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The 2018 Winter Olympics are on in full force, so we’re here to get you ready for a new day of action – and catch you up on what you missed.
Medals you missed
Snowboarding: American snowboarding phenom Chloe Kim lived up to the hype, capturing gold in the women’s halfpipe. Kim, 17, scored a 93.75 on her first run, and then put down a score of 98.25 on her third run despite already having the contest sewn up. The victory was a coronation of sorts for Kim, who actually qualified for Sochi in 2014 but was too young to go. Needless to say: Kim earned her ice cream.
But Kim wasn’t the only American to leave the snowboard halfpipe event with a medal.
Despite a dislocated should, an injury that prevented her from competing in qualifying at the Sochi Games, Arielle Gold battled through to claim bronze.
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Alpine skiing: Marcel Hirscher of Austria took gold in the men’s alpine combined slalom with a time of 2:06.52. Hirscher was followed by two Frenchmen, Alexis Pinturault with silver at 2:06.75 and Victor Muffat-Jeandet with bronze in 2:07.54.
Men’s 1500 speed skating: The U.S. missed out on the podium again in speed skating as Kjeld Nuis (Netherlands) won gold, followed by Patrick Roest (Netherlands) and Min-Seok Kim (South Korea).
Mixed doubles curling: Canada won the gold medal match 10-3 over the Swiss. The Olympic Athletes from Russia earned bronze with an 8-4 victory over Norway.
Women’s 500 short track: Arianna Fontana of Italy won gold, Yara Van Kerkhof (Netherlands) took home silver and Kim Boutin of Canada won bronze.
Women’s singles luge: Germany took the top two spots on the podium with Natalie Geisenberger winning her second consecutive Olympic gold medal and Dajana Eitberger grabbing the silver. Alex Gough of Canada earned the bronze medal.
Men’s cross-country individual sprint: Johannes Hoesflot of Norway won gold, Federico Pellegrino (Italy) took silver and Alexander Bolshunov won bronze as an Olympic Athlete from Russia.
Women’s cross-country individual sprint: Stina Nilsson of Sweden took home the gold, followed by Maiken Caspersen Falla (Norway) and Yulia Belorukova (Olympic Athlete from Russia)
Stories you missed
– Shaun White soared in the thrilling halfpipe competition … and it was only qualifying.
– Adam Rippon is overwhelmed by all the support he has received while at the Olympics.
– The U.S. women’s hockey team, earlier informed that the Statue of Liberty image on two goalies’ masks was being reviewed to determine if it was in violation of the IOC’s ban of political symbols on masks, was notified that the IOC will allow the image to stand. Before the final decision was reached, our own Dan Wolken wrote that if the Statue of Liberty violates the IOC policy, the Games might as well just scrap the anthems and flags.
– There are no NHL players in the men’s hockey tournament, but NHL talent abounds.
– American luger Emily Sweeney spun out of control and tumbled down the track during her fourth run, but was able to walk away without any broken bones.
– With the gold medal already locked down after her first run, Chloe Kim scored even higher on her victory run. Not to be outshadowed by Kim’s dominance, Arielle Gold took the bronze medal with a dislocated shoulder.
– Kim tweeted she was “hangry” DURING THE FINAL COMPETITION. She definitely earned her post-event ice cream after winning gold. She also got her Twitter follows up after the event.
– He knew his competition would be difficult, but Shaun White made his Pyeongchang debut knowing he still had some tricks up his sleeve. He didn’t disappoint.
– NBC parted ways with an analyst after Korea-Japan comments drew some major backlash.
– More cowbell at the Winter Olympics? It’s a delight and a concern for local fans.
– Figure skaters Chris Kneirim and Alexa Scimeca Knierim will celebrate Valentine’s Day by competing.
– How a Winter Olympic speedskater changed directions and became a nun.
– Why are Olympic medalists getting stuffed animals?
– Skeleton riders keep it light with crazy nicknames.
– Tears roll as USA’s Maame Biney deals with disappointing loss in 500 meters.
– Shani Davis refused to answer questions on his controversial flag-bearer tweet.