Slovenia Beats U.S. in Overtime
Jan Mursak scored 38 seconds into overtime — his second goal of the game — as Slovenia rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to stun the United States, 3-2, in overtime in their men’s hockey opener.
Japan Beats Korea, 4-1, in Women’s Hockey
In a game heavy with political overtones, Japan beat Korea’s unified women’s hockey team, 4-1. The victory was Japan’s first in three trips to the Olympics, and Korea’s goal was the only one it scored in the Games. The Koreans, bolstered by a dozen North Koreans and a handful of players raised in North America, went 0-3 and was outscored by 20-1.
Tobiases Win Again in Luge
The team of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt of Germany repeated as doubles luge champions by a little less than a tenth of a second over two runs.
More Dutch Gold
Jorien ter Mors won the women’s 1,000-meter speedskating race, making the Dutch team five-for-five in the sport so far at these Games.
Brittany Bowe of the United States was fourth.
Ter Mors had won two gold medals in Sochi, the 1,500-meter long track race and the short-track relay.
Shaun White Does It Again
Shaun White, the snowboarding legend, landed back-to-back 1440s in his final run to claim the gold medal. After holding the early lead, White had slipped to second behind Ayumu Hirano of Japan.
On his winning run, White soared high above the pipe, ran off a run of staggeringly difficult tricks and landed them all. The result, a score of 97.75, won him his third gold medal. Full coverage: here.
Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China had the best score in the short program of the pairs event. They were followed by Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada.
“I was very emotional today,” Sui said. “Even when I was putting on my makeup, I was already crying. I just felt very nervous. But after we got on the ice and finished our routine I realized there’s all there is to it.”
The lone American pair, Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim, placed 14th, good enough to make the final on Thursday. The North Korean skaters Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik were 11th. Their aim was to finish in the top 16 among the 22 pairs in the short program, enabling them to participate in the long program on Thursday.
Eric Frenzel of Germany won back-to-back gold medals in the normal hill Nordic combined event.
Frenzel placed fifth in the ski jumping portion, and so started 36 seconds behind the first skier. But he caught up quickly and joined a group of four in the front of the pack. He outsprinted them all at the finish to repeat as the event’s gold medalist.
“It was quite a hard race because the wind on the track was not so easy,” he said.
Mikaela Shiffrin will have to wait to start going for gold as the women’s slalom was delayed until Friday because of high winds. The giant slalom, already delayed once, is scheduled for Thursday.
Here’s What You Missed:
Stina Nilsson of Sweden won the women’s cross-country sprint race. An American, Jessica Diggins, made the six-woman final, but missed out on a medal, finishing sixth. No American has won a cross-country medal since Bill Koch took home a silver in 1976. The sprint race was in the classic skiing style, which Americans have long struggled with.
Marcel Hirscher of Austria won his first Olympic gold, in the Alpine combined event. Hirscher, who had won six world championships without an Olympic gold, skied an excellent 12th in the downhill portion, not his best event. He then scorched the slalom, recording the best time.
Chloe Kim, the 17-year-old American snowboarding phenom, won the women’s halfpipe. She dazzled from the start with a score of 93.75 on her first run, and no one came close to beating that mark. On her third and final run, with the gold medal clinched, she executed a victory lap that scored 98.25. The silver went to Liu Jiayu of China, with 89.75, and Arielle Gold of the United States had a strong third run, scoring 85.75.
Here’s What’s Next:
After several weather delays, Mikaela Shiffrin finally begins her quest for multiple Olympic gold medals in the giant slalom.
The fastest men on skis will compete in downhill skiing.
The pairs figure skating event will crown a champion.
The two best teams in the world, the U.S. and Canada, will meet in a women’s hockey preliminary round game.