Eric Frenzel of Germany won back-to-back gold medals in the normal hill Nordic combined event.
Frenzel placed fifth in the ski jumping portion, and so started 36 seconds behind the first skier. But he caught up quickly and joined a group of four in the front of the pack. He outsprinted them all at the finish for the repeat gold.
Shaun White Does It Again
Shaun White, the snowboarding legend, landed back-to-back 1440s in his final run to claim the gold medal. After holding the early lead, he had slipped to second behind Ayumu Hirano of Japan.
On his winning run, White soared high above the pipe, ran off a run of staggeringly difficult tricks and landed them all. The result, a 97.75, won him his third gold medal. Full coverage: here.
Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China had the best score in the short program of the pairs event. They were followed by Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada.
“I was very emotional today,” Sui said. “Even when I was putting on my makeup, I was already crying. I just felt very nervous. But after we got on the ice and finished our routine I realized there’s all there is to it.”
The lone American pair, Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim, placed 14th, good enough to make the final on Thursday.
Mikaela Shiffrin will have to wait to start going for gold as the women’s slalom was delayed until Friday because of high winds. The giant slalom, already delayed once, is scheduled for Thursday.
Here’s What You Missed:
Stina Nilsson of Sweden won the women’s cross country sprint race. An American, Jessica Diggins, made the six-woman final, but missed out on a medal, finishing sixth. No American has won a cross-country medal since Bill Koch took home a silver in 1976. The sprint race was in the classic skiing style, which Americans have long struggled with.
Marcel Hirscher of Austria won his first Olympic gold, in the Alpine combined event. Hirscher, who had won six world championships without an Olympic gold, skied an excellent 12th in the downhill portion, not his best event. He then scorched the slalom, recording the best time.
Chloe Kim, the 17-year-old American snowboarding phenom, won the women’s halfpipe. She dazzled from the start with a score of 93.75 on her first run, and no one came close to beating that mark. On her third and final run, with the gold medal clinched, she executed a victory lap that scored 98.25. The silver went to Liu Jiayu of China, with 89.75, and Arielle Gold of the United States had a strong third run, scoring 85.75.
Here’s What’s Next:
Twice the luge fun, as the doubles competition is held.
Nordic combined gets underway.
Heather Bergsman of the United States is a contender in the women’s 1,000 meters speed skating.
The American men begin their hockey campaign, against Slovenia.