Elsewhere, Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs slid to silver in women’s bobsled. It’s Meyers Taylor’s third Olympic medal. A German sled eked out the win by 0.07 seconds.
The United States also ended an eight-year speedskating medal drought Wednesday when the American team finished with bronze in the women’s team pursuit.
Vonn is back again Wednesday night Eastern time for what might be the Games’ most packed evening of Olympic viewing yet. Because of schedule changes, women’s snowboarding big air, men’s skiing halfpipe and two Alpine events all award medals tonight. In addition to Vonn, watch for Jamie Anderson, Mikaela Shiffrin, Marcel Hirscher and a potential American podium sweep in the halfpipe. See the “What To Watch” section for details.
Figure skating has the night off after the women’s short program yesterday. Two Olympic Athletes from Russia smashed world records on their way to the front, while the Americans faltered. The ladies finish up Friday (Thursday night Eastern time).
Against all odds, curling finally heads to the elimination rounds! The U.S. men play Canada in the semifinals Thursday morning (6:05 a.m. Eastern time). There’s also a slew of short-track speedskating medals up for grabs.
While Elana Meyers Taylor wasn’t able to add gold to her medal collection, silver isn’t too bad, either (her sledmate is Lauren Gibbs). Germany won women’s bobsled, with Canada in the bronze position. Sentimental favorites Nigeria and Jamaica finished 20th and 13th, respectively, but couldn’t have seemed happier.
The U.S. women’s Alpine team also had an Olympic-best result Wednesday, placing three skiers in the top 10 of a downhill for the first time. Lindsey Vonn, a pre-race favorite, led the way, collecting bronze in what is likely her last Olympic appearance in the event. “Today I won a bronze medal that felt like gold,” she tweeted. Sofia Goggia of Italy actually took the win, with Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel earning her second surprise silver of the Games.
Japan won gold in the women’s speedskating team pursuit, followed by the Dutch. The American team — led by Brittany Bowe and Heather Bergsma — won a surprise bronze medal after barely qualifying for the event.
Sweden was second in the women’s team sprint and Norway third. The bronze medal made Marit Bjoergen the most decorated Winter Olympian ever (14 medals total).
The American men’s hockey team wrapped up one of its worst Olympic showings ever. The quarterfinal game against the Czech Republich was tied at 2 after regulation and overtime. The Americans failed to convert a single attempt in the shootout and were eliminated. The semifinals are now set. It will be the Olympic Athletes from Russia vs. Czech Republic and Canada vs. Germany.
The United States had a rough day in women’s figure skating as well, with all three American competitors stumbling. Mirai Nagasu, Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell ended up Nos. 9-11, respectively, in the short program. OAR’s Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova are predictably battling it out for gold after world record performances.
In other medal events, Norway won both the men’s cross-country team sprint and the men’s speedskating team pursuit. Canada’s Brady Leman captured gold in men’s ski cross in freestyle skiing.
In snowboarding big air, the Americans qualified three riders — including slopestyle gold medalist Red Gerard — for the men’s finals. The medal round is Friday night Eastern time.
Curling round-robin rounds finally wrapped up. The U.S. women lost to Sweden, 9-6, in their final game and won’t advance. The U.S. men beat Britain, 10-4, in a must-win game and take on Canada in the semifinals Thursday morning Eastern time.
The men’s slalom is also set for Wednesday night Eastern time. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher is the clear favorite to win his third gold of these Olympics. Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway is likely to be on the podium as well, with the Americans expected to be further back. The first run is at 8 p.m. Eastern time, and the second is at 11:30 p.m.
The United States should fare much better in the men’s freestyle skiing halfpipe (9:30 p.m. Eastern time). The four American skiers in the finals — including reigning gold medalist David Wise — will battle for just three podium spots in what is the United States’ best chance at a medal sweep.
The women’s hockey gold medal game starts at 11:10 p.m. Eastern time. The United States plays Canada in what is sure to be a tight contest. Canada won an early matchup between the world’s best teams in PyeongChang, 2-1, and comes into the gold medal game on a 24-game Olympic winning streak. Finland already has won the bronze.
The morning will be full of short-track speedskating.
First up is the men’s 500-meter final (6:15 a.m. Eastern time). It was supposed to be a U.S. medal chance, but that hope evaporated in a chaotic qualifying round. Skaters from China, the Netherlands, Canada and South Korea are the top contenders. Next is the women’s 1,000 meters (6:29 a.m. Eastern) with skaters from Canada, South Korea and Britain all potentially in the running. The men’s 5,000-meter relay (7 a.m. Eastern) will close out the short-track program in PyeongChang. South Korea, Canada and the Netherlands are podium favorites.
In other medal events, there is the men’s long hill Nordic combined (2:30 a.m. Eastern time ski jumping, 5:20 a.m. Eastern time cross-country) and the women’s biathlon relay (6:15 a.m. Eastern).
American hockey players Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando are the only set of twins on Team USA.
3-5 p.m. Speedskating, team pursuit gold; men’s cross-country, team sprint gold
8-11 p.m. Men’s skiing, slalom first run (LIVE); men’s freestyle skiing, halfpipe gold (LIVE); women’s bobsled, two-man gold; women’s cross-country, team sprint gold
11:35 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Men’s skiing, slalom gold (LIVE)
7:10-10:45 a.m. Men’s hockey, quarterfinal (LIVE); women’s bobsled, two-man gold
10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Speedskating, men’s and women’s team pursuit gold; cross-country, men’s and women’s sprint gold
2-5 p.m. Men’s curling, U.S.-Britain
8-10:45 p.m. Women’s curling, Canada-OAR
10:45 p.m.-2 a.m. Women’s hockey, gold (LIVE)
5-8 p.m. Women’s curling, U.S.-Sweden
3-5 p.m. Women’s biathlon, 4x6km relay gold; men’s Nordic combined, team large hill gold
8 p.m.-midnight Figure skating, women’s free skate gold (LIVE); short-track speedskating, men’s 500 and women’s 1,000
12:35-2 a.m. women’s freestyle skiing, ski cross gold
2-5:20 a.m. Snowboard, men’s and women’s parallel giant slalom; men’s Nordic combined, team large hill gold; curling, men’s and women’s tiebreaker
5:20-7:45 a.m. Women’s biathlon, 4x6km relay gold (LIVE); men’s Nordic combined, team large hill/4x5km gold (LIVE)
7:45-10:45 a.m. Short-track speedskating, men’s 500 and women’s 1,000 gold
10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Curling, men’s and women’s tiebreaker
1:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Men’s curling, semifinal
7-10 p.m. Figure skating, women’s free skate (LIVE)
10 p.m.-2 a.m. Men’s curling; short-track speedskating
5-8 p.m. Men’s curling, semifinal