background, selection process, rules and format of the sport. I challenge you to read that guide and not want to watch speed skating at this year's Olympics. The competition is going to be a lot of fun.

In the January 29-February 5 Olympic Preview issue of Sports Illustrated’s magazine, our expert Brian Cazeneuve gave his medal predictions. Here are his picks for speed skating:

Speedskating

MEN

500 Meters

Gold: Ronald Mulder, Netherlands

Silver: Kai Verbij, Netherlands

Bronze: Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen, Norway

Mulder’s twin, Michel, won the 500-meter long-track event in Sochi and came in third at 1,000 meters.

1,000 Meters

Gold: Kjeld Nuis, Netherlands

Silver: Kai Verbij, Netherlands

Bronze: Vincent De Haître, Canada

De Haître was Canada’s 1,000-meter track cycling champ in 2013.

1,500 Meters

Gold: Denis Yuskov, Russia

Silver: Koen Verweij, Netherlands

Bronze: Kjeld Nuis, Netherlands

Born in Moscow, Yuskov, who thought he was going to soccer practice at his first training session, grew up in Moldova.

5,000 Meters

Gold: Sven Kramer, Netherlands

Silver: Ted-Jan Bloemen, Canada

Bronze: Nicola Tumolero, Italy

Dual citizen Bloemen is a Dutch native.

10,000 Meters

Gold: Sven Kramer, Netherlands

Silver: Jorrit Bergsma, Netherlands

Bronze: Patrick Beckert, Germany

Kramer’s girlfriend, Naomi van As, won two Olympic golds in field hockey.

Team Pursuit

Gold: Netherlands

Silver: Norway

Bronze: Canada

Dutch skaters won eight of 12 races in Sochi.

Mass Start

Gold: Lee Seung-hoon, South Korea

Silver: Joey Mantia, U.S.

Bronze: Sven Kramer, Netherlands

Mantia twice won Pan-Am Games golds in in-line skating.

WOMEN

500 Meters

Gold: Nao Kodaira, Japan

Silver: Lee Sang-hwa, South Korea

Bronze: Arisa Go, Japan

Two-time Olympic champ Lee turns 29 on the day of the closing ceremony.

1,000 Meters

Gold: Nao Kodaira, Japan

Silver: Miho Takagi, Japan

Bronze: Heather Bergsma, U.S.

Bergsma and her Dutch husband, Jorrit, have combined for 23 worlds medals.

1,500 Meters

Gold: Miho Takagi, Japan

Silver: Marrit Leenstra, Netherlands

Bronze: Ireen Wüst, Netherlands

Takagi was a 2010 Olympian at age 15.

3,000 Meters

Gold: Martina Sábliková, Czech Republic

Silver: Claudia Pechstein, Germany

Bronze: Antoinette de Jong, Netherlands

European 3K champ Esmee Visser made the Dutch team only at 5K.

5,000 Meters

Gold: Martina Sábliková, Czech Republic

Silver: Natalia Voronina, Russia

Bronze: Claudia Pechstein, Germany

Sábliková is a former national cycling champ in the time trial.

Mass Start

Gold: Francesca Lollobrigida, Italy

Silver: Kim Bo-reum, South Korea

Bronze: Guo Dan, China

The mass start returns to the Olympics after an 86-year layoff.

Team Pursuit

Gold: Netherlands

Silver: Japan

Bronze: Germany

Dutch skaters won 23 medals in Sochi; Poland was next with three.

Short Track

MEN

500 Meters

Gold: Wu Dajing, China

Silver: Shaolin Sándor Liu, Hungary

Bronze: Samuel Girard, Canada

Wu says his sports hero is Michael Phelps.

1,000 Meters

Gold: Shaolin Sándor Liu, Hungary

Silver: Wu Dajing, China

Bronze: Hwang Dae-heon, South Korea

Sándor’s girlfriend is Elise Christie.

1,500 Meters

Gold: Hwang Dae-heon, South Korea

Silver: Charles Hamelin, Canada

Bronze: Sjinkie Knegt, Netherlands

In 2014, Knegt became the first Dutch person to win a short-track medal.

5,000-Meter Relay

Gold: South Korea

Silver: Canada

Bronze: Netherlands

The U.S. team could nab a medal.

WOMEN

500 Meters

Gold: Choi Min-jeong, South Korea

Silver: Marianne St-Gelais, Canada

Bronze: Elise Christie, Great Britain

South Korea has never won gold or silver at 500.

1,000 Meters

Gold: Choi Min-jeong, South Korea

Silver: Kim Boutin, Canada

Bronze: Elise Christie, Great Britain

Christie has dyed her hair a dozen different colors before events.

1,500 Meters

Gold: Choi Min-jeong, South Korea

Silver: Shim Suk-hee, South Korea

Bronze: Kim Boutin, Canada

In 2015, Choi was world champ at age 16.

