<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Sports]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut https://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSun, 25 Feb 2018 01:07:40 -0500Sun, 25 Feb 2018 01:07:40 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dramatic Finishes of the 2018 Winter Games]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:00:28 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Olympic+Photo+Finishes.jpg

During the men’s giant slalom semifinals on Saturday, Slovenian Zan Kosir appeared to beat Lee Sang-ho of South Korea in a dramatic finish that was too close to call by the naked eye. But officials concluded Lee won by .01 second, and he went on to win South Korea’s first Olympic snowboarding medal — a silver — in the final.

The rules of the event state that the winner is the first racer who crosses the finish line "with any part of his body." Replays of the finish appeared to show Kosir’s hand and snowboard crossing the red line ahead of Lee’s, according to NBC’s camera angles.

Kosir loudly protested the call, saying "It's not true," as viewers at home took to social media to object to the decision, with some alleging "the Olympics are rigged."

Not since Angelia Jolie thrust her right leg out of the thigh-high slit on her Versace dress at the Oscars has an extended limb caused such a stir.

However, the decision stood. As Chico Marx famously asked in the 1933 movie "Duck Soup," "Who are you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?"

There have been some incredibly close and wild finishes at the  2018 Olympic Winter Games. Here’s a look at some of the them:

Bloemen vs. Peterson

In the men’s 5000m men’s speed skating final, the difference between second and third place was .002 seconds. Canada’s Ted-Jan Bloemen secured the silver medal with a time of 6:11:616. Norway’s Sverre Lunde Peterson finished in 6:11:618 to nab bronze.

Fourcade vs. Schempp

French Olympian Martin Fourcade won the men’s 15km mass start biathlon by  centimeters in a photo-finish victory after a furious sprint against Germany’s Simon Schempp. It was sweet redemption for the Frenchman, who earned silver in this same event at the 2014 Games after a photo finish loss to Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen.

Diggins vs. Bjoergen

The U.S. women ended a 42-year Olympic cross-country medal drought Wednesday with a thrilling finish in the team sprint freestyle event at the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre in PyeongChang, South Korea. In a sensational final stretch, American Jessie Diggins surged past Norway's Marit Bjoergen and then out-sprinted Swedish skier Stina Nilson to win gold by .19 seconds.

Pellegrino vs. Bolshunov

While Norway’s Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo led the men’s individual sprint from start to finish and easily claimed gold, the real battle was for second. Italy’s Federico Pellegrino and Alexander Bolshunov, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, raced to a photo finish for silver. Pellegrino edged out Bolshunov by .02 seconds.

Fontana vs. Choi

South Korean Choi Min Jeong suffered a devestating loss to Arianna Fontana of Italy in a dramatic finish in the women’s short track 500m final at the Gangneung Ice Arena. Choi, the hometown favorite who earlier had set an Olympic record in the heats, was edged out by barely half a blade by the decorated Italian, before being disqualified for interference.

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<![CDATA[Biggest Moments of the 2018 Winter Olympics ]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:06:49 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/best_of_moments_thumb.jpg From gold medal upsets to heartbreaking wipeouts, here are some of the most captivating moments from the 2018 Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang. ]]> <![CDATA[Breakout Stars of the Pyeongchang Olympics]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:47:32 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rippon-kim.jpg

The snowboarder who snatched victory from the Alpine skiers. The “hangry” 17-year-old on a run to a near-perfect score. The intense skip of the Korea’s women’s curling team.

A new wave of breakout stars introduced themselves to the world at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Here’s a look at some of the athletes who shined.

Red Gerard, Snowboard
When it felt like Team USA might never reach the top of a podium in Pyeongchang, one of the youngest U.S. Olympians delivered. On the second day of the Games, 17-year-old Red Gerard took home gold in men’s snowboard slopestyle after pulling off a third, and final, run that put him in first place with a score of 87.16. He had to sit back and watch other contenders try to top him, but when it was all said and done Gerard came out on top. The teenager also competed in the snowboard big air event and finished fifth.

