Olympic Speedskating Schedule 2018: TV, Live-Stream Info for Monday

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2018

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10:  Ronald Mulder of Netherlands
 competes in the men 500m during the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships - Gangneung - Test Event For Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Gangneung Oval on February 10, 2017 in Gangneung, South Korea.  (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
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In one of the showpiece events in the long-track speedskating at the Olympic Games, the final of the men's 500 metres will be the main focus on Monday at the Gangneung Oval in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Having already excelled in the long-track at these Games, the Netherlands athletes are expected to dominate again in this event, with Ronald Mulder, Kai Verbij and Jan Smeekens the favourites to battle for gold. 

In addition, the team pursuit will also get underway in the women's competition, with the quarter-finals scheduled before the men's 500 metres final.

Here's the schedule for Monday's speedskating, all the information needed on where to stream the races and a look at what to expect in what may be one of the most dramatic events at this year's Games.


Monday Schedule (ET)

6 a.m. Women's team pursuit 6 laps quarter-finals

6:53 a.m. Men's 500 metre speedskating


The action can be streamed via the NBC Sports app (U.S.) and via Eurosport Player (U.K.)


Mulder Favourite for 500m Title

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11:  (L-R) Silver medalist Jan Smeekens of the Netherlands, gold medalist Michel Mulder of the Netherlands and bronze medalist Ronald Mulder of the Netherlands celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the for the Men'
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After seeing his twin brother Michel win gold at Sochi four years ago, Mulder, who won bronze, will be determined to go a couple better in the sprint event on Monday.

While the 31-year-old would have been pleased with third at the time, with his brother not in Pyeongchang to defend his title, there's a huge chance for the European champion to win on the Olympic stage for the first time.

Ahead of his race, Mulder offered an insight into what his primary thoughts are when he takes to the ice for a big event and commented on what he feels is an open field.

"Pure sport is about being the fastest and that's what speedskating is," he said, per the Olympics website. "... In the sprints I reckon 20 people could win the gold. It's going to be really tight, really exciting. One-hundredth of a second can change a lot."

HEERENVEEN, NETHERLANDS - JANUARY 06:  Ronald Mulder of the Netherlands competes in the 1000m Mens race on Day One of the ISU European Allround Speed Skating Championships held at the Thialf on January 6, 2017 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean M
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As we can see here, after a poor first run in Sochi four years ago, Mulder produced a stunning 500 metres to force himself into medal contention:

He'll be hoping for a more consistent set of performances this time around, especially with Smeekens set to provide stiff competition.

The silver medallist from Sochi will be desperate for gold, too, as he thought he'd clinched the title four years ago, only for the official times to put him just one hundredth of a second behind his compatriot. 

The 2017 world single distance champion over 500 metres may also be inspired after he carried his country's flag at the opening ceremony for these Games. It appeared to mean a lot to the 31-year-old:

Jan Smeekens @jansmeekens

Wauw! Let the games begin😍🇰🇷🇳🇱#olympics2018 #trots https://t.co/pWbDO2LwE4

Another Dutchman with a strong chance is Verbij, who was the winner of the world sprint championships in Calgary last year. Meanwhile, Kjeld Nuis, who has already won gold in Pyeongchang in the 1,500 metres, is clearly in great form, too.

His display caught the attention of Jamaican sprinting icon Usain Bolt in earlier in the tournament:

Usain St. Leo Bolt @usainbolt

Yes I did! @TeamNLtweets @Ireenw @kjeldnuis congrats for your gold medals! You are speed legends on ice! I admire you for that. You definitely deserve a bottle of champagne to celebrate!! https://t.co/i9YOS8jZkh

The man most likely to prevent the Netherlands from winning all three medals is Norway's Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen, who was second to Verbij in Calgary a year ago. Meanwhile, Canada will have Laurent Dubreuil and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix as outside bets for glory.

The winner is likely to come from the Dutch competitors, though, as they continue to turn in big performances when the clutch moments arrive in the long-track event.


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