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Highlights from Day 1 at the Beijing Winter Olympics

Therese Johaug of Norway won the first gold medal of the Beijing Games. (Marko Djurica/Reuters)

The 2022 Winter Olympics are underway in Beijing, where the first gold medal went to Norway’s Therese Johaug, who convincingly won the women’s cross-country skiathlon Saturday afternoon. The second gold went to Dutch speedskater Irene Schouten, who set an Olympic record in the 3,000 meters. More medals were awarded Saturday in short-track speedskating, ski jumping and freestyle skiing; the United States has yet to win a medal.

The Day 1 schedule also included women’s hockey — Team USA beat the Russian Olympic Committee in its first game since Brianna Decker’s injury — and mixed doubles curling, where the United States improved to 3-2 with a win over China. Find highlights from the Winter Games below.

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