Adam Rippon will make his Olympic debut at age 28, as part of Team USA’s lineup in the figure skating team event. Rippon will skate the men’s free skate on Sunday evening, live in Primetime on NBC and NBCOlympics.com.
2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu was tapped for the ladies’ free skate. Brother-sister ice dance team Maia and Alex Shibutani will compete in the free dance, closing out the team event.
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Teams entered in the event are allowed a maximum of two substitutions; for example, Bradie Tennell skated the ladies’ short program, but Nagasu will do the free skate. Similarly, Rippon will compete the men’s free skate, but his training partner, Nathan Chen, did the men’s short program on Wednesday.
“I think the free is sort of my secret weapon,” Rippon said at a press conference in PyeongChang before being given the nod. “My game plan is a lot different than a lot of the other guys: It’s get as many points on each element as possible and then sneak in there.
“The free is where I make my attack, so I feel I will be most beneficial there.”
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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.
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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.
Gold: Germany (Friedrich sled)
Silver: South Korea (Won sled)
Silver: Germany (Walther sled)
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