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The 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang

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Five to Watch: White Goes Big, Wins Gold; & Men's Hockey Falls in Opener



    Shaun White's Historic Third Gold Medal Win

    Shaun White made history with his latest gold medal win, he's the first snowboarder to win three Olympic gold medals. White had a near-perfect score, landing back-to-back 1440s and scoring 97.75 points.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018)

    One of the biggest stars in Pyeongchang, snowboarder Shaun White, is taking home another halfpipe gold medal; and the U.S. Men's Hockey Team, featuring five guys with Pennsylvania and New Jersey ties, is on the ice in a busy day of Winter Olympics action.

    Here's what to watch out for over the next 24 hours:

    Back on Top: Shaun White Wins Halfpipe Gold

    Team USA's Shaun White held off a strong field Wednesday and soared to victory in the men's halfpipe competition in Pyeongchang. White’s gold medal marks the 100th for Team USA in its history of competing at the Winter Olympics.

    Japan’s Ayumu Hirano took the silver, while Australia’s Scotty James earned the bronze.

    Shaun White Through the YearsShaun White Through the Years

    White earned gold in Turin in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010, but didn't even crack the top three in Sochi. That outcome haunted him at times before he hit reset last summer and pointed to South Korea.

    In qualifying, White exhaled after putting up a 93.75 on his first run, ensuring a spot in the finals. He later topped his own score with a 98.5.

    WATCH: Shaun White's Epic Gold-Winning Run | Shaun White Defies Gravity on First Halfpipe Run | Relive the tense competition on digital platforms.

    LOOKInteractive Panorama: Shaun White in the Halfpipe

    Mother Nature Keeps Mikaela Shiffrin Off the Slopes

    Mikaela Shiffrin will have to wait a little longer to make her Pyeongchang debut.

    Shiffrin Dismisses Comparisons to PhelpsShiffrin Dismisses Comparisons to Phelps

    Mikaela Shiffrin said she is flattered to be compared to Michael Phelps, but adds that there is no comparison.

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018)

    She must wait to ski in her signature event, the slalom, after it was postponed Wednesday morning due to high winds. She was the youngest-ever Olympic slalom champion at the Sochi Games at age 18, and she's the first woman to win three consecutive slalom world titles in 78 years. Shiffrin hopes to become the first person to win the slalom gold medal twice in a row. She was initially set to make her Pyeongchang debut in the giant slalom race earlier in the week, but it was postponed due to dangerous winds.

    The race has been moved to Friday, after the giant slalom race rescheduled for Thursday morning (Wednesday night in the U.S.).

    Lindsey Vonn, another standout American skier, will not compete in the slalom.

    U.S. Men’s Hockey Team Falls in OT to Slovenia

    Meet the Pa. & NJ Guys Playing Olympic Ice HockeyMeet the Pa. & NJ Guys Playing Olympic Ice Hockey

    The U.S. men’s hockey team’s quest for a first gold medal since the "Miracle on Ice" in 1980 got off to a rough start Wednesday, as the Americans allowed Slovenia to come back from two goals down to win 3-2 in overtime.

    American Brian O’Neill powered his team to the lead with a goal and an assist, but Slovenia got going early in the third period, when a deflected shot beat U.S. goalie Ryan Zapolski. Still losing with two minutes to go, Slovenia pulled its goalie to play with an extra attacker and soon had an equalizer thanks to captain Jan Mursak. Mursak scored again just 38 seconds into the sudden-death overtime.

    This Olympics is the first since 1994 not to feature active NHL players, which may have made the difference in the game — none of the Americans who played in Sochi are on the roster this year, while the Slovenian team was largely unchanged.

    Meet the Olympians From Pennsylvania & New JerseyMeet the Olympians From Pennsylvania & New Jersey

    But there’s a silver lining to the U.S.’s first day in action. The tournament favorites, the Olympic Athletes from Russia, lost their opener as well, falling to Slovakia 3-2 in regulation time. That means the U.S. is still above the Russians in the group standings.

    Watch the game on digital platforms.

    The Knierims Advance to Pairs Figure Skating Final

    Team USA’s lone entry in pairs’ figure skating, Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim, finished the short program portion of the competition in 14th place Wednesday morning at Gangneung Ice Arena. The score qualified them for the next stage, free skate, set for Thursday morning.

    Skating to “Come What May” from “Moulin Rouge!” the Knierims scored a 65.55 — 34.18 for their technical score and 31.37 for performance. They were the 13th of 22 pairs to skate, with the top 16 advancing to the final.

    Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim competing in the pairs portion of the team skating event.
    Photo credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

    It has been a busy first week in Pyeongchang for the husband and wife team. As the only U.S. pair, the Knierims skated both the short program and free skate in the figure skating team event, in which Team USA took bronze.

    Pa. Natives Finish Off the Podium in Doubles Luge

    Pennsylvania natives Andrew Sherk and Jayson Terdiman had hoped for a medal in men’s double luge, but it was not to be for either.

    Sherk, a Fort Washington native, competed with Justin Krewson in his first Olympics and ended up in eighth place.

    Terdiman, a Berwick native, competes with Matt Mortensen; the team -- which had been ranked as high as third in the world -- ended up in 10th.

    German teams dominated. Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt of Germany won gold, while Pegter Penz and Georg Fischler of Austria brought home silver. Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken of Germany won bronze.

    Watch the final runs online here, or as part of NBC10's Daytime Coverage starting at 3 p.m.