Vancouver figure skating champ Evan Lysacek missed out on competing at nationals in Omaha this weekend, but says he’s fully recovered from a November 20 surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle and says he’ll be ready for Sochi.
“I’m glad to be here — with mixed emotions, of course,” Lysacek, resigned to the role of spectator, told the AP. “I wish so badly I was on the ice. I miss this. This is what I love about skating: competitive skating and the competitive atmosphere.”
Lysacek says he’s already performing triple jumps and will aim to become the first man since American Dick Button in 1952 to win back-to-back singles championships at the Olympics.
With a pair of extremely progressive tricks, Austria’s Anna Gasser has become the first-ever Olympic champion in women’s snowboard big air.
Gasser landed all three of her jumps in the big air final, but it was the last one — a cab double cork 1080 — that knocked Jamie Anderson out of the top spot and gave Gasser the win.
Anderson ended up with a silver medal. It’s her second medal of these Olympics and the third medal of her career.
New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott took bronze.
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Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, the reigning world champion and 2014 Olympic silver medalist, missed a gate and skied out in his opening slalom run at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Bode Miller, NBC’s Alpine skiing analyst and a six-time Olympic medalist, called Hirscher’s mistake “one of the biggest upsets in this Games.”
Slalom features two runs. The times are added together, and the fastest total time determines the winner.
The second run is scheduled for 11:30 p.m. ET. Watch live by clicking here.