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PyeongChang 2018: Mikaela Shiffrin will have to wait but Team Figure Skating Finals, and More to Watch on Monday

What happened on Sunday: 17-year-old American Red Gerard won gold in the men’s slopestyle final, becoming the first Olympic Winter Games champion born in the 2000s. Dutchman Sven Kramer won his third consecutive gold in the men’s 5000m, becoming the first man to win eight Olympic speed skating medals and the only to win Olympic gold in the same event three times. The Norwegians had a great day on the cross country course as well, sweeping all three medals in the men’s skiathlon.

19-year-old freestyle skier Perrine Laffont of France narrowly beat 2014 gold medallist Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada by .09 points to win the ladies’ moguls competition.

Felix Loch’s quest for a third straight Olympic gold medal in the men’s singles luge came to an emotional end on the final run, as one major error pushed the German down from the lead and into a fifth place finish. Austria’s David Gleirscher ended up with gold, as the USA’s Chris Mazdzer finished with the silver and Loch’s German team-mate Johannes Ludwig took bronze.

Both the American and Canadian women’s hockey teams won their initial games as expected, with the U.S. beating Finland 3-1 and Canada winning 5-0 against the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

Canada and Norway advanced to the first mixed doubles semi-final in curling on Monday, while OAR and Switzerland will compete in the second. The sport has also captured the imagination of A-Team actor Mr T.

 

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH ON MONDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2018

1. Will Canada hang on to win the figure skating team event?: Only five teams remain in the figure skating team event heading into the final day of the competition. Canada lead the standings with 45 points after Sunday’s action thanks to winning performances in the ice dance by Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and the pairs free skate by Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford. Anchored by a winning short program by Evgenia Medvedeva, the OAR team has risen into second place with 39 points, followed by the USA (36), Italy (35) and Japan (32). The final three events – men’s single free skate, ladies single free skate, and ice dance free dance – commence at 10:00 local time at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

2. The first of Mikaela Shiffrin’s multiple medals?: Skier Mikaela Shiffrin may have been open about where she keeps her medals but the American has been non-committal about the total number of events she plans to enter in PyeongChang. She’s a potential medal favourite in five alpine events, although she currently plans to compete in just the giant slalom and slalom before seeing how she feels about the other three. The giant slalom is on Monday (10:15 local time – Yongpyong Alpine Centre) and she’ll likely face her toughest competition from France’s world champion Tessa Worley and Germany’s 2010 Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg. The field is a little thinner following the withdrawal of Switzerland’s Melanie Meillard, who suffered a serious knee injury in practice on Thursday. – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

3. Jamie Anderson’s continued dominance: The American has more or less been the best slopestyle snowboarder on the planet over the past decade, winning gold in Sochi at the first ever Olympic competition and amassing 12 Winter X-Games medals in the event since 2006 (five gold, five silver, and two bronze). She looks to add another Olympic medal to her collection when the ladies’ slopestyle final commences Monday, with all 27 athletes competing due to the weather-based cancellation of the qualification rounds on Sunday. (10:00 local time at Phoenix Park)

4. Will the Dutch dominate the 1500m?: The podium was all orange after the ladies’ 3000m speed skating final on Saturday thanks to a medal sweep by three skaters from the Netherlands. Both Ireen Wust (silver) and Antoinette de Jong (bronze) will line up in a quest for their second medals of the 2018 Games, but they’ll have strong competition from a field including American Heather Bergsma and Japan’s Miho Takagi.

5. Two Biathlon medal events: There’s a double dose of shooting and skiing on Monday as medals will be awarded in the women’s 10km pursuit (19:10 local time – Alpensia Biathlon Centre) and men’s 12.5km pursuit (21:00 local time). The winners of the individual sprint events already have a massive advantage in the pursuit events, with each start staggered based on their finishing time in the sprint. In the women’s race, Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier begins with a 24-second lead on silver medallist Marte Olsbu of Norway, with Czech Veronika Vitkova setting off two seconds later. Arnd Peiffer of Germany leads off the men’s race 4.4 seconds before Michal Krcmar with the Czech starting 3.3 seconds ahead of Italy’s Dominik Windisch.

 

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