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Underdog Red Gerard won snowboarding gold for the United States last night in the men’s slopestyle competition. It was the Americans’ first medal of any color at the PyeongChang Olympics. “I cannot believe it. I’m shaking right now,” the 17-year old said afterward. “Maybe from the cold, or from the excitement, I don’t know. But I’m ecstatic.”
American Chris Mazdzer followed up this morning with a silver in men’s luge. Mazdzer’s podium finish is arguably even more unexpected than Gerard’s win. It’s the United States’ first medal in men’s singles luge in Olympic history.
In other medals highlights, Norway swept the men’s skiathlon, adding to its Winter Olympic all-time record medal total. And Dutchman Sven Kramer won the gold in men’s 5,000-meter speedskating for the third straight Olympics.
Although it was not for a medal, the U.S. women’s hockey team made its debut this morning, beating Finland, 3-1.
In the figure skating team event, American Bradie Tennell (making her Olympic debut) and the Shibutani siblings helped the United States advance to the final round. The Americans sit in third place and will try to secure a podium finish when the event concludes Sunday night (8 p.m. ET, NBC).
It could be a big night for the Americans elsewhere as well. At 8:15 Eastern time, Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin starts her PyeongChang medal quest in the women’s giant slalom. Beginning at 9 p.m., Jamie Anderson tries to defend her slopestyle snowboarding gold in what could potentially turn into a U.S. podium sweep.
On Monday morning at 7:30, watch American speedskater Heather Bergsma attempt to reach the podium in the women’s 1,500 meters.
Below is the medal count at the time of publishing. Find the most up-to-date medal count here.
For the second Olympics in a row, the United States won a surprise gold in men’s slopestyle snowboarding. It was Sage Kotsenburg in Sochi, and Red Gerard matched the feat last night. Rounding out the podium were Canadians Max Parrot (silver) and Mark McMorris (bronze). The Internet was not happy, though, that NBC broadcast the event on tape delay.
That didn’t stop the Gerard family’s celebration, however. “I saw a video of them shot-gunning beers at 8:30 a.m.,” Gerard said. “I’m pretty sure they’re doing just fine.”
Austrian David Gleirscher took gold in men’s singles luge, sneaking just ahead of American Chris Mazder’s historic silver. Johannes Ludwig of Germany took Bronze.
Sven Kramer‘s gold in men’s 5,000-meter speedskating brings his Olympic medal total to eight (four golds). That puts him just one victory away from tying Germany’s Claudia Pechstein (nine medals, five golds) as the most decorated speedskater in Olympic history.
Despite putting three competitors in the women’s moguls final, the United States could not capture a medal. France’s Perrine Laffont took the gold, followed by Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan.
One last medal of note: Germany’s Arnd Peiffer won an unexpected gold in the men’s 10km biathlon sprint. Pre-race favorite Martin Fourcide finished eighth. Lowell Bailey was the top American finisher at 33rd. Biathlon remains the only Winter Olympic sport in which the United States has never earned a medal.
The pairs free-skate segment of the figure skating team event also wrapped up Saturday night. Americans Alexa and Chris Knierim came in fourth, landing the United States in third place overall. Evgenia Medvedeva posted the highest women’s short-program score ever to move the Olympic Athletes from Russia into second. Canada maintained its lead after a strong performance by Olympic champion ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
The men’s Alpine downhill was postponed because of high winds. It was rescheduled for Wednesday night at 9 Eastern time. That pushed the men’s super-G to Thursday night, also at 9 Eastern.
North Korea also brought its cheerleading team with it to the Olympics (we translated the squad’s cheers). But, as The Post’s Jerry Brewer warns: “Don’t let Olympic reverie enchant you too much. It can blow up in your face.”
American Mikaela Shiffrin goes for gold in the giant slalom. This isn’t her strongest discipline, and she’s coming off a bout of fatigue. But she is still very much a medal favorite (also watch for Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg to contend). The first run starts at 8:15 p.m., and the second, and final, run is at 11:45 p.m.
