Historic Gold Medalist Carries the Red, White and Blue
Jessie Diggins captured the United States' first-ever women’s cross-country skiing medal when she and teammate Kikkan Randall won gold in the freestyle team event. Now, the 26-year-old will be the first country-country skier to carry the U.S. flag in the Winter Games’ closing ceremonies.
“I actually thought there maybe had been a mistake. I was like, `What? I can’t believe this,’” Diggins said on the “Today" show. “It is so humbling, and I feel so honored to have been picked.”
Some of the star power will be in the stands, where President Donald’s Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, will lead the U.S. delegation. The opening ceremony spotlight was on the mysterious Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, who was dubbed “North Korea’s Ivanka.” Will the real Ivanka Trump be able to seize some of that limelight?
As for entertainment, expect K-pop stars CL and the boy band EXO.
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OAR Defeats Germany in OT, Takes Home Men's Hockey Gold
Olympic Athletes from Russia beat Germany in overtime in the men’s hockey gold-medal game Sunday at Gangneung Hockey Centre. The score was 3-3 after the third period, and Kirill Kaprizov scored the last goal for OAR in sudden death, helping his team take home the gold.
The medal is Russia’s third in men’s hockey, following a silver in 1998 and a bronze in 2002. The nation won nine medals, seven gold, as the Soviet Union and took gold again when it played as the Unified Team at the 1992 Albertville Games.
Sweden Beats South Korea’s ‘Garlic Girls' to Win Gold in Women’s Curling
The South Korean women’s curling team fell, in front of a home crowd, to Sweden in the gold medal match, 8-3.
But South Korea’s “Garlic Girls” (dubbed the nickname for their hometown’s locally grown garlic) still earned silver in women’s curling, the country’s first-ever Olympic medal in the sport. Korea had never qualified for an Olympic curling tournament before Sochi in 2014.
In Pyeongchang, curling was the busiest sport; from the first match of the new mixed doubles discipline — a day and a half before the lighting of the cauldron — to the end of the women's final, there were 18 straight days of competition, some with as many as four matches in each of three sessions per day.
Germany Wins Gold in 4-Man Bobsled
A German team driven by Francesco Friedrich on Sunday won gold in the four-man bobsled event.
Two teams tied for second and will receive silver medals: South Korea's sled driven by Won Yunjong and a German sled driven by Nico Walther.
It was the first medal for South Korea in bobsled.
For the United States, the sled driven by Codie Bascue finished ninth, while the sleds driven by Nick Cunningham and Justin Olsen finished 19th and 20th, respectively.
Norway's 'Iron Lady' Takes Home 8th Gold in Cross Country
Norway’s "Iron Lady" Marit Bjoergen took home her second gold in the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang Sunday for Women’s 30km Cross Country Skiing.
Bjoergen, 37, made her Olympic debut in 1999 and Sunday’s gold is her eighth gold medal in the Winter Olympics.
Bjorergen stayed in the lead most of the one hour and 22 minutes that it took for her to complete the course. Finland’s Krista Parmakoski took home the silver, finishing nearly two minutes behind Bjorergen. And Stina Nilsson took home the bronze for Sweden.