It was another day of high drama in Pyeongchang with golds for Germany, Hungary and China among others and an unprecedented “Miracle on Ice.” Revisit all of the action here.
Day 13 in Pyeongchang will go down in the history books with a number of Olympic firsts, medal droughts ended and records broken.
Hungary managed to pull off all three feats. Their men’s 5000m short-track speed skating relay team romped home in an Olympic-record time to win the country’s first ever gold at the Winter Games and their first medal of any description since 1980.
Elsewhere on the track, China’s Wu set a new world record to take the 500m honors.
In the ice hockey, the USA women’s team snatched gold in dramatic style against arch-rivals Canada. In the first ever shootout in a women’s Olympic final, the US ended Canada’s dream of five straight golds to secure their first Olympic triumph since the inaugural women’s ice hockey event in 1998.
The German men’s Nordic combined team got their hands on a first gold medal since 1988 to complete an Olympic and world championship double.
But arguably the story of the day came from two 16-year-olds from New Zealand. The country had waited 26 years to add to their one and only Olympic medal when Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous grabbed two for the Kiwis on the same day in snowboarding and freestyle skiing respectively.
As it happened
14:47 – That’s all from Pyeongchang for today, we’ll be back on Friday with more action on the slopes and the ice.
Coming up in the medal stakes on Day 14 (All times are CET)
- Men’s 4×7.5km Biathlon relay (12:15)
- Ladies’ Single Skating free skate (2:00)
- Ladies’ Ski Cross (3:20)
- Men’s 1000m Speed Skating (11:00)
- Men’s Curling – Bronze game (7:35)
14:45 – Recommended reading: Catch up on our more detailed reports on events of the day, including the Russian curler being stripped of his bronze, the US beating Canada in the women’s ice hockey and, away from the Olympics, former Bayern star Douglas Costa admitting match-fixing.
14:42 – It’s all over in the curling! The US are in the final after a tense final end and 5-3 win against Canada. They’ll now face Sweden for gold.
14:27 – Canada pull one back going into the 10th end. 4-3 to the US and all to play for.
13:51 – It’s all over in the first men’s curling semi-final. Sweden beat Switzerland 9-3 to advance to the gold game, while the US are currently leading Canada 4-2 in the 9th end.
13:33 – That’s the last of the medal events for Day 13. Just the curling semi-finals to wrap up for the day. Plenty of awards handed out today, here are the all the golds:
- Belarus: Women’s 4x6km Biathlon relay
- Hungary: Men’s 5000m Short-Track speed skating relay
- Netherlands: Ladies’ 1000m Short-Track speed skating
- China: Men’s 500m Short-Track speed skating
- Germany: Men’s Nordic Combined Team Gundersen
- USA: Women’s Ice Hockey
- Switzerland: Ladies’ Alpine Combined
- Sweden: Men’s Slalom
- USA: Men’s Ski Halfpipe
- Austria: Ladies’ Big Air Snowboard
13:27 – GOLD FOR BELARUS! Darya Domracheva carries the flag home to seal the gold medal in the women’s 4x6km biathlon relay. Sweden arrive a short while later to claim silver and France gets the bronze. Germany cross the line in seventh place.
13:24 – We’re approaching the home straight inthe Biathlon. Belarus lead but only 15 seconds ahead of the Swedes and the French. All three medals are still up for grabs.
13:10 – GOLD FOR HUNGARY! A tactical masterpiece seals gold for the Hungarians. Their first ever at the Winter games and it is a new Olympic record of 6.31.971. Silver for China and bronz goes to Canada.
13:08 – Time to check in on the speed skating. In the men’s 5000m relay, China lead with 10 laps to go. But there is nothing in this.
13:02 – Italy enter the 6th shoot in first place, but leave it in fourth. Belarus now have the lead over Poland and Slovakia. But there is very little to choose between the top six.
12:50 – At the second change, Finland lead with a 24-second gap to France and a whole bunch of others all jostling for the silver position. Germany are way off the pace.
12:45 – It’s back and forth in very difficult conditions in the Biathlon, windy, snowy and wet. Italy now lead just ahead of Finland. Slovakia are down to eigth after Kuzmina had to do a penalty lap.
12:36 – Time to catch up on the Biathlon again. We’re on the second leg of the relay and Slovakia lead after the shooting gallery, 15 seconds ahead of Norway.
12:34 – GOLD FOR NETHERLANDS! What a finish in the speed skating! Suzanne Schulting takes it for the Netherlands after the two South Koreans wiped each other out in the final lap. Silver for Canada and bronze for Italy.
12:30 – Back to the ice. Disappointment for the home crowd int eh men’s event as Korea missed out on gold. But they have a strong favorite in the ladies’ 1000m event in the shape of Choi Minjeong.
