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Three days after winning her first-ever gold medal, Lindsey Jacobellis was back in action for the Olympic debut of mixed team snowboard cross. Elsewhere, the United States squared off against Canada in a men's hockey showdown, and the ice dance competition got underway with the rhythm dance.

Jacobellis, Baumgartner win inaugural mixed team snowboard cross

Lindsey Jacobellis waited 16 years to win her first gold medal. Three days later, she's earned her second after pairing with Nick Baumgartner to win the Olympic debut of mixed team snowboard cross.

Like Jacobellis, Baumgartner is a veteran of the sport. The 40-year-old is competing at his fourth Olympics and gave a very emotional interview shortly after being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the men's event earlier this week. Being selected for the mixed team event and paired with Jacobellis gave him a second chance at securing a medal.

In the mixed team event, four men start at the same time and race down the course, and their finish times determine how the gate drops are staggered for second portion of the race. That second portion features the women racing down the course, with whoever crosses the line first winning gold.

After making it into the big final, Baumgartner won his segment of the race, giving Jacobellis a slight edge for the second half. Jacobellis, despite a slow start, took advantage of that by passing and then holding off Italy's Michela Moioli, the 2018 Olympic gold medalist, for the victory.

Aside from Baumgartner's wild cheering in the corral as he watched Jacobellis's race, one of the best moments came on the final jump when Jacobellis subtly grabbed her board in the air — a likely callback to what happened in 2006 — then landed smoothly and cruised to the finish line.

Baumgartner has now become the oldest snowboarder to win an Olympic medal. The previous record belonged to Jacobellis and was set just three days ago.

Results: Mixed Team Snowboard Cross

🥇 Nick Baumgartner / Lindsey Jacobellis (USA)

🥈 Omar Visintin / Michela Moioli (ITA)

🥉 Eliot Grondin / Meryeta O'Dine (CAN)


— Shawn Smith

Shiffrin skis solid downhill training run

Mikaela Shiffrin participated in the first of her three women’s downhill training sessions. It was the first time since early December 2021 that she has worn downhill skis.

Shiffrin skied down the speed course in a time of 1:34.80, the ninth-fastest time of the session. Ironically, the same position she had finished in the women’s super-G one day earlier. After the super-G, Shiffrin said she would use all three training sessions of the downhill to decided if she would enter in the event on February 15. The training sessions run Saturday through Monday in Beijing.

After her training run, Shiffrin told NBC’s Todd Lewis that the number one factor in her decision to enter the race, will be the speed she’s able to find on the course. “If I can sort of keep up, then I would love to do the downhill. It’s just a really fun event.”

After skiing out of her first two races, Shiffrin has repeatedly said that she’s not worried about finding the podium, and just looking to find the fun in skiing again at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

— Stephanie De Lancey

Men's hockey update: U.S. men defeat Canada; Czech-ROC thriller

Team USA improved to 2-0 in group play, defeating Canada 4-2. This game was a test for the young American squad. It’s the youngest team the U.S. has fielded since 1994, with 15 players in college. It was good confidence booster as it’s the first time the U.S. has beaten Canada at the Olympics since the 2010 Vancouver Games.

It was a rough start for the Americans. Goalie Strauss Mann allowed a goal he’d rather have back, giving the Canadians an early 1-0 lead. However, the U.S. responded quickly when Captain Andy Miele slid a backhander past Canada’s Eddie Pasquale a minute later.

Ben Meyers scored the go-ahead goal with 1:16 remaining in the first period. Brendan Brisson and Kenny Agostino would also tally goals in the matchup.

Important to note, American Jake Sanderson was in the lineup after arriving late to the 2022 Games. Sanderson was delayed due to testing positive for COVID-19.

Team USA takes on Germany next to wrap up their group stage play.


— Stephanie De Lancey

While American hearts were already won by the win over neighbors Canada, the best game of the day was unequivocably staged by the Czech Republic and ROC.

The athletes from the Russian Olympic Committee coughed up two one-goal leads before the Czechs replied by blowing a 4-2 advantage in a match won 6-5 in overtime by the Czech Republic.

Trailing by two at the 3:14 mark of the third period, the ROC scored thrice in five minutes behind three different goal scorers and six separate players picking up assists.

But Thomas Hyka made it 5-5 after the ROC picked up its first lead since the midpoint of the second period, and longtime Boston Bruins hero David Krejci set up Libor Sulak 4:29 into overtime to score a big win for the Czechs.

The ROC will lament a match penalty to Dmitry Voronkov while leading 2-1 that saw the Czechs score twice on the five-minute major power play. Voronkov, a Columbus Blue Jackets prospect, had been physical and quite good before the intraction, which was upgraded to a game misconduct from a two-minute call after video review.

Five different players scored for the ROC, who got three assists from ex-NHL player Nikita Gusev, while Krejci led the Czech Republic with a goal and two assists. Krejci scored the goal to make it 2-2 and assisted the last goal in regulation in addition to his OT helper.


Elsewhere in men's hockey, China hung tough with Germany before falling 3-2 and Denmark topped Switzerland 5-3.

-- Nicholas Mendola

Papadakis and Cizeron lead with world record rhythm dance score

French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron reminded the world why they're four-time world champions, setting a world record score with their Olympic rhythm dance performance.

Papadakis and Cizeron's 90.83 points bested the 90.03 score they earned at the 2019 NHK Trophy, a Grand Prix event held in Japan, which was the previous high score under the current system. They are nearly two points ahead of the field entering the free dance.

The Russian Olympic Committee's Viktoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov, who won last year's worlds and are already gold medalists at these Games from the team event, scored 88.85 points and are in second place.

