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South Korea Olympic hockey rosters have North American flavor

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Of the 48 players on South Korea’s first Olympic men’s and women’s hockey rosters, 11 were born in the U.S. or Canada, according to Yonhap News Agency.

Another player, Marissa Brandt, was born in South Korea but adopted by a Minnesota family when she was 4 months old. Brandt’s younger sister, Hannah, is on the U.S. Olympic team.

Seven players on the men’s roster of 25 are naturalized South Korean citizens born in the U.S. or Canada who now play for South Korean club teams.

Perhaps the most notable is No. 1 goalie Matt Dalton, who spent several days with the Boston Bruins during the 2009-10 season but never saw game action.

Dalton was in goal for a pre-Olympic tournament game with Canada, where South Korea led 2-1 after the first period before losing 4-2. Canada outshot South Korea 57-10.

Dalton is joined on the Olympic team by forwards Alex Plante, Eric Regan and Bryan Young and defensemen Brock Radunske, Michael Swift and Mike Testwuide.

All but Testwuide were born in Canada. Testwuide was born in Vail, Colo.

The South Korean men are coached by two-time Stanley Cup winner Jim Paek, the first South Korean-born NHL player.

The women, coached by former University of Minnesota-Duluth player Sarah Murray, have four Canadian-born or U.S.-born forwards of South Korean descent: Randi Griffin, Danelle Im, Caroline Park and Grace Lee.

The South Korean women’s roster could add North Koreans pending a meeting between the two Koreas and the IOC on Saturday.

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Exhibition gala closes out figure skating program in PyeongChang

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Without the pressure of racking up points to land on the medal podium, the figure skating exhibition gala is a chance for the athletes to express themselves. There aren’t rules about jumping sequences, and instead, skaters can use props and silly concepts, if they want.

Figure skaters who win medals at the Olympics are typically among the invite list, plus up-and-coming skaters from the host country and other fan favorites.

Here are some of the best performances of the evening:

Ice dance bronze medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani reprised last season’s “That’s Life” short dance by Frank Sinatra featuring Jay-Z for this year’s exhibition.

Ladies’ gold medalist Alina Zagitova performed her “Priestess of Fire” exhibition, which included a fake candle prop glowing on the ice.

Watch performances from the figure skating gala by clicking here 

Double gold: Germany’s Friedrich wins 4-man bobsled

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Two-man? Check. Four-man? Double check. Francesco Friedrich piloted his German sled to gold in the four-man bobsled, becoming the sixth pilot to win gold in both the two- and four-man bobsled in the same Olympics on the final day of competition in PyeongChang.

After tying with Canada’s Justin Kripps in two-man, Friedrich made no doubt in four-man, sliding to a dominant win. The German sled was clear of second by 0.53 seconds. And in second? Another tie on the bobsled course — just like the tie for gold in two-man. South Korea and Germany shared the silver medal.

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South Korea’s medal was historic. Won Yun-Jong delivered for the home nation, bringing the country its first medal in the bobsled. Yun Sung-Bin won the country’s first medal in a sliding event by taking gold in skeleton earlier in the games. Germany’s Nico Walther piloted the sled that tied.

Codie Bascue piloted the top American sled to a ninth-place finish. Nick Cunningham and Justin Olsen improved in Runs 3 and 4 to finish 19th and 20th, respectively.

Results: 

Gold: Germany (Friedrich sled)
Silver: South Korea (Won sled)
Silver: Germany (Walther sled)

Read the full recap and watch bobsled highlights by clicking here