Czech slopestyle rider cracks helmet in final round crash

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Today’s women’s snowboard slopestyle final (won by Jamie Anderson of the U.S.) took a scary turn when Czech Republic rider Sarka Pancochova took a hard fall in her second and last run.

VIDEO: Watch her scary fall

Pancochova was in medal contention before the fall, which saw her head whip back and hit the slope. Medical officials quickly tended to her when her slide stopped, but after a few moments, Pancochova got back up and completed the run to the relief and cheers of the crowd at Rosa Khutor.

(UPDATE: Pancochova says she’s “all good”)

Afterwards, it was revealed that her silver helmet had actually split open thanks to the impact on the fall.

Pancochova wound up fifth on the strength of her first run of the final, which netted a score of 86.25.

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The remains of Sarka Pancochova’s helmet after her accident in today’s snowboard slopestyle final. Photo: AP
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Holding her head, snowboard slopestyle rider Sarka Pancochova (CZE) finishes her second run after a violent crash. Photo: Getty Images
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Bronze medalist Jenny Jones of Great Britain inspects Sarka Pancochova’s damaged helmet. Photo: Getty Images

Diggins, Randall win historic gold medal for U.S. in cross-country

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The long, long wait is over.

Team USA ended their 42-year Olympic medal drought in cross-country skiing Wednesday and they made American cross-country history in the process.

Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall became the first American cross-country skiers to capture a gold medal by winning the women’s team sprint at the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre in PyeongChang, South Korea. Sweden captured silver and Norway took home bronze.

Diggins and Randall are the first American women to win an Olympic medal and join Bill Koch as the only American cross-country skiers to earn an Olympic medal.

The Americans advanced to the finals courtesy of their first place finish in the semifinals, beating Sweden and OAR in the process.

Diggins out-sprinted both the gold and silver medalists of the individual sprint (Stina Nilsson and Maiken Falla, respectively) in the final stretch to take the gold.

Results

Gold: Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins (USA)

Silver: Charlotte Kalla and Stina Nilsson (SWE)

Bronze: Marit Bjoergen and Maiken Falla (NOR)

Click here for a full recap of Team USA’s historic run

Czech Republic advance to medal round with shootout win vs. United States

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Petr Loukal scored the lone shootout goal as the Czech Republic defeated the United States and advance to the medal round.

Jan Kolar and Tomas Kundratek scored in regulation, while Pavel Francouz made 18 saves and stopped all five shootout attempts.

Ryan Donato scored his tournament-leading fifth goal, and Jim Slater added a shorthanded goal as the Olympics come to an end for the United States.