Ivanka Trump Applauds for North and South Korean Athletes at Olympics Closing Ceremony

Ivanka Trump applauded for North and South Korean athletes while leading the U.S. delegation at Sunday’s closing ceremony for the Winter Olympics.

Trump stood and clapped when both North and South Korean athletes entered the stadium during the closing ceremony, according to CNN, unlike Vice President Mike Pence who remained seated when the two countries arrived during the opening ceremony.

Trump was seen alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife during the closing ceremony, but did not interact with hardline North Korean general Kim Yong Chol.

Kim on Sunday said North Korea was open to talks with the United States, the Associated Press reported. The White House did not immediately comment.

Sending Kim to lead North Korea’s Olympic delegation was a provocative move for North Korea during the 2018 Olympics, which South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called the “peace games.” Kim, who is the hermit state’s former intelligence chief, has been accused of masterminding two attacks on South Korea in 2010 — the torpedoing of the South Korean navy ship the Cheonan, which killed 46 sailors, and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, which killed two. American intelligence also believes he signed off on the 2015 hack of Sony Pictures.

North Korean envoys to the Games’ opening ceremony included Kim Yo Jong, the sister of leader Kim Jong Un. Kim Yo Jong went on to invite the South Korean president to the North Korean capital for talks between both countries.

Gen. Kim’s visit was agreed to in a bid to improve inter-Korean relations and pursue denuclearization, Seoul’s Ministry of Unification said on Thursday.

Trump landed in South Korea on Friday and took part in an evening banquet with Moon at a traditional Korean house, used only for heads-of-state visits. The banquet was a kosher menu that was made to fit Trump’s strict kosher diet. She spent the remainder of the weekend watching the Olympics.

White House officials had said on Thursday that Trump had no plans to interact with North Korean officials, engage in private negotiations or meet with any North Korean defectors.

On Friday, the Trump administration declared new sanctions against North Korea, the largest ever, in an attempt to put pressure on the rogue nation to scale back its nuclear weapons program. Trump emphasized U.S. “commitment to our maximum pressure campaign to ensure that the Korean Peninsula is denuclearized” at her dinner with President Moon Jae-in.

The U.S. delegation, led by Trump, included White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Republican Sen. James Risch of Idaho.

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USA’s Curling Athletes Shocked the World by Winning Gold. Then They Got the Wrong Medals

The world was not prepared for America’s men’s curling team to come from behind and capture curling gold, but capture gold medals they did.

Then it came time for the medal ceremony on Saturday, and there was a little mix-up.

John Shuster’s U.S. men’s curling team stepped up to the podium for the part when they bestow that prized hardware. There were million-watt smiles and a few tears and other emotions one associates with moments like these. But after the ceremony, the winning team members looked down to notice something was off in the upper right section of the medallions. Two words: “Women’s Curling.”

Yes, the gentlemen initially received the wrong medals, ones stamped out for the American women’s curling team, who did not advance to the curling final showdown. But gold is gold and there’s no denying that they won the whole thing, even if the medals didn’t say it at first. Luckily, they quickly got the right ones.

Team USA beat Sweden, 10-7, in the championship for the gold medal in curling at Gangneung Curling Centre on Saturday in a surprising turn of events. Shuster clinched the win with a rare and especially smooth score that involved a five-ender in the eighth.

Medal confusion aside, comedy gold has followed these guys wherever they went around PyeongChang. Besides this shocking upset, other global contributions include propelling the viral mustache militia trend that got a bunch of guys sharing mustache selfies and the unforgettable memes of Matt Hamilton and his doppelgänger, Super Mario.

Great job all around team.

As is to be expected, the internet had plenty of fun comparing the moment to the 2017 Oscars mix-up and other awards ceremony snafus.

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The Best Gold Medal Celebrations of the 2018 Winter Olympics in GIFs

The 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang have been a wild ride from the start, with unbelievable upsets, do-or-die moments and come-from-behind victories constantly keeping viewers on the edge of their seats. But unfortunately for winter sports fans, all Olympics must come to an end.

The Games will officially conclude this weekend, with the produced broadcast of the closing ceremony set to air Sunday night on NBC at 8 p.m. E.T. — 14 hours after it actually takes place in South Korea. Leading up to the ceremony, there will be four final events to catch on Feb. 25, including men’s bobsledding, women’s cross-country skiing, women’s curling and men’s hockey.

But before the Winter Olympics wind down for another four years, let’s take a look back at some of the best gold medal celebrations. From snowboarder Red Gerard unexpectedly taking home Team USA’s first gold to Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue capping off a near-perfect week of ice dancing, here are a few of the Games’ most memorable—and GIF-able—moments of triumph.

Red Gerard: Men’s Slopestyle Snowboard

After falling on his first two attempts, the 17-year-old American went from last place to first place on his third and final run of the men’s slopestyle final to win Team USA’s first gold medal of the 2018 Games. Not to mention he also became the youngest Olympian of all time to medal in snowboarding.

Hanna Oeberg: Women’s Biathlon

Thanks to some immaculate shooting, Oeberg was able to pull off a major upset in the women’s 15km individual biathlon. The Swedish racer completed the event in in 41 minutes and 7.2 seconds to beat out Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier, who was heavily favored after winning gold in the first two biathlon events.

Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue: Ice Dancing

Ice dance darlings Moir and Virtue executed a near flawless free skate routine to cap off their extraordinary gold medal Olympic comeback. After taking home silver at the 2014 Sochi Games, the Canadian duo’s Moulin Rouge-themed program earned them an overall score world record in PyeongChang.

Yuzuru Hanyu: Men’s Figure Skating

Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu became the first men’s figure skater to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals since American skater Dick Button achieved the feat 66 years ago. And he had plenty of Winnie the Pooh bears thrown at him along the way.

Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall: Women’s Cross-Country Skiing

Diggins’ come-from-behind finish on the final straightaway of the women’s team sprint freestyle race gave her and teammate Randall only a .19 second margin of victory over their lauded Swedish competitors. But that was still enough for gold. The pair are the first-ever Americans to win an Olympic gold medal in cross-country skiing, an achievement that earned Diggins the spot of U.S. flag-bearer at the closing ceremony.

Ester Ledecká: Women’s Super-G Skiing

Despite the fact that she’s primarily a snowboarder, the Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecká beat out seasoned skiers like America’s Lindsay Vonn and Austria’s Anna Veith to win gold in the women’s super-G race. The look of shock on her face upon learning her score was the definition of priceless.

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Olympics: Alpine skiing – Switzerland pip Austria to win inaugural team gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Pyeongchang individual medalists Wendy Holdener and Ramon Zenhaeusern led the way as Switzerland beat Austria 3-1 in a final showdown of traditional Alpine powerhouses to win the inaugural team gold at the Winter Olympics on Saturday.

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Norway Crushed the Competition at the Winter Olympics. Here Is the Tiny Country’s Secret

Tore Ovrebo can be forgiven for having a little swagger as the 2018 Winter Olympic Games near their end in PyeongChang. Well, as much as swagger as is acceptable for a Norwegian. Ovrebo is the director of elite sport for the Olympiatoppen, an organization of scientists, trainers and nutritionists who work with Olympic athletes across Norway’s sports federations. And Norway is crushing the Winter Olympics. As of Friday Feb. 23, Norway has far more medals than any other country at the Winter Games, with 37 total medals. Canada is second, with 27 medals.The United States is currently fourth, with 21 Olympic medals.

Norway’s Olympic success is all the more impressive when you consider the team’s size. While the U.S. sent 242 athletes — the most in Winter Olympic history — to PyeongChang, Norway sent just 109. A team with less than half of America’s Olympic workforce won almost twice the number of medals. Norway was also tied with Germany for the most gold medals as of Friday, with 13.

Ovrebo’s contract running the Olympiatoppen, which is funded by Norway’s national lottery, is up soon. “I will probably keep my job,” he says Ovrebo when we met recently at the speedskating venue in Gangneung. “Though you shouldn’t quote me on that.”

Norway's Marit Bjorgen crosses the finish line first during the women's 4x5km classic free style cross country relay on Feb. 17, 2018.
Odd Andersen—AFP/Getty ImagesNorway’s Marit Bjorgen crosses the finish line first during the women’s 4x5km classic free style cross country relay on Feb. 17, 2018.

So what, exactly, is Norway’s Olympics secret (besides crazy curling pants)?

Ovrebo went out of his way to explain he didn’t want to come across as giving anyone, lest the United States, any advice. “I am not a tiny gorilla beating my chest telling you what to do because it’s not my position,” he says. “We do it this way, others do it another way.” He also admits Norway is blessed with many advantages for Winter Olympics dominance, like snow, a history of excellence in sports like biathlon and cross-country skiing, and free health care, which helps keep young athletic talent in good shape.

But a distinctly Norweigan rule for their youth sports may strike a particular chord with many Americans. (This one included: I’m a youth sports parent, and wrote a TIME cover story on the booming kid sports industry last summer).

Ovrebo says that in Norway, organized youth sports teams cannot keep score until they are 13. “We want to leave the kids alone,” says Ovrebo. “We want them to play. We want them to develop, and be focused on social skills. They learn a lot from sports. They learn a lot from playing. They learn a lot from not being anxious. They learn a lot from not being counted. They learn a lot from not being judged. And they feel better. And they tend to stay on for longer.”

I tell him that the U.S. operates in the polar opposite fashion. We crown nine-year-old national champions. There won’t be nine-year-old national champs in Norway any time soon.

The system, Norwegian athletes say, can really pay off. “The culture and the environment we grow up in, it’s great for us,” says Norwegian skier Ragnhild Mowinckel, silver medalist in the giant slalom and downhill races in PyeongChang.

Norway has other sports development quirks. Trainers don’t tell athletes how much they weigh. “It’s very dangerous,” says Ovrebo. “They can develop eating disorders.” Olympic athletes don’t receive prize money or bonuses from their federations. “We think prize money turns people into something they shouldn’t be,” says Ovrebo.

Norway also wants high-character performers on its teams. “No jerks,” says Ovrebo.

It seems, I tell Overbo, that Norway values the psychology of sports. “Your mind is where you experience your life, isn’t it?” Ovrebo says.

Gold medalists, Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo during a victory ceremony for the men's cross-country skiing team sprint free event at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Sergei Bobylev—TASS/Getty ImagesGold medalists, Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo during a victory ceremony for the men’s cross-country skiing team sprint free event at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Norway’s philosophy has paid off. The Norwegian Olympians play cards and charades before their competitions. “We think it’s a good way building the team up, if you have fun with each other,” says Mowinckel. Now that they’re old enough to keep score, the athletes must outdo one another. “Everyone wants to show guys that they can take some medals,” says Martin Johnsrub Sundby, a cross-country skier who won gold in the team sprint event on Wednesday. His teammate, Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, started celebrating before the finish like, like Usain Bolt.

Perhaps Norway’s Olympics swagger is starting to reach dangerous levels. “It’s a good feeling when there’s cake on the table every night,” says Johannes Thingnes Bo, a biathlete who has won gold and silver medals in PyeongChang. Apparently, Norway’s athletes get treated to dessert every time one of them earns a medal. “That’s why we have four chefs,” says Bo. “One can’t make all that cake.”

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This French Figure Skater Made a Surprising Costume Change Midway Through Her Olympic Performance

French figure skater Maé-Bérénice Méité has not shied away from the spotlight at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Midway through her performance during the ladies’ single free skate program that aired Thursday night, Méité pulled back a portion of her black skirt to reveal a bedazzled, sparkling one underneath. That sparked another mid-program change, with the music shifting from Chopin to the more upbeat “Happy” by C2C, a French band.

