Marit Bjoergen helped the Norwegian women win the 4x5-kilometer cross-country relay on Saturday to take home her 13th career medal, tying her with Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen for the most Winter Games medals ever.
The U.S. must now play in the qualification round Tuesday, while Russians finished first in the group and move on directly to the quarterfinals, hoping their dominance puts T.J. Oshie’s shootout performance in 2014 further in the rearview mirror.
It’s the halfway point in these Winter Games and time to look at how the U.S. is doing. And the optics are not good. Based on expected results, the U.S. should finish with between 19 and 23 total medals, its lowest total in 20 years.
Five practices were supposed to prepare the Americans for this, and they knew at the second intermission Slovenia was going to come out punching. The preparation and the knowledge were not enough to fend off the fatigue as the United States blew a two-goal lead and lost a 3-2 stunner in overtime Wednesday night in the Olympic opener for both teams. Slovenia captain Jan Mursak scored the tying goal with 1:37 left in regulation and the winner 38 seconds into overtime.
Shaun White put together an epic final run to claim his third gold medal in Olympic men’s halfpipe, slicing through the gray South Korean sky on Wednesday to post a score of 97.75 for the 100th overall gold by the United States in the Winter Games.
The U.S. women’s 5-0 preliminary-round victory on Tuesday got the formalities out of the way and ensured that their final round-robin game against Canada on Thursday will have some significance.
A country that most Americans don’t think a lot about is Norway, except if you watch the Winter Olympics and you are watching cross-country skiing.
While gold medals aren’t awarded a quarter of the way into a race, NBC says it is encouraged by how the viewing public has responded to the Winter Olympics from South Korea.
Kei Saito, a reserve on Japan’s short-track speedskating team, is the first athlete to test positive for a banned substance at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced Tuesday.
Semen Elistratov hopped up and down on the Olympic podium, pumping his fists toward a group of fans waving Russian flags. He claimed a bronze medal for his disgraced nation. It felt more like platinum.