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The Russians finally won a gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Canadian men’s hockey team won’t even get the chance after losing to Germany.
The Russians expected to play for the Olympic men’s hockey gold medal for the first time in 20 years. Their opponent is quite the surprise: Germany.
And that, as much as anything that happened between the blue lines late Wednesday night at Gangneung Hockey Center, is why the next time USA Hockey pays homage to Olympic gold medals on the rear inside neckline, it will have another year to overlook: 2018.
The United States’ women’s hockey team beat Canada 3-2 on Thursday in a gold-medal game that claimed a spot among the Olympics’ most thrilling moments in recent memory.
Anna Gasser edged two-time gold medalist Jamie Anderson in a thrilling final to earn gold in the Olympic debut of women’s Big Air snowboarding. Gasser is the reigning world champion. She stomped the last of her three jumps with a double cork 1080 that saw the Austrian flip twice while spinning three times. Her score of 96 was the highest of the day and gave her a total of 185.00. Zoi Sadowski-Synnott grabbed the bronze to give New Zealand its first Winter Olympic medal in 26 years.
American cross-country skier Jessica Diggins’ strategy couldn’t have worked better. The result was a historic gold medal for the United States in women’s cross-country skiing and a celebration that lasted well into the night. The American team of Diggins and Kikkan Randall set out to win the country’s first Olympic medal of any kind in the sport since 1976 but thoughts quickly turned to gold on the final lap.
U.S. bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor won the second silver medal of her career, though this one felt like a victory. It’s been a hard four years for Meyers Taylor, largely because of a concussion and the death of close friend Steven Holcomb. She says getting through all that and returning to the medal podium was cause for celebration.
Mia Manganello crossed the finish line and glanced at the videoboard. She let out a yell and then grabbed hands with American teammates Heather Bergsma and Brittany Bowe. The Americans had reason to celebrate. They finally won a long-track speedskating medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics to end a U.S. drought dating to the 2010 Vancouver Games.
Sofia Goggia refused to let Lindsey Vonn catch her. Or, anyone else.
Pavel Francouz stopped all five shooters and Petr Kouka scored the shootout winner as the Czech Republic eliminated the United States with a 3-2 victory in the quarterfinals Wednesday.
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