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PyeongChang late night roundup

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Hockey: USA cruises into final 

The United States crushed Finland 5-0 to advance to another Olympic final, where they will meet. The USA out shot Finland 38-14. The shooting reflects Team USA’s dominance, which especially came on a five-on-three powerplay in the second period that saw them score two goals in two minutes.

The United States will play the winner of Canada/OAR in the gold medal match. Finland will play against the loser in the bronze medal match.

Women’s Tournament

USA def. FIN 5-0

Curling: USA claims big win over Canada

The United States pulled off a terrific win over Canada tonight, giving their marginal playoff hopes a boost. The U.S. now sit 3-4 in round robin play, and must still win out if they are to have any hope of progressing at all. It doesn’t help that Great Britain won, though. Canada, Sweden, and Switzerland look like they’ll be making the playoffs, leaving just one left to fight for.

Team GB are in pole position to claim that after defeating Denmark. Japan and Norway are sitting 3-3 (half a game back). The U.S. are one game back with games to play against Great Britain and Switzerland.

Men’s Tournament

USA def. CAN 9-7

GBR def. DEN 7-6

SUI def. SWE 10-3

Full curling recap available here

Speed Skating: USA advances to women’s team pursuit semifinals 

Heather Bergsma, Brittany Bowe, and Mia Manganello overcame tired legs to advance to the semifinals of the women’s team pursuit.

The Americans got off to a quick start, keeping within one second of the Netherlands, but tired legs began to wear down Bowe and Bergsma – both competed in the 500m, 1,000m, and 1,500m. The Americans managed to hold on, though, finishing fourth.

The Netherlands set a new Olympic Record in the quarterfinals with a time of 2:55.61, beating the previous record (which they set) from Sochi.

The Netherlands and USA are paired in the first semifinal; Japan and Canada are paired in the second.

Havard Lorentzen won the men’s 500m speed skating event, setting a new Olympic Record time of 34.41 seconds. His gold medal brings Norway’s total Olympic medal tally to 27.

Chinese figure skating judges banned for biased Olympic scoring

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Two Chinese figure skating judges were suspended by the International Skating Union for biased judging at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Chen Weiguang and Huang Feng had “preferential marking” for top Chinese skaters Jin Boyang (fourth place in PyeongChang) and the silver medalist pairs’ team of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, respectively, according to the ISU.

Chen was banned two years and excluded from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Huang got a one-year ban.

Chen awarded her highest grades of execution scores of the men’s competition to Jin, as well as her second-highest program components scores, trailing only gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu. Both sets of scores, in both the short and long programs, were out of line with the other eight judges.

“There is evidence of preference for the Chinese skater and prejudice against his strongest competitors,” an ISU report read. “Her marks were completely unrealistic.”

The pairs’ judge Huang “obviously favored his pair also vis-à-vis the other top candidates for the Olympic gold medal,” the ISU said in a report, referencing inflated scores for Sui and Han and lower scores for gold and bronze medalists Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada.

Huang was warned one month before the Olympics by the ISU for biased judging at the December 2017 Grand Prix Final pairs’ event.

Both suspensions are subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Javier Fernandez to skip Grand Prix, still compete next season

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Javier Fernandez, who in PyeongChang became the first Spanish Olympic figure skating medalist, will skip the fall Grand Prix series but return for January’s European Championships, which could be his final competition.

Europeans will be Fernandez’s focus for the season, his agent said Tuesday.

Fernandez, 26, added an Olympic bronze medal to his 2015 and 2016 World titles. He has said that his third Olympics in PyeongChang would be his last. But Fernandez did not say he would retire after the Winter Games, though he did skip the world championships in March.

Fernandez now plans to compete in his 13th straight European Championships in Minsk in January. He won the last six titles. It’s unknown if he will continue on to the world championships in Saitama, Japan, in March.

In Fernandez’s absence, the top male singles skaters in the fall Grand Prix season should be double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, PyeongChang silver medalist Shoma Uno and American Nathan Chen, who was fifth at the Olympics after a disastrous short program but ran away with March’s world title by the largest margin in history.

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