A gold medal for Apple Valley’s Gable Steveson kicked off the final weekend of Olympic competitions. Minnesota-connected athletes are competing in matches for gold medals in basketball, baseball and volleyball.
Here’s what happened recently and when to watch the match-ups this final weekend.
What’s happened so far?
Minnesota’s Gable Steveson defeated Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili 10-8 in the final seconds of their match to claim wrestling gold in the men’s freestyle 125-kilogram class.
Steveson, the Gopher wrestling standout from Apple Valley, outscored his opponents 23-0 in the first three rounds. He beat 2016 Olympic gold medalist Taha Akgul 8-0 in the quarterfinals.
The women’s volleyball team, which includes Minnesotan Jordan Thompson, beat Serbia 3-0 in the semifinal round. They play the winner of Brazil versus South Korea for a chance to claim gold. The gold medal match is set for 11:30 p.m. Saturday and NBC broadcast stations like KARE 11 are expected to broadcast the match at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
Women’s basketball, featuring Minnesota Lynx players Napheesa Collier and Sylvia Fowles, beat Serbia 79 to 59 in the semifinals. You can watch the replay of the game at 3 p.m. on NBCSN. They’re set to play Japan for a chance at the gold medal against Japan, which will air on Sunday at 8 a.m. on USA Network.
The men’s baseball team, which includes Minnesota Twins minor league pitcher Joe Ryan, have a rematch against Japan for the gold medal. Team USA lost to Japan on Monday in a close match 7-6 that went into extra innings.
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