While most of the United States was fast asleep, the Winter Olympics were in full swing on the other side of the world in PyeongChang, South Korea. Luckily we stayed awake to monitor the fun. Here are the most important things that you missed while you were sleeping.
ICE HOCKEY: Team USA roared past Finland 5-0 in the women’s semifinal, scoring two goals in the first period, two in the second and one in the third. They’ll face Canada in the gold medal game, ensuring that they’ll medal in each of the six Olympic Games in which they’ve competed, with one gold in 1998, three silvers and one bronze in 2006.
CURLING: It finally happened, my friends — America beat Canada in curling! The American men kept themselves (somewhat) in the mix with their 9-7 upset on Monday. However, at 3-4 in round robin play, they’ll need some help if they’re going to move onto the next round even if they do manage to beat Switzerland on Tuesday and Great Britain on Thursday.
SPEED SKATING: Norway notched their 10th gold medal of the PyeongChang Games with Havard Lorentzen’s victory in the men’s 500m. That brings their medal total to 27 with six days of competition remaining. Germany is in second place in the medal total with 18.
Mikaela Shiffrin to skip downhill after another Olympic schedule change: Late Monday night, ISF officials moved the the alpine combined race up from Friday to Thursday to avoid potential weather issues, convincing an already tentative Shiffrin to commit to pulling out of Wednesday’s downhill competition… Continue reading.
Russian curler formally charged with doping after testing positive for meldonium: Alexander Krushelnitckii has been formally charged with doping after testing positive for meldonium. His first sample had tested positive for the substance, which was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2016… Continue reading.
This Aussie snowboarder almost qualified for medal round on one leg: Australian snowboarder Jess Rich, who ruptured her ACL in January, finished 13th in women’s big air qualifying, just 2.00 points shy of a spot in Friday’s finals… Continue reading.
Canada, Germany tie for Olympic gold in two-man bobsleigh in PyeongChang: For the Canadians, this victory comes with more than a whiff of deja vu. The last and only other time America’s northern neighbors captured two-man bobsled gold, they did so in a dead heat with Italy at the 1998 Nagano Games… Continue reading.
Mikaela Shiffrin’s boyfriend booted from Olympics for angry post-race comments: French skier Mathieu Faivre has been sent home from the Olympics for some salty comments he made after a placing seventh in the men’s giant slalom race on Sunday… Continue reading.
More Olympic coverage from Yahoo Sports:
• Russian curler formally charged with doping in PyeongChang
• Ice dancer on wardrobe malfunction: ‘It was my worst nightmare’
• Adam Rippon won’t actually be an NBC Olympic correspondent
• Vonn playing ‘mind games’ after third-place training run
• Gold medalist comforts silver medalist in true Olympic moment