PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Team USA hit the medal board on a blustery, freezing day at the Pyeongchang Games, while Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva broke her own world record and the U.S. women's hockey team got off to a winning start. All that, and more of what you may have missed from Day 2 in Korea.
But first, what you didn't miss, events that didn't happen because of the high winds: Men's downhill skiing, which was postponed to Thursday, and women's slopestyle snowboard qualifiers, which were canceled. All 28 competitors will automatically move on to the final round Monday.
Men's snowboard slopestyle
Red Gerard put the red in "red, white and blue" Sunday by beating two Canadians to give the U.S. its first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games. At 17 years, 227 days, he is the youngest snowboard gold medalist and the third-youngest Winter Olympics gold medalist in history. Max Parrot and Mark McMorris took silver and bronze, respectively. "I'm shaking right now, maybe from the cold, or from the excitement, I don't know. But I'm ecstatic," Gerard said after the competition. "Just to land a run would have been plenty for me and to get on the podium, but to get first is crazy."
Gerard didn't grow up watching the Olympics, so it wasn't until Sunday that he realized what the big deal was. But it wasn't lost on the U.S. snowboardcross team, when it found out his score ...
- U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) February 11, 2018
Chris Mazdzer added to Team USA's medal haul on Sunday when he won the country's first medal in men's singles luge, a silver. In a surprise turn of events, back-to-back Olympic champion, Germany's Felix Loch, didn't even make the podium after a costly mistake on his fourth and final run. Austria's David Gleirscher took home the gold. And, as usual, Mazdzer had his usual cheering section of family and friends in the stands.
Sunday, we learned that the team event, which just debuted in Sochi 2014, is still confusing people:
- Leslie Jones �� (@Lesdoggg) February 11, 2018
Leslie, in case you're reading this: Yes, it was a different pair skating part. It was the second day of the team event, during which Canada strengthened its lead, and the U.S. fell to third behind the Russians. In ice dance, 2010 Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir dazzled with their intricate footwork and exquisite twizzles -- with sparkly black and gold outfits to match.
U.S. champion Bradie Tennell did not disappoint in her Olympic debut, skating a clean routine to score a personal best, but it was Medvedeva who stole the headlines. The two-time world champion had been undefeated for two years before she was sidelined with a broken foot in November. In case anyone doubted she'd recover in time to stake her claim for Olympic gold, she set a world record -- breaking her own -- in an emotional, evocative skate.
Women's ice hockey
The much-vaunted U.S. hockey team hit the ice for the first time with a 3-1 win over Finland. The Americans had an early scare after Venla Hovi scored for the Finns with six seconds left in the first period. But Team USA hit back after the first intermission, drawing even through Monique Lamoureux-Morando in the 29th minute. Less than three minutes later, Kendall Coyne scored another, before Dani Cameranesi picked up the final goal with 13 seconds left. Team USA will next face the Russian team on Tuesday.
Just as Scandinavians swept the women's skiathlon on Saturday, they did it again in the men's race ... except this time it was all just Norway. Simen Hegstad Krueger recovered from a crash on the opening lap to beat countrymen Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Hans Christer Holund to the gold. "It is an indescribable feeling," Krueger said. "It is an amazing day, but it started in the worst possible way with the fall after the first 100 meters and a broken pole." That marks Norway's 13th Winter Games medal sweep.
I could tell you what actually happened in curling, but let's be honest, this is all you need to know:
I am really Pumped watching the Winter Olympics. I am watching events I never thought I would watch before, like curling. You heard me, curling Fool!
- Mr. T (@MrT) February 11, 2018