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Olympic Update: Mack, Corning, Gerard Advance to Big Air Medal Round

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
February, 21 2018
Kyle Mack advanced to the big air medal round out of the first qualifying heat Tuesday. (Getty Images - Al Bello)
Kyle Mack advanced to the big air medal round out of the first qualifying heat Tuesday. (Getty Images - Al Bello)

ALPINE
Downhill Bronze for Vonn

Racing in her final Olympic downhill race, four-time Olympian Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) won the bronze medal, leading three Americans into the top-seven Wednesday at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
"This is hard for me – I have so many emotions – this is my last Olympic downhill race in my career," Vonn said. "I am sad this is my last Olympics, I want to keep racing and I would love to be in the next Olympics, but I don’t think my body can take it.
"I wanted to win for my grandfather, but I think he would still be happy with bronze," Vonn added. "That is what counts. My family is proud of me – I am proud of me – and today, bronze feels like gold."
Vonn will compete in one more Olympic event, the alpine combined, which includes one run of downhill and one run of slalom Thursday. Joining her will be Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) and Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Mass.), who will be competing in her first Olympic race. The downhill is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. KT / 9:30 p.m. EST Wednesday. The second run slalom starts at 3:00 p.m. KT / 1:00 a.m. EST … READ MORE / RESULTS / START LIST

Kasper To Lead Team USA in Slalom
Three-time Olympian Nolan Kasper (Warren, Vt.) will lead Team USA in the men’s slalom Thursday, first run scheduled for 10:00 a.m. KT / 8:00 p.m. EST Wednesday. Joining Kasper on Team USA will be David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, Colo.) and Mark Engel (Truckee, Calif.). The second run is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. KT / 11:30 p.m. EST Wednesday.
START LIST
Men’s slalom

 

FREESKI
Men’s Halfpipe Finals Thursday

Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.), Alex Ferreira (Aspen, Colo.), Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, Colo.) and David Wise (Reno. Nev.), the defending halfpipe gold medalist, compete in the medal round Thursday, 11:30 a.m. KT / 9:30 p.m. EST Wednesday at Phoenix Snow Park.
START LIST
Men’s Halfpipe

 

CROSS COUNTRY
Diggins, Randall Win Historic Gold

Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, Alaska) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) won the team sprint to give the United States its first-ever Olympic gold medal in cross country skiing.
“It’s a dream come true,” Randall said. “When Jessie and I won the World Championship together in 2013, I got to see that a team medal is worth far more than any individual accolade. What really kept me going over the last four years was trying to contribute towards a team medal, and to do it here and get to go with Jessie one more time, it's amazing.”
“This team brings out the absolute best in me and we had so many people working so hard to give us this opportunity,” Diggins said. “Kikkan and I both knew our jobs, and we both did them well today. That feeling of being able to cross the line and have Kikkan tackle me was the coolest thing ever.”
In the chaos of the finish, Diggins laughed when admitting she had to ask Kikkan what had just happened. Kikkan told her they had won!
In the men’s team sprint, Team USA of Erik Bjornsen (Anchorage) and Simi Hamilton (Aspen, Colo.) finished sixth, the best Olympic result ever for the United States in men’s cross country skiing. … READ MORE / RESULTS

 

SNOWBOARD
Mack, Corning, Gerard Advance to Big Air Medal Round

Kyle Mack (West Bloomfield, Mich.), Chris Corning (Silverthorne, Colo.) and Red Gerard (Silverthorne, Colo.) advanced to the medal round in big air competition at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Center.  Ryan Stassel (Anchorage, Alaska) finished 13th in qualifying heat 2 and did not advance to the finals.
The medal round is scheduled for Saturday, 10:00 a.m. KT / 8:00 p.m. EST Friday.
RESULTS
Qualifying heat 1
Qualifying heat 2

START LIST
Men’s big air finals

Women’s Big Air Finals Thursday
Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.), Julia Marino (Westport, Conn.) and Jessika Jenson (Rigby, Idaho) will represent Team USA in the big air finals Thursday, 9:30 a.m. KT / 7:30 p.m. EST Wednesday.
START LIST
Women’s big air finals

 

HOW TO WATCH
*All times EST.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21
NBC
3:00-5:00 p.m. - Team sprint qualifying
8:00-11:00 p.m. - Men's slalom first run (live), men's halfpipe skiing finals (live), team sprint finals.
11:35 p.m.-12:30 a.m. - Men's slalom second run (live)

NBCSN
1:30-5:00 p.m. - Medal Ceremony

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
7:30-9:15 p.m. - Women's big air snowboarding finals (Thursday)
8:00-10:20 p.m. - Men's slalom first run (Thursday)
9:00-10:25 p.m. - Women's alpine combined downhill (Thursday)
9:30-11:00 p.m. - Men's halfpipe skiing finals (Thursday)
11:45 p.m.-1:40 a.m. - Men's slalom second run (Thursday)

THURSDAY, FEB. 22
NBC
3:00-5:00 p.m. Nordic combined relay jump
8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. - Women's alpine combined downhill (live), women's big air snowboarding (live)
12:35-2:00 a.m. - Women's alpine combined slalom

NBCSN
5:20 -7:45 a.m. - Nordic combined relay
7:45-10:45 a.m. - Medal Ceremony

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
5:00-7:00 a.m. - Medal Ceremony (live)
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
12:30-1:45 a.m. - Women's alpine combined slalom
2:30-3:10 a.m. - Nordic combined team large hill jump
5:20-6:20 a.m. - Nordic combined 4x5k team event

FRIDAY, FEB. 23
NBC
8:00-11:00 p.m. - Alpine team event, big air snowboarding (live), men's parallel GS snowboarding.

