Another early morning, another early U.S. medal that NBC will show you in another half-day or so.
Devin Logan, 20, won the United States’ first silver of these Games in the freestyle skiing slopestyle. Canadian Dara Howell won the gold and her countrywoman Kim Lamarre took the bronze.
Canada has claimed seven medals in four days of snowboarding and freestyle skiing, including three events in which they took two of the three spots on the podium. The country got a scare, however, when Yuki Tsubota hit the crest of the landing hill, slid to the bottom and lay motionless. A Canadian official told the Associated Press she was being checked for a broken jaw.
Soft snow at the cross-country course made the men’s and women’s sprint qualifications a bit more interesting. The snow — described as sugary by TV announcers — covers the flatter surfaces of an otherwise icy course.
The top 30 skiers in each even moved on to the quarterfinals, which will be held later this morning. Three American women advanced: Sophie Caldwell (9), Jessica Diggins (12) and Kikkan Randall (18). Maiken Caspersen Falla of Norway had the top time.
In the men’s event, some of the less-experienced skiers looked like they were maneuvering through sand, and some couldn’t stop themselves on the slick spots. There were some spectacular crashes of the kind you normally see in downhill racing. Most skiers got up and carried on, but China’s Wenlong Xu had to be carried off the course on a stretcher.
The top of the men’s qualifying list was about what you’d expect: three Norwegians, three Swedes, two Russians, an Italian and an Austrian in the top 10. Americans Andy Newell and Simeon Hamilton were 17th and 21st, respectively.
The women’s quarterfinals begin at 7 a.m. and the men’s at 7:25.
In curling, the Russian women beat the Americans, 9-7, and the U.S. men were losing to China, although the match hasn’t ended.