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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.

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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.

141 women accept ESPYs Arthur Ashe Courage Award for Larry Nassar survivors

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A total of 141 women accepted the ESPYs’ Arthur Ashe Courage Award on Wednesday night for the hundreds of Larry Nassar survivors, according to ESPN.

“1997. 1998. 1999. 2000. 2004. 2011. 2013. 2014. 2015. 2016,” Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman said on stage. “These were the years we spoke up about Larry Nassar’s abuse. All those years, we were told, you are wrong. You misunderstood. He’s a doctor. It’s OK. Don’t worry. We’ve got it covered. Be careful. There are risks involved. The intention? To silence us. In favor of money, medals and reputation.

“But we persisted, and finally, someone listened and believed us. This past January, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina showed a profound level of understanding by giving us each the opportunity to face our abuser, to speak our truth and feel heard. Thank you, Judge Aquilina [in attendance], for honoring our voices.

“For too long, we were ignored, and you helped us rediscover the power we each possess. You may never meet the hundreds of children you saved, but know they exist. The ripple effect of our actions, or inactions, can be enormous, spanning generations.

“Perhaps the greatest tragedy of this nightmare is that it could have been avoided. Predators thrive in silence. It is all too common for people to choose to not get involved. Whether you act or do nothing, you are shaping the world that we live in, impacting others.

“All we needed was one adult to have the integrity to stand between us and Larry Nassar. If just one adult had listened, believed and acted, the people standing before you on this stage would have never met him. Too often, abusers and enablers perpetuate suffering by making survivors feel their truth doesn’t matter. To all the survivors out there, don’t let anyone rewrite your story. Your truth does matter, you matter and you are not alone.

“We all face hardships. If we choose to listen, and we choose to act with empathy, we can draw strength from each other. We may suffer alone, but we survive together.”

The Ashe award, named after the Grand Slam tennis champion and human rights advocate, goes to those with “strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost.”

Previous Olympian recipients include Muhammad AliCathy FreemanTommie Smith and John CarlosPat Summitt and Caitlyn Jenner.

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Erin Hamlin to run New York City Marathon

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Erin Hamlin, the first U.S. Olympic singles luge medalist and Team USA flag bearer at the PyeongChang Olympic Opening Ceremony, will run the New York City Marathon on Nov. 4.

Hamlin, a 2014 Olympic bronze medalist who retired after her fourth Olympics in PyeongChang at age 31, is running to fundraise for the Women’s Sports Foundation. So is Marlen Esparza, who in 2012 became the first U.S. Olympic women’s boxing medalist (flyweight bronze).

Hamlin has no marathon experience, according to the Women’s Sports Foundation.

“Being challenged in sport is something I am very familiar with,” Hamlin said in a mass email Wednesday, according to TeamUSA.org. “Long distance running is something I most certainly am not!! It will be difficult, mentally and physically daunting, but a way to test my abilities in a sport so far out of my comfort zone.”

Many Olympians in non-running sports have raced the New York City Marathon.

Bill Demong, the 2010 U.S. Olympic Closing Ceremony flag bearer and only U.S. Olympic Nordic combined champion, ran the 2014 NYC Marathon in 2:33:05, crushing eight-time Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno‘s 3:25:14 from 2011.

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