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Chloe Kim, Snowboard
Teenage phenomenon Chloe Kim was “hangry,” as in: “Wish I finished my breakfast sandwich but my stubborn self decided not to and now I’m getting hangry.” That’s what the 17-year-old American making her Olympic debut tweeted midway through the women’s snowboarding halfpipe final. On her last run, her victory already assured, the youngest woman ever to medal in snowboarding scored a near-perfect 98.25.

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Korean Skip Kim Eun-jung and the rest of the Garlic Girls
Ranked eighth in the world entering the Olympics, South Korea’s women’s curling team surprised everyone by winning the silver medal. The team, nicknamed the "Garlic Girls" for the garlic grown in their hometown of Uiseong, consists of skip Kim Eun-jung and teammates Kim Kyeong-ae, Kim Seon-yeong and Kim Yeong-mi. The four also have breakfast-themed monikers for each other: Pancake, Steak, Annie (a brand of yogurt) and Sunny (after sunny-side up eggs). Their underdog status and fan-friendly nicknames helped make these athletes undeniable homegrown stars.

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Ester Ledecka, Snowboard and downhill skiing
Who thought Ester Ledecka could challenge defending champion Anna Veith and other top Alpine skiers in super-G Alpine skiing? The Czech skier was ranked 43rd in the World Cup super-G standings when she flew down the course 0.01 seconds faster than Veith on Feb. 16. Even Ledecka was shocked to see herself the winner with a time of 1 minute 21.11 seconds. But her success didn’t stop there. A week later she took a second gold in women’s snowboard parallel giant slalom. With that win, she became the first woman to win gold medals in two different sports at the same Winter Games.

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Adam Rippon, Figure Skating
Figure skaters don’t qualify for their first Olympics at 28 years old, but that's what Adam Rippon did. After being named an alternate for the 2010 Vancouver Games and missing the cut for 2014 entirely, Rippon became the oldest first-time Olympian on the U.S. figure skating team since 1936 -- and he took advantage. In addition to earning a bronze medal in the figure skating team event, Rippon made history as one of two openly gay Olympians in the U.S. contingent, got into a war of words with Vice President Mike Pence, received praise on Twitter from Britney Spears and was briefly hired by NBC to work on the Games' telecasts before he quit to be with his teammates. That’s a busy two weeks.

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Maddie Rooney, Women’s Hockey
The gold-medal game in women’s hockey pitted the United States against Canada for the third straight Olympics and the rivalry did not disappoint. For the second straight final, the game went to overtime and with just over a minute to go in the extra frame, Maddie Rooney made a game-saving stop. Canada’s Rebecca Johnston found herself looking at an open net with the puck on her stick, but the 20-year-old goalie slid across the crease and deflected the shot wide. Rooney stopped 29 of 31 shots in regulation and overtime. In the ensuing shootout, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored the game-winning goal to give the U.S. its first women’s hockey gold since 1998.

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Maia and Alex Shibutani
If your name can be shortened to a hashtag, you could have a viral moment. If your name can be shortened to a hashtag and you win an Olympic medal, that moment could last a little longer. Maia and Alex Shibutani, the #ShibSibs, finished ninth in ice dance at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but broke out in Pyeongchang. The brother-sister team, who already had a loyal social media following thanks to their vlogs, took home bronze medals in the figure skating team event and ice dance.

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John Shuster and the US Men’s Curling Team
One of the most unlikely gold medals of the Pyeongchang Olympics went to skip John Shuster and the U.S. men’s curling team. After falling to 2-4 in round robin play, Team USA won five straight games capped by a win in the final over Sweden. Shuster and his teammates Tyler George, Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner call themselves the rejects, because they were left out when USA Curling started a high-performance institute following the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Now, the rejects can call themselves Olympic gold medalists.

