In Sochi, the United States came away with four medals in those two events alone. This year, it was just one. That continues a general trend of American underperformance in PyeongChang thus far. That said, there are still sports to come in which the United States is strong — such as women’s hockey.
The women’s hockey semifinals start tonight, with the United States playing Finland (11:10 p.m.). On Monday morning, Canada takes on the Olympic Athletes from Russia (7:10 a.m.). The Canadian women have never lost an Olympic semifinal game. The United States has lost only one, in 2006.
Figure skating is also back tonight with the ice dance short program (8 p.m.). Canada and France are favored, but any of the three U.S. couples could contend.
In curling, round-robin competition goes on.
In Sochi, Nick Goepper was the bronze leg of the U.S. men’s freestyle skiing podium sweep. While the team wasn’t able to repeat in PyeongChang, Goepper bumped up a notch to silver. The other returning medalist, Gus Kenworthy, made it to the finals but couldn’t put together a clean run. He finished 12th. Norway’s Oystein Braaten won gold.
After back-to-back Olympic silver medals in the men’s 15-kilometer mass start biathlon, France’s Martin Fourcade finally earned the gold. It was a photo finish with Germany’s Simon Schempp.
In women’s 500-meter speedskating, South Korea’s Lee Sang-hwa was going for her third consecutive gold. She had to settle for silver, with Japan’s Nao Kodaira taking the win. Brittany Bowe was the top American, placing fifth. And Erin Jackson became the first African American women’s speedskater on an Olympic long-track oval for the United States.
Norway won the men’s 4×10-kilometer cross-country relay. The United States came in last place.
In curling, the U.S. men lost to Japan, 8-2, and Norway, 8-5.
Lindsey Vonn clocked the best time in the first training run in the women’s downhill.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada came out of retirement to try for another gold medal in ice dance (they won in 2010 and took silver in 2014). Their quest starts tonight. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France are also favorites. The “Shib Sibs” — Maia and Alex Shibutani — are likely the strongest Americans, though any of the entries could contend.
The United States plays Finland in the first women’s hockey semifinal game tonight at 11:10. On Monday morning, Canada takes on the Olympic Athletes from Russia at 7:10. The United States and Canada are both expected to move on and meet yet again for a chance at gold. The United States has only beaten Canada twice at the Olympics, both times in 1998.
In round-robin curling, the U.S. women face Denmark (7:05 p.m.) and China (6:05 a.m.). The men play Canada (12:05 a.m.)
Bobsled medal events get underway with the final runs of the two-man competition. Canadian Justin Kripps is among the favorites, along with Germany and Latvia. South Korean Won Yun-Jong could potentially have a good showing on home ice, too. Heat 3 is at 6:15 a.m., with Heat 4 to follow at 8 a.m.
Also, watch for men’s 500-meter long-track speedskating (6:53 a.m.) and the men’s ski jumping team event (8:36 a.m.).
3-6 p.m. Men’s freestyle skiing, aerials gold; men’s speedskating, team pursuit; men’s biathlon, 15 km mass start gold
7 p.m.-midnight Figure skating, ice dancing short program (LIVE); women’s freestyle skiing, halfpipe (LIVE); women’s speedskating, 500-meter gold; men’s bobsled, two-man; men’s cross-country, 4x10km relay gold
12:35-2 a.m. Women’s snowboarding, big air
7:10-10:15 a.m. Men’s hockey, Sweden-Finland (LIVE); men’s bobsled, two-man
10:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Men’s freestyle skiing, aerials gold; women’s speedskating, 500 gold; men’s speedskating, team pursuit; men’s biathlon, 15 km mass start gold
1-5 p.m. Men’s cross-country, 4x10km relay gold
7-10:15 p.m. Figure skating, ice dance short program (LIVE)
10:15 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Men’s freestyle skiing, aerials gold; women’s hockey, semifinal (LIVE)
4-7 p.m. Men’s curling, U.S.-Norway
3-5 p.m. Men’s ski jumping, team large hill gold; men’s speedskating, 500-meter gold; women’s speedskating, team pursuit
8-11:30 p.m. Figure skating, ice dance gold (LIVE); women’s freestyle skiing, halfpipe gold (LIVE); men’s bobsled, two-man gold
12:05-1 a.m. Men’s freestyle skiing, halfpipe (LIVE)
1:30-4:30 a.m. Women’s curling, U.S.-Denmark
4:30-7:10 a.m. Men’s curling, U.S.-Canada
7:10-11 a.m. Women’s hockey, semifinal (LIVE); men’s ski jumping, team large hill gold
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Men’s bobsled, two-man gold; men’s speedskating, 500 gold; women’s speedskating, team pursuit
12:30-3:30 p.m. Men’s curling, U.S.-Canada
7-10:10 p.m. Figure skating, ice dancing gold (LIVE); women’s skiing, downhill training
10:10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, elimination round (LIVE)
12:30-2:40 a.m. Men’s curling, Canada-Japan
5-8 p.m. Women’s curling, U.S. vs. China