Canada Wins Gold in Ice Dance; 'Shib Sibs' Take Bronze
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada won gold in the ice dance, and knocked Team USA’s Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue into fourth place, with a record score of 206.07 points on Tuesday.
But the United States didn’t go without a medal in the event — sibling duo Maia and Alex Shibutani earned bronze. The "Shib Sibs" performed a strong free skate to a medley of Coldplay songs.
France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron took silver. The French pair broke their own world record for a free dance with 123.35 points to “Moonlight Sonata.” But Virtue and Moir answered back, beating France with a new best, 122.40 points.
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Team USA Men’s Hockey Beats Slovakia, Moves on to Quarterfinals
The United States’ men’s hockey defeated Slovakia 5-1 Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals.
Next, Team USA will face the Czech Republic on Wednesday night (Tuesday in the U.S.).
The Americans beat Slovakia 2-1 in group play last week. It was America’s only win in group play. With National Hockey League players absent in the Olympics, Team USA is comprised of mostly college kids who failed to make it into the professional league.
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Team USA's Sigourney Takes Bronze in Freeski Halfpipe; Canada’s Sharpe Wins Gold
Cassie Sharpe of Canada held off a strong field on Tuesday to win gold in women's freeski halfpipe at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Marie Martinod of France took silver, while Team USA's Brita Sigourney earned bronze.
Defending Olympic champion Maddie Bowman was unable to replicate her Sochi success. She fell on all three of her runs and finished 11th. Annalisa Drew of Team USA finished fourth.
South Korea Takes Sixth Olympic Gold in Short Track 3,000m Relay
South Korea traditionally dominates in the 3,000-meter short track women’s relay, and they delivered by taking their sixth Olympic gold medal in the event right at home in Pyeongchang.
Two-time world champion Choi Min-jeong, who already took home gold in the 1500m, pushed through as the final South Korean skater in the relay, cinching it for the home country.
The South Korean team of Choi, Chim Suk-Hee, Kim Ye-Jin and Kim A-Lang finished with a time of 4:07.361.
China had a strong team, and its skaters set an Olympic record of 4:05.315 in last week’s qualifying round, but penalty-filled final laps knocked them off the podium. Canada, which skated strong throughout the relay, also suffered a penalty during the final laps.
Italy and the Netherlands were elevated by the penalties. Silver went to Italy and bronze to the Netherlands, which set a track record of 4:03.471 in the B final.
Korea Clinches Semifinals With Win Over Team USA in Women's Curling
Team USA fell to the home team 9-6 in their final chance to stay in contention in women's curling.
The U.S. led 3-2 through three ends, and looked to have some momentum. That was until the fifth, when Korea's EunJung Kim had a perfect final throw to get a takeout and roll, laying four in the four-foot and making it virtually impossible for the U.S. to get into the button. U.S. skip Nina Roth made a good effort, but her throw was much too soft and nowhere close to curling enough, turning a 3-2 lead suddenly into a 6-4 deficit.
In the end, it was South Korea clinching, while the U.S. is now hoping for help to move on after losing to the home team 9-6.
Korea is now 6-1 overall and at the top of the standings. After the final handshakes were done, the Korean team turned and took a bow in front of their cheering home crowd. That crowd is now guaranteed at least one extra game from their team, and a possibility of a medal.
The U.S. fell to 4-4 overall, tied with China for fifth in the standings. They'll finish round-robin play against Sweden (5-2) Wednesday morning at 6:05 a.m. EST.