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue are third with a score of 87.13. With a personal best score by 0.57, they are in contention for their first ice dance Olympic medal (having taken silver in the team event) at their second, and what they have declared final, Winter Games after finishing fourth in PyeongChang.

Madison Chock and Evan Bates (84.14) are almost three points out of podium position at their third Olympics as a team (and Bates' fourth overall) after Chock lost an edge during their skate.

— Brandon Penny

Team USA falls short in curling loss to Norway

Team USA lost to Norway, 7-6, in session 5 of men’s curling. It came down to the tenth end, where the U.S. needed two points to tie it, with just the hammer throw remaining. Rather than playing for the tie and extras, Team Shuster went for the takeout for the outright win. Unfortunately, they came up short.

The U.S. falls to 2-2 in round robin play. Shuster’s squad will next play against Canada at 8:05 p.m. ET on Saturday.


— Stephanie De Lancey

Boe brothers dominate men's 10km sprint

Johannes Thingnes Boe captured gold in the men’s 10km sprint in biathlon. It’s his third medal of the Games. He could potentially win up to six medals at the 2022 Winter Games. Winning gold was a significant improvement over his 31st-place finish in PyeongChang.

France’s Quentin Fillon Maillet also improved from his 48th-place finish in 2018 to win silver. Like Boe, he can also win six medals at these Games.

Boe’s brother Tarjei Boe rounded out the podium, taking home the bronze medal. The Boe brothers become the first siblings to win medals in the same individual Olympic biathlon race at the same Games.

American Jake Brown finished at 36th, while Sean Doherty was 47th. Their top-60 finish qualifies them for the men’s 12.5km pursuit on February 13. Countrymen Paul Schommer finished 74th, while Leif Nordgren finished 83rd.

Results: Men's 10km Sprint

🥇 Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

🥈 Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA)

🥉 Tarjei Boe (NOR)


— Stephanie De Lancey

Neise earns Germany's first-ever women's skeleton gold

With a four-run total time of 4:07.62, Hannah Neise captured Germany's first-ever gold medal in women's skeleton. Germany has now won gold in all six sliding events contested so far (4 luge, 2 skeleton) at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Just 0.62 seconds behind Neise in silver-medal position was Australia's Jaclyn Narracott and 0.84 seconds behind the eventual winner was Kimberley Bos of the Netherlands for the bronze medal. The two skeleton medals are the first ever for the countries of Australia and the Netherlands.

The lone American to qualify for Heat 4 was Katie Uhlaender, who finished sixth, 0.77 seconds outside of medal contention. Kelly Curtis didn't qualify for the final heat.

Results: Women's Individual Skeleton

🥇 Hannah Neise (GET)

🥈 Jaclyn Narracott (AUS)

🥉 Kimberley Bos (NED)


— Keenan Slusher

Lindvik wins Norway’s first ski jumping medal at the 2022 Winter Games

Norways’ Marius Lindvik captured gold in the men’s individual large hill with a total score of 296.1. His second jump had the highest score of the day at 151.3. It’s Norway’s 22nd Olympic medal and 8th Olympic gold in this event.

Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi, who’s beautiful form was on display, had the longest jump of the day at 142.0 meters in his first jump. It’d help lead him to an overall score of 292.8, good for the silver medal. This is his second medal of the Games, after winning gold in the men’s individual normal hill event.

Karl Geiger, of Germany, put together two solid jumps to claim the bronze medal with a combined score of 281.3.

Americans Casey Laron, Kevin Bickner, Decker Dean all advanced from the qualifying round, but were eliminated prior to the final. Teammate Patrick Gasienica was eliminated prior to the first round.

Results: Men's Individual Large Hill

🥇 Marius Lindvik (NOR)

🥈 Ryoyu Kobayash (JPN)

🥉 Karl Geiger (GER)


— Stephanie De Lancey

Gao Tingyu thrills home crowd with 500m win

China’s Gao Tingyu had a race of a lifetime. He had an excellent start that carried momentum into the first bend. Gao crossed the finish line to a huge roar, as he set an Olympic record of 34.32. He had a long wait to see if his time would hold, skating in the seventh pair with half the skaters still to race.

Three pairs later, Cha Min-Kyu, of Korea, crossed the line with a time of 34.39. This is Cha’s second consecutive Olympic silver medal in this event. Japan’s Wataru Morishige skated in the second-to-last pair and crossed 34.49, which would hold up for the bronze medal. It marks Japan’s first Olympic medal in this event since 2010.

American Jordan Stolz had a strong showing in his Olympic debut. The teenager skated sub 35 seconds, 34.85, in the fifth pairing.

Gao wins China’s first gold medal in speed skating, after winning its first medal of any color four years ago in PyeongChang.

Results: Men's 500m

🥇 Gao Tingyu (CHN)

🥈 Cha Min-Kyu (KOR)

🥉 Wataru Morishige (JPN)


— Stephanie De Lancey

ROC cruises to women's cross country 4x5km relay gold

The Russian Olympic Committee claimed gold in the women’s cross-country 4x5km relay with a strong anchor leg by Veronika Stepanova

Stepanova came from behind to beat Germany’s Sofie Krehl in the final leg and cruised to a win by over 18 seconds. 

Germany grabbed the silver and Sweden beat out Finland at the line for bronze. Just one Nordic country finished on the podium, and Norway, the defending gold medalists, finished fifth.

The United States, anchored by Jessie Diggins, finished sixth but was well back of the lead group and nearly a minute-and-a-half behind the ROC. The U.S. remains without a medal in the 4x5km relay, with its best finish coming in PyeongChang where it finished fifth. 

Results: Mixed Team Snowboard Cross

🥇 Russian Olympic Committee

🥈 Germany

🥉 Sweden


-Eric He