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The figure skating competition wrapped up last night, as the PyeongChang Olympics wind toward the Closing Ceremonies.
Fifteen-year-old Russian Alina Zagitova edged out her countrywoman, Evgenia Medvedeva, for women’s figure skating gold. Meanwhile, the Americans had their worst showing since World War II.
Tonight, slopestyle snowboarding gold medalist Red Gerard looks for another medal, this time in big air. Two other Americans qualified, but all of them will have to step up their performances in the finals to land on the podium. Coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET.
Early tomorrow morning (1:35 a.m.), the American men’s curling team takes on Sweden for a historic gold. The best any U.S. curling team has done in an Olympics is bronze (the men in Torino). In PyeongChang, they are guaranteed at least silver.
Parallel giant slalom is tonight (both genders). Surprise alpine medalist Ester Ledecka looks for more hardware in her stronger sport on the snowboard. Should she medal, she’ll become the first athlete to medal in two unrelated sports at the same Olympics in 114 years. The finals start at 12:28 a.m.
Other upcoming medal events include the Alpine team competition (making its Olympic debut) as well as men’s cross-country and speedskating (both genders) mass starts.
Watch for American Joey Mantia in the men’s speedskating mass start, an event often described as NASCAR on ice.
Team USA also announced that Jessie Diggins will be the American flag bearer at the Closing Ceremonies on Sunday.
Below is the medal count at the time of publishing. Find the most up-to-date medal count here.
ICYMI: Mirai Nagasu hopes to land on ‘Dancing with the Stars’, Red Gerard did a U.S. media blitz between events, a Canadian hockey player apologized for taking off her silver medal (after the U.S. won gold with a deke so savage that it has a name), Jamie Anderson likes ghee and all Olympians must soon figure out how to spend their next four years.
Also, The Post’s Chuck Culpepper writes about his an ambling journey around the world, without leaving PyeongChang. And finally, Brazil now has a bobsled team too.
American figure skaters Mirai Nagasu, Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell finished ninth, 10th and 11th. It’s the first time since World War II that the U.S. hasn’t had at least one skater in the top six.
As expected, the night belonged to the Olympic Athletes from Russia. Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova skated to a rare tie in the free skate. Zagitova’s record-breaking short program nudged her into the overall lead and gave her the gold. At 15, she’s the second-youngest woman to ever win the event (after American Tara Lipinski in 1998). Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond took bronze.
In women’s ski cross, Canada took gold (Kelsey Serwa) and silver (Brittany Phelan). Switzerland got bronze (Fanny Smith). No Americans competed in the event.
American Shani Davis, 35, made perhaps his last Olympic appearance this morning in men’s 1,000-meter speed skating. The four-time Olympic medalist (two gold, two silver) finished seventh. Teammate Joey Mantia finished just off the podium in fourth. The Dutch extended their speedskating dominance with yet another gold, this time from Kjeld Nuis.
In other medal events, Canada lost to Switzerland in the bronze medal curling match. It’s the first time Canada has failed to win a medal in Olympic curling. (It didn’t compete in the 1924 tournament.) The Canadian women went home empty-handed for the first time too. Also, Sweden won the men’s biathlon relay.
In men’s hockey, Germany upset Canada and advanced to the gold medal game Saturday night against the Olympic Athletes from Russia. The Czech Republic will play Canada for bronze. In a tournament that the NHL decided to sit out, OAR is considered the favorite.
The big air snowboarding ramp in PyeongChang is one of the biggest in the world. It’s more than 150 feet tall, at least 400 feet long and has a ramp angle of almost 40 degrees. That’s steep enough to reach speeds as high as 40 mph. The jump at the bottom is 16 feet high.
Big air made its Olympic debut with the women earlier in the week and will wrap up with the men tonight. The Americans qualified three riders — including slopestyle gold medalist Red Gerard — for the finals. But competition from Canada, Sweden and others will be tough. Coverage begins at 8 p.m.
The Alpine skiing team event makes its Olympic debut tonight. Many of the top skiers – including Americans Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn and Ted Ligety – are sitting out, opting to prepare for upcoming World Cup races. The French, Swedes and Swiss are the main contenders. The event begins at 9 p.m., with the finals starting at 10:28.
Four-man bobsled starts tomorrow morning, with the first two runs (of four). Germany is the country to beat and could sweep the podium. The Americans aren’t expected to challenge for the podium, though Canada and Latvia could. Also, watch for more nontraditional countries in the competition, such as the Brazilian team. The first run starts at 7:30 p.m.
In cross-country skiing, the men’s 50-kilometer mass start gets underway at midnight.
Early tomorrow morning, America goes for unlikely curling gold. The U.S. upset Canada twice on the way to the final and will take on the top-seeded Swedes for the gold. The match starts at 1:35 a.m.
A little bit earlier, Ester Ledecka looks to make history in snowboard parallel giant slalom; the finals start at 12:28 a.m. She already has an Alpine medal in her pocket with a super-G gold, and she’s a world champion snowboarder. If she medals, it would be the first time in more than a century that an athlete has earned medals in unrelated sports at the same Games.
Mass-start speedskating also makes its Olympic debut tomorrow morning. “The best way I could describe it would be NASCAR on ice,” said American Joey Mantia, a medal favorite on the men’s side. Before moving to the ice, Mantia was an inline skater. The women start at 6 a.m., the men at 6:45.
At 7:10 a.m., the Czech Republic plays Canada for men’s hockey bronze.
Friday, Feb. 23
3-5 p.m. Men’s biathlon, 4×7.5-km 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, parallel giant slalom gold
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Men’s curling, bronze, Canada vs. Switzerland
12:30-3:30 p.m. Women’s curling, semifinal, South Korea vs. Japan
8 p.m.-midnight Men’s biathlon, 4×7.5-km relay gold; women’s curling, semifinal; men’s speedskating, 1,000-meter gold
Midnight-1 a.m. Men’s bobsled, four-man; men’s cross-country, 50-km gold (LIVE)
5-8 p.m. Women’s curling, semifinal, Sweden vs. Great Britain
Saturday, Feb. 24
3-6 p.m. Men’s and women’s speedskating, mass start golds; men’s cross-country, 50-km gold
8-11 p.m. Figure skating gala (LIVE); men’s bobsled, four-man gold (LIVE)
1-4:45 a.m. Men’s curling, gold, United States vs. Sweden (LIVE)
4:45 -7 a.m. Men’s cross-country, 50-km gold (LIVE)
7-9:30 a.m. Men’s hockey, bronze, Canada vs. Czech Republic (LIVE)
12:30-1:30 p.m. Men’s and women’s speedskating, mass start golds
1:30-4:30 p.m. Women’s curling, bronze, Great Britain vs. Japan
7-10:30 p.m. Women’s curling, gold, Sweden vs. South Korea (LIVE)
10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Men’s hockey, gold, Germany vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia (LIVE)
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