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The United States finally got on the board Wednesday with its first gold medal of the Winter Games thanks to Lindsey Jacobellis, and Day 6 of the Olympics had the potential to be the best one yet for Team USA. Chloe Kim won women's snowboard halfpipe final, and Nathan Chen delvired the same in the men's free skate. Later in the morning (U.S. time), mixed teams aerials makes its Olympic debut, and the U.S. men's hockey team plays ROC in its first game of the tournament. Stay tuned for updates throughout the night...
Chloe Kim wins gold in snowboard halfpipe
Entering as the heavy favorite, Kim went huge on her very first run, linking together a frontside 1080, cab 900, switch backside 540 and cab 1080. After landing that run, the relief was clearly evident in Kim's reaction, and her score, 94.00, put her into the lead by a wide margin.
Although no other rider would come close to knocking her out of the top spot, Kim decided to use her final two runs to push the progression of her sport anyway. She tried changing the third hit of her run from a cab 900 to a 1260 — a trick that has never been done in a women's halfpipe contest — and came close to landing the trick both times. Although she fell on both runs, Kim still walked away with the gold medal and offered a peek at where the future is headed in women's halfpipe snowboarding.
Results: Women's Snowboard Halfpipe
🥇 Chloe Kim (USA)
🥈 Queralt Castellet (ESP)
🥉 Sena Tomita (JPN)
— Shawn Smith
Nathan Chen is an Olympic champion
The quad king finally delivered on the world's biggest stage.
Nathan Chen redeemed himself from 2018, winning gold in figure skating men’s singles with a spectacular closeout performance in the free skate. Skating to Elton John, Chen recorded a score of 218.63 in his long program for a total score of 332.60, maintaining the lead he had after the short program over Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama to win by over 20 points.
Japan claimed the next three spots, with Kagiyama recording silver with a score of 310.05 and Shoma Uno in bronze at 293.00. Yuzuru Hanyu, the defending gold medalist, finished outside the podium in fourth.
American Jason Brown finished sixth with a spirited performance.
Heading into the day with a lead, the pressure wasn’t as high on Chen as it was before his short program. But he delivered nonetheless to cap off a dream run in the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Results: Men's Figure Skating
🥇 Nathan Chen (USA)
🥈 Yuma Kagiyama (JPN)
🥉 Shoma Uno (JPN)
— Eric He
Irene Schouten adds 5000m gold to 3000m title
Dutch athletes have won four of five speed skating gold medals awarded so far at the 2022 Winter Olympics, as Irene Schouten added a gold medal in the women's 5000m to her gold medal from the women's 3000m. It's Shouten's third Olympic medal overall after claiming bronze in the mass start during the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. Schouten set an Olympic record in the process for the 5000m with a time of 6:43:51 merely five days after she set an Olympic record in the 3000m with a time of 3:56:93.
Canada's Isabelle Weidemann crossed the line in silver-medal position with a time of 6:48:18, while Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic came home third for the bronze medal in a time of 6:50:09. It's Sabilkova's fourth straight medal at the Olympics in the 5000m, and she became the most decorated winter Olympian from the Czech Republic with 7 medals (3 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze).
No American skaters qualified for the women's 5000m.
Results: Women's Speed Skating 5000m
🥇 Irene Schouten (NED)
🥈 Isabelle Weidemann (CAN)
🥉 Martina Sablikova (CZE)
- Keenan Slusher
U.S. stuns China for mixed team aerials gold
The U.S. trio of Ashley Caldwell, Christopher Lillis and Justin Schoenefeld won gold in the Olympic debut of freestyle skiing mixed team aerials. Caldwell kicked things off in Final 2 with an 88.86 that put the United States in second behind China after the first set of jumps. It's Caldwell's first Olympic medal of any color in her fourth Olympic appearance. Lillis stunned with a 136.29 for the highest score of the day, and Schoenefeld finished things out for the Americans with a score of 114.48. It's the fourth gold medal for the U.S. team at the 2022 Winter Olympics, first aerials medal since 2010 in Vancouver, and first gold medal in the discipline since Nagano 1998.
China's grouping of Xu Mengtao, Jia Zongyang, and Qi Guangpu were the heavy favorite heading into the event, but a flawed landing from Zongyang was enough for the U.S. to edge the host nation by just 14.12 points. It's China's 12th Olympic medal in aerials, the most of any other country.
Results: Freestyle Skiing Mixed Team Aerials
🥇 USA (Ashley Caldwell, Chris Lillis, Justin Schoenefeld)
🥈 China (Xu Mengtao, Jia Zongyang, Qi Guangpu)
🥉 Canada (Marion Thenault, Miha Fontaine, Lewis Irving)
- Mia Zanzucchi/Keenan Slusher
Photo finish decides men's snowboard cross gold
Racing in the big final, Haemmerle held the lead for much of the race before Grondin made a late charge to close the gap. As the two riders closed in on the finish line, they started to pull even, but Haemmerle timed his final push better and got the nose of his board across the line just before Grondin's to win gold.
Omar Visintin finished third to take bronze for his first career Olympic medal. It's been a long time coming for the Italian, who has been one of the sport's top racers for the last decade. In 2014, Visintin was taken off the course on a stretcher after a crash, and in 2018, he was eliminated early after crashing with another rider during a heat race.