With a fall during her program, Méité earned a score of 106.25 for her long program. That makes her final score in the event a 159.92, putting her in fourth place after she skated early in the final event Thursday evening, before top competitors like Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva took the ice.

Méité’s risk-taking follows similar attention-grabbing moves she made previously during the Olympic Games. Earlier this week, Méité skated to Beyoncé’s hit “Run the World (Girls)” — a choice made possible by a new rule that allows skaters to perform to music with lyrics. And she did so wearing black pants — an ensemble that stood out compared to her competitors’s more traditional costumes.

The skater received praise for her popular song choice by Beyoncé fans around the world — including Saturday Night Live‘s Leslie Jones, who’s known for her Olympics fandom.

Although the figure skater likely won’t crack the top 10 in the singles event at the Games this year, her creativity appeared to be well received Thursday night by fans on Twitter.

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North Korea Is Sending a Senior Delegation to the Olympics Closing Ceremony

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Unification Ministry says North Korea will send a high-level delegation led by Kim Yong Chol, a senior party official suspected of leading two deadly attacks on the South in 2010, to the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The eight-member delegation from North Korea is expected to stay for three days, the ministry announced Thursday. There was no announcement of any plan for the North Koreans to meet with a U.S. delegation to Sunday’s closing ceremony headed by Ivanka Trump, who was to arrive in Seoul on Friday.

A U.S.-North Korea near-miss caused a great deal of controversy at the opening ceremony of the games, when U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife were seated in the VIP box with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim’s sister was the first member of the Kim family to ever travel to South Korea.

Pence was criticized in the South for not standing when the joint Korea team marched into the stadium. He claimed after he returned to the United States that he had intended to meet the North Koreans, but said the North pulled out at the last minute. North Korea announced through its state-run media the day Pence arrived in Seoul that it had no intention of meeting him during the games.

Kim Yong Chol, the head of the North’s delegation for the closing ceremony, is vice chairman of the ruling party’s central committee.

He is in charge of inter-Korean affairs and used to be head of military intelligence. In that previous role, he was accused of planning an attack on the Cheonan, a South Korean warship, that killed 46 sailors and the shelling of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong island in 2010, when he was head of military intelligence.


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This Figure Skater Is Basically a One-Woman AC/DC Tribute Band. The Internet Is Rocking Out Accordingly.

Ivett Toth sure knows how to stand out in a crowded field of female figure skaters for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Her solution: bring out the AC/DC. During the women’s figure skating short programs on Tuesday night in PyeongChang, Hungary’s Toth surprised crowds — both at the rink and around the world — with her unorthodox choice of music. And to many, she’s become an instant rock hero. Toth may be just 19, but there’s no doubt her clear love for the classic rock band transcends generational taste.

Most figure skaters have been sticking to more traditional soundtracks: the scores of Tchaikovsky classic Swan Lake and Bizet’s Carmen could be heard throughout Tuesday night at the Gangneung Ice Arena. Former champion Evgenia Medvedeva went a little more abstract, selecting a Chopin nocturne and incorporating the sound of her own breathing and a few words.

But it was Toth who raised eyebrows — and grabbed attention — with the “Back in Black” and “Thunderstruck” medley. She topped that off by coming costumed in a studded leather pant-and-vest combo with fingerless gloves, a far cry from her competitors’ delicate skirts and balletic tutus. Naturally, the internet was agog with her bold performance. And although Toth finished after the short program with 53.22 points, well behind the top-ranked Olympic athletes from Russia, she won’t soon be forgotten — even if she doesn’t make it to the medal podium.


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U.S. Men’s Hockey Team Knocked Out of the Olympics After Losing to the Czech Republic

(GANGNEUNG, South Korea) — Pavel Francouz stopped all five shooters and Petr Koukal scored the shootout winner as the Czech Republic eliminated the United States from the Olympics with a 3-2 victory in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

Jan Kovar and Tomas Kundratek scored in regulation for the Czech Republic, which was fresher after winning its group and getting a bye into the quarterfinals. The U.S. looked fatigued after facing Slovakia in the qualification round a day earlier and was outshot 29-20.

Ryan Donato and Jim Slater scored for the U.S, which again was led by its youngest players, including speedster Troy Terry. U.S. goaltender Ryan Zapolski allowed three goals on 29 shots and one in the shotoout, while Francouz stopped 18 in regulation and overtime.

“It’s tough when it comes down to the shootout,” U.S. captain Brian Gionta said. “It’s tough to swallow.”

Koukal was the only player to score in overtime. Chris Bourque, Ryan Donato, Marc Arcobello, Terry and Bobby Butler couldn’t beat Francouz. Just before the shootout, Sochi Olympics shootout hero T.J. Oshie of the U.S. tweeted his support for Terry, but Francouz was able to save a multiple-fake try by the University of Denver player.

“Sorry to let him down on that on,” Terry said. “But the goalie made a good save..”

Said Francouz: “He kind of lost the puck so I got lucky there.”

Terry continued skating around opponents as he has done all tournament, and 6:20 in gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead. Terry sliced down the left wing and dished it to Donato, who used a double Czech Republic screen to beat Francouz.

“He’s always been someone that can raise his game in the big games,” Chuck Terry, Troy’s father, said. “That part’s not that surprising. Just the overwhelming thing of him being at the Olympics, it’s pretty cool.”

The goal was Donato’s fifth in five games, passing his father and Harvard coach, Ted, who scored four for the U.S. at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville.

The Czechs tied it at 1 at 15:12 after 39-year-old U.S. captain — and natural winger — Brian Gionta lost the faceoff clean and Jan Kolar got it back to Kovar, who beat Zapolski from long range with a screen in front for the kind of goal that been common at this tournament.

