PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Robert Johansson soared through the night air to land a spectacular final leap that sealed victory for Norway in the men's ski jumping team event at the Alpensia resort on Monday, Feb. 19. The Norwegians, who scored 1,098.5 points in total, were dominant throughout en route to their second ski jumping gold of the Games. Germany finished 22.8 points behind to take silver and Poland claimed the bronze. The Norwegians took a slender lead into the final round, two points ahead of the Germans and five clear of the Poles.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Canada thumped the Olympic Athletes from Russia 5-0 on Monday, Feb. 19, to book their spot in the Olympic women's ice hockey final and renew one of the Winter Games's greatest rivalries. Canada have played for gold at every Winter Games since women's hockey became part of the Olympic programme in 1998 and for the fifth time in six Winter Games will face off against the United States.
Nina Roth and the U.S. women's curling team are in the playoff hunt after a key win Monday over Denmark in round-robin action at the Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. In a must-win game, the U.S. answered with a thrilling last-rock 7-6 victory over Madeleine Dupont's Danish team. Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and teammates Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul), Aileen Geving (Duluth) and Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) are now 3-3 and tied for fourth place with Canada, China and Great Britain.
LOS ANGELES — Bubba Watson acknowledged he had thoughts of retirement last year after a form slump but they were put on hold after his two-stroke victory at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles on Sunday. Watson holed a bunker shot at the 14th hole to set the stage for achieving his career goal of a 10th PGA Tour title. The long-hitting left-hander carded a closing 69 to finish at 12-under 272 for his third victory at Riviera, after previous successes in 2014 and 2016. Fellow Americans Tony Finau (69) and Kevin Na (69) tied for second on 10-under.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Canada's men's ice hockey team beat South Korea 4-0 on Sunday, Feb. 18, to secure a bye into the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament. Canada went out on top early in the first period with a goal by Christian Thomas but the Koreans, playing before another packed house of cheering, hometown fans, were far more ready to play than in their clubbing by the Swiss a day earlier, and Canada found it hard to get their offense in gear after that.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—A Russian medalist at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is suspected of having tested positive for a banned substance, a source at the Games said on Sunday, Feb. 18, in a potential major blow to Russia's efforts to emerge from a drug-cheating scandal. Alexander Krushelnitsky, a bronze-medalist along with his wife in mixed-doubles curling, is suspected of having tested positive for meldonium, the source said. Meldonium increases blood flow which improves exercise capacity in athletes.
John Shuster's U.S. men's curling team never contended in an 8-2 loss to Japan on Sunday in a Winter Olympics round-robin match at Gangneung, South Korea. Japan scored twice in the first end and led 4-0 before the Duluth Curling Club team notched their only points in the fourth end. Japan scored twice more in the sixth and seventh ends as Team USA conceded.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Ilya Kovalchuk and Nikolai Prokhorkin each scored twice to earn the Olympic Athletes from Russia a 4-0 win over the U.S. men's ice hockey team on Saturday, Feb. 17, and claim top spot in their preliminary round group. Kovalchuk's two goals came 29 seconds apart on either side of the second intermission. The former NHL all star's first came with one second remaining in the second period and he got his second inside the first 30 seconds of the third, rifling a shot over U.S. goaltender Ryan Zapolski's left shoulder and into the top of the net.
John Shuster's Team USA men's curling team bounced back from a pair of defeats to down Denmark 9-5 on Friday at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Shuster, the team skip, and his Duluth Curling Club teammates Tyler George and John Landsteiner of Duluth and Matt Hamilton of McFarland, Wis., scored the first four points against Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne. "It's always good to come out and play a strong game and get a win," Shuster, a four-time Olympian, said in a news release. "We came out with a similar mindset tonight but executed right away."
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - - Lindsey Vonn will have to wait for a first medal at the 2018 Olympic Games after a slip and near crash towards the end of the women's super-G cost her time. The American, who won bronze in the event at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 along with downhill gold, was first to go in the race she said she was skiing for her grandfather, who died in November. "I tried," she appeared to mouth at the end of her run. Vonn—the first skier out—slipped into a tie for fifth place.