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Someone’s winning figure-skating gold tonight, and they’re probably a record-setting Russian

She can fly! How is anyone supposed to compete with that? (Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Thursday, February 22. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

2018 Winter Olympics (NBC, 8 p.m.): The marquee event of the Winter Olympics, the women’s figure-skating competition, wraps up tonight. We use “competition” loosely here, because the top two podium positions were pretty much locked up during the short program, when Olympic athlete from Russia Evgenia Medvedeva scored 81.61 points, a world record that stood for all of a matter of minutes, at which point it was topped by her teammate, 15-year-old Alina Zagitova. So think of tonight’s free-skating portion instead as a thrilling race for the bronze, a suspenseful battle for third place occurring in the background as Medvedeva and Zagitova spin their way into the history books.


Regular coverage

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1, 8 p.m.)

Wild card

The Bachelor Winter Games (ABC, 8 p.m.): Also concluding tonight: ABC’s attempt to find its own version of The Challenge, a celebration of international goodwill and the global spread of reality television in which, if you didn’t score a victory, you probably still scored anyway.

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Erik Adams

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