3,000-Meter Relay

Gold: South Korea

Silver: China

Bronze: Canada

All but five of South Korea’s 26 winter golds have come in short track.

Check out Brian’s medal predictions for all 102 events in the magazine.

2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna Picture Supplied by Action Images
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Men's Individual Time Trial
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna Picture Supplied by Action Images
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Men's Individual Time Trial
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Tim Wellens (BEL) of Belgium competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Men's Individual Time Trial
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Tim Wellens (BEL) of Belgium competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
FILE PHOTO: Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Men's Individual Time Trial
FILE PHOTO: Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
FILE PHOTO: Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Bryn Lennon/Pool Picture Supplied by Action Images
FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Men's Individual Time Trial
FILE PHOTO: Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Bryn Lennon/Pool Picture Supplied by Action Images
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Final - Men's Team Pursuit Final Gold Race - Rio Olympic Velodrome - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) of Britain celebrates winning the race and setting a new world record. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Men's Team Pursuit Final Gold Race
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Final - Men's Team Pursuit Final Gold Race - Rio Olympic Velodrome - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) of Britain celebrates winning the race and setting a new world record. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Victory Ceremony - Men's Team Pursuit Victory Ceremony - Rio Olympic Velodrome - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) of Britain poses with his gold medal. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Men's Team Pursuit Victory Ceremony
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Victory Ceremony - Men's Team Pursuit Victory Ceremony - Rio Olympic Velodrome - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) of Britain poses with his gold medal. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
In this photo provided by the U.S. Olympic Committee, the eight winners of Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful are shown at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 16, 2017. From left are Keely Kortman, womens track cycling;, Collin Hudson, mens track cycling; Amanda Alvarez, womens skeleton; Quentin Butler, mens skeleton; Kelli Smith, womens rugby; Devin Short, mens rugby; Kyle Plante, womens bobsled; and Josh Williamson, mens bobsled. (U.S. Olympic Committee via AP)
Survivor: Reality show becomes possible road to Olympics
In this photo provided by the U.S. Olympic Committee, the eight winners of Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful are shown at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 16, 2017. From left are Keely Kortman, womens track cycling;, Collin Hudson, mens track cycling; Amanda Alvarez, womens skeleton; Quentin Butler, mens skeleton; Kelli Smith, womens rugby; Devin Short, mens rugby; Kyle Plante, womens bobsled; and Josh Williamson, mens bobsled. (U.S. Olympic Committee via AP)
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Men's Individual Time Trial
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
Joe Sullivan (L), a double sculls gold medalist at 2012 London Olympics, had spent plenty of time on the water in his rowing career, but found himself polishing his cycling skills when he came on board for Team New Zealand (AFP Photo/DAMIEN MEYER)
Joe Sullivan (L), a double sculls gold medalist at 2012 London Olympics, had spent plenty of time on the water in his rowing career, but found himself polishing his cycling skills when he came on board for Team New Zealand
Joe Sullivan (L), a double sculls gold medalist at 2012 London Olympics, had spent plenty of time on the water in his rowing career, but found himself polishing his cycling skills when he came on board for Team New Zealand (AFP Photo/DAMIEN MEYER)
FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna Picture Supplied by Action Images
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Men's Individual Time Trial
FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna Picture Supplied by Action Images
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Geraint Thomas (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Bryn Lennon/Pool
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Men's Individual Time Trial
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Geraint Thomas (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Bryn Lennon/Pool
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Tom Dumoulin (NED) of Netherlands competes. REUTERS/Bryn Lennon/Pool/File Photo
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Men's Individual Time Trial
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Tom Dumoulin (NED) of Netherlands competes. REUTERS/Bryn Lennon/Pool/File Photo
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Road Race - Fort Copacabana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 06/08/2016. Sergio Henao (VOL) of Colombia and Rafal Majka (POL) of Poland compete REUTERS/Bryn Lennon/Pool
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Road Race
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Road Race - Fort Copacabana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 06/08/2016. Sergio Henao (VOL) of Colombia and Rafal Majka (POL) of Poland compete REUTERS/Bryn Lennon/Pool
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Road Race - Fort Copacabana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 06/08/2016. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) of Italy competes REUTERS/Bryn Lennon/Pool
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Road Race
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Road Race - Fort Copacabana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 06/08/2016. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) of Italy competes REUTERS/Bryn Lennon/Pool
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Men's Individual Time Trial
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Chris Froome (GBR) of United Kingdom competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) of France competes. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Men's Individual Time Trial
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) of France competes. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Andriy Grivko (UKR) of Ukraine competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Men's Individual Time Trial
2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Road - Final - Men's Individual Time Trial - Pontal - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Andriy Grivko (UKR) of Ukraine competes. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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