U.S. women take bronze
The U.S. women's speedskating team won its first medal in 16 years when it took third in the team women's pursuit. It employed its "Go for the bronze" strategy, which was hailed in a U.S. Olympic Committee media advisory in the team figure skating, by resting its best 1,000-meter skater, Britany Bowe, in the semifinal against the Netherlands. Carlijn Schoutens was substituted for Bowe, joining Heather Bergsma and Mia Manganello. But Bowe was there for the bronze final against Canada. The U.S. team took a big early lead but started to fade with two laps to go. However, Manganello was able to hold on for the bronze. Japan beat the Netherlands for the gold. The Dutch had looked unbeatable at the start of the Games' speedskating competition. And now they are, by their standards, in collapse. Norway, which is cleaning up in these Games, won the men's team pursuit, first by beating the Netherlands in the semifinals and then South Korea in the finals. The U.S. finished eighth of eight teams.
Americans miss gold
Silver is sweeter this time for U.S. bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor. Her perspective has changed over the last four years. The silver medal she got at the Sochi Games in 2014 represented failure. It was nothing more than a shiny reminder of a loss, a bauble that she wanted to put away almost from the very second it was slipped around her neck. And now, another silver -- except one that she'll savor. Meyers Taylor, with brakeman Lauren Gibbs, was second in the women's bobsled event that concluded Wednesday night at the Pyeongchang Olympics. She lost by 0.07 seconds over four runs at the Alpensia Sliding Center to surprise winner Mariama Jamanka of Germany and didn't stop smiling for what seemed like hours afterward. She said she felt like she gave away gold four years ago, losing the lead in the fourth and final heat. This time, she said, she gave her all and that was enough. "I am going to enjoy this. We're going to go on vacation and we're going to enjoy this," Meyers Taylor said as husband Nic Taylor -- accidentally, he said -- sprayed her with a bottle of shaken-up sparkling water. The defending repeat champion, Kaillie Humphries of Canada, took bronze. Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans of the U.S. finished a respectable fifth.
Austria edges U.S.
Anna Gasser edged two-time U.S. gold medalist Jamie Anderson to win gold in the Olympic debut of women's Big Air snowboarding. Gasser, the reigning world champion, stomped the last of her three jumps, 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. Anderson, who last week captured her second Olympic gold in women's slopestyle, led going into the final round but sat down while trying to land her last jump. Zoi Sadowski Synnott earned bronze to give New Zealand its first Winter Olympic medal in 26 years.
WOMEN'S ALPINE COMBINED
Vonn leads after downhill
Lindsey Vonn had the lead early today after the downhill leg of the Olympic Alpine combined, with American teammate Mikaela Shiffrin right in the thick of things. Vonn finished in a time of 1 minute, 39.37 seconds. Shiffrin is 1.98 seconds behind. The race switches this afternoon local time to Shiffrin's specialty -- the slalom. Both times are combined to determine the winner. Vonn had the lead after the downhill leg at the 2010 Vancouver Games but didn't finish the slalom. Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway had the second-fastest time in the downhill and is 0.74 seconds behind Vonn.
Wise wins another gold
Freestyle skier David Wise successfully defended his gold medal Thursday, breaking through on his final run to give the U.S. its third gold medal in the halfpipe at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Wise wiped out on his first two runs before sneaking past countryman Alex Ferreira on his third with a score of 97.20. Wise landed double corks in all four directions -- front left, front right, switch (backward) left and switch right -- a goal he set for himself entering these games. It's the seventh gold medal for the U.S. in Pyeongchang, five of which have come at Phoenix Snow Park. Ferreira took silver and Nico Porteous, 16, from New Zealand got bronze.
Swede grabs gold
Andre Myhrer of Sweden has won the Olympic men's slalom, taking advantage of big favorites Marcel Hirscher and Henrik Kristoffersen failing to finish the race. Myhrer watched as first-run leader Kristoffersen skied out early in the second run Thursday. Myhrer, 35, finished 0.34 seconds ahead of Switzerland's Ramon Zenhaeusern, who took an unexpected silver medal. Bronze medalist Michael Matt of Austria was 0.67 behind Myhrer's two-run time of 1 minute, 38.99 seconds. Matt's brother Mario won gold four years ago. Myhrer added gold to his bronze medal in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic slalom. He is the second 35-year-old man to take Alpine gold here after Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won the downhill. Hirscher went out midway through the first run seeking a third gold medal at these Olympics.
