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PyeongChang late night roundup

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Freestyle Skiing: Four Americans in halfpipe final

All four of the United States’ athletes reached the final of the men’s freeski halfpipe. Aaron Blunck led the field, with two of his compatriots rounding out the top three.

Blunck fell on his first run, but managed to perform well in the second to post the top score of the day. The Americans swept the podium in the X Games just a month ago, and are now on track to do so again.

Full freeski halfpipe recap available here 

Hockey: Unified Korea finish tournament

The Unified Korean hockey team were media darlings during these Games. Tonight they played their final game, losing 1-6 to Sweden. It wasn’t a surprise to see the team so clearly outmatched throughout these Games, but they put on a good effort and always drew in a very positive crowd. The first puck that they scored their first-ever goal with is already en-route to the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

Slovenia suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of Norway, who failed to record a win until tonight until Alexander Bonsaksen scored in overtime. Slovenia’s opening night 3-2 win over the USA seems long ago as they’re dumped out of the tournament. Norway, on the other hand, advance to the quarterfinals where they face OAR.

Men’s Tournament

NOR def. SLO 2-1 (OT)

Women’s Tournament

SWE def. COR 6-1

SUI def. JPN 1-0

Curling: South Korea clinch spot in semifinals

South Korea booked their place in the semifinals with a 9-6 victory at the expense of the United States. The USA got off to a hot start, but a four point steal by South Korea in the fifth end put the States on the back foot.

Wins for Great Britain and China also make Team USA’s path more difficult. Great Britain are now sitting at 5-3, in fourth place. The USA and China are 4-4 heading into their final games. The U.S. must defeat Sweden in their final round and get a lot of help if they’re to advance.

Women’s Tournament

KOR def. USA 9-6

GBR def. JPN 8-6

CHN def. CAN 7-5

Full curling recap available here 

Speed Skating: South Korea win relay gold as Christie suffers more heartbreak 

South Korea won the gold in the women’s 3000m relay. The South Koreans and Chinese were clear in front after a South Korean skater collided with a Canadian and Italian. Both China and Canada received penalties.

Since Canada and China were both disqualified, the winner of the B Final, the Netherlands, were promoted to the bronze medal. The Netherlands set a new world record in their final.

In the individual 1000m, Elise Christie again faltered in dramatic fashion. She collided with a Chinese skater in the 1,500 last week and badly hurt her right ankle in the process. Her status was questionable heading into this event, of which she is the World Champion.

Christie crashed no later than three seconds after the opening gun, grabbing that right ankle again and looked in visible pain. After a brief discussion with her coach she again took to the starting line, only to limp out of the first turn.

The Briton managed to finish the race in the replay before having to be carried off, but alas Christie was disqualified for bumping her Hungarian opponent in the third lap.

Nordic Combined: Frenzel in the hunt after large hill 

Erik Frenzel, who won the first Nordic Combined event last week, is currently sitting within striking distance after the large hill portion. Akito Watabe, Jarl Riber, and Wilhelm Denfil occupy the top three spots leading into the 10km cross-country segment.

Full recap available here

Bobsled: Nigerians, Jamaicans complete run; USA in first 

Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga made their Olympic debuts tonight, becoming the first representives from their country to compete in the sport. They currently sit in the bottom of the table at 52.21 seconds.

The Jamaican team of Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell also completed their first run in a time of 51.29 seconds. Jamaica faced a scare last week when one of their coaches quit, threatening to take their bobsled and equipment back. Red Stripe, a Jamaican beer company, offered to pay for a sled so that the Jamaicans could compete. 

The American team of Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs are currently leading the pack after the first run.

Biathlon: Fourcade anchors France to mixed relay gold 

Martin Fourcade capitalized on a couple of missed shots from Germany’s Arnd Peiffer to bring home the gold in the team mixed relay. Anais Bescond brought France back into contention in the second leg of the race before Simon Desthieux brought France within 30 seconds of Germany. Fourcade’s brilliance on the skis was more than capable of surpassing Peiffer in the final leg.

Norway and Italy finished second and third, respectively.

