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A group of crew of a store looking on outside the Gangneung Curling Center in Gangneung prior to the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 6, 2018. — AFP picA group of crew of a store looking on outside the Gangneung Curling Center in Gangneung prior to the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 6, 2018. — AFP picPYEONGCHANG, Feb 15 — The weather has played havoc with the Olympic skiing programme with three events rescheduled for today, meaning nine golds will be on offer, equalling the single day record set in Turin on February 18, 2006.

Here are five highlights on day six at the Pyeongchang Olympics:

Figure skating: pairs

Chinese world champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong go into the decisive free programme in the lead after producing a personal best in the short programme. Less than a point adrift, after delivering their own career best, are Russians Evgenia Tarasoza and Vladimir Morozov who are double European champions. Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who won team gold with Canada earlier in the week, sit third.

Alpine skiing: women’s giant slalom

American ace Mikaela Shiffrin goes in the giant slalom aiming to add another gold to her slalom triumph four years ago at Sochi as an 18-year-old. She faces a stiff challenge from French world champion Tessa Worley. The race was originally scheduled for Monday. Her second event, Wednesday’s slalom, also fell victim to the weather and another attempt to run it will be made on Friday.

Alpine skiing: men’s downhill

Reigning champion Matthias Mayer of Austria could become the first racer to win a second gold in the Olympic downhill, alpine skiing’s ultimate speed test. But a dozen racers are in with a chance on a Pyeongchang course considered “easy” by the specialists. Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, 35, the five-time world champion, is a top contender along with Kjetil Jansrud, Norway’s super-G gold medallist at Sochi.

Biathlon: men’s 20km

All eyes are on Martin Fourcade, the French army officer who is favourite to win his second gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics in the 20km individual biathlon. The two-time Sochi 2014 champion won the pursuit title on Sunday and victory would give him a fourth Olympic gold, the most by a Frenchman at the winter Games. He shares the record of three winter golds with alpine skiing legend Jean-Claude Killy.

Speed skating: men’s 10,000m

The Dutch have won all five speed skating golds so far and are hungry for more. Sven Kramer, seeking his fifth Olympic gold, and teammate Jorrit Bergma, the defending Olympic champion, are both aiming to extend the winning streak in the men’s 10,000m. — AFP