Marielle Thompson gives Canada a second straight gold in women’s ski cross

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The last few days have gone awfully well for Canada’s Olympic team and that trend continued with the second-ever women’s ski cross event on Friday.

Canada took the top two spots on the podium as Marielle Thompson and Kelsey Serwa notched gold and silver respectively. Canadian Ashleigh Mclvor won gold in 2010, so this is becoming a go-to event for Canadian medals.

It wasn’t a total sweep, however, as Sweden’s Anna Holmlund won bronze.

Again, this adds to a nice recent haul for Canada. On Thursday, women’s curling team won gold while Canada’s women’s hockey team managed a come-from-behind win for gold. Friday could really add to that as the men’s curling team is in the gold-medal game while their men’s hockey team faces the U.S. in a semifinal match.

As of this writing, the Canadians grabbed 22 medals in Sochi, including eight golds.

U.S. women’s hockey players show solildarity in portraits

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The U.S. women’s hockey team is … family, powerful, united, strong, brave, together, limitless, fierce, bold, historic, ambitious, resilient, fearless and devoted.

All 23 players on the U.S. roster planning to boycott the world championship that starts in one week posted portraits on Twitter on Friday morning. Each player held a paper with a one-word descriptor.

The players plan to boycott the world championship tournament in Plymouth, Mich., unless their wage dispute with USA Hockey is settled.

The players believed they reached an agreement with USA Hockey in a 10-hour-plus meeting Monday, but USA Hockey’s later counter offer “didn’t reflect the progress of the negotiations,” according to the players’ representatives.

USA Hockey said Thursday that it will start reaching out to potential replacement players, but it still hopes to come to an agreement to field its original team in Plymouth.

“As we have maintained from the beginning, this issue is about more than the compensation of the current team: it’s about equitable treatment for female players now and in the future,” the players said in a statement Thursday. “A forward-looking agreement will benefit the next generation of players even more than the current players. For that reason, and the fact that the younger players identify with us, we are confident that they [potential replacement players] would choose not to play.”

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Nathan Chen marvels at his haircut in throwback Jason Brown photo

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Jason Brown sent figure skating social media into a frenzy on Thursday evening when he posted an incredible throwback photo of himself with Nathan Chen.

Brown and Chen make up the U.S. men’s team for the world championships next week (watch on NBC Sports), which will mark their fourth time competing at the same event this season.

Given Brown is 22 years old and Chen is 17 years old, Brown’s Throwback Thursday post is likely circa 2007.

Chen’s flexibility at such a young age is impressive, but the skater found another aspect of the photo worth gushing over — his hair.

“This is amazing tho I can’t believe you found this,” Chen posted on Instagram. “OH MY GOD #BOWLCUT.”

They are both precocious talents. In 2014, Brown became the youngest U.S. men’s singles skater since 1976. Two months ago, Chen became the youngest U.S. men’s champion since 1966.

Together, they’ll try to ensure the U.S. gets three men’s spots for the 2018 Olympics. To do that, their results at worlds must add up to no greater than 13.

They’re favored to do so, given Chen ranks No. 1 in the world this season and Brown is No. 8 by top international scores.

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