Giant Slalom Postponed
High winds put off the men’s downhill, and now the women’s giant slalom has also been postponed. The race has been rescheduled for Thursday, the same day as the rescheduled men’s downhill.
The race is highly anticipated because it will be a key test for Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States, the slalom specialist who has expanded her repertoire to the giant slalom, and could very well win it.
“It’s a bummer that we’re not able to race today,” Shiffrin said. “But with the training block I’ve had, I’m prepared and feeling good. I’ll use this time to continue to train and refocus on Wednesday’s slalom race.”
Loch’s Loss Gives American Silver in Luge
Felix Loch of Germany lost a bid for his third straight men’s luge gold medal when he hit the wall on his fourth and final run. That gave the gold to David Gleirscher of Austria and opened the door for the American Chris Mazdzer to win a surprise silver medal.
Mazdzer was just fifth after the first run and fourth after two. But he had an outstanding third run, the best in the competition, and moved in to second, two-tenths of a second behind Loch. On his fourth and final run he slipped behind Gleirscher by about two-hundredths of a second.
That left the final slider, Loch, in position for his third straight gold if he could slide clean. At the top of the course he had the third best time of the run, plenty good enough for gold. But then he hit the wall and he plunged down the standings. It was enough to drop him from first to fifth overall.
The United States picked up its third silver medal in luge. It has never won a gold.
Sven Kramer Wins Again
Sven Kramer of the Netherlands won his third straight men’s 5,000-meter speedskating gold medal.
Kramer poured it on over the second half of the race to beat the rest of the field by nearly two seconds.
Despite his three straight golds, Kramer is considered a bit of an underachiever at the Olympics. He is famous for an incident in 2010 when he lost a gold medal in the 10,000-meter event by changing lanes at the wrong time. He’ll try to lose that reputation by going for two more golds later in these Games.
U.S. Women Rally for Win
The U.S. women’s hockey team eked out a 3-1 win over a gritty Finland team Sunday at Kwandong Hockey Center.
The Americans, who are favored to battle Canada for the gold medal, had some nervous moments and were down, 1-0, at the end of the first period. But Monique Lamoureux-Morando evened the game near the midway point of the second period, and Kendall Coyne scored the game-winner two and a half minutes later on a power play. Dani Cameranesi added an empty-netter with 13 seconds to play.
American Wins Snowboard Gold
Red Gerard fell on his first two runs, but only the best run counts, and his third was about as good as it could be. He won the snowboarding slopestyle men’s gold medal, with Max Parrot and Mark McMorris of Canada second and third. Read more about Gerard’s run here.
Norway Sweeps Cross Country
Norway dominated the men’s skiathlon, taking all three medals, with Simen Krueger the gold medalist. Oddly enough, the most heralded Norwegian, Johannes Klaebo, finished 10th.
Krueger crashed with other skiers just after the start and fell but worked his way back up through the pack. He emerged to take the lead with six kilometers to go in the 30 kilometer race.
The Norwegian sweep follows a Dutch 1-2-3 in women’s speedskating Saturday.
Here’s what you missed:
To the delight of the roaring crowd, Hyojun Lim won South Korea’s first gold medal in men’s 1,500 short-track speedskating. Staying out of trouble in the unwieldy nine-man field, 21-year-old Lim took the lead with three laps to go.
Carlijn Achtereekte upset her more heralded teammate, Ireen Wust, and led a one-two-three sweep by the powerful Dutch team in the 3,000 meter women’s speedskating. Antoinette de Jong won the bronze.
Laura Dahlmeier of Germany, who startled the biathlon world by winning five of six gold medals at last year’s world championships, has started one-for-one at the Olympics, winning the sprint event. Dahlmeier, 24, did not miss a shot, the only one of the top finishers to shoot clean.
Charlotte Kalla of Sweden won the first gold medal of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, taking the women’s 15-kilometer skiathlon. The legendary 37-year-old Norwegian Marit Bjoergen was second, 7.8 seconds back, and Krista Parmakoski of Finland was third.
The United States mixed doubles curling team finished 2-5 and was eliminated. Canada, Switzerland, Russia and either China or Norway will advance to the semifinals.
The New York Times