Shiffrin’s Pyeongchang Debut Postponed

Monday, February 12, 2018

Pyeongchang, South Korea — The women's giant slalom featuring Mikaela Shiffrin has been rescheduled for Thursday, the same day as the men's downhill at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The first two events on the Alpine skiing schedule were postponed because of strong wind. Both will be contested Thursday but on different hills. The women will compete at the Yongpyong Alpine Center used for technical races, and the men about 30 miles (50 kilometers) away at the Jeongseon Alpine Center used for speed races.

The women's giant slalom, which was supposed to be Shiffrin's debut at these Winter Games, was called off about three hours before it was supposed to begin Monday. The same happened with the men's downhill on Sunday.

Now Shiffrin's first race in South Korea will be Wednesday in the slalom, where she is the defending Olympic champion.

Cross-Country Skiing

Simen Hegstad Krueger crashed and fell on the first lap, and even that couldn't stop him from winning Olympic gold. The 24-year-old Norwegian completed an amazing comeback to win the men's 30-kilometer cross-country skiathlon.

After Krueger crossed the line in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 20 seconds, he looked to the heavens and repeatedly pumped his fists in the air.

Norway swept the podium with Martin Johnsrud Sundby taking silver and Hans Christer Holund earning bronze.

Spitsov also recovered from the fall and nearly medaled, finishing in fourth place. Lyme’s Patrick Caldwell took 51st in the event, finishing in 1:23:81.1, 6:58.1 behind the leader.

Women’s Slopestyle

Jamie Anderson has defended her title in Olympic women's slopestyle snowboarding, surviving blustery and treacherous conditions at Phoenix Snow Park to give the United States its second gold medal at the Winter Games.

Anderson posted a score of 83.00 in the first of her two runs then watched it hold up as rider after rider either crashed or bailed. Even Anderson wasn't immune. She washed out in her second run with the gold medal already wrapped up.

Men’s Luge

It was all set up for a coronation as Germany's Felix Loch was in the lead heading into the final run of the luge.

But Loch clipped the wall midway down the track and his goal of a third consecutive gold medal ended in the arms of his father and coach who tried to console him after he crossed the line with the fifth best time of the night.

Loch's mistake opened the door for David Gleischer of Austria, who started the final run in third place. With a second-place finish, Mazdzer won a silver medal, the first American to capture a luge medal in Olympic history.

Mazdzer, who had finished 13th in both the Sochi and Vancouver Games, gave the U.S. their second medal of the day after Red Gerard won gold in men's slopestyle early Sunday.

Figure Skating

Gold Canada.

While the stars of Monday's Olympic free skates were a Russian and an American woman, Canada deep squad grabbed the team gold medal it so desperately sought.

The top spot was clinched when Gabrielle Daleman finished third behind Russia's Alina Zagitova and American Mirai Nagasu in the women's event. That gave Canada 63 points to 58 for the Russians with only the ice dance remaining. The Russians could only pick up a maximum of four points in that discipline.

The United States was third with 53 points heading into the free dance and could still be tied by Italy.

The women's free skate was historic for the Americans. Nagasu, whose career hit several roadblocks since finishing fourth at the 2010 Olympics — she was bumped from the U.S. team for Sochi in favor of Ashley Wagner by a federation committee — had the performance of her life. Not only did her teammates rise in applause, so did skaters from other nations, and not simply because she landed the triple axel so few women even attempt.