Also last night, American Jamie Anderson added silver to her PyeongChang medal collection in women’s big air snowboarding. She’s the first woman to win two medals in the sport at a single Games. Anna Gasser of Austria swooped down the 160-foot ramp on the last run to win gold. New Zealand again took bronze. Before yesterday, the Kiwis only had one Winter Olympic medal (from 1992). Now they have three.
The U.S. men pulled off a huge upset of Canada in the curling semifinals this morning (5-3). The Americans are guaranteed at least a silver medal — already their best result in Olympic history.
The final figure skating medals will be awarded tonight as the sport takes center stage. Watch two Olympic Athletes from Russia stars vie for gold, while the Americans try to redeem a rough performance in the short program. Coverage starts at 8 p.m.
The U.S. men’s semifinal curling upset of Canada was historic. Team USA had never beaten Canada at the Olympics, and now it has done so twice this week. The Americans are already guaranteed their best Olympic finish (their only other curling medal was a bronze in 2006), and they will play Sweden for gold Saturday morning.
The U.S. women’s victory came on the 38th anniversary of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” in Lake Placid, when the U.S. defeated a Soviet team that, like the Canadians, was going for its fifth straight Olympic gold.
The highly touted American duo of Shiffrin and Vonn leaves PyeongChang with a complete set of medals: gold (Shiffrin, giant slalom), silver (Shiffrin, combined) and bronze (Vonn, downhill).
In women’s snowboarding big air, Anna Gasser of Austria also won gold on the last run. She relegated American Jamie Anderson to silver and New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski Synnott to bronze. Those were the first Olympic medals awarded in the event; the men compete Friday night.
The morning was also full of short-track speedskating. The Netherlands’ Suzanne Schulting won the women’s 1,000 meters. In the men’s 500 meters, China’s Wu Dajing broke the world record twice on his way to gold. South Korea claimed the other two podium spots. Also, Hungary shocked China and Canada for the men’s 5,000-meter relay gold.
In other medal events, Germany won the large hill Nordic combined, and Belarus won the women’s biathlon relay.
Figure skating will be the marquee event with the women’s free skate. Olympic Athletes from Russia Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova are set to battle for gold. (Russia also won gold in Sochi.) Americans Mirai Nagasu, Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell ended up in ninth through 11th; they’re essentially out of medal contention. Tune in starting at 8 p.m.
Women’s ski cross is also tonight (a 9:20 p.m. final). A deep Canadian team was fast in the seeding runs. There are no Americans in the field.
Men’s 1,000-meter speedskating starts at 5 a.m. American Shani Davis, 35, is expected to compete in what may be his final Olympic appearance. While he’s the world record holder, he set the benchmark in 2009. He likely won’t contend for a medal this time. Instead, watch for the Dutch, the Norwegians and possibly the Canadians.
In other medal events, there’s the men’s biathlon relay at 6:15 a.m.
The men’s hockey semifinals are also Friday morning. The Czech Republic plays the Olympic Athletes from Russia at 2:40 a.m., and Canada takes on Germany at 7:10 a.m. The winners will meet for gold, the losers for bronze.
3-5 p.m. Men’s curling semifinal, United States vs. Canada; 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; biathlon, women’s relay
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Short-track speedskating, men’s 500 and women’s 1,000 gold; speedskating, 5,000 relay
12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Men’s curling semifinal, Switzerland vs. Sweden; snowboarding, women’s big air
8-10 p.m. Figure skating, women’s free skate (LIVE)
10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Biathlon, women’s relay; men’s curling; Nordic combined, men’s team large hill; men’s bobsled, four-team training runs
5-8 p.m. Men’s curling semifinal, United States vs. Canada
3-5 p.m. Men’s biathlon, 4×7.5km relay gold
8-11 p.m. Skiing, team event gold (LIVE); men’s snowboarding, big air (LIVE); men’s bobsled, four-man; men’s speedskating, 1,000-meter gold
11:35 p.m.-1 a.m. Men’s and women’s snowboarding gold, parallel giant slalom gold
2-5 a.m. Men’s hockey semifinal, Czech Republic vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia (LIVE)
5-6:45 a.m. Men’s speedskating, 1,000 gold (LIVE)
6:45-9:30 a.m. Men’s hockey semifinal, Canada vs. Germany (LIVE)
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Men’s curling, bronze, Canada vs. Switzerland
12:30-3:30 p.m. Women’s curling semifinals
8 p.m.-midnight Men’s biathlon, 4×7.5km relay gold; women’s curling semifinals
Midnight-3 a.m. Men’s cross-country, 50 km gold (LIVE)
5-8 p.m. Women’s curling semifinals
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David Wise defends gold in freestyle halfpipe, fellow American Alex Ferreira gets silver
Scary crashes mark men’s halfpipe final but both skiers are reportedly ‘okay’
Marcel Hirscher misses a gate — and misses out in bid for three Olympic golds
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