Winter Olympics 2018

PYEONCHANG RECAP DAY 15: USA CURLING MAKES HISTORY; KYLE MACK WINS SILVER IN BIG AIR

 

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By Liz Alper

Photo:  John Shuster and Matt Hamilton of the United States look on during the game against Sweden during the Curling Men's Gold Medal game on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.  Via Zimbio

February 23, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - It’s being called the Miracurl on Ice.  The United States is curling crazy.  And ECM’s sports writer just figured out how curling is played.

An American team went from 2-4 to 4-4 to gold medal winners.  In a week.

Have you ever asked a co-worker "Hey, did you see that curling game?"

You will now.

PYEONCHANG RECAP: LILLIS WINS AERIALS QUALIFIER; JHK STEALS SILVER; WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY SKIING PLACES BEST-EVER FIFTH

 

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February 17, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - Pittsford, New York's Jon Lillis was halfway across the world when his brother died in October.

"We're coming home," he told his father after hearing the news that his brother had died in his sleep.

Jon and his brother Chris were about to let their lives go.  But then they remember that Mikey, an Olympic hopeful himself, wouldn't let them do that.  On Saturday, Jon qualified for the men's aerials, avenging his brother's death.

PYEONCHANG RECAP DAY SIX: MIKAELA SCHIFFRIN WINS SECOND OLYMPIC GOLD; FIRST IN GIANT SLALOM

 

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Photo:  Gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States poses on the podium after the Ladies' Giant Slalom on day six of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Yongpyong Alpine Centre on February 15, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  Via Zimbio

February 15, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - Mikaela Schiffrin waited for her turn to race.  And waited.  And waited.  And...waited.  She waited for three days for winds to subside.  But finally, on Thursday, she got to hit the slopes.

And she made the winds pay.

PYEONCHANG RECAP DAY FIVE: SAN DIEGO'S SHAUN WHITE IS GOLD AGAIN

 

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February 13, 2018 (Pyeonchang, South Korea) - The buzz surrounding Shaun White’s return to the Olympics was like wondering if Sam and Diane would finally become an item on Cheers.

But Wednesday, Shaun White put all those questions to rest.  He’s here and here to stay.  And, like his teammate Chloe Kim, he’s here to make history.  He's here to make sure people remember his name.

OLYMPICS RECAP DAY THREE: USA TAKES BRONZE IN TEAM FIGURE SKATING; JAMIE ANDERSON DEFENDS WOMEN'S SLOPESTYLE SNOWBOARDING TITLE

 

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February 11, 2018 (Gangneung, South Korea) - Most overachievers call bronze a failure, but Team USA figure skating calls it a success, especially after the afternoon Mirai Nagasu had.

“This is definitely history, or herstory, whatever way you want to put it,” Nagasu said.

HUGE LUGE UPSET: CHRIS MAZDZER, GLEIRSCHER LEAVE FELIX LOCH IN THE ICE

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February 11, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - For Olympics coverage, ECM's sports reporter was told "I'm sure no one will pay attention to luge."

And she believed that; Germany's Felix Loch, the luge king, was sure to sweep again as he always does.  Nothing to see there, right?

She (and the person that told her that) were wrong.

RED GERARD WINS FIRST GOLD FOR TEAM USA

 

 

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February 11, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - Red Gerard said he woke up Sunday morning (on our Saturday morning, it was Sunday for Koreans, remember) feeling groggy and not wanting to get out of bed.

Don't we all say that on days that something incredible is about to happen?

OLYMPICS RECAP DAY ONE: MAAME BINEY ADVANCES TO 500M SPEED SKATING QUARTERFINAL; BIGGINS FINISHES FIFTH IN CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

 

By Liz Alper

Photo:  Kexin Fan of China leads Maame Biney of the United States during the Ladies’ 500m Short Track Speed Skating qualifying on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 10, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.  Photo via Zimbio

February 10, 2018 (Gangneung, South Korea) - The opening ceremony may have just ended, but Maame Biney was just getting started.

The 18-year-old, born in Ghana but now residing in Reston, Virginia, beat out China's Kexin Fan to advance to the semifinals in the women's 500-meter speed skating competition.

RAMONA SKATER HELPS PUT TEAM USA IN SECOND AFTER FIRST DAY OF OLYMPIC TEAM EVENT

 

By Miriam Raftery

View video of their Olympic debut performance: http://www.nbcsports.com/video/alexa-scimeca-knierim-chris-knierim-avoid-major-error-top-pairs-short

February 10, 2018 (Ramona) – Chris Knierim, a former Ramona resident, along with his wife and pair-skating partner Alexa Scimeca-Knierim, skated a nearly flawless short program during the first day of the team ice skating competition at the Olympic winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The duo nailed their triple twist and thrown jump, skating with exuberance and sheer joy to propel the U.S. into second place thus far, after much-heralded singles skater Nathan Chen had a rare botched performance with a fall and an invalid element.