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PyeongChang late night roundup

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Curling: Switzerland win bronze

It’s an historic loss for Canada, who just completely slid off the tail end in the latter stages of this tournament. For the first time since curling was reestablished in 1998, no Canadian team has reached the podium.

Switzerland defeated Canada 7-5, after they knocked out two of Canada’s stones in the final end to ensure that Canada could not make up that two point gap.

Men’s Tournament

SUI def. CAN 7-5

Hockey: OAR advance to gold medal match

Czech Republic looked liked the only team that could slow the Athletes from Russia down as they head into the first intermission at 0-0.

It was Nikita Gusev who put OAR up front eight minutes into the second period, assisted by Pavel Datsyuk, before Vladislav Gavrikov doubled their lead a minute later.

OAR now await to play the winner of Canada and Germany in the final.

Men’s Tournament

OAR def. CZE 3-0

Speed Skating: Mantia just misses out on medal 

The American men had another rough day in speed skating, failing to medal in the 1000m.

Joey Mantia briefly held the top spot with a time of 1:08.64, but then the next two races saw Kim Tae-yun and Havard Lorentzen pass him. Mantia continued to hold onto that bronze medal spot until the inevitable happened: a Dutch skater won gold.

This time it was Kjeld Nuis who won the gold, setting a time of 1:07.96.

Shani Davis, who set the world record for the 1000m back in 2009, came in seventh. Mitchell Whitmore finished in 10th.

Full speed skating recap available here 

Biathlon: Sweden win gold in men’s relay

Sweden shot the best on a very windy evening in PyeongChang and were rewarded for it, winning the men’s 4×7.5km relay. Sebastien Samuelsson put Sweden in the lead alongside Norway in the final leg. Fredrik Lindstroem and Emile Svendsen were tasked with anchoring their teams, but it was Lindstroem who shot the best, taking a near one minute lead in the final few kilometers of the race to secure the gold for Sweden.

Full biathlon recap available here 

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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