In between those runs, you can catch the finale of women’s slopestyle snowboarding (9 p.m.). Olympic rookies Julia Marino and Hailey Langland could join defending champion Jamie Anderson on the podium. It would be only the fourth U.S. medal sweep at the Winter Olympics.
Representing the United States in the figure skating team event Sunday evening (8 p.m., NBC) will be: Mirai Nagasu (women), Adam Rippon (men) and the Shibutani siblings (ice dance).
Also Sunday night, watch for American medal favorites Chloe Kim and Kelly Clark to make their PyeongChang debuts in women’s snowboarding halfpipe qualifying (11:30 p.m.).
At the speedskating oval, expect a friendly duel in the women’s 1,500 between Heather Bergsma — the world champion and world record holder — and U.S. teammate Brittany Bowe, who won at the Olympic trials. That starts at 7:30 a.m.
There are a host of other medal events being contested Monday morning: biathlon (women’s pursuit at 5:10 a.m. and men’s pursuit at 7 a.m.), women’s normal hill ski jumping (8:35 a.m.) and men’s moguls (7 a.m.). Only one American (Troy Murphy) is qualified for the moguls finals so far, but up to three more may join tomorrow.
At 7:10 a.m., the unified Korean women’s hockey team takes to the ice in another preliminary round game, this time against heavily favored Sweden. The Koreans lost their first game, 8-0, to Switzerland.
In a tearful news conference, Jamaican bobsledder Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian highlighted the importance of diversity at the Olympics.
Below is a TV roundup for the rest of Sunday and Monday, taken from The Post’s comprehensive TV guide. All Olympic events also can be streamed live online at NBColympics.com (here’s that schedule). Times are Eastern.
Sunday, Feb. 11
3-6 p.m. Men’s speedskating, 5,000-meter gold; men’s biathlon, 10 km sprint gold; men’s cross-country, skiathlon gold
7-11 p.m. Figure skating, team event, men’s, women’s, dance free skates, gold (LIVE); women’s skiing, giant slalom (LIVE); women’s freestyle skiing, moguls gold; women’s snowboarding, slopestyle gold; men’s luge, singles gold
11:35 p.m.-1 a.m. Women’s skiing, giant slalom gold (LIVE); women’s snowboarding, halfpipe (LIVE)
1:30-5:30 p.m. Mixed doubles curling, tiebreaker; men’s luge, singles gold
5:30-8 p.m. Men’s biathlon, 10 km sprint gold
8-11:30 p.m. Women’s snowboarding, slopestyle gold (LIVE); mixed doubles curling, semifinal
11:30 p.m.-2:40 a.m. Men’s speedskating, 5,000 gold
Monday, Feb. 12
3-5 p.m. Men’s freestyle skiing, moguls gold; women’s ski jumping, normal hill gold; women’s luge, singles
8-11:30 p.m. Men’s skiing, combined downhill (LIVE); women’s snowboarding, halfpipe gold (LIVE); men’s snowboarding, halfpipe (LIVE); women’s speedskating, 1,500 gold
12:05-2 a.m. Men’s skiing, combined slalom gold (LIVE); men’s snowboarding, halfpipe (LIVE)
2:40-5:10 a.m. Women’s hockey, Switzerland-Japan (LIVE)
5:10-7 a.m. Women’s luge, singles (LIVE); women’s biathlon, pursuit gold (LIVE)
7-11 a.m. Men’s freestyle skiing, moguls gold; women’s hockey, Sweden-Koreas (LIVE); women’s luge, singles
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Women’s ski jumping, normal hill gold; men’s biathlon, pursuit gold; women’s speedskating, 1,500 gold
11:30 p.m.-2:40 a.m. Men’s snowboarding, halfpipe (LIVE); mixed doubles curling, bronze
5-8 p.m. Mixed doubles curling, semifinal
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