John-Henry Krueger delivered the first short track medal for the United States in the 2018 Olympics in a dramatic race which saw two South Koreans crash. The 22 year-old, who entered the competition with a puncher’s chance of landing on the podium, was just one of two skaters left on their feet after Shaolin Liu’s collision.
In cross-country, it was another historic day for Marit Bjoergen. The legendary Norwegian skier entered Olympic competition with 10 Olympic medals. After winning three more medals in PyeongChang, including her gold medal in the women’s 4x5km relay tonight, Bjoergen has moved into a joint first position for the most decorated Winter Olympian in history. Bjoergen will have to give credit to her team, especially Ragnhild Haga, for putting her in position to pass Sweden in the final leg.
Continue reading below to catch up on the rest of Friday evening’s action.
Short track: Krueger reverses American misfortunes, wins silver in men’s 1,000m
What a performance for J-H Krueger. The American was supposed to be considered fortunate just reaching the finals of the men’s 1,000m, but he sent a clear message right off the gun as he dashed to first on the initial turn.
Despite the race containing five medalists instead of four, Krueger managed to avoid the the action that plagued South Korea’s gold medal hopes and was able to remain above the fray.
Canada’s Samuel Girard won the gold medal for Canada. Seo Yira, whom Krueger bested in the men’s semifinal, won the bronze.
Maame Biney was eliminated in her first heat during the women’s 1,500m. The American was in the same heat as 2017 World Champion Elise Christie, who finished first, and two-time Olympic champion Zhou Yang.
Choi min-jeong breezed to the Olympic gold in the women’s final, breaking through the field in the final three laps to roars from the home crowd.
Curling: Sweden posts statement win over Canada
The biggest win of the night came from Sweden’s victory over defending gold medalists Canada. Despite trailing 0-2 early in the match, the Swedes held the Canadians scoreless for the following eight draws. This now puts Sweden at an impressive 5-0, the only undefeated team left in the competition. The Britons also suffered a heavy loss against the South Koreans, losing 5-10 to the host nation.
SWE def. CAN 5-2
KOR def. GBR 11-5
SUI def. NOR 7-5
JPN def. ITA 6-5
Hockey: Canada loses first game in eight years
The Czech Republic pulled off a big win over Canada after winning the shoot out 3-2. This marked the first time in eight years that Canada lost an Olympic hockey game.
On the women’s side, Finland continue to roll, trouncing Sweden in the quarterfinals. Up next for Finland is a replay with the United States. The Americans fell behind early in their first encounter last week before winning 3-1.
Cross-Country: Bjoergen anchors Norway to team relay gold
Marit Bjoergen won her 13th Olympic medal tonight, and her third gold in the women’s 4x5km. Halfway into the race, though, it looked like Norway would yet again find themselves sitting outside the podium.
Two surprising teams took the lead in the first leg, with Olympic Athletes from Russia stretching out a nice lead over Slovenia, whose first skier brought them to second all the way from their 13th starting position.
An incredible effort by Charlotte Kalla saw Sweden make up the 30 second gap between them and Norway, catching up to Jacobsen near the end of her leg and bringing Sweden within touching distance of OAR.
Just as the first leg of the race provided two surprise leaders, the last leg provided the teams expected to compete: Sweden and Norway, as Stina Nilsson and Marit Bjoergen were fighting it out in the final 5km. Bjoergen proved too much for her Swedish rival in the end, opening up a two second gap in the final stages.
The United States finished fifth.
Biathlon: Kuzmina wins gold in women’s mass start
Anastasiya Kuzmina shot 19 of her 20 targets clean in her first gold medal of these Olympic Games. Laura Dahlmeier, who won two golds thus far, failed to reach the podium.