Goodbye Old Guard

Pyeongchang 2018 Review of Day 14

2016 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Alina Zagitova IMG 3223

In fact, Evgenia Medvedeva is only 18 but the longtime Olympic favourite has already been eclipsed by a younger skater, for this year at least, her compatriot Alina Zagitova (above), as Olympic Athletes from Russia claimed gold and silver. It was a controversial result for some, because Zagitova’s moves are technically more difficult but rather less aesthetically pleasing than those of her rival, the price of an objective scoring system.

I wrote on Wednesday that Germany’s ice hockey defeat of Sweden had cleared a path to the final for Canada. However, the Germans did not agree with this assessment and so proceeded to knock Canada out of the tournament, and reach the final themselves.

The Netherlands recovered their speed skating mojo as Kjeld Nuis won the 1000m, his second gold of 2018. But even here, there were signs of an emergent new guard, with Norway in second, South Korea third and Japan fifth. Joey Mantia of Ocala, the United States, and Team World just missed a medal in fourth, but goes again in the mass start.

Sweden took the men’s biathlon relay, to deny Martin Fourcade another medal, while Kelsey Serwa won the ski cross for Canada’s fourth freestyle skiing gold of the Games.

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