Halfpipe: Cassie Sharpe put on a show in the women’s freestyle halfpipe final on Tuesday, soaring to a 95.80 during her second run to give Canada its first Olympic medal in the event pioneered by the late Canadian star Sarah Burke. Her winning run included a 1,080-degree spin and the kind of air the rest of the 12-woman field couldn’t match. France’s Marie Martinod added a second silver to don with the one she captured in Sochi four years ago, when the sport made its Olympic debut. Martinod scored 92.60 on her second run but fell during her third. American Brita Sigourney edged teammate Annalisa Drew for bronze. Drew scored 90.80 on her final run to slip past Sigourney, only for Sigourney, the next skier down, to put up a 91.80. Defending champion Maddie Bowman of the U.S. fell on the final hit in each of her three runs.
Jennifer Wakefield scored twice and Shannon Szabados stopped 14 shots to lead Canada to a 5-0 victory over Russia and a spot in its sixth Olympic gold-medal game.
Speedskating – Nao Kodaira burst off the line, furiously pumping her arms and legs to build up speed. She shot around the oval in a blur and crossed the finish line, the 500-meter Olympic speedskating gold medal easily in hand. Kodaira was timed in 36.94 seconds, becoming the first woman to race under 37 seconds at sea level. Her time was an Olympic record, bettering the mark of 37.28 set by defending champion Lee Sang-hwa four years ago in Sochi. Lee clocked 37.67 to earn silver. Karolina Erbanova of the Czech Republic took bronze in 37.34. The Americans came up empty again. Brittany Bowe finished fifth in 37.530, and teammate Heather Bergsma was 11th in 38.13. Erin Jackson, the first black woman to make a U.S. Olympic long-track team, was 24th of 31 skaters in 39.20 after switching from inline skating to ice five months ago.
Hockey – The United States will play Slovakia at 9:10 p.m. Monday in qualification round of the tournament, with a potential quarterfinal against the Czech Republic. The U.S. beat Slovakia 2-1 in the preliminary round.
Freestyle Skiing – Oleksandr Abramenko gave Ukraine its third-ever gold medal at the Winter Olympics, edging China’s Jia Zongyang in men’s serials. Abramenko, 29, posted a score of 128.51 in his last jump to give his country its first medal in Pyeongchang. Ilia Burov, a Russian athlete, took bronze.
CPS Champion Game:
Simeon Wolverines 69 – Orr Spartans 59
Highlights: Simeon Beats Orr, Completes City Title Three-Peat – Talen Horton-Tucker’s legend was established on Sunday at Chicago State. The Simeon senior drained three consecutive three-pointers in the third quarter, all from long range, and then dished off a pretty behind the back pass to Messiah Jones. That burst turned a two-point lead into a nine-point lead and the Wolverines never looked back on the way to a 69-59 win against Orr in the city title game. Horton-Tucker finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Derrick Rose will always be remembered for his back-to-back steals and dunks in the city title game at the United Center in 2006. But Rose only won two city titles. Horton-Tucker now has three. The Wolverines (25-3) have won nine city titles overall and are the first team to three-peat since Marshall won four consecutive titles from 1958-1961. Junior guard Kejuan Clements, who has been on varsity for all three of the city titles, finished with 18 points and five rebounds. Simeon senior Messiah Jones, who sat for long stretches with foul trouble, added 12 points and five rebounds. Zion Young added five points and seven rebounds. Chase Adams led Orr (23-4) with 16 points and six rebounds. Dannie Smith added 15 points and Raekwon Drake had 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Spartans kept getting the shots in the post they wanted, they just couldn’t get them to fall.
Hockey – The Russians wound up for a one-timer, watched it whizz past the American goaltender with 0.2 seconds left in the period, turned around and crossed his arms. Then Ilya Kovalchuk, who scored 417 NHL goals, released them downward in a gesture that needs no translation. It’s over. The game, sure. That was probably over well before Kovalchuck’s blast to make it 3-0 on the way to a 4-0 victory. More to the point, it ended any illusion that the U.S. team, is a threat to don anything significant at these Olympics. The U.S. has no more time. It’s now a single-elimination tournament, and there’s nothing from the last week to indicate the Americans are on the verge of an incredible run.
Giant Slalom – Ted Ligety knew he hadn’t turned in the best opening run in defense of his Olympic giant slalom title. What he couldn’t tell as he was heading down the hill was just how poorly he had done. To precise, Ligety’s leg of 1 minute, 10.71 seconds put him in 20th place and 2.44 seconds off the pace set by favorite Marcel Hirscher, the Austrian superstar who won the Alpine combined gold at these Olympics and owns a record six consecutive World Cup overall titles.
Speedskating – Samuel Girard yelled and signaled No. 1 with both index fingers as he crossed the finish line first. Just behind him, John-Henry Krueger spread his arms in a can-you-believe-it gesture. The Canadian and the American claimed gold and silver in the men’s 1,000 meter short track, upsetting the powerful South Koreans. Krueger captured the first U.S. speedskating medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics. World champion Seo Yira of the host nation earned bronze.
