North American Dreams

Pyeongchang 2018 Review of Day 12

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There were headlines galore in the women’s cross country team sprint. Kikkan Randall (above left) and Jessica Diggins (above right) took gold to give the United States its first medal in the sport, in what has otherwise been a disappointing Games for the country.

Norway won bronze in the same race, and Marit Bjoergen, who was not even certain to be picked, broke her compatriot Ole Einar Bjoerndalen’s record, with a Winter Olympic tally of 14 medals. She could increase her total to 15 on Sunday in the mass start event.

Norway added gold medals to its list in the men’s team sprint and, in speed skating, the men’s team pursuit, where it knocked out the Netherlands in the semi-finals. The force which has recently been dominant lost again in the women’s pursuit, this time to Japan.

Germany also added a gold, through Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz in bobsleigh, but still seems to be letting Norway run away with top spot in the medal table. Lindsey Vonn won a third Olympic medal with bronze in the downhill and Sofia Goggia of Italy stood on top of the podium. Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather missed out, in fourth place.

Apart from Bjoergen and Weirather, the only other members of Team World in action were Finland’s men’s ice hockey team, who were sadly knocked out by Canada, unlike Finland’s women, who secured a bronze. Meanwhile, Sweden’s men were shocked by Germany in overtime, easing Canada’s path to the final, even without its NHL players.

Despite its curling rink skipped by Rachel Homan being eliminated, it was a successful day for Canada, in which Brady Leman won the ski cross. Canada is on track to be third in the medal table, and win even more medals than when it hosted the Games in 2010.

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