Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas, and Great Britain 10000m gold medalist Mo Farah have all landed on the short-list for Time’s “Person of the Year.”
The Olympians join a group made up mostly of political figures (no surprises there) that includes reelected President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and Knicks sensation turned Rockets afterthought, Jeremy Lin.
Phelps and Douglas are also nominees for Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year,” which they have a much better shot at winning since Time has never honored an athlete with its annual award, but somehow saw fit to gift Adolf Hitler with the title in 1938, then honored Joseph Stalin the very next year.
SI’s award will be announced on Dec. 5 and Time’s will be awarded Dec. 14. Until then, bated breath.
15-year-old Alina Zagitova won the first gold medal for the Olympic Athletes from Russia on Thursday night in the ladies’ free skate in PyeongChang.
Yevgenia Medvedeva, her training partner and the two-time world champion, earned silver by a margin of 1.31 points. That’s the exact margin Zagitova led Medvedeva by after the short program on Tuesday.
This marks the first time two women from the same country have shared the ladies’ figure skating podium since Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan in 1998. Speaking of Lipinski – Zagitova is less than a month older than Lipinski was when she won gold in Nagano, and Zagitova is now the second-youngest individual ladies’ Olympic champion in history.
Kaetlyn Osmond earned bronze – Canada’s first Olympic medal in ladies’ figure skating since 2010.
Gold: Alina Zagitova (OAR)
Silver: Yevgenia Medvedeva (OAR)
Bronze: Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN)
9. Bradie Tennell (USA)
10. Mirai Nagasu (USA)
11. Karen Chen (USA)
Click here to read the full recap and watch highlights from the ladies’ free skate program
Canadian skiers Kelsey Serwa and Brittany Phelan took the top spots in women’s ski cross at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, giving Canada its third consecutive gold medal in this event.
Switzerland’s Fanny Smith edged out Sweden’s Sandra Naeslund in the big final to claim the final spot on the podium.
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