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PyeongChang late night round up

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It was a tough day at the office for the American women’s speed skating team. Heather Bergsma and Brittany Bowe provided the two best opportunities for the States to medal, but came up just short in their efforts during the 1000m as fatigued kicked in for both of these two athletes in the final lap.

Earlier in the evening, Japan and Unified Korea closed out their group stage play. Korea, who didn’t stand much of a chance in this competition, received a chorus of cheers from their home fans as they were able to score their first goal during the Olympics in a 1-4 loss to Japan.

Continue reading below to review the rest of the action from last night.

Nordic Combined: Eric Frenzel completes comeback, wins gold again

It was expected that Frenzel would win the gold again, but just not in that fashion. Two Austrian athletes, Josef-Franz Rehrl and Lukas Kkapfer, took an unexpected lead following the ski jumping portion of the competition.

Frenzel finished fifth, and was forced to start the cross-country segment 30 seconds behind the Austrian leaders. The German, though, continued to close that gap and broke through in the final half kilometer of the 10km race to clinch gold.

Full recap: Frenzel completes comeback, wins back-to-back Olympic golds 

Speed Skating: Bergsma falters in final lap, finishes eighth

American speed skater Heather Bergsma got off to a quick start in the women’s 1000m, completing the first lap in 17.89 seconds, ahead of leader Jorien Ter Mors. The American managed to stay ahead of the line for most of the race, but seemed to have run out of steam in the final lap.

Ter Mors set a new Olympic Record in her attempt of 1:13.56, to continue the Netherlands’ stranglehold in speed skating. Ireen Wust, who won two medals so far, finished ninth.

Bergsma’s teammate, Brittany Bowe, barely missed out on bronze. The American finished .37 seconds behind bronze medalist Miho Takagi of Japan

Hockey: JPN def. COR 4-1

Neither of these teams had much chance of advancing to the semifinals, but they both fought in the group stages. Japan might look back a little disappointed, not being able to close out their opening game versus Sweden. Each of these two teams will now drop to the classification phase.

Full game recap: JPN def. COR 4-1.

Curling: Japan rout USA 10-5

It wasn’t a great day for the American, who fell behind big in the first three ends of their match against Japan. Down 0-7 early, the USA team had no choice but to go big. They were able to net three points in the sixth end, but fell well short.

Great Britain, Sweden, and China all secured convincing victories.

Full recap: Women’s Curling, Day 1

 

 

USA wins gold in men’s curling

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For the first time in history, the United States won the Olympic gold medal in curling.

A week ago, it didn’t seem like that would happen. Sitting at 2-4 and with a game against behemoth Canada coming up, John Shuster captained the United States to three consecutive wins (over Canada, Switzerland, and Great Britain) to squeak into the semifinals. From there, they took down Great Britain before completing the run against Sweden in the gold medal game.

Tied at 5-5 in the eighth end, Shuster was able to hit both of Sweden’s rocks out of the house, giving the United States an incredible five points and a 10-5 lead heading into the ninth.

NBCOlympics.com: Watch: Team USA scores five points in eighth end

After that, it was all about protecting the lead. Just a few minutes later Swedish skip Niklas Edin conceded the game, and it was the United States standing on top of the podium for the first time ever in the sport of curling.

Click here to read the full recap from the gold medal game 

Ester Ledecka first woman to win gold in two sports at same Winter Olympics

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One week after shocking the world by winning a gold medal in Alpine skiing, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic strapped back into a snowboard and won a gold medal in her primary sport.

Ledecka, the No. 1 ranked athlete in women’s parallel giant slalom snowboarding, qualified for the finals of that event with the fastest time, then won four consecutive head-to-head races to claim her second gold medal of the PyeongChang Olympics.

With the win, Ledecka is the first woman to win gold medals in two different sports at the same Winter Olympics.

Results: Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom

Gold: Ester Ledecka (CZE)
Silver: Selina Joerg (GER)
Bronze: Ramona Hofmeister (GER)
4. Alena Zavarzina (OAR)
5. Benjamin Karl (AUT)
6. Stefan Baumeister (GER)
7. Roland Fischnaller (ITA)
8. Edwin Coratti (ITA)

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