With bronze medals already around their necks, brother-sister pair Maia and Alex Shibutani — known online as the ShibSibs — headlined a team of three world-ranked U.S. ice dance pairs during Sunday's competition in Pyeongchang.
In a nearby ice arena, Team USA's Women's Hockey team advanced to the gold medal game.
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Top Three U.S. Ice Dance Teams Advance
All three American teams are in position to contend for a medal in ice dance following the short dance portion of the competition Monday at Gangneung Ice Arena. The favorites entering the competition also asserted themselves, with Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir posting a world record-score for short dance.
The reigning United States champions, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, are in third place with a score of 77.75, two-hundredths of a point ahead of the brother-sister pair of Maia and Alex Shibutani. Madison Chock and Evan Bates are seventh, after receiving a season-high score of 75.45.
Virtue and Moir hope to regain their 2010 Olympic ice dance title when they skate in the free dance on Tuesday (Monday night in the United States), the second part of the ice dance competition.
Virtue and Moir, who helped Canada win a gold medal in Pyeongchang in the team event, were in first place after the short program, with 83.67. Their main rivals, France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, were in second — despite Papadakis suffering a wardrobe malfunction during their routine, and struggling to keep her top from falling down throughout the routine.
Virtue and Moir were Team Canada’s flag bearers at the opening ceremony and have a chance to become the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history. A trip to the podium in Pyeongchang would net them their fifth medal between ice dance and the team figure skating event. The short dance will be followed by the free dance Tuesday (Monday night in the United States).
Defending Champion Bowman Qualifies for Finals in Women’s Ski Halfpipe
Team USA’s Maddie Bowman began her quest to repeat the golden Sochi run in the women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe by qualifying on Monday (Sunday night in the U.S.) for the final.
She came in seventh place, the lowest of the three U.S. athletes who advanced to the final. Brita Sigourney, who finished sixth in the halfpipe in Sochi, came third, followed by Annalisa Drew. And Devin Logan, who won silver in Sochi for slopestyle, didn’t make the cut to advance.
Canada’s Cassie Sharpe, a standout for her bold tricks, and France’s Marie Martinod, who took silver in Sochi, topped the field in qualifying. The freestyle skiing halfpipe gold will be won Tuesday (Monday night in the U.S.).
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US Women’s Hockey Team Tops Finland, Advances to Gold Medal Rematch
The United States women’s hockey team advanced to the gold medal game for a third straight Olympics after beating Finland 5-0 in the semifinal Monday (Sunday night in the U.S.).
Gigi Marvin opened the scoring just 2:25 into the opening period. Dani Cameranesi extended the USA’s advantage with two goals and an assist. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Hilary Knight had a goal apiece as they turned a 5-on-3 into two goals 34 seconds apart in the second.
Maddie Rooney made 14 saves for the shutout.
The Americans will play the winner of the other semifinal, Canada, which defeated the Olympic Athletes From Russia 5-0.
Canada will look to defend its title for the fifth consecutive time as they take on Team USA in the championship game Wednesday at 11:10 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
U.S. Men’s Bobsled Struggles as Canada, Germany Share Gold
Canada’s Justin Kripps and Germany’s Francesco Friedrich entered the Olympics as the top two ranked bobsled drivers in the world. After the 2-man event, the debate over who is better remains unsettled.
Kripps and Friedrich finished in a dead tie, both sleds completing the four heats in 3:16.86. Their teams will share the gold medal, while Latvia took the bronze.
The tie capped a thrilling bobsled event, where the top five teams entered the final heat separated by just .12 seconds. America, though, was nowhere near that top five.
U.S. Bobsled is still coping with the loss of Steve Holcomb, who died in May. Holcomb won the bronze in Sochi, becoming the first American to win a bobsled medal in 62 years. Without him, the Americans have struggled.
Justin Olsen and Evan Weinstock led the Americans with a 14th place finish, finishing more than a second and a half behind the Germans and Canadians. Nick Cunningham and New Jersey's Hakeem Abdul-Saboor finished 21st for the U.S., and Codie Bascue and Sam McGuffie finished 25th.
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Three American Snowboarders Advance Through Qualifying Round in Women’s Big Air
Team USA members Jamie Anderson, Julia Marino and Jessika Jenson all survived the women’s big air qualification round Monday (Sunday night in the U.S.). Anderson rebounded with a strong second run and stumbling during her first attempt. Marino, 20, made her Pyeongchang debut during the women’s slopestyle, finishing 11th.
They’ll be strong medal contenders in the big air, but they’ll have to catch Austrian Anna Gasser, who’s known for pulling off tricky technical moves and who finished first in the qualifying round.
The women’s qualifying round was the debut of big air in the Olympics. It’s as much a spectacle as it is a sport — competitors perform complex moves down a hill after launching off large jumps, aiming for height, distance, style and a clean landing. The scores are out of 100 and the top scorers will go for gold Friday (Thursday night in the U.S.).
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