A parade to the penalty box by the U.S. beginning with a boarding call on John McCarthy at the end of the first made the opening half the second a one-sided game. On the power play and at even strength, the Czechs tilted the ice on the Americans and hemmed them in the zone, scoring a predictable goal from Kundratek 8:14 in to go up 2-1.

Just over two minutes later with the U.S. on another penalty kill and looking in serious trouble, Brian O’Neill flashed his speed once again and found Slater on the rush for the former Atlanta Thrashers forward’s first goal of the tournament. The short-handed tying goal 10:23 in was the Americans’ first shot of the second period.

The teams traded chances in the third period, none better than O’Neill clanking a shot off the cross bar with just under three minutes left on an odd-man rush. The U.S. got a power play at the end of regulation and into overtime but never got a shot on net.

With 35 seconds left in overtime, U.S. defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti’s shot hit Francouz and sat in the crease, but the goalie was able to cover up.

“We couldn’t get the bounces,” Donato said.

The Czechs move on to face the winner of the Russians against Norway.

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An Olympic Doping Scandal in Curling — Yes, Curling — Could Have Big Consequences for Russia

No Olympics feels complete without some sort of juicy scandal. This year, leave it to the curlers to create one.

At the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, a positive drug test from Russian curler Alexander Krushelnytsky — yes, a curler apparently doped — has kept PyeongChang buzzing. Krushelnytsky won bronze in the mixed doubles curling event along with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova.

Here’s what you need to know about the brewing Russian curling doping controversy.

Why is a Russian curling doper creating such chaos?

Normally, if a curler was caught taking performance enhancing drugs, everyone would enjoy a good guffaw and move on. Curling’s a gentle game, often played over beers (outside the Olympics, anyway). The sport requires no brute strength, and it’s not a heart-taxing endurance event like a marathon.

Still, watching stones slide down the ice for hours can test your patience. And the furious sweeping, curlers insist, requires fitness.

Krushelnytsky, however, is Russian. That complicates things, especially at these PyeongChang Olympics. Russia operated a state-sponsored doping scheme at the Sochi Olympics, and the International Olympic Committee considered kicking the country out of the 2018 Olympics. Technically, Russia isn’t even here. Its team is called the Olympic Athletes from Russia, or OAR, and it competes under the Olympic flag. The Olympic anthem, rather than the Russian national anthem, would play at medals ceremonies (OAR has yet to win a gold).

Any Russian athlete “disqualified or declared ineligible for any Anti-Doping Rule Violation” in his or her past was deemed ineligible for the Olympics. Russians were also subject to special drug testing this year. In January, the International Olympic Committee issued “conduct guidelines” for the OAR delegation. Athletes, for example, can’t display the Russian flag at the Olympic village, though they can hang it in their bedrooms.

The IOC said Russia could possibly wear its uniforms, and fly its flag, at the closing ceremonies, providing these conditions for participation are “fully respected.” Krushelnytsky’s doping violation puts the Olympic reinstatement of Russia proper in jeopardy.

Valery Sharifulin—Valery Sharifulin/TASSCurlers Alexander Krushelnitsky (R) and Anastasia Bryzgalova, Olympic Athletes from Russia, in their mixed doubles curling bronze medal match against Norway’s Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Gangneung Curling Centre.

What was in Alexander Krushelnytsky’s system?

Meldonium, the same substance that earned tennis star Maria Sharapova a 15-month suspension.

According to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, meldonium “has been described as having performance-enhancing benefits in sport, including an increase in endurance, improved rehabilitation following exercise, and enhanced activations of the central nervous system.”

Krushelnytsky has reportedly told Russian officials that a spurned teammate who was not selected for the Olympics spiked his drink.

If Alexander Krushelnytsky loses his medal, who gets the bronze?

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has confirmed that it’s taking up Alexander Krushelnytsky’s case at the request of the IOC. If the OAR curling team is stripped of its medals, Magnus Nedregotten and Kristin Skaslien of Norway are in line to earn the bronze.

Norway already sits atop the medals standings — and might be awarded one more.

Who will decide whether Russia flies its flag at the Closing Ceremony?

The IOC created something called the OAR Implementation Group to monitor Russia at the Games. It consists of group chair Nicole Hoevertsz of Aruba, an IOC executive board member who participated in synchronized swimming at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Danka Bartekova of Slovakia, a former Olympic shooter, and Christophe De Kepper of Belgium, IOC director general.

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Valery Sharifulin—Valery Sharifulin/TASSOlympic Athletes from Russia Anastasia Bryzgalova (R) and Alexander Krushelnitsky seen during Session 3 of the Mixed Doubles Round Robin curling competition against Finland at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre.

When will the Russia decision be made?

The implementation group will report its opinion to the IOC executive board on Feb. 24, the day before the closing ceremonies. Expect an announcement that day.

What impact will Alexander Krushelnitsky’s positive test play in the decision?

Doping doesn’t help Russia’s cause. The positive test, however, likely won’t count as an automatic disqualifier. At a Feb. 6 IOC session, Hoevertsz said “individual incidents” would not necessarily result in the continuation of the ban.

“It is not simply about the behavior of the team here — although that is an important element,” IOC spokesperson Mark Adams writes in an email to TIME. The implementation group, Adams says, will consider “whether the letter and the sprit of the law have been obeyed.”

As for the letter of the law, it might come down to how seriously the IOC treats the word “fully.” In order for Russia to even participate under a neutral flag, its conditions had to be “fully respected.” Each athlete at the Olympics had to be clean. One, apparently, wasn’t. That’s not “full” respect.

The spirit, however, provides a trickier challenge. If an overwhelming majority of Russia’s athletes passed their drug tests, and didn’t wave the Russian flag around town or otherwise try to circumvent the OAR rules, should they be punished for one bad actor?

Still, a country already caught operating a massive doping scheme apparently doped again. Even for the IOC, which “banned” Russians from the Olympics but still welcomed them to PyeongChang, this curling scandal could prove too much to bear.

