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|February 21, 2019|
Chloe Kim wins gold in halfpipe; USA goes for 100 golds
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea--American women in the snowboard halfpipe made a statement Tuesday as Chloe Kim dominated the competition to win gold and Arielle Gold came back from a fall to take bronze.
Kim's medal was the 99th gold for the U.S. Olympic team in Winter Games history. The U.S. women halfpipe riders have won two medals at each of the last four Olympics. And they've now claimed a remarkable 10 of 18 medals in the event since snowboarding made its Olympic debut in 1998.
The Americans' results at the halpipe remained the highlight of the day. In men's qualifying, Shaun White put down two thrilling runs to qualify for Wednesday's final, where he seeks his third Olympic gold.
That Kim was the overwhelming favorite at age 17 and came out in her first run so dominant was the big story of the day. But Gold has overcome struggles to get here. She qualified for the 2014 Sochi Olympics team but dislocated her shoulder while training before the Games and was unable to compete.
Later Tuesday, cross-country skier Jessie Diggins advanced to the final of the classic sprint and finished sixth. Erin Hamlin was sixth in women's luge.
The U.S. team has six medals overall, including three gold in snowboarding. In total medals, the Americans rank fifth. Canada and Netherlands lead the total count with 10 each.
As Team USA looks to secure it's 100th gold medal in the history of the Winter Olympics, here's where they have the best shot to do so on Day 5 of the action in South Korea.
From Mikaela Shiffrin to Shaun White, there's plenty of American hopefuls on the schedule:
After two stellar qualifying runs Tuesday -- including this high-flying performance -- Shaun White is the one to watch in the men’s halfpipe final. The 31-year-old seeks his third Olympic gold, with the first coming 12 years ago. Three other Americans – Chase Josey, Jake Pates and Ben Ferguson – also reached the 12-man final.
Slalom is Mikaela Shiffrin’s signature event and she’s the 2014 Olympic champ. She’s been in Pyeongchang a couple weeks getting in more training and a little rest. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia and Frida Hansdotter of Sweden are some of the top women expected to be in the hunt. Oh, and here's to hoping she doesn't throw up before the race.
The first of two days of the pairs competition, but this one might be a little special for one couple. The U.S. husband-and-wife team of Chris Knierim and Alexa Scimeca Knierim will be skating today in the Olympics on Valentine’s Day. “It is going to be a special Valentine’s Day,” Chris Knierim told USA TODAY Sports. “One we might never have again.”
The USA opens against Slovenia. There are no current NHL players for the first time since 1994 but that does not mean there is not NHL-caliber play. The U.S. team boasts 3,083 games of NHL experience. The Olympic Athletes of Russia have 1,769 games of NHL experience in just Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk. Most of the Canadian Olympians have played in the NHL, including captain Chris Kelly, who played in last spring’s playoffs.
The men’s doubles competition gets under way with Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman racing in the USA’s top sled. Germany’s Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken are the World Cup leaders and have been fastest in training. (Source: USA Today)
Story Date: February 14, 2018