12:27 – Italy now lead in the Biathlon, ahead of the US after the second shoot. But Germany have to complete a penalty lap.
12:22 – GOLD FOR CHINA – Wu takes the men’s 500m speed skating honors ahead of two South Koreans! And it’s a new world record time as Wu sweeps to victory in 39.584 seconds.
12:20 – No mistakes for Germany at the first shoot in the Biathlon, but the USA are out the quickest and take an early lead.
12:18 – DEAFENING ROAR ALERT The line-up for the men’s short track speed skating final is complete and is just about to get underway, with two South Koreans competing
12:14 – No time to rest, the next event is up and running and there is another medal chance for Germany in the women’s 4x6km Biathlon relay.
12:05 – GOLD FOR GERMANY! The Nordic Combined team romp home to take their first gold in this event since 1988. They simply obliterated the rest of the field. World champions and now Olympic champions as well.
12:01 – This is turning into a victory procession for Germany. At the halfway stage of the final lap, they are 1.26 minutes ahead of Austria.
11:54 – The final change and Germany are now 1 minute ahead of Austria. Johannes Rydzek will barely have to break sweat to see this gold through for Germany.
11:48 – Eric Frenzel is doing the business here. At the halfway stage, he’s 51 seconds ahead of the chasing pack of Norway, Japan and Austria.
11:42 – All change! Not with the leader though, Germany are setting a blistering pace and make the third change with an imposing 42 second lead. Eric Frenzel is off and away for Germany en route to his third gold of the games.
11:37 – At the halfway stage of the second leg, Germany are now a whopping 44 seconds ahead! This smells like a medal…
11:32 – It’s a 12 second lead for Germany over Norway and Austria after the first change. Fabian Riessle is really going for it.
11:29 – Germany make the first attack just before the change and open up an increasingy gap to the Austrians, who fall behind Norway. Clever running by Geiger.
11:24 – Five minutes in, Germany and Austria are neck-and-neck, with Norway over 10 seconds behind,
11:14 – Medal alert! We’Re about to get underway in the Nordic Combined. It’s the 4×5 km relay part of the team event. Germany are looking strong and have high hopes of a medal, starting just six seconds behind leaders at this stage, Austria
10:04 – Very much a sense of the calm before the storm at the moment as we wait for the medal bonanza just after 11. Five golds still up for grabs and then there’s the not insignificant matter of the men’s curling semi-final.
While you wait, relive the drama of the women’s ice hockey…
09:32 – After the drama of the hockey, it’s probably time for a quick medal recap so far today:
- USA: Women’s Ice Hockey
- Switzerland: Ladies’ Alpine Combined
- Sweden: Men’s Slalom
- USA: Men’s Ski Halfpipe
- Austria: Ladies’ Big Air Snowboard
09:16 – Read the full story on Krushelnitsky having his bronze medal stripped .
08:50 – BREAKING – Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been found guilty of doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has just announced. Krushelnitsky had won bronze with the Olympic Athletes frohaving his bronze medal m Russia mixed doubles curling team, but was disqualified from the competition and has lost his medal.
08:25 – Drama that will live long in the memory. The US hadn’t beaten Canada since that inaugural 1998 final and then that! A late equalizer and the first-ever shootout in an Olympic women’s final. Let the party start.
08:12 – GOLD FOR THE US! 3-2 in the sudden death! Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson as cool as ice with the finish and then Canada see their effort saved! A first Olympic gold for the US women’s hockey team since 1998. Against Canada. Who had won their last 24 matches in the Olympics.
08:10 – Unstoppable! 2-2 after two beautifully-taken penalties. One-handed finesse from the Canadians and raw power for the Americans. Then, both temas miss the next two. Sudden death now.
08:08 – Still all-square. Both keepers do their job.
08:08 – Canada are level! 1-1 after the US see their effort saved.
08:07 – Spooner misses the first for Canada! And Marvin somehow crashes the penalty home for the US!
08:01 – HOW CLOSE CAN YOU GET? Canada almost seal gold twice in quick succession, but a superhuman save by Maddie Rooney keeps the US in it. This is going to to penalties.
07:58 – 1 minute to go and Canada are taking a time ou, but they are a player up for the last minute.
07:49 – Back over the hockey … We’re in sudden death overtime and favorites Canada are on the ropes somewhat. Going for their fifth straight gold in women’s hockey, they’ve only got eight minutes left to find a winner before the face-off. The US have had 387 shots to Canada’s 28.
07:44 – GOLD for Switzerland! Michelle Gisin is the winner out of all this drama after she topped even Shiffrin (who takes silver). Wendy Holdener makes it two Swiss on the podium.