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We Could See An Incredible Olympic Ice Dancing Achievement Tonight

Marie-France Dubreuil and her husband, Patrice Lauzon, along with their partner Romain Haguenauer, could be in the enviable position of seeing their ice dance students sweep the medals podium at Gangneung Ice Arena in the ice dance long program on Monday night.

Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir lead the 2018 Winter Olympics after the short program, with 83.67 points, followed by Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, with 81.93 despite a wardrobe malfunction in which Papadakis’ costume came undone at the neck, and the U.S.’s Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue. “It’s a good thing it didn’t happen in the free dance, where they have upside down lifts,” says Dubreuil of the mishap. “In the short dance, everything is pretty vertical.”

All three are coached by Dubreuil and her team in Montreal, but she says “I have never felt any jealousy or frustrations or one team feeling like we gave more to another team.” The three coaches rotate working with each team during training, to maximize each coach’s strengths.

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For the long programs for the French and Canadian teams, Dubreuil says she tried to capitalize on what makes each team unique. Papadakis and Cizeron skate to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, while Virtue and Moir skate to Moulin Rouge.

“Gabriella and Guillaume’s skating is really silent yet powerful,” she says. “They can really fill the ice. With their bodies they are so flexible, and supple and light with their arms. They can be still to echo the music really well. So we thought Moonlight Sonata would be perfect because of the strong notes that really echo. To me it’s the perfect fit for their type of skating and their type of body and their ability to interpret music even if there are no words.”

The program is already reaching iconic status in the figure skating community, drawing parallels to Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean’s 1984 gold-medal Olympic skate to Bolero. That performance set the record for the highest free dance scores ever recorded.

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With Virtue and Moir, Dubreuil was more focused on the love story they could tell. While they aren’t dating, their ongoing skating relationship has created a unique bond between the two that fans can’t get enough of. Known for their precision and sharpness on the ice, Dubreuil says she made changes to the program just before Virtue and Moir competed at Canadian nationals in January. “In the beginning of the season I felt she was dying too soon, and there was not enough love story going on,” she says. “So I changed the edit of the music to have a longer love story before she dies.”

Dubreuil says the adjustments don’t stop even coming into the Olympics. “I like to keep [Virute and Moir] on their toes and working so they are interested,” she says. “I kept tweaking a couple of things before the Games.”

While Papadakis and Cizeron hold records for the highest free dance and overall score, the Canadians own the record for the highest short dance score; clearly Dubreuil and her team are doing something right. But even that’s not enough, she says. “It sounds terrible but when I watch [Papadakis and Cizeron] I always see where I can take it a little further. I think when I am older and my time is done I will appreciate what everybody is talking about,” she says. “For all my teams I am still in the process of making them better every day, with little things every day. Only then will I be happy with the end of the season.”

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USA Women’s Hockey Team Is Now the Great American Olympic Hope

As expected, the United States women’s hockey team defeated Finland, with ease, on Monday afternoon at the Olympic tournament semifinals in South Korea. The 5-0 win pushes the U.S. into the gold medal game. Let me speak for all Americans when I say … Whew.

If Finland had upset the Americans — and a Finland victory would have been a monumental upset — panic would have overswept the nation. Enraged fans would have lit sticks (hockey) and stones (curling) on fire.

Yes, the great Olympic meltdown of 2018 would have been all but complete. But don’t go berserk quite yet. The women’s hockey team is here to save us.

You may have heard that Team USA hasn’t exactly been rocking the medal count. As of late Sunday in the U.S., the Americans were tied for sixth in the total medals standings, with 10, a full 16 pieces of hardware behind medals leader Norway. Sure, Norway’s a cross-country skiing factory, and a general winter wonderland. But Norway’s up by like seven touchdowns in the third quarter.

Even a Norwegian freestyle skier, Oystein Bratten, won the slopestyle event on Sunday. Events like extreme skiing was pretty much invented to pad the American medal count. The Americans swept the slopestyle podium in Sochi, and won just a silver here.

For context, Team USA won 28 medals four years ago in Sochi, to Norway’s 26. The measly totals in PyeongChang are particularly embarrassing because the United States sent the largest Winter Olympic team in history — 242 athletes strong — to South Korea.

But don’t panic quite yet. While the American women’s hockey team won’t singlehandedly make up the medal difference, its pursuit of a first hockey gold in two decades is something worth cheering for. The American onslaught of Finland in the semis started early, when Gigi Marvin, on an assist from captain Meghan Duggan, scored just over two minutes into the game. Later in the period, Dani Cameransi picked off a pass and fired an unassisted shot past Finnish goaltender Noora Raty to give the Americans a 2-0 lead.

In the second period Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson — who scored two goals in six seconds against the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) during round-robin play — put the Americans up 3-0 when she fired a slap shot into the net while the Americans held a 5-on-3 advantage on the ice. And as in the Russia game, Team USA came back with a quick goal, though it was Hilary Knight who joined the fray: Knight scored 34 seconds later on a power play to effectively clinch it. “You had to have a gold-medal mentality today,” says U.S. coach Robb Stauber. “There’s no way you can go out there and do what we did if your foot’s not on the gas. We did things right from start to finish.”

So now, the U.S. likely faces arch-rival Canada, winner of every Olympic tournament since the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, in Thursday’s gold medal duel. (Canada plays the OAR squad in other semifinal late-Monday in South Korea) Canada hasn’t lost an Olympic hockey game in 20 years, since Feb. 17, 1998 in Nagano, when the Americans won 3-1 and took the first-ever Olympic women’s tournament.

Americans besides the women’s hockey team could win gold. Skier Lindsey Vonn will race in the downhill event on Wednesday; she won the downhill in Vancouver. Mikaela Shiffrin — already one of five American gold medalists with her giant slalom win last week — could join her in that race, and Shiffrin’s a favorite in the combined (slalom and downhill) event, which is scheduled for Friday. Americans could grab gold in women’s and men’s halfpipe skiing; Maddie Bowman and David Wise are the defending champs in those events. Medals in bobsled and ice dancing are also up for grabs.