Canada wins 1-0
Backup goaltender Kevin Poulin made 15 saves in relief of injured starter Ben Scrivens on Wednesday night as Canada held on for a 1-0 quarterfinal victory over Finland at Gangneung Hockey Centre. Canada, which relied on its wealth of NHL stars to win the last two men's Olympic hockey tournaments, will face Germany in the semifinals on Friday. Germany was a surprise winner over Sweden, advancing on a goal by Patrick Reimer one minute and 30 seconds into overtime. Germany is coached by Marco Sturm, whose NHL stops included a stint with the Kings. Defenseman Maxim Noreau, who played six NHL games with the Minnesota Wild and has spent the last two seasons in the Swiss League, scored Canada's goal on Wednesday. Eric O'Dell, who was drafted by the Ducks in 2008 but never played for them, won a faceoff in Finland's zone and slid the puck back to Noreau, whose slap shot beat Finland goalie Mikko Koskinen 55 seconds into the third period.
More control wins race
Skicross is built on one very simple tenant: to go as fast as you possibly dare for as long as you possibly dare and hope everything works out in the end with the understanding that it usually won't. So in the middle of the treacherous Phoenix Snow Park course that sent a handful of riders to the hospital in medical sleds following frightening crashes, Canadian Brady Leman did something he almost never does. He slowed down, opting for control over speed. The decision paid off with gold. Leman navigated the tricky middle section that wreaked havoc with portions of the field, then held off Marc Bischofberger of Switzerland in the finals Wednesday. Russian Sergey Ridzik took the bronze.
Olympic TV schedule All times Central
All times Central
1-4:20 a.m. SNOWBOARDING men's, women's parallel giant slalom; NORDIC COMBINED men's team large hill/20km gold medal final; CURLING men's, women's tiebreakers
4:20-6:45 p.m. BIATHLON women's 24km relay gold medal final; NORDIC COMBINED men's team large hill/20km gold medal final
6:45-9:45 a.m. SHORT TRACK SPEEDSKATING men's 500 and 5,000 relay, women's 1,000 gold medal finals
9:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. CURLING men's, women's tiebreakers
12:45-3:45 p.m. CURLING men's semifinal
6-9 p.m. FIGURE SKATING ladies' free program
9 p.m.-1 a.m. CURLING men's semifinal; SHORT TRACK SPEEDSKATING men's 500 and 5,000 relay, women's 1,000 gold medal finals
4-6 a.m. Medal ceremonies
2-4 p.m. BIATHLON women's 24km relay gold medal final; NORDIC COMBINED men's team large hill/20km gold medal final
7-11 p.m. FIGURE SKATING ladies' gold medal final; ALPINE SKIING women's combined, downhill run; SNOWBOARDING women's big air gold medal final; SHORT TRACK SPEEDSKATING men's 500 and 5,000 relay, women's 1,000 gold medal finals
11:35 p.m.-1 a.m. ALPINE SKIING women's combined gold medal run; FREESTYLE SKIING women's ski cross gold medal final
4-7 p.m. CURLING men's semifinal
1-4 a.m. MEN'S HOCKEY semifinal game
4-5:30 a.m. SPEEDSKATING men's 1,000m gold medal final
5:30-8:30 a.m. MEN'S HOCKEY semifinal game
8:30-11:30 a.m. MEN'S CURLING bronze medal match
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. WOMEN'S CURLING semifinal match
7-11 p.m. BIATHLON men's 30km relay gold medal final; WOMEN'S CURLING semifinal match
11 p.m.-2 a.m. CROSS COUNTRY men's 50km gold medal final
4-6 a.m. Medal ceremonies
2-4 p.m. BIATHLON men's 30km relay gold medal final; FIGURE SKATING ladies' review
7-10 p.m. ALPINE SKIING team event gold medal final; SNOWBOARDING men's big air gold medal final; BOBSLED four-man runs; SPEEDSKATING men's 1,000m gold medal final
10:35 p.m.-midnight SNOWBOARDING men's, women's parallel giant slalom gold medal finals
4-7 p.m. WOMEN'S CURLING semifinal match
Marc Bischofberger of Switzerland celebrates after securing the silver medal Wednesday in the men’s ski cross.
Redmond Gerard of the United States lands during the qualification round Wednesday of the men’s big air snowboard event.
Evgenia Medvedeva from the Olympic Athletes from Russia is considered a gold medal favorite going into today’s women’s figure skating free program. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. Central on NBC Sports Network.
Sports on 02/22/2018
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