What happened on Monday:
It’s a double gold in the Two-Man bobsleigh, as the teams of Germany’s Thorsten Margis and Francesco Friedrich and Canada’s Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz both finished their four heats with a cumulative time of 3:16.86. The tie means that both teams will receive gold medals, with bronze going to the Latvian duo of Oskars Melbardis and Janis Strenga.
Norway’s Havard Lorentzen set an Olympic record of 34.41 seconds in the men’s 500m Speed Skating final. It was a photo finish with South Korea’s Cha Min-Kyu, who came in just .01 second slower to win silver. China’s Gao Tingyu won bronze.
The Norwegians weren’t done winning gold, claiming a dominant victory in the men’s Team Final Ski Jump, with Germany and Poland grabbing silver and bronze.
Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were prolific yet again, breaking their own world record in the ice dance Short Program (see below).
The United States and Canada earned their way to yet another clash in the women’s ice hockey gold medal game. The U.S. beat Finland 5-0, while Canada topped the Olympic Athletes from Russia also 5-0.
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH ON TUESDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2018
1. Virtue and Moir go for gold again: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada continued their ice dancing dominance on Monday, breaking their own world record in the Short Program with a score of 83.67 points. They’ll take a less than two-point lead over French rivals Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron into Tuesday’s Free Dance (10:00 local time – Gangneung Ice Arena) where they’ll attempt to each win a fifth Olympic medal.
2. Men’s ice hockey play-off qualifications: The Czech Republic, Canada, Olympic Athletes from Russia, and Sweden have already advanced out of the preliminary rounds into Wednesday’s playoff quarter-finals. Their challengers will come from the winners of four games on Tuesday, starting with USA vs Slovakia (12:10 local time – Gangneung Hockey Centre), Slovenia vs Norway (16:10 local time), Finland vs South Korea (21:10 local time), and Switzerland vs Germany (21:10 local time – Kwandong Hockey Centre).
3. Short track showdown: South Korea, China, Canada, and Italy face off in the women’s 3000m relay final (20:29 local time – Gangneung Ice Arena), where the Koreans will likely benefit from a raucous home crowd cheering them on. The Dutch team, who finished third in heat 2 (although faster than South Korea and Canada’s qualifying times in heat 1), are out of medal contention and will race in the B final instead.
4. Women’s ski Halfpipe: First-time Olympian Cassie Sharpe of Canada led all competitors in the qualifying runs of the women’s freestyle skiing Halfpipe, putting up the two best scores of the day (93.00 and 93.40). She’ll have to be just as prolific on Tuesday (10:30 local time – Phoenix Park) to hold off challenges from Sochi silver medallist Marie Martinod of France and the American trio of Brita Sigourney, Annalisa Drew, and Maddie Bowman.
5. Mixed relay in biathlon: One of the most fun biathlon events of the Olympics takes place on Tuesday (20:15 local time – Alpensia Biathlon Centre) as two female athletes from each country individually complete the 6km course, followed by two male athletes individually completing a 7.5km course. Given the gold medal performances of Laura Dahlmeier and Arnd Peiffer in the shorter biathlon events earlier in the Games, Germany certainly look to have an excellent chance of coming away with gold in this event.