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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.

Men’s Tournament

SWE def. CAN 5-2

KOR def. GBR 11-5

SUI def. NOR 7-5

JPN def. ITA 6-5

Full curling recap available here 

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.

CZE def. CAN 3-2 (SO)

SUI def. KOR 8-0

Women’s Tournament

FIN def. SWE 7-2

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.


Iga Swiatek wins third French Open title, fourth Grand Slam, but this final was not easy


Iga Swiatek won her third French Open title and her fourth Grand Slam overall, pushed to a third set in a major final for the first time.

Swiatek, a 22-year-old Pole, outlasted unseeded Czech Karolina Muchova 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 on Saturday at Roland Garros. Muchova tested Swiatek, the only singles player in the Open Era to win their first seven major final sets. She became the first player to take a set off Swiatek in the tournament.

Swiatek looked en route to another major final sweep, up 3-0 in the second set. She then committed 11 unforced errors (versus four winners) over the rest of the set as Muchova rallied back (with 10 winners versus 11 unforced errors).

Muchova then won the first eight points of the third set. Swiatek, under the most pressure of her career on the sport’s biggest stages, passed the test. The players exchanged breaks of serve, and Muchova had another break point for a chance to serve for the championship, but Swiatek fended her off.

“After so many ups and downs, I kind of stopped thinking about the score,” Swiatek said. “I wanted to use my intuition more because I knew that I can play a little bit better if I’m going to get a little bit more loosened up.”

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No woman lower than the 14th seed has beaten both world Nos. 1 and 2 at a Grand Slam since the WTA rankings began in 1975. Muchova, ranked 43rd, nearly pulled it off.

“The feeling is a little bitter because I felt it was very close,” she said. “But overall, I mean, to call myself Grand Slam finalist, it’s amazing achievement.”

The French Open finishes Sunday with the men’s final. Novak Djokovic faces Casper Ruud, eyeing a 23rd major title to break his tie with Rafael Nadal for the men’s singles record. NBC,, the NBC Sports app and Peacock air live coverage at 9 a.m. ET.

Go back to the fall 2020 French Open. Swiatek, a 54th-ranked teen, won the tournament without dropping a set for her first tour-level title.

Since, she climbed to the top of the rankings (and has stayed there for 62 weeks running), tied the longest WTA win streak in 32 years (37 matches in a row in 2022) and won majors on clay and hard courts.

She beat challengers from different categories in major finals: a Slam champ (Sofia Kenin), a teen phenom (Coco Gauff), an emerged rival (Ons Jabeur) and now an unseeded (because of injuries)-but-dangerous veteran in Muchova. Swiatek is the youngest woman to reach four major titles since Serena Williams in 2002.

Yet this French Open began with talk of a Big Three in women’s tennis rather than singular dominance. Since last year’s French Open, Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka and Russian-born Kazakh Elena Rybakina both won their first major and beat Swiatek multiple times.

Swiatek faced neither in Paris but still called it “a pretty stressful tournament,” noting a right thing injury that forced her to retire during her last match before the tournament.

Sabalenka was stunned by Muchova in Thursday’s semifinals, the erratic serving and nerves of her past reappearing. Rybakina had to withdraw earlier in the tournament due to illness.

Next up: the grass court season and Wimbledon, where Swiatek hasn’t made it past the fourth round in three tries. She did win the 2018 junior title at the All England Club. but Sabalenka and Rybakina have had more recent success there.

If Swiatek can lift the Venus Rosewater Dish, she will be an Australian Open shy of a career Grand Slam. Her chances of adding an Olympic gold medal to that collection are very high, given Roland Garros hosts tennis at the 2024 Paris Games.

“I’m not setting these crazy records or goals for myself,” she said. “I know that keeping it cool is the best way to do it for me.”

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Novak Djokovic into French Open final with records at stake after beating Carlos Alcaraz


Novak Djokovic heads into Sunday’s French Open final with all sorts of history at stake after eliminating a cramping Carlos Alcaraz in a showdown semifinal.

Djokovic faces Casper Ruud, eyeing a 23rd major title to break his tie with Rafael Nadal for the men’s singles record. NBC,, the NBC Sports app and Peacock air live coverage at 9 a.m. ET.

On Friday, Djokovic took out the top seed Alcaraz 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, but the match was even when Alcaraz began showing signs of right leg cramping. The 20-year-old Spaniard attributed it to the “tension” of the match, saying he was nervous for his first time facing Djokovic at a major.

“I have never felt something like I did today,” he said, adding that it was full-body cramps. “If someone says that he get into the court with no nerves playing against Novak, he lies.”

Alcaraz stopped play at 1-all in the third set and had trouble walking. He forfeited the next game, stipulated by the rules for receiving medical treatment for severe muscle cramping when not at a change of ends or end of a set.

Djokovic then won the next nine games. Alcaraz played with limited mobility and without the charismatic magic that’s charmed the tennis world.

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“First and foremost, I have to say tough luck for Carlos. I feel for him. I feel sorry,” Djokovic said to begin an on-court interview. “I told him at the net he knows how young he is. He’s got plenty of time ahead of him, so he’s going to win this tournament, I’m sure, many, many times.”

Djokovic was told of Alcaraz’s reasoning for the cramps.

“I have experienced that several times,” he said. “Early in my career I was struggling quite a bit physically. I can understand the emotions and circumstances that affect you mentally and emotionally.”

The semi was billed as perhaps the greatest inter-generational match in men’s tennis history, the first time that Alcaraz played a member of the Big Three at a major.

Their 16-year age gap was the largest to take place for men this deep in a major since the 1991 U.S. Open (Jim Courier d. Jimmy Connors) and the largest age gap for any major match between Slam champs since 2006 Wimbledon (Rafael Nadal d. Andre Agassi).

Unlike Friday, most of the previous torch-passing meetings took place when one man was not yet at his peak or the other was past his prime.

Typically, the younger player wins these types of duels. Djokovic, by prevailing over a foe 16 years younger this late in a major, broke the Open Era men’s age gap record of 14-plus years set by Roger Federer, who beat Hyeon Chung at the 2018 Australian Open.

Now, Djokovic heads to Sunday’s final as an overwhelming favorite against the Norwegian Ruud, a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 winner over German Alexander Zverev in the later semifinal. Ruud was runner-up to Nadal at last year’s French Open and runner-up to Alcaraz at last year’s U.S. Open.

Djokovic can become the first man to win all four majors at least three times. He can break Nadal’s record as the oldest French Open singles champion.

“I’ve been very fortunate that most of the matches in tournaments I’ve played in the last few years, there is history on the line,” he said. “The motivation is very high, as you can imagine.”

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