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Gold is never a sure thing at the Winter Olympics: For every big-name athlete or team at the Beijing Games, there is someone standing in the way of victory. Many events will be decided by a showdown between two top contenders, or by a star’s battle against something more fearsome. Here are some of the rivalries to watch over the next two weeks.

Jessie Diggins vs. Natalia Nepryaeva

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