Ski Jumping – After missing the podium a week ago on the normal hill, defending Olympic champion Kamil Stoch came up big on the large hill. The 30 year old Polish ski jumper had leaps of 135 and 135.5 meters for 285.7 points to win the gold medal.
Free Skate – Nathan Chen finally admitted that the pressure of being the face of American figure skating to him, winding him up so tight for his short program that it ended in what he described as a disaster. All that pressure was gone for his free skate. Out of medal contention, he eventually finished fifth, and finally skating with a clear mind, the 18 year-old prodigy landed an unparalleled six quadruple jumps in a historic performance at the Pyeongchang Olympic. His personal-best score of 215.35 left him well behind the medal contenders skating later in the day.
Women’s Super-G – There will be no medal for American skier Lindsey Vonn in the Olympic super-G at the Pyeongchang Games. She has a fast run going Saturday before a wide turn near the bottom cost her valuable time, and she finished in a tie for sixth. Ester Ledecka, 22, of the Czech Republic, the 26th racer to take the course, made a stunning run form back in the pack to take the title, blazing through the course in a time of 1 minute, 21.11 seconds. Defending champion Anna Veith of Austria earned the silver, finishing 0.01 seconds back, and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein captured bronze.
Speedskating – Esmee Visser proved just how good the Dutch are at speedskating. A near non-factor at national level who was elbowed out of the team by an array of stars until Christmas, the Olympic rookie skated away with a gold medal only tow months later. Visser had the race of her life Frida in winning the 5,000 meters to give the overpowering Dutch a sixth gold medal in seven events at the Olympic Oval. Crimson-faced as she crossed the finish line, she beat two-time defending champion Martina Sablikova by more than a second. Russian skater Natalia Voronina took bronze.
MEDALS TABLE – Through 47 events
Nation: Gold Silver Bronze Total
Norway 6 8 5 19
Germany 9 2 4 15
Netherlands 6 5 2 13
Canada 4 5 4 13
Austria 3 2 4 9
United States 5 1 2 8
Women’s Giant Slalom – The first gold medal of these Games was always going to be the hardest for USA. Mikaela Shiffrin, and the blustery winds that wreaked havoc with the schedule did nothing to help. Now that she has one gold, however, expect more to follow. Her combined time of 2:20.2 was .39 seconds ahead of silver medalist Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway. The gap was bigger than the one between Mowinckel and fifth place.
Figure Skating/Short Program – Vincent Zhou became the first figure skater to land a quad lutz in Olympic competition when the 17 year-old American hit the four-rotation jump leading into a triple toe loop to open his short program. Zhou scored a season-best 82.53 points Friday easily the best of the first group of skaters.
Snowboardcross – United States snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis failed to medal, finishing in fourth place, in the snowboardcross event. Michela Moioli of Italy took the gold, Julia Pereira DeSousa Mabileau of France finished with silver and Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic finished with bronze.
*Austrian Markus Schairer, suffered a fracture of the fifth cervical vertebra during a fall in a quarterfinal heat. Schairer, 30, was in stable condition and didn’t suffer any neurological issues.
Skeleton – South Korea’s Yun Sungbin won gold in the men’s skeleton in dominant fashion. His victory margin was the largest in Olympic men’s skeleton history and he was the fastest in all four heats. Yun’s four-run time of 3 minutes, 20.55 seconds was 1.63 seconds ahead of silver medalist Nikita Tregubov of Russia.
Skiing – Matthias Mayer of Austria won the men’s super-G, breaking Norway’s 16-year grip on the title. Mayer won the speed race by 0.13 seconds ahead of Beat Feuz of Switzerland. Feuz added the silver medal to his bronze from downhill a day earlier. Defending champion Kjetil Jansrud of Norway was third, 0.18 seconds behind Mayer, It’s Jansrud’s fifth career Olympic medal after getting downhill silver.
U.S. Men’s Hockey – Men’s hockey coach Tony Granato‘s mission now is to prevent the devastation of one loss from creating another. He made that clear after Slovenia stunned the United States by coming from behind to win 3-2 on a goal 38 seconds into overtime by former Red Wings player Jan Mursak. It was Mursak who tied the score with 1:37 left in regulation. The United States has only 36 hours to scrub away its problems before facing Slovakia on Friday. The Slovaks upset Russia on Wednesday.
Figure Skating – Addison native Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and husband Chris Knierim became the first Americans to land a quad twist in Olympic competition when they hit the four-revolution element in the pairs free skate Thursday, but the rest of their program didn’t go nearly as well. Knierim fell on both of their triple jumps, a salchow and a toeloop that was supposed to lead into a double toeloop.
Skiing – U.S. star Mikaela Shiffrin is in prime position heading into the second and final run of the women’s giant slalom, trailing Manuela Moelgg of Italy by 0.20 seconds. Shiffrin attacked the tight course on a fast first run Thursday to give herself a chance at a gold medal she kicks off her Olympics.