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Men’s Curling Night 5: Japan routs USA

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On a night like Saturday, there’s very few teams who could defeat Japan. Unfortunately, Team USA was the one who had to go up against them.

Japan held John Shuster’s team to just two points in seven ends of play in an 8-2 rout of the Americans.

Both teams were tied for fourth in the team standings heading into the game. The U.S. falls to 2-3, now tied for fifth. Japan improves to 3-2, tied for third overall.

Click here for a full recap from tonight’s curling action

Other results: 
NOR def. DEN 10-8
SUI def. CAN 8-6
Current Team Standings:
1. Sweden 5-0
2. Canada 4-2
3. Switzerland 4-2
4. Japan 3-2
5. USA 2-3
6. Great Britain 2-3
7. Italy 2-3
8. Norway 2-3
9. Denmark 1-4
10. Korea 1-4

No race yet for Shiffrin? No problem

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Disappointed at the postponement of Monday’s women’s giant slalom because of the weather?

Not Mikaela Shiffrin.

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“It’s a bummer that we’re not able to race today,” she said. “But with the training block I’ve had, I’m prepared and feeling good.

“I’ll use this time to continue to train and re-focus on Wednesday’s slalom race. We have a great gym and space to eat and take plenty of naps, so I’ll use this time to recharge.”

In a perhaps not immediately obvious way, postponement of the giant slalom — Shiffrin’s second-best event — may serve to further her overall medal prospects here at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Read the rest of the story and find out how to watch Shiffrin’s performances by clicking here 

Shaun White finds (and eats) “Flying Tomato” burger in Korea

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Shaun White fans can be dedicated. So much so that PyeongChang restaurant owner Cha Gwen So created the “Flying Tomato” burger, named for the snowboarding legend’s nickname, earned at the 2006 Torino Games. There are only two requirements to eat the burger: fork over one million won (which is about $920), and literally be Shaun White. (You’d have to be just to afford it.)

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That’s right. The Flying Tomato burger is only for the Flying Tomato himself. The menu’s description of the burger makes that very clear, calling it, “The best special thing, This is only for Shaun White, My wish for your gold medal.”

Regardless of whether the Flying Tomato burger was a hopeful profit-making idea, a fan tribute or a silly joke, it attracted the big man himself who stopped by to try his extremely personal burger. In an Olympics Channel video, White poses with his burger and his burger’s creator. “Today is a very happy day,” Cha, a snowboarder himself, told Reuters.

Read more and watch snowboard highlights here