Shiffrin golden in giant slalom
American Mikaela Shiffrin won gold in the women’s giant slalom in her Pyeongchang Olympic debut earlier today.
She used a hard-charging final run to win her second career Olympic gold medal. The 22-yearold American standout trailed by 0.20 seconds heading into the last run, but made up ground in no time by powering through ruts that had developed on the course.
Shiffrin finished 0.39 seconds ahead of Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel at Yongpyong Alpine Center. Federica Brignone of Italy captured bronze, 0.46 behind Shiffrin’s combined time of 2 minutes, 20.02 seconds. First-run leader Manuela Moelgg of Italy wound up eighth.
At the 2014 Sochi Games, Shiffrin won the slalom crown at age 18. She will defend that title tomorrow.
Canada tops U.S.
Meghan Agosta and Sara Nurse scored in the second period and defending Olympic champion Canada clinched the top spot in pool play by edging the United States, 2-1, today in an early showdown between the dominant powers in women’s hockey.
Genevieve Lacasse made 44 saves, including stopping Hilary Knight at the post inside the final 90 seconds. Brianne Decker hit two posts, the second in the final seconds, before the two rivals ended up in a scrum.
Kendall Coyne scored the lone goal for the Americans.
Canada and the United States are the only countries to ever win gold at the Olympics. The Americans won gold in 1998 when women’s hockey joined the Olympics, while Canada is here looking for a fifth straight gold medal.
They played eight times last fall through a preOlympic exhibition tour and the Four Nations Cup. The United States won two of the first three, but Canada now has won five straight against their biggest, and only, rival in the sport.
Shaun White apologized after dismissing the sexual misconduct allegations made against him in a 2016 lawsuit as “gossip” shortly after winning his third Olympic gold medal in the men’s halfpipe.
White has been the dominant snowboarder for more than a decade, winning gold medals in 2006, ’10 and again this year, completing a comeback after finishing fourth in ’14. As he was competing late Tuesday, many on social media resurfaced the details from the lawsuit by a former drummer in White’s rock band, Bad Things. Lena Zawaideh said White sexually harassed her and refused to pay her wages after he fired her. The lawsuit was settled in May for an undisclosed amount.
White was asked during a news conference if the allegations might tarnish his reputation. “I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,” he said. “I don’t think so.”
Yesterday, White said on NBC’s “Today” show he used “a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject.”
“I’m just truly sorry. I was so overwhelmed with just wanting to talk about how amazing today was and share my experience.”
Dutch speed on
Jorien Ter Mors won the gold medal in the 1,000 meters and kept the Netherlands perfect in speedskating with five wins in five races. She set an Olympic record in the 1,000 at 1 minute, 13.56 seconds, and posted the fastest time any woman has ever skated at sea level over the distance. Nao Kodaira and Miho Takagi, expecting to finish 1-2 for Japan, had to settle for silver-bronze.