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PyeongChang late night round-up

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Casey Andriga became one of three American men to reach the freestyle moguls finals early Monday morning. He stood atop the leaderboard in his qualification group until Choi Jae Woo posted the only score to reach 80, and Vinjar Slatten had a remarkable turnaround following a DNF in his first attempt.

On the skis, Germany’s Laura Dalhmeier claimed her second gold medal in PyeongChang in dominant fashion, winning the women’s 10km Pursuit by 30 seconds.

Women’s Ice Hockey: SUI def. JPN 3-1

A strong second period saw Switzerland advance to 2-0 in group play. Japan played a tightly knit defense, but it unraveled in the second period. Sarah Benz scored two goals as Switzerland were up 3-0 early on in the third period. Japan began to pile on pressure late on, but they would have to settle for a consolation goal.

Japan’s defeat sees them fall to 0-2, virtually eliminated from playoff contention.

Click here for full game recap and highlights

Biathlon: Dahlmeier wins Olympic double

Laura Dalhmeier, who finished first in the 10km Pursuit, won her second gold medal in women’s biathlon this week. The German held her nerve to shoot clear in the first standing position to take a 38 second lead over Slovakian Anastasiya Kuzmina in the penultimate lap.

Luge: Hamlin sitting in sixth after first run 

If the first run in the women’s individuals taught us anything, it’s that the margin for error is razor thin. Erin Hamlin got off to an impressive start in her attempt to win another Olympic medal, threading the dreaded “needle” off of Turn 9 to set a time of 46.357 seconds.

That time was good enough for a track record, but Natalie Geisenberger set the standard even higher with a time of 46.245 seconds.

Summer Britcher, who held the fastest time in the final training run, had a disappointing start in her first run, currently sitting in 15th.

Freestyle Skiing: USA’s Andriga, Wilson qualify for finals 

Team USA’a Casey Andriga qualified for the finals in the men’s moguls, finishing third in his group with a score of 77.37. South Korea’s Choi Jae Woo had a very strong second attempt which saw him overtake Andriga at the top. Bradley Wilson also advanced, finishing fourth.

They will join Troy Murphy as one of the finalists, as well as gold medal favorite Mikael Kingsbury.

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