What happened on Tuesday: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada ended their Olympic careers with a gold medal in the Ice Dance competition. The duo, who have been partners for 20 years, used their lead from Monday’s world record setting short program to hold off France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron in the overall score.
Martin Fourcade added a fifth gold medal to his collection as he skied the anchor leg of France’s Biathlon Mixed Relay success. France were more than 20 seconds clear of second placed Norway, with Italy claiming the bronze medal.
Canada’s Cassie Sharpe took her impressive training performances and repeated them in the finals of the freestyle skiing Halfpipe, executing the two highest scores of the day to win gold over France’s Marie Martinod, and American Brita Sigourney, who earned bronze.
It was a medal sweep for Germany in the men’s Nordic Combined Large Hill/10km event, as Johannes Rydzek, Fabian Riessle and Eric Frenzel all finished within a second of each other to win gold, silver and bronze. It’s the first individual Olympic medal for Rydzek, while Riessle and Frenzel each earned one in Sochi.
The Dutch women’s Short Track Relay team didn’t even compete in the A Final of the 3000m, but they still managed to come away with a bronze medal and world record. In the main four-team final, South Korea won the gold in 4:07.361, just ahead of China. After China were penalized, the silver medal went to Italy (4:15.901), who were the only other team in that final to finish without penalty (Canada were also disqualified). This left the bronze open to the best team in the earlier B final, Netherlands, whose time of 4:03.471 was not only faster than any of the teams in the A final, but also beat the previous world record by 0.751 seconds.
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH ON WEDNESDAY 21ST FEBRUARY 2018
1. Women’s Downhill final: American Mikaela Shiffrin won’t be participating. She pulled out to save herself for the super combined, which will now take place on Thursday. But that won’t take away the drama from the event (11:00 local time – Jeongseon Alpine Centre), as fellow U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn attempts to find her gold medal form. That won’t be easy against Italy’s Sofia Goggia, currently the World Cup standings leader.
2. Big day of ice hockey: Only four men’s teams will remain after Wednesday’s quarter-finals, as the Czech Republic take on the United States (12:10 local time – Gangneung Hockey Centre), Olympic Athletes from Russia play Norway (16:40 local time – Gangneung Hockey Centre), Canada face Finland (21:10 local time – Gangneung Hockey Center) and Sweden play Germany (21:10 local time – Kwandong Hockey Centre). The women’s bronze medal game between OAR and Finland also takes place Wednesday (16:40 – Kwandong Hockey Centre).
3. The women’s bobsleigh finals: We’re halfway through the women’s bobsleigh (Heat 3 starts at 20:40 local time – Olympic Sliding Centre), with a pair of Olympic newcomers in Germany’s Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz holding a 0.09 second cumulative lead over the USA’s Elana Meyers Taylor (who won silver in Sochi and bronze in Vancouver) and her new Olympic partner Lauren Gibbs. They’ll face a tough challenge from Kaillie Humphries – who is currently just 0.16 seconds behind in third place with partner Phylicia George – as the Canadian looks to win her third straight Olympic gold in the event.
4. Can Medvedeva live up to the hype?: 18-year-old Evgenia Medvedeva from Russia won gold at the previous two world championships and certainly seems to be the favourite heading into the ladies’ Single Skating Short Program (10:00 local time – Gangneung Ice Arena). She placed first in the Short Program during the Team Event more than a week earlier, but was replaced by Alina Zagitova for the Free Dance. Both women will skate in both programs for this competition however.
5. A Netherlands-Korea speed skating final?: It certainly looks like the Dutch team, who race Norway in the semi-finals (20:28 local time – Gangneung Oval) and the South Korean team, who face New Zealand minutes before, are destined for a final match-up (22:17 local time) in the men’s Speed Skating Team Pursuit. It’s hard to imagine anyone other than the Dutch winning the women’s final, but they’ll face the winner of Japan vs. Canada assuming they make it past the U.S. team first.