Olympics 2018

PYEONCHANG RECAP DAY 13: WOMEN'S HOCKEY WINS GOLD; CURLING REACHES GOLD MEDAL GAME; WISE WINS BACK-TO-BACK GOLDS; ANDERSON WINS SILVER

 

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February 22, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - Isn’t it always this way every four years?  United States?  Canada? Sixty minutes of hockey for one color medal?  One goal, usually in a shootout, deciding it all?

The men couldn’t get it done in a shootout.  Could the women?

Yes.

One hundred percent yes.

PYEONCHANG RECAP DAY 12: MEDALS GALORE!

 

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Photo:  Jessie Diggins of the United States (L) and Kikkan Randall of the United States celebrate as they win gold during the Cross Country Ladies' Team Sprint Free Final on day 12 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre on February 21, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  Via Zimbio

February 21, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - Forty-two years ago, Bill Koch won the USA's only medal in cross-country skiing.  It was a silver.  Forty-six years ago, the U.S. first formed a women's cross country skiing team.

Wednesday, Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins one-upped Koch and won gold.

PYEONCHANG RECAP DAY 11: SHIBUTANIS, SIGOURNEY WIN BRONZE; DONATO SCORES TWO GOALS TO LEAD MEN'S HOCKEY TO QUARTERFINALS

 

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Photo:  Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the United States compete in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance on day 11 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.  Via Zimbio

February 20, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - Americans defeated Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in Sochi.

They wouldn’t let that happen again.  They’ve worked too hard.  

So when Maia and Alex Shibutani were second, the Canadian ice dancing king and queen put together an impressive program to knock them back down to third and take gold, also defeating France’s Gabrielle Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron on Wednesday.

PYEONCHANG RECAP DAY 10: WOMEN'S HOCKEY ADVANCES TO GOLD MEDAL GAME; SEVERAL OTHER AMERICAN EVENTS ADVANCE TO FINALS AND SEMIFINALS

 

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February 19, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - Team USA women's hockey doesn't have any time to celebrate their 5-0 semifinal win over Finland on Monday. 

The Canadians are coming again.  But this time for the American women, it's personal.

PYEONCHANG RECAP DAY NINE: GEOPPER GETS TO SILVER, BOWE FINISHES IN THE TOP FIVE

 

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February 18, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - At the Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, men’s slopestyle skiier Nick Geopper medaled for bronze in an American sweep of the podium.  But he wanted a level up, like Mario when he eats a mushroom.

PYEONCHANG RECAP: NATHAN CHEN CATAPULTS TO FIFTH; HOCKEY BOUNCES BACK

 

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Photo:  Nathan Chen of the United States competes during the Men's Single Free Program on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 17, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.  Via Zimbio

February 17, 2018 (Pyeonchang, South Korea) - America was expecting so much from Nathan Chen.  He let us down the first time.  He didn't let it happen again.

“I definitely did want to redeem myself after the two short programs and I think I did here,” said Chen.  He made it sound like he was redeeming something pointless like a gift certificate, but he redeemed so much more.

PYEONCHANG DAY FOUR RECAP: CHLOE KIM'S INCREDIBLE TRIUMPH; SHAUN WHITE GOES FOR GOLD AGAIN

 

UPDATE:  Team USA women's hockey has also qualified for the semifinals after defeating the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

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February 12, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - If you’re close enough in age to remember what being a teenager and begging your parents for things was like, multiply that by 100 by adding immigrant parents and you have Chloe Kim’s childhood.