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Alina Zagitova, Figure Skating
Fifteen-year-old Alina Zagitova edged out the woman who inspired her to become a figure skater to win the first gold medal for the Olympic Athletes from Russia at the Pyeongchang Olympics. She and Evgenia Medvedeva had a rare tie in the free skate but Zagitova had beaten Medvedeva in the short program two days earlier when both women broke the previous world record. Medvedeva had a cracked bone in her right foot earlier this season, allowing Zagitova to become the second-youngest woman, behind American Tara Lipinski, to win the event.

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<![CDATA[Hartford Yard Goats]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 11:25:40 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Yard_Goats_Jingle_1200x675_615127107875.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Best Alpine Skiing Moments From the 2018 Winter Olympics]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:46:38 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_18047042099427.jpg

From Lindsey Vonn’s final Olympic medal to a snowboarder winning an Alpine skiing race, check out the best moments from the 2018 Winter Olympics Alpine skiing competition.

Snowboarder Ester Ledecka wins shocking Alpine skiing gold medal
Everyone was surprised that Ester Ledecka won the Alpine skiing super-G gold medal.

Even Ledecka.

The two-sport athlete from the Czech Republic, who also won the parallel giant slalom snowboarding gold medal in Pyeongchang, had never finished better than 19th in a World Cup super-G.

So when she saw her time, .01 seconds faster than defending Olympic champion Anna Veith, she could not believe her eyes.

“How did that happen?” Ledecka asked, shaking her head.

Listen to the host-feed commentators, Charlie Brougham and Britt Janyk, who could not contain their excitement when they realized what Ledecka was about to accomplish. Watch until the end, when the cameraman informed Ledecka that she won the gold medal:

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Lindsey Vonn oldest woman to win Olympic Alpine medal
Lindsey Vonn, 33, became the oldest female Alpine skiing medalist in Olympic history when she claimed the downhill bronze medal in Pyeongchang.

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After the race, Vonn discussed the emotions of competing at her fourth and final Olympics.

"It’s sad," she said. "This is my last [Olympic] downhill. I wish I could keep going, you know? I had so much fun. I love what I do. My body just can’t — probably can’t — take another four years. But — I don’t know, I’m proud. I’m proud to have competed for my country. Proud to have given it my all. I’m proud to have … come away with a medal.”

Marcel Hirscher finally wins Olympic gold
Marcel Hirscher was already considered one of the best Alpine ski racers ever entering the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

Four individual world championship titles. Six World Cup overall titles. Eight World Cup discipline titles.

But no Olympic gold medals.

Hirscher changed that by winning gold in both giant slalom and combined in Pyeongchang.

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Now he will never again be asked about being the best Alpine skier without an Olympic title.

“I'm super-happy because now this stupid question is gone away,” Hirscher said to NBC’s Alan Abrahamson. “If I'm thinking that my career is perfect without a gold medal, now this question is, zzz, deleted."

Mikaela Shiffrin wins Olympic gold, but misses podium in signature discipline
Mikaela Shiffrin won gold in giant slalom and silver in combined.

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But the 2014 Olympic slalom champion finished fourth in the event in Pyeongchang.

“I came into the Olympics as a multiple-medal threat, and I knew that, but I was also thinking on the plane ride over here that I could also literally walk away with nothing too, I could completely choke in every way possible,” Shiffrin said on the “TODAY” show. “So to be here sitting with you guys right now and having two medals is a relief but also just insane.”

Team event makes its Olympic debut
Switzerland defeated Austria to win the gold medal in the Alpine skiing team event, which made its Olympic debut in Pyeongchang.

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The U.S. lost to Great Britain in the opening round.

Photo Credit: Jae C. Hong/AP
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<![CDATA[The Best of 'Julia's Best in Snow']]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:03:57 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2018-02-24+at+5.06.47+PM.png

Julia Mancuso gave us an expansive look at all that South Korea has to offer over the duration of the Winter Olympics. Take a look back at the best moments from her series ‘Julia’s Best in Snow.’

<![CDATA[See the Weirdest Moments From the Pyeongchang Games ]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:26:29 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/gif1.gif The 2018 Winter Olympics were filled with emotional moments, but the Games were also jam-packed with the quirky and surprising.
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