NBCSN
12:30-4:00 p.m. - Medals Ceremony, men's 50k classic mass start (live)

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
5:00-7:00 a.m. - Medal Ceremony (live)
12:30-1:00 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
8:00-9:45 p.m. - Men's big air snowboarding (Saturday)
9:00-10:55 p.m. - Alpine team event (Saturday)
10:00-11:30 p.m. - Parallel giant slalom snowboarding (Saturday)

Diggins, Randall Win Historic Olympic Gold

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
February, 21 2018
Kikkan Randall and Diggins Jessica celebrate winning gold during the women's Cross Country team sprint at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre Wednesday. (Getty Images - Nils Petter Nilsson)
Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall celebrate winning gold during the women's cross country team sprint at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre Wednesday. (Getty Images - Nils Petter Nilsson)

Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, Alaska) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) won the team sprint to give the United States its first-ever women's Olympic gold medal in cross country skiing.

“It’s a dream come true,” Randall said. “I got to see in 2013 when we won the World Championships that a team gold is worth far more than any individual accolade. What really kept me going over the last four year was trying to contribute towards a team medal here, and to do it here and get to go with Jessie one more time, it's amazing.”

“This team brings out the absolute best in me and we had so many people working so hard to give us this opportunity,” Diggins said. “Kikkan and I both knew our jobs, and we both did them well today. That feeling of being able to cross the line and have Kikkan tackle me was the coolest thing ever.”

In the chaos of the finish, Diggins laughed when admitting she had to ask Kikkan what had just happened. Kikkan told her they had won!

Team USA easily advanced through the early rounds, and after winning the semifinal, Randall and Diggins only seemed to get faster.

“I actually felt better every round today,” Randall said. “I felt strong in the semifinal, I was actually trying to conserve some energy, so in the final, I felt strong and stronger.”

Coming into the finals, both knew they had a job to do, and were determined to not only win a medal but win the race outright.

“Being so close to the medals this week so many times this week, I knew I was in good shape and I knew it could happen,” Diggins said. “I just felt unstoppable. I’m in the best shape of my life.

“A medal is not enough anymore, I wanted to win this stuff,” Diggins added. “I’m going to give this absolutely everything I can and play a tactical, smart race and see how it pans out. At that point, you’ve got nothing to lose.”

In the six-lap final, Randall set the early pace with Team Norway and Team Olympic Athletes from Russia right with her, tagging off to Diggins in fourth position, who then moved into third on the second exchange.

“Lap one I was skiing a little more conservative … so lap two I really started pushing the pace and trying to tire out some of the more pure sprinters,” said Diggins, who set a blistering pace matched only by Norway and Sweden. Following the final exchange, Diggins pushed the pace even further before playing a supreme tactical game down the stretch.

“Then on lap three I just went for it, and then purposely hung back a little bit because I wanted to come into the downhill third to be able to get the draft and get a slingshot into a really good position,” added Diggins, who out-sprinted Sweden’s Stina Nilsson for the gold by 0.19 seconds. “Then around that final corner, I felt kind of like I was coiling a spring and letting it go, giving it everything that I had and digging as deep as I could and leaving it all out there.”

In the men’s team sprint, Team USA of Erik Bjornsen (Anchorage, Alaska) and Simi Hamilton (Aspen, Colo.) finished sixth, the best Olympic result ever for the United States in men’s cross country skiing.

“We’re proud of what we accomplished,” Hamilton said. “Obviously it’s always our goal to be on the podium. We both know that we can be up there and maybe someday we will.”

RESULTS
Women’s team sprint
Men’s team sprint
 

Downhill Bronze For Vonn

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
February, 20 2018
Lindsey Vonn took the downhill bronze medal Wednesday at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (Getty Images - Alexander Hassenstein)
Lindsey Vonn took the downhill bronze medal Wednesday at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (Getty Images - Alexander Hassenstein)

Racing in her final Olympic downhill race, four-time Olympian Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) won the bronze medal, leading three Americans into the top-seven Wednesday at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre.

"This is hard for me – I have so many emotions – this is my last Olympic downhill race in my career," said Vonn after winning her third career Olympic medal. "I am sad this is my last Olympics, I want to keep racing and I would love to be in the next Olympics, but I don’t think my body can take it.

"I wanted to win for my grandfather, but I think he would still be happy with bronze," Vonn added. "That is what counts. My family is proud of me – I am proud of me – and today, bronze feels like gold."

Competing in her second Olympic Winter Games, Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) came out of the 14th start position to finish fifth, while Breezy Johnson (Victor, Idaho), who was competing in her first Olympics, finished seventh. Two-time Olympian Laurenne Ross (Bend, Ore.) was 15th.

"Lindsey is one of the greatest of all time, it’s an honor to have competed alongside her and been her teammate for the last nine years," McKennis said. "I’ve seen everything she’s gone through and her perseverance has been inspiring. That perseverance has helped me through my own struggles. She is going to leave a huge legacy behind."

Italy’s Sofia Goggia, who along with Vonn was one of the pre-race favorites after winning both the super-G and downhill test events on the Jeongseon Downhill course last season, laid down the gold medal run coming out of the fifth start position. Vonn, starting seventh, picked up time on the lower portion of the course, but came up almost a half-second short of Goggia’s gold-medal time, slotting in second at 0.49-seconds back.

Vonn held onto the silver-medal position until Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel, starting bib 19, took a shot at Goggia’s winning time, coming up just 0.09 second short to take the silver and knock Vonn into the bronze medal position. For Mowinckel, it was her second silver medal of the PyeongChang Games after finishing second to Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) in the giant slalom.