07:33 – CAN YOU ACTUALLY BELIEVE IT? I cannot at all. Lindsey Vonn splits one of the gates with her skis and that’s her race run. She will not medal. Truly incredible how many skiers have failed to finish with a medal within their grasp today.
07:26 – There are more twists in this Ladies’ Alpine than in a William Shakespeare play! Shiffrin steals down the mountain and finishes fastest. Top-two finish for the US maybe?
07:23 – It is overtime in the hockey – and the Canadians look a little nervous.
Meanwhile in the Ladies’ Alpine, here come the top 8. Is it going to be gold for Vonn, or will she suffer the same agony as Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen and miss a gate?
07:11 – How many times have we said it this morning? Sport is the best! The US have equalized with six minutes left! It’s 2-2 now. Is that the sound of overtime I hear?
06:58 – Now it’s time for the slalom part of the Ladies’ Alpine Combined. Can Lindsey Vonn add to her bronze in the downhill with an even better medal here? She is in the lead after part one and so will be the last one of 22 skiers to head down the slalom today. Ragnhild Mowinckel could well snatch victory from Vonn again though – the Norwegian set the second fastest time.
06:31 – Who wants these Games to end? Just fantastic sport wherever you look. Canada hold that 2-1 lead over the US in the Women’s ice hockey final at the end of the second period. My best friend just sent me a text to say how incredible the reflexes of the goalies are. “Reactions of a cat” was the quote and he’s absolutely right. So tense out on the ice right now!
06:28 – GOLD for Sweden! Can you believe it? Kristoffersen slips and misses a gate, a bit like Hirscher in the first run and the gold is all Myhrer’s… In his fourth Olympics, the 35-year-old wins his second Olympic medal (won bronze in the slalom in Vancouver). Huge for him and for Sweden. What a dramatic finish!
06:23 – Andre Myhrer from Sweden leads! He will certainly medal. Just a question of what color now… Kristoffersen up next.
06:22 – We just might be! Victor Muffat-Jeandet has botched his finish and throws a good advantage to finish in fifth. A big surprise. The Frenchman looks disappointed too.
06:18 – Will we be remembering Ramon Zenhaeusern’s name today? He still leads…
06:16 – Is it going to be the fifth consecutive gold for Team Canada? They’re in the lead now…
06:05 – The top 10 approaches in the men’s slalom as we step closer towards finding out who will win gold. The lead keeps changing, but right now it’s Austria’s Michael Matt who has it (brother of the defending champion Mario Matt).
Also, Canada have equalized in the ice hockey final. It’s 1-1 now, six minutes into the second.
05:41 – With just 25 seconds left in the first period, the US Ladies have taken the lead against Canada.
05:30 – The men’s slalom second run starts and Pole Michal Jasiczek is the first up and the first one not to finish too. Hopefully we won’t see much of that… Kristoffersen’s time still the one to beat, but Myhrer and Muffat-Jeandet are also in the hunt.
05:06 – Time for hockey! Canada vs. US in the women’s final. Canada have won gold in the last four Olympics, beating the US in two of them. Can the US end a 20-year wait and win their first Olympic title since the inception of the event? Time to find out!
04:51 – You wait 26 years for Winter Olympic medals and two come at once.
04:45 – GOLD for USA! The standard here is just breathtaking. David Wise’s historic run means he defends his title, Alex Ferreira improves on his remarkable second run of 96.00 to go 96.40 which gives him silver. And remarkably, 16-year-old Kiwi, Nico Porteous takes a bronze. What a day for New Zealand in the Winter Olympics!
04:40 – Kiwi Beau-James Wells delivers an awesome run, but he can’t break into the top four. Then Torin Yater-Wallace has a go, but he hits the lip hard coming down and that is his challenge over. Ouch. The American scrapes his back on the ice and looks in some discomfort, but he can ski down. Gladiators in an ice halfpipe – that’s what this is.
04:29 – HISTORY! The defending champion David Wise has had a quiet Olympics so far, but he has just become the first man in Olympic history to land four double corks and that gives him 97.20 and one hand on the gold he’s looking to defend! Just incredible sport happening in Pyeongchang right now.
04:15 – Two hours after the first one, OH MY! America’s Alex Ferreira responds in remarkable style to Porteous’ lead by delivering a near-perfect run. 96.00 is the score on the board! Surely unbeatable?
04:08 – Is this going to be New Zealand’s best ever Winter Olympics? Sixteen-year-old Nico Porteous has top spot after two runs in the men’s ski halfpipe. Torin Ayter-Wallace has an incredible second run, but falls onto the lip on the last one to spoil an otherwise incredible effort.
