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It wasn’t a great night for U.S. hockey, but the sun does always shine in the morning.

This morning it was brought courtesy of Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins. The pair broke a 42 year medal drought for the United States in cross-country by winning gold in the women’s relay sprint. The American duo were able to outmuscle competitors far more decorated than they, including 14-time Olympic medal Marit Bjoergen.

The men’s curling team also had a positive morning, capping off an improbable comeback by stomping Great Britain 10-4 in the final draw of round robin play. The U.S., who were at one point 2-4 in the competition, won three consecutive games to launch themselves into the medal rounds.

Continue reading below to catch up on the rest of the happenings around PyeongChang.


Cross-Country: Diggins, Randall, Bjoergen make history

Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall won the USA’s first-ever women’s cross-country medal (and second man or woman) tonight, winning the gold in the women’s relay sprint. They kept within the leading pack of skiers in each leg, and it was an emphatic final sprint by Diggins to clinch an historic gold for the U.S.

Speaking of history, Norway’s bronze medal in the women’s sprint relay brings Marit Bjoergen’s Winter Olympic medal count to 14 total, officially making her the most decorated Winter Olympian ever.

Full cross-country recap available here 

Speed Skating: U.S. win bronze in women’s pursuit

After they lost to the Netherlands in the semifinals on Monday, the U.S. were placed in the bronze medal meeting against Canada.

The Americans got off to a flying start, leading Canada by 1.55 seconds in just the first lap. They continued their pace to push that gap all the way up to 3.35 seconds at the halfway point before they started tiring.

Canada made a strong effort to capitalize on the Americans’ tired legs, and the U.S. nearly collided with each other in the final turn, but Team USA managed to win the bronze by .44 seconds.

Japan took the gold medal over Ireen Wurst and the Netherlands to win the gold, setting a new Olympic record in the process.

Curling: USA sneak into semifinals with win over Britain

Well, just look at that table run. The U.S. men’s curling team continue their improbable medal charge by defeating 2014 silver medalists Great Britain in eight ends.

That makes it three wins in a row now for the USA, who were once in big trouble at 2-4 in group play. Since then, they’ve picked up good wins over Canada, Switzerland, and Great Britain.

With the victory, the USA have jumped past Great Britain and Switzerland to land third in the table. Britain and Switzerland, meanwhile, must play a tie-breaker to decide which team will play against Sweden in the other semifinal.

Men’s Tournament

USA def. GBR 10-4

KOR def. JPN 10-4

NOR def. SWE 7-2

Full curling recap available here 

Hockey: Finland win bronze 

Finland won the bronze medal in the women’s tournament, defeating OAR 3-2. Finland looked to be in firm control of the match early on, building up to a 2-0 lead one minute into the second period. The Athletes from Russia managed to make a game of it, though, halving the lead just a minute later. This is Finland’s first Olympic medal since 2010.

On the men’s side, OAR cruised into the semifinals with a 6-1 trouncing of Norway. They go on to Face the Czech Republic, who defeated the United States in a shootout on Wednesday evening.

Women’s Tournament

FIN def. OAR 3-2

Men’s Tournament

OAR def. NOR 6-1

Bobsled: U.S. sitting in second, fourth leading into final run 

Two U.S. teams are in medal contention in the women’s bobsled after three runs. Elana Meyers-Taylor and Lauren Gibbs are currently behind first place Germany by .04 seconds. Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans are sitting outside the medal positions in fourth, behind third-placed Canada by .05 seconds.

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Freestyle Skiing: Leman wins gold on wild day 

In a competition that featured some pretty scary crashes, Canada’s Brady Leman took the gold after leading the entire stretch of the final race. There were six crashes total in the men’s ski cross competition, including two in the opening seeding runs.

Full ski cross recap available here 

 

2020 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.

Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.

Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.

If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.

Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.

The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.

Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.

The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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