The top American was 23-year-old Jake Vedder, who was added to the team last week after an injury to Alex Deibold. Vedder was eliminated in the semifinals but placed second in the small final, officially earning him a sixth-place finish. His veteran teammates Nick Baumgartner and Mick Dierdorff were previously eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Results: Men's Snowboard Cross
🥇 Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT)
🥈 Eliot Grondin (CAN)
🥉 Omar Visintin (ITA)
— Shawn Smith
U.S. men’s curling suffers first loss
The United States men’s curling team fell 7-4 to Sweden to drop to 1-1 in round-robin action.
The U.S. got out in front in the first end, but Sweden opened up a 5-2 lead after five ends. The Americans answered with two in the sixth end, only for Sweden to blank the U.S. the rest of the way and add two more points to take the win.
The defending gold medalists will be back in action Thursday at 8:05 p.m. ET against Great Britain.
- Eric He
Norway’s Johaug ekes out gold in women's cross-country skiing 10km
Just four-tenths of a second separated the gold and silver medalists in the women’s individual cross-country skiing 10km, with Norway’s Therese Johaug crossing the line just ahead of Finland’s Kerttu Niskanen.
Due to the scattered start format, there was no photo finish. So Johaug – who started earlier than Niskanen – could only watch as Niskanen closed in on her time, only to finish 0.4 seconds shy of Johaug’s winning time of 28:06.3.
It was the decorated Norwegian's fifth career gold medal and second of these Olympics.
American Jessie Diggins finished eighth with a time of 1:08.8.
Results: Women's Cross-Country Skiing 10km
🥇 Therese Johaug (NOR)
🥈 Kerttu Niskanen (FIN)
🥉 Krista Parmakoski (FIN)
- Eric He
Like father, like son: Strolz wins gold in men's combined
Austria’s Johannes Strolz captured gold in the men’s combined event. Entering the slalom portion in fourth, the 29-year-old was over a half-second better in his run than silver medalist Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway. Canada’s James Crawford rounded out the podium, becoming the first from his nation to win a medal in the event.
Strolz secured the gold 34 years after his father, Hubert Strolz, won gold in the event at the Calgary Winter Games. The 29-year-old was not among those favored for a medal.
For the first time in Winter Olympics history, no Americans were entered to compete in the event.
Results: Alpine Skiing Men’s Combined
🥇 Johannes Strolz (AUT)
🥈 Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR)
🥉 James Crawford (CAN)
— Stephanie De Lancey
Team USA, Canada start men's hockey with wins; Julien back
Team China had the togetherness of a team that's been together for some time but could stay in the game with Team USA for a period as the Americans opened group play with a 8-0 win on Thursday.
Vegas Golden Knights prospect Brendan Brisson scored the first period's lone goal, but the goal that set off the avalanche was all about the pass. Sean Farrell's clever and electrifying work in front of the net set up Noah Cates with a no-look feed in what could wind up as the goal of the tournament.
Brian O'Neill got the third and Farrell bagged two more to complete Team USA's first Olympic hat trick since Phil Kessel in 2014, while U.S. netminder Drew Commesso became the youngest American goalie to ever play in an Olympic hockey game (and, obviously, the youngest to keep a shutout).
Canada made quick work of a very decent Germany team to send a message to the field as men's hockey began its run with a 5-1 win at the 2022 Winter Olympics on Thursday.
Canada got more good news as coach Claude Julien rejoins the team following more than a week away with broken ribs. Hockey guys are tough, even at 61.
-- Nicholas Mendola
Grotheer leads through two runs of men's skeleton
Germany’s Christopher Grotheer is off to a big lead through two runs of the men's individual skeleton. The two-time defending world champion has a 0.7-second cushion on the ROC’s Axel Jungk and a 0.75-second lead on China’s Yan Wengang.
Grotheer recorded a time of one minute flat on his first run and 1:00.33 on his second run, reaching a top speed of 129.4 kilometers an hour.
Latvia’s Martins Dukurs was third after the first run, but Yan’s time of 1:00.65 on his second run pushed him into bronze position at the midway point.
The final two runs will take place Friday at 7:20 a.m. ET.
— Eric He
U.S. women's curling starts off strong
The United States women's curling team started off action in round-robin play with a dominant 9-3 win over the ROC, which conceded with three ends remaining.
Aided by a couple of ROC misses in the middle ends, the U.S. took a 6-1 lead into the sixth end. The ROC got two points back in the sixth, but the U.S. took advantage of the hammer in the seventh to score three and put the game out of reach.
The U.S. played again at 1:05 ET against Sweden as round-robin action continued in China.
— Eric He
Women's curling update
You don't need to be Mr. T to know that curling is cool, even beyond the whole frozen water thing.
Team USA's women improved to 2-0 in Beijing by beating Denmark 7-5 with a cool and protected 10th end.
Denmark had beaten China, Team USA's next opponent, in the opener.
Elsewhere... Great Britain pasted Sweden 8-2, the Swiss edged China 7-5, and Canada cruised past South Korea 12-7.
-- Nicholas Mendola