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Olympics Day 7: U.S. stars look to shine Thursday, plus the latest from PyeongChang

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For the fifth day in a row, the U.S. has won a gold medal. This time, it was alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin’s turn in the women’s giant slalom.

Shiffrin overcame days of wind delays before finally getting the win. The often stoic 22-year old collapsed with joy at the finish. “It was my 15 seconds to let it all out,” she said. Shiffrin goes for another gold tonight.

Sandwiched between the slalom runs, was the men’s downhill. The day belonged to the “Attacking Vikings of Norway,” who won their first ever gold in the event (Aksel Lund Svindal), as well as silver (Kjetil Jansrud). Bryce Bennett was the top American finisher in 16th.

In women’s hockey, the U.S. lost to Canada, 2 -1, in a feisty game between the two best teams in the world. Even with that result, they move to the semifinals.

Germany’s Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot won pairs figure skating gold. Both converted to citizenship, which required passing a German language test (he failed twice) and, for Massot, paying France a reported $30,000. Americans Alexa and Chris Knierim finished 15th.

Three American stars look to shine in prime time tonight: Shiffrin, Nathan Chen and Lindsey Jacobellis.

Shiffrin is expected to win gold tonight in the slalom. If she does, she’d be the only American skier with three gold medals. The first run starts at 8 p.m., the second is at 11:15 p.m. The men’s super G is in between, at 9 p.m.

Nathan Chen takes the ice again tonight in the men’s short program. America’s best chance at another figure skating medal, he hopes to rebound for a jittery performance in the team event. Defending gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan looks to repeat on a shaky ankle. Adam Rippon and Vincent Zhou are also competing for the U.S. The event starts at 8 p.m.

Lindsey Jacobellis has been a force in snowboard cross for years, but can’t live down the premature celebration that cost her gold at the 2006 Torino Games. Look for her to try to get the golden monkey off her back starting at around 10:15 p.m.

Also watch for the U.S. vs. Slovakia men’s hockey game (10:10 p.m.), men’s cross-country (1 a.m.), women’s 5,000-meter speedskating (6 a.m.), curling, and women’s aerials (6:52 a.m. final run). In aerials, look for American Ashley Caldwell and her best friend, Kiley McKinnon, to potentially medal.

The Post’s Ashleigh Joplin and Leslie Shapiro put together a quiz to test your knowledge.

American Mikaela Shiffrin won giant slalom gold last night. Joining her on the podium were Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel (silver), and Federica Brignone of Italy. It was Norway’s first medal in women’s alpine since 1936. 

Following the “Attack Vikings” on top of the men’s downhill podium was Beat Feuz of Switzerland in bronze. It was the first Olympic medal for Feuz, who celebrated his birthday earlier in the week. American Tommy Biesemeyer crashed out in training, missing his third Olympics due to injury.

For a game in which both teams had already advanced, the U.S.-Canada women’s hockey match was intense. There were a combined 11 penalties (including a penalty shot, which the U.S. missed). While the U.S. team outshot Canada 45-23, it lost, 2-1.

The men’s snowboard cross last night was full of spills, leaving racers virtually crawling to the finish. The Americans put two riders through to the finals, where they just missed the podium. Pierre Vaultier of France defended his gold from Sochi.

Jessie Diggins skied to fifth in the cross-country 10 km freestyle, tying her own record for the best cross-country finish by an American woman. Ragnhild Haga took the win for Norway, and there was a tie for bronze. The relays, where the U.S. women have been strong, are still to come.

Mikaela Shiffrin snaps out of her recent slump and puts Olympics on notice

German figure skating pair Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot won an unexpected gold medal night, after a world record breaking performance in the long program. China stumbled just enough to fall to silver. Canada got the bronze.

Sven Kramer, the most decorated male speedskatermissed the podium in the 10,000 meters. Canadian Ted-Jan Bloemen won.

In biathlon, underdog Hanna Oeberg won the women’s 15 km gold behind perfect 20 for 20 shooting. That relegated German star Laura Dahlmeier to third. Anastasiya Kuzmina (Slovakia) took silver. Late in the morning, Norwegian Johannes Thingnes Boe won the men’s 20 km.

To no one’s surprise, Germany won gold in the luge team event this morning. The sport is now done for PyeongChang. In non-medal curling, the U.S. women beat Britain, 7-4, and lost to Switzerland, 5-6. The men snuck past Italy, 10-9.

