Vonn unable to regain title
USA skier Lindsey Vonn was unable to get back at the top of the medal stand eight years after her triumph at the Vancouver games. Vonn attempted to reclaim gold following an injury that prevented her from skiing at the Sochi 2014 Games. Vonn managed only a bronze in downhill alpine skiing. Her teammate, 22-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin, earned a gold and a silver in the giant slalom alpine and the combined alpine competitions, respectively.
Wise repeats on freestyle skiing halfpipe
Americans David Wise and Alex Ferreira took first and second place, respectively, in the freestyle skiing halfpipe competition over upstart Nico Porteous, a 16-year-old from New Zealand, who finished in third. Wise repeats as halfpipe Olympic champion, and Ferreira earned his first medal with the podium finish.
Americans take gold in historic fashion
The women of Team USA took the spotlight. Team USA won in the women’s hockey and the women’s cross-country team sprint competitions. Team USA hadn’t won a gold medal in women’s hockey since the 1998 Nagano Olympic games, and the U.S. women of cross-country skiing had never medaled in the discipline. Hockey was decided in a shootout following a gold-medal stalemate at 2 after overtime against Canada. The Canadian hockey women had won the previous four gold medals before USA clinched the gold on Wednesday. The duo of Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall beat out Sweden and Norway in a dead heat for Team USA’s landmark women’s cross-country skiing gold medal.
Norway paces the field in medals earned with 35. Germany and Canada are a distant second and third with 25 and 24, respectively, and the United States and the Netherlands round out the top five. The Norwegians and Germans are tied for the most golds awarded at 13.