04:02 – Well, well. Mikaela Shiffrin, the woman many feel will take up the skiing flag for the US after Vonn retires, cannot challenge the 33-year-old. Shiffrin is 1.98 off the pace. Vonn hasn’t won a combined event since 2012. Is this the day that changes?
03:55 – In the Ladies’ Combine, Lindsey Vonn is in the lead! She has just skied faster than yesterday and takes top spot off the lady who bumped her down to bronze yesterday (Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel). The American points to the camera! Maybe there’s a twist in Vonn’s final Olympic tale?
03:53 – The men’s skiing halfpipe is underway in spectacular fashion. After Canada’s Noah Bowman laid down a big score (89.40), American Alex Ferreira went even bigger (92.60). That’s run one done. Two more to go.
03:35 – The Ladies’ Alpine Combined has started and we’ll know the medal winner some time after 07:00 this morning. This is a two-part event, as the name suggests. First up is the Downhill, then at 07:00 is the Slalom. The best two times there will get you a medal. Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin has set the early time to beat.
03:25 – Well, a poor 9th end looks to have cost Team GB big time in the curling. Switzerland storm in to score five big points (a rare sight in curling) and they now lead 9-5, which the GB know is too much. Switzerland have that playoff spot against the Swedish.
03:01 – Speaking of how great sport is, even the bronze medal winner in the Ladies’ Big Air has a great story – and still just 16 as well!
02:58 – The first part of the men’s slalom is nearly over. It’s Kristoffersen, Myhrer and Muffat-Jeandet in the top three spots. Part two coming in just over two and a half hours.
02:52 – GOLD for Austria! Anna Gasser follows up her X Games win with a first Olympic medal. What a moment. Fair to say that was a fantastic exhibition of quality and bravery from the ladies there, and in true Olympic fashion it has stirred up some inspiration for perhaps future medal winners – at least for Stephanie. Who doesn’t love sport?
02:49 – OH MY! Anna Gasser has just stolen gold out of the hands of Jamie Anderson. Under the pressure, Gasser just delivers a remarkable double cab 1080. Remarkable. The score is 96.00 as well! Just incredible.
02:42 – Anderson goes big and very nearly lands the 1080, but just at the end the back of the board hits hard and she slips into the landing. The jump is not judged, which leaves Gasser. Just before her Kiwi Synnott goes for it with an incredible trick, but also fails to land it. These ladies are bold and then some!
02:22 – Not long until it’s medal time in the Ladies’ Big Air. Anna Gasser posted 85.50 and 89 on her first two runs, and that second one was spectacular (Michelle said it better). But it’s Anderson who leads still after a 87.25 score followed up on that big 90 to start. It will be a two horse race for the gold…
02:21 – Kristoffersen leads with 47.72. Sweden’s Andre Myhrer just 0.21 behind him. This is the halfway stage, but it will be a close one to call by the time of the second run at 05:30 CET.
02:17 – Over in the curling, Team GB lead 4-3 at the halfway stage. Is a semifinal spot beckoning?
02:08 – The men’s slalom has started. While this is just the first of two runs, the eyes of the skiing world will still be on Marcel Hirscher. Just before him though is Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen, a skiing talent. He registers the fastest time so far. And now for Hirscher… Oh my! The Austrian skids and falls early and that is his race done! He won’t be winning treble gold at Pyeongchang! What a shock! Anyone’s to win now.
01:42 – Watch out! Jamie Anderson, gold winner of the Slopestyle in Pyeongchang, from the US delivers a huge trick, grabbing the board and flipping around twice. Her score is 90.00 and that is the benchmark. The winner of this event in the X Games in Aspen earlier this year was Austria’s Anna Gasser (last to run today) won with a score of 86.00. Is it already Anderson’s to lose?
01:31 – Jessika Jenson from the US starts us off and well, doesn’t do so well. She gets a face full of snow for her efforts. Fear not, there are three runs to score big.
Over in the curling, Great Britain are playing Switzerland for the right to play Sweden in the semifinals. It’s 2-1 GB after the first two ends.
01:27 – And so the day begins! The first run of the Ladies’ Big Air starts shortly. Remember, this is a new Olympic event so whoever wins here, will be the first Winter Olympic Big Air champion. Not a bad record to have in history, I suppose.
00:45 – joeun achimimnida! I think that’s the right Korean for good morning. In fact, it literally means ‘The morning is good’ and one look at the events on Day 13 certainly proves that. There are ten medals on offer, including five before most of the Western world wakes up. Of particular interest will be the Men’s Slalom where Marcel Hirscher might win a remarkable treble gold. On the ice, it’s time to find out whether Canada or America’s women will take glory.
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