U.S. alpine ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin is about to embark on the races of her life at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, in a quest for multiple gold medals. She won gold in 2014 in women’s slalom. (Video: Alice Li, Lee Powell/The Washington Post)


Mikaela Shiffrin goes for slalom gold in prime time tonight (8 p.m. first run, 11:15 p.m. second run). She’s the heavy favorite in her best discipline. Other contenders — including Petra Vlhova (Slovakia) and Frida Hansdotter (Sweden) — could find themselves racing for second.

The men’s super-G will be squeezed between the slalom runs (9 p.m.). The Norwegians and Austrians are again the ones to watch. American Andrew Weibrecht won silver in the event in Sochi, and could continue his streak of surprise podiums in PyeongChang.

American medal contender Nathan Chen is known for his quadruple rotation jumps. After a poor showing in the U.S. team event, “King Quad” hopes to get back on track in the men’s short program tonight. Prime time coverage starts at 8 p.m.

Women’s snowboard cross rounds out prime time, with American Lindsey Jacobellis looking for redemption in the form of a gold medal. But, as the men found yesterday, the sport can produce wild results in all directions.

Men’s skeleton medals will also be awarded tonight. If South Korea’s Yun Sung-bin can hold on to his current lead, it would be the host country’s first medal in a sliding sport. The Americans — including Sochi bronze medalist Matt Antoine — are well off podium pace. The final run starts at 9:15 p.m.

The U.S. men take on Slovakia in hockey in preliminary play. The Americans look to bounce back from struggles in their opening game. Tune in at 10:10 p.m. on NBCSN.

The U.S. has two more curling matches coming up. The men play Sweden at 7:05 p.m. and Denmark at 6:05 a.m.


American Ashley Caldwell and Kiley McKinnon are roommates, and both have a shot the podium in women’s aerials (6:52 a.m. final run). The U.S. hasn’t won gold in the event since 1998.

In other medal events, you can find the men’s cross-country 15 km free (1 a.m.), and the women’s 5,000 meter speedskating (6 a.m.), where Germany’s Claudia Pechstein, 45, could become the oldest Olympic speedskating medalist.

Thursday, Feb. 15

3-5 p.m. Women’s cross-country, 10 km gold; men’s speedskating, 10,000-meter gold
8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Figure skating, men’s short program (LIVE); men’s skiing, super-G (LIVE); women’s snowboard cross gold (LIVE); men’s skeleton gold (LIVE); women’s freestyle skiing, aerials; women’s cross-country, 10 km gold
1:05-2 a.m. Luge, relay gold; men’s biathlon, 20 km gold

9:30 a.m.-noon Luge, relay gold; men’s speedskating, 10,000 gold
Noon-2 p.m. Men’s biathlon, 20 km gold
2-5 p.m. Men’s curling, U.S.-Italy
7-11 p.m. Figure skating, men’s short program (LIVE)
11 p.m.-2:40 a.m. Men’s curling, U.S.-Sweden; men’s cross-country, 15 km gold (LIVE)

5-8 p.m. Women’s curling, U.S.-Switzerland
10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, U.S.-Slovakia (LIVE)

Friday, Feb. 16

3-5 p.m. Women’s speedskating, 5,000-meter gold; men’s cross-country, 15 km gold; men’s ski jumping, large hill
8 p.m.-midnight Figure skating, men’s gold (LIVE); women’s skiing, super-G gold (LIVE); women’s freestyle, aerials gold; women’s skeleton
12:35-2 a.m. Women’s freestyle, slopestyle gold

2:40-5 a.m. Men’s hockey, OAR-Slovenia (LIVE)
5-7:10 a.m. Women’s curling, Sweden-OAR
7:10-10:45 a.m. Men’s hockey, Sweden-Germany (LIVE); women’s skeleton
10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Women’s speedskating, 5,000 gold; men’s ski jumping, large hill
2-5 p.m. Women’s curling, South Korea-Switzerland
7-10:10 p.m. Figure skating, men’s gold (LIVE)
10:10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, Canada-Czech Republic (LIVE)
12:30-2:40 a.m. Women’s curling, U.S.-OAR

7-9:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, Finland-Norway (LIVE)

5-8 p.m. Men’s curling, U.S.-Denmark
10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Women’s hockey, quarterfinal (LIVE)

Read more Post coverage of the PyeongChang Olympics:

Jerry Brewer: At these Olympics, ‘sorry’ seems to be the most common word

Mikaela Shiffrin captures Olympic gold in women’s giant slalom

‘A bunch of idiots having fun’: U.S. snowboard cross team nearly grabs an Olympic medal

For U.S. and Canada women’s hockey, even meaningless games mean everything

Bode Miller apologizes for linking an Olympic skier’s struggles to her marriage