Final World Cup Alpine skiing races canceled

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ARE, Sweden (AP) — Viktoria Rebensburg won her third season title in the giant slalom on Sunday without hitting the slopes at the World Cup finals.

Strong winds forced the cancellation of the season-ending GS while the German skier led the standings by 92 points from world champion Tessa Worley of France, who won the title last season. With a win worth 100 points, Rebensburg was a strong pre-race favorite to wrap up the title.

The last men’s slalom was also canceled, but that didn’t affect the final standings because Marcel Hirscher had already locked up the overall and discipline titles two weeks ago.

Both races were called off shortly before their respective starts as gusts made conditions on the hill potentially unsafe for the skiers. According to FIS rules, events at World Cup finals cannot be rescheduled.

Rebensburg, the Olympic GS gold medalist in 2010, also won the World Cup GS title in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

“It’s really something special. It’s been a few years now since my last globe. I am very proud that I managed to win it again,” said Rebensburg, who struggled with injuries in recent seasons.

She ruptured ligaments in her left knee three years ago and fractured the tibial plateau in her right leg just before the start of last season.

“Every globe has a special meaning but this one is more emotional because of the time in-between,” Rebensburg said. “I know what’s behind winning a globe. You have to be consistent throughout a whole season.”

In the overall standings, Rebensburg finished third behind winner Mikaela Shiffrin and runner-up Wendy Holdener of Switzerland.

Shiffrin, who had secured her second straight overall title last week, wrote on Twitter that she agreed with the decision to call off the last event of the season.

“Ahhhhhhh shoot! The race is canceled! But it’s really windy up here so probably a good call,” the American said.

Shiffrin finished the season on 1,773 points, 130 more than last season when she won her maiden overall title. Holdener was the only other skier to gather more than 1,000 points this season — 1,168.

The men’s overall champion also applauded the cancellation.

“If you see the wind and how the slalom gates are moving, you don’t have to talk about a fair race or a quality race,” said Hirscher, who missed out on the chance to set a World Cup record by winning his 14th race of the season.

“That’s not the important thing,” he said. “It’s the right decision.”

After the cancellation of the women’s race, Manuela Moelgg announced her retirement after 18 seasons on the circuit. The Italian veteran secured 14 podiums, including three third-place finishes this season, but failed to win a race in 283 World Cup starts.

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Declan Farmer heroics lift U.S. to Paralympic hockey title in OT (video)

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Declan Farmer tied the Paralympic hockey final with 37.8 seconds to play, then scored the golden goal 3:30 into overtime to lift the U.S. over Canada 2-1 for gold on Sunday.

“It’s all a blur at the moment,” said Farmer, a 20-year-old Princeton student, “but when it comes back I will remember this day for the rest of my life.”

Farmer’s heroics gave the U.S. a third straight Paralympic title. No other nation has won two Paralympic golds in seven total tournaments.

The U.S. also finished the Winter Paralympics with the most medals (36) and most gold medals (13) for the first time since Albertville 1992.


When Farmer made a move seconds before scoring the tying goal, with the U.S. having pulled goalie Steve Cash, teammate and captain Josh Pauls thought to himself, “This is Declan Farmer time.” Farmer’s goal was the first allowed by Canada at the tournament, the shutout streak ending after 224 minutes.

Thirty seconds earlier, Canada’s Rob Armstrong had a chance to clinch gold on the empty net, but hit the post from an angle.

Farmer tallied a tournament-leading 11 goals and 17 points in his second Winter Games. His 14 career Paralympic goals are a U.S. record.

Last year, Farmer broke U.S. records for most goals (12) and points (18) at a world championship tournament, though Canada beat the U.S. in that final. He was born a bilateral amputee and started playing sled hockey at age 9.

Cash, who stopped 11 of 12 Canadian shots for his third Paralympic title, told Farmer after Sunday’s game that he was his hero.

“He’s the best overall sled hockey player to ever play the game,” Cash said, according to

The U.S. dedicated its tournament to its 2014 Paralympic coach, Jeff Sauer, who died of pancreatic cancer in February 2017.

“Coach Sauer is watching over us,” Farmer said.

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