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Still, a women’s hockey gold medal would just feel better than the others. Canada beat the U.S. 2-1 in a preliminary round contest; players like Duggan and Knight and Lamoureux-Davidson have lost two straight gold medal games to Canada. The Sochi defeat is still bitter. In that gold medal game, the American blew a late 2-0 lead and lost in overtime 3-2. These American players leave little doubt that they’re seeking vengeance. “Everything’s at stake,” Duggan said before the Olympics even started.

Though the four straight snowboarding golds the Americans won in the first week of the Games — by Red Gerard, Jamie Anderson, Chloe Kim and Shaun White on successive days — were at times electrifying, another win outsides the X-Games genre would be nice. Speedskating, for example, has been a bust. The American men have come up empty in alpine skiing, and Shiffrin missed the podium in slalom, her best event.

A hockey win over a tough opponent adds an extra sweetener. We celebrate rivalry victories in hockey like no other. But the Russian men’s hockey team crushed the U.S. 4-0 in a preliminary round game. The men start their elimination games on Tuesday. The U.S. men are still in the mix, but haven’t looked all that strong.

So hockey hopes falls on the women. Some of the players have had casual conversations about U.S. underperformance at these Olympics with their teammates. But they’re not using it as some sort of rallying cry. Let’s Do It For Those Suffering American Fans! “We’re at the Olympics, there’s enough pressure as it is,” says Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Jocelyn’s twin sister, and another veteran of those two straight gold medal game losses to Canada. But Stauber, the team’s coach, and his players are not blind to reality. “At the of the day, we have very proud players,” he says. “We can feel that we have a lot of people pulling for us. There’s nothing we’d love more than to deliver what they’re pulling for.”

A panicked America would be grateful.



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These Are the New Events on the Winter Olympics Sports Lineup This Year

More athletes, more countries, more events.

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea are off to a historic start this year as 2,925 athletes from 92 countries compete — marking the biggest representation for the winter event. Olympic athletes from around the world have already glided to victory, with a number of medals already awarded. Others are still waiting to compete on winter sports’ biggest stage.

A number of Olympians this year have the chance to debut in four new events added to the Winter Olympic sports lineup for the 2018 Games, ranging from curling to snowboarding. While the new curling event has already concluded with a gold medal-winning pair, Olympic fans still have a chance to cheer on athletes yet to go for gold in their new Winter Olympic event.

Here’s what to know about the new Winter Olympic events on the sports lineup for 2018:

Big Air for Snowboarding

Sean M. Haffey—Getty ImagesSina Candrian of Switzerland competes in the final of the FIS Snowboard World Cup 2018 Ladies’ Big Air during the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix on December 10, 2017 in Copper Mountain, Colorado. Sean M. Haffey—Getty Images

Snowboarding’s power at the Winter Olympics just keeps getting bigger. Following the addition of the slopestyle event at the 2014 Games in Sochi, the IOC approved the new big air program for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

In the event, snowboarders drop in on a ramp and speed down to a jump, where they will launch off and, as the event name suggests, get big air. Like other events in snowboarding, athletes are judged on a scale from 1 to 100, and they will be critiqued on the difficulty of the tricks they perform, their execution, the amplitude and their landing. Riders get two chances to show off in the qualifying rounds, and three attempts in the final round, where the best two scores will be added together to determine the medalists.

Canada’s Mark McMorris and Max Parrot are expected to land on the podium, and the U.S.’s Chris Corning is hoping to get there as well. The U.S.’s Jamie Anderson already won gold in the slopestyle event, but will join the U.S.’s Hailey Langland and Julia Marino, as well as Austria’s Anna Gasser, in an attempt to medal.

The women’s event will begin Feb. 18 with qualifying rounds and finals will follow on Feb. 22. Qualifying rounds for the men’s program will take place Feb. 20, with finals on Feb. 23.

Team Event for Alpine Skiing

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Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom—Getty ImagesEmelie Wikstroem of Sweden, Coralie Frasse Sombet of France compete during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals Nation Team Event on March 17, 2017 in Aspen, Colorado. Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom—Getty Images

Like mixed doubles curling, men and women will join forces in the alpine skiing team event.

Sixteen teams composed of two men and two women from each country will race down a slalom side by side in a single-elimination event—a new discipline added to the Winter Olympic sport this year. The racing format differs from others seen in the sport, which largely focus on the individual. The head-to-head race alternates between woman-man-woman-man, and the winners of each heat move on to the next round.

This event debuted at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2005. The alpine skiing team event at the Olympics will take place Feb. 24.

Mass Start for Speedskating

ISU World Cup Speed Skating - Heerenveen
Christof Koepsel – ISU—ISU via Getty ImagesSkaters compete during the men mass start final on Day Two during the ISU World Cup Speed Skating at the Thialf on Nov. 11, 2017 in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Christof Koepsel – ISU—ISU via Getty Images

Twenty-four long-track speedskaters will compete on the ice all at once as part of a new event added to this Winter Olympic sport. The additional event, intended to bring excitement to the long-track scene which typically has two racers per heat, has athletes race 16 laps around a 400-meter ice track.

The race also includes four sprints sprinkled throughout the event where athletes can earn points. The top three finishers of the event will earn medals, and the standings for the remaining athletes will be determined in part by those points.

As noted by Joey Mantia in an interview with NBC Olympics, the event aims to bring more excitement to the sport as spectators can see the athletes head-to-head on the ice, rather than compare their times completed in different heats.

“There is no waiting for 25, 30 minutes to see who else is going to do the time trial and how is it going to unfold,” said Mantia, the current world champion in the mass start event.

The men’s and women’s mass start events will take place Saturday, Feb. 24.

Mixed Doubles for Curling

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Jamie Squire—Getty ImagesKaitlyn Lawes and John Morris of Canada deliver a stone against Switzerland during the Curling Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Game in PyeongChang on Feb. 13, 2018. Jamie Squire—Getty Images

Canadian curlers Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris already won a gold medal in the new mixed doubles event for curling at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curling teams are composed of one man and one woman who compete with six stones and eight ends per game — making the event a bit faster moving than others in the sport, which typically have eight stones to throw with 10 ends.

The sport of curling was officially added to the Winter Olympic program in 1998, and its popularity among viewers of the Games took off from there. The International Olympic Committee officially added mixed doubles to the program in 2015 due to the sport’s continued popularity, according to NBC Olympics.

Canada’s Lawes and Morris beat Switzerland’s Jenny Perret and Martin Rios, the reigning mixed doubles world champions, in the event’s first-ever gold medal match at the Olympics. Though Canada’s team wasn’t an easy gold-medal favorite in the new event, Canada’s victory in the sport is no surprise. Its men’s and women’s teams have medaled every year in the sport at the Olympics since curling officially debuted in 1998.

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Gus Kenworthy’s Boyfriend Matthew Wilkas on the Meaning of Their Historic Olympics Kiss

When Matthew Wilkas, the boyfriend of American slopestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, saw on Twitter a sceenshot of he and Kenworthy sharing a kiss before Kenworthy’s qualifying run on Sunday at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, he didn’t think the moment was a very big deal. “That was like a peck,” Wilkas tells TIME with a laugh from the bottom of the slopestyle course at the Phoenix Snow Park. “We should have made out in front of people.”

But taking a moment to think about it, Wilkas realized that yes, he was probably part of something historic: a kiss between a gay athlete and his boyfriend at a mass audience spectacle like the Olympics, shown during network primetime television.

“It’s unusual, right?” says Wilkas, an actor. “It’s good that it’s televised because it normalizes it more. I would imagine it would be a huge moment for a young gay kid to see an awesome athlete so open and proud of himself and not caring what anyone thinks of his sexuality.”
Kenworthy has come under increased scrutiny over the past week of because of his public criticisms of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. “Broke my thumb yesterday in practice,” he wrote on Instagram this week. “It won’t stop me from competing (obvi) but it does prevent me from shaking Pence’s hand so… Silver linings!”

Wilkas says dealing with the pressure has been difficult for his boyfriend. “He’s definitely been stressing out a lot,” says Wilkas. “It’s hard. He wants to be the voice, one of the heroes for his community alongside Adam [Rippon]. But I think it just adds a lot of pressure to the moment. There are people on both sides. The gay community looks up to him, then the people who hate him for being who he is and can’t wait to see him fail. There’s a sense of wanting to prove them wrong.”

“He’s said things about Mike Pence and the White House that provokes people that are easily provoked, that are so open about their hate,” says Wilkas. “People are saying, ‘I hope you break a leg.’ Literally, things like that.”

As he prepared to watch Kenworthy in the finals, Wilkas understood he was part of something bigger than a sporting event. “Does it hit me?” he says. “I guess it does. I just want him to be happy. But I get it. I see that it’s important.”

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‘There Was Nothing I Could Lose.’ Nathan Chen Redeems His Dismal Olympics and Makes Skating History

You can say what you want about the new figure skating system, but its rigid by-the-numbers scoring means even vaunted medal favorites can fall to 17th. And climb back up to fifth.

That’s exactly what the U.S.’s Nathan Chen did, orchestrating what was perhaps the greatest comeback in skating history.

Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu repeated his Olympic feat from 2014 and skated to another men’s title, while his teammate Shoma Uno earned silver and Javier Fernandez became the first Spaniard to win an Olympic figure skating medal with the bronze.

Chen, however, made a different kind of history, on a couple of levels. Known as the Quad King for being the first skater to land five quadruple jumps in a single program, Chen raised the bar again by attempting six quadruples in his go-for-broke free program at the Olympic figure skating men’s event in Gangneung Ice Arena on Saturday, landing five of them successfully.

Chen, who was in 17th place after the short program, said he “literally had nothing to lose” going into the long program, so he opted to try six quad jumps — without even telling his coach. “It was me,” he said of the decision to try six of the most challenging jumps male skaters perform. “I didn’t even tell [coach Rafael Arutunian] I was doing that.”

Chen’s monster long program score, added to his short program marks, left him at 297.35, which kept him in first place until the fifth to last skater took the ice. Even then, China’s Jin Boyang only surpassed Chen by 0.42 points.

“I definitely did want to redeem myself after the two short programs,” says Chen, who skated poorly by missing his jumps in both the team skating event and the individual men’s short program. “And I definitely did that here. Honestly, I am human, I make mistakes. Unfortunately it happened at a really bad time.”

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“His long program will be talked about forever,” says Kurt Browning, four-time world champion and three-time Olympian for Canada. Chen, in fact, won the free skate portion of the men’s event, by a comfortable 8.91 points over Hanyu, who had the second highest free skate score after a flawed program in which he stepped out of a quadruple toe loop and a triple lutz and landed four quads. Uno, too fell on his opening quad jump. “Right now [Chen] is a kid going, I just kicked in the long program, and I totally would have won this thing, man,” says Browning. But his low short program score meant he couldn’t leap to the podium unless the top skaters also faltered, and badly.

Chen admitted that while he said he would talk to his coach and training team about what to do next after his dismal short program on Friday, he actually didn’t. “I just went straight back to my bed and just lay there,” he says. “I just fell asleep, and I think that helped a lot.”

Chen also talked to his mother, who advised him to attack and fight for everything in the long program, and to remember that his performance in the short programs did not reflect who he was and what he was capable of doing.

The disastrous short program placement might have actually been a blessing for Chen in the end; with nothing to lose, the world saw what a powerful and talented skater Chen really is. In the stands, Browning, who was the first skater to land a certified quadruple jump in competition (at the 1988 world championships) could empathize with what Chen was feeling. Browning too was a gold medal favorite leading into the 1994 Olympics, but dropped to 12th after the short program. He too skated a lights-out free program and pulled himself up to fifth place. “He doesn’t even know who I am, but he and I have a lot in common,” says Browning. “Maybe some day we’ll have a long talk. Because I can help him move forward.”

Paul Wylie, Olympic silver medalist, says Chen’s feat is a reflection of the stratospheric levels to which men’s skating is reaching. “He’s 18 and he’s grown up with quad jumps,” Wylie says. “These are his triple [jumps]. In his mind the sky is the limit; he’s thinking I’m 18 and maybe I’ll do a quadruple axel, or maybe I’ll do a quint.”

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Chen received credit for five of the quad jumps, but stumbled on landing the quad flip and received some deductions for placing his hands on the ice. “It was risky,” he says of attempting the record-breaking number of quad jumps, “It was hard, but there was nothing I could lose at that point. I just wanted to put them out there and see what happened.”

Chen wasn’t the only skater to make history. Teammate Vincent Zhou, who finished sixth, became the first skater to land a quad lutz, the most challenging quad jump, at the Olympics. Hanyu is only the second skater to repeat as Olympic champion, after the U.S.’s Dick Button in 1948 and 1952. And Fernandez earned his country’s first ever medal in figure skating.

For Hanyu, the title didn’t come easily. He injured his ankle after practicing a quad jump in November, and has not competed since then. “I just thought, ‘skate,’” he says of his comeback. “Just think about skating all day, all week, every day. And I trusted.”

For the U.S. men, the competition was an unexpected ride of ups and downs. While Chen struggled in the short program, teammate Adam Rippon impressed with two clean programs and finished 10th, and also laid down an impressive skate in the team event, which helped to earn the U.S. team a bronze. “To complete three clean programs, and have a top 10 finish in the individual event and a bronze medal, this is sort of like a dream Olympic Games for me,” says Rippon, whose mother, brother and sister were in the arena waving an American flag. His huge personality while competing, and his embrace of his role as a voice for LGBTQ youth helped to earn him legions of new fans, who applauded his performances and his bravery in competing as the first openly gay athlete at a Winter Olympics.

Read more: How Adam Rippon Found His Voice and Became America’s New Winter Olympics Star

The youngest member of the 2018 U.S. Olympic team, Zhou also had a commendable debut. Not only did he become the first skater to land a quad lutz at the Olympics (in the short program), but he also executed five quads in his free program and ended up in sixth.

If there was anything the men’s Olympic skating event proved, it was that the high level of technical skill required to compete can be both a blessing and a curse. Because the points system rewards high value tricks like quad jumps, skating officials are discussing whether they cap the number of quadruple jumps they allow in a program. “It will be interesting to see what happens after the Olympics,” says Wylie. “Since the event has been so driven by the technical elements will there be a rejiggering of the artistic mark and strategies to get more artistic performances?”

Chen, for one, managed to turn the technical monkey that plagued his short program into a gift in his free skate. He wouldn’t admit it at first, but Chen says the pressure of competing at his first Games might have gotten to him initially. “As much as I tried to deny it, I think I did feel the pressure a lot before the short program, especially thinking about medals and placement and things that are completely out of my control. That tightened me up, and I was really cautious out on the ice, which is not the right way to skate. Being in such a low placement going into the long program, I allowed myself to completely forget about expectations, and allowed myself to be myself.”

Which turns out to be a pretty good comeback artist.

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Red Gerard Just Wants to Snowboard and Eat Burritos. And Win Another Olympic Gold Medal

Red Gerard is tired. Last weekend he won a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. This week he’s all over the news talking about it. And next week, he’ll be back in South Korea to compete in the men’s big air snowboarding event.

The 17-year-old was the first American to win a gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Games and he’s become something of a legend after cameras captured him dropping the f-bomb while celebrating his slopestyle win. Fans adore his carefree approach to race day — news reports described how he binge-watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine the night before his first event, woke up late and lost his jacket, and then nailed it on the mountain.

Gerard is actually that calm about competing. “I mean I kind of just treat every contest like a normal day,” he explained to TIME in a video interview in between his Olympic events.

As for what’s next, he stifled a yawn and said, ‘I just want to hang out. I’m excited for all this media stuff to be over and just start snowboarding again.” He’s also looking forward to eating some burritos.

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Two Swiss freestyle skiers are the first athletes confirmed to have been hit by a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, the Swiss Olympic team confirmed on Friday.

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Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu Has Won the Olympic Men’s Short Program

(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) — Defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan has won the Olympic men’s short program with a games-record 111.68 points.

Spain’s Javier Fernandez was second at 107.58. Hanyu’s countryman Shoma Uno was third at 104.17, followed by China’s Jin Boyang at 103.32.

Hanyu missed two months of training with an ankle injury and only recently returned to full practices. No matter, as he hit every element of a highly difficult program with precision and grace.

Two-time U.S. champion Nathan Chen, a pre-games favorite, missed on all his jumps, plummeting to 17th place with a tentative and passionless showing.

Fellow American Adam Rippon was seventh without attempting a quad in what was an intense jumping contest.

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16 People Treated for Injuries Due to High Winds at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Pyeongchang Olympic organizers say 16 people were treated for scrapes and light injuries caused by high winds whipping through some venues.

Organizing committee spokesman Sung Baik-you says 13 staff members and three spectators were injured Wednesday. All were released.

Sung says most of the damage was in the Olympic Park area in Gangneung, which is on the coast and is the base for ice hockey and other ice sports. Pyeongchang is in the mountains and houses primarily snow and ski events.

Sung says 60 temporary tents were damaged along with signs and fences. Flying debris accounted for many of the injuries.

The wind and cold that has hit the Olympics subsided on Thursday with clear skies, light winds and above-freezing temperatures across most of the venues.

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