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Five to Watch: After 8-Year Absence, Lindsay Vonn Hits the Slopes & Philly-Area Hockey Players Take on Russia

Team USA looks to earn medals on the slopes & rink in a jam-packed day full of action

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It's been eight years since Lindsey Vonn has competed in the Olympics. But she's back. The ski legend made her Pyeongchang debut in the Super-G.

Figure skater Adam Rippon also returned to the ice, looking to medal for a second time this Games.

Meanwhile, at the ice arena, the U.S. men's hockey team will take on the Olympic Athletes from Russia in a match up reminiscent of the Miracle on Ice. The U.S. men's hockey team has four Philly-area underdogs on the team hoping to bring a medal home.

Here's what's been happening and what to keep your eye during the current competition at the Winter Olympics:

Vonn Makes Long-Awaited Return to Olympics, Places 6th in Super-G


After injury kept her out of Sochi in 2014, Lindsey Vonn returned to the Olympics and placed sixth in the super-G. She earned bronze in the event eight years ago.

Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic won gold, Austria’s Anna Veith, the defending champion, took silver and Tina Weirather, of Liechtenstein, earned bronze. Ledecka was shocked by her own finish, and could be heard saying “How did that happen?” after the run.

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On Twitter, Vonn dedicated the race to her grandfather, who died in November. After her run, she said was “disappointed,” but “not upset."

She plans to compete in the downhill—she won Olympic gold in 2010— early next week, and the combined later in the week. She is the all-time winningest female Alpine skier with 81 World Cup wins and at 33, she is trying to be the oldest woman to win an Olympic Alpine medal.

Japan’s Hanyu Wins Skating Gold; Chen Finishes 5th

Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu skated to gold in men’s figure skating Saturday, after dominating back-to-back days, including an Olympic record-breaking score on the first night in the men’s short program.

Team USA’s Nathan Chen fought back from 17th to finish fifth with a dazzling free skate. Japan’s Shoma Uno won silver. Spain’s Javier Fernandez took bronze, the country’s first-ever figure skating medal.

Chen, a two-time U.S. champion, seemingly succumbed to the pressure and massive expectations in Friday’s short program and fell on all his jumps. But the 18-year-old came roaring back on Saturday, attempting six quad jumps and landing five of them cleanly — two Olympic firsts. Chen’s 215.08 points for the free skate were a personal high.

Team USA’s youngest athlete, Vincent Zhou, finished sixth and Adam Rippon finished 10th. 

Cold War Battle: U.S. Men’s Hockey Vs. the Russians

The U.S. men's hockey team was blanked by a revitalized Olympic Athletes from Russia team Saturday, letting in four goals, including two on either side of the second intermission, in a sometimes scrappy final round-robin game.

It's the Americans' second loss of the tournament, after losing to Slovenia in their opener, but they're not out — the U.S. will play in the opening elimination round on Tuesday. Russia earned a bye to the quarterfinals.

"We still have plenty of tournament left in us," captain Brian Gionta said after the game. "If we bounce back like we did after game 1, I like our chances."

The Russians were the favorites going into the Pyeongchang Games, and outclassed Team USA through large parts of Saturday's match.

Two Ryans, a Brian, a Bobby, u0026 a Chad: Meet the Philadelphia-Area Players on U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team

The U.S. men’s team is made up mostly of college athletes, Americans playing professionally overseas and others playing in second-tier leagues. The Russian team is composed of players in the highly regarded Kontinental Hockey League.

And this time, the Russians are playing as the Olympic Athletes from Russia, because the Russian national team was banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics due to doping.

By the way, meet the local guys working hard to bring a men's hockey medal home to the U.S.:

Krueger’s Silver Ends US Speedskating's Long Medal Drought

John-Henry Krueger squeaked into the 1000-meter semifinal, powered into the final and ended up on the podium Saturday, his silver standing as the first American speedskating medal since the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The Olympic debutant stayed in the front of the pack for the first several laps of the final round, which allowed him to avoid a big crash that wiped out the three skaters behind him. Canadian Samuel Girard won gold while South Korean Seo Yira took bronze.

South Korea won the day’s other short track speedskating medal, the women’s 1500 meters. Choi Min-jeong shot away from the field in the last couple of laps and cruised to victory. It was redemption after her heartbreaking finish in the 500-meter final earlier in the Games, when she was penalized after crossing the finish line second. Choi’s gold medal is South Korea’s third at Pyeongchang.

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Americans Vie for Medal in Women’s Ski Slopestyle

The women’s ski slopestyle will likely have two American medal contenders, Devin Logan, who won silver in Sochi, and Maggie Voisin.

Logan was the first American to be named to the Olympic team for both slopestyle and halfpipe. Voisin makes her Olympic debut, although she was expected to compete in Sochi at age 15 but was sidelined due to injury.

The Americans will look to hold off the reigning world champion, 16-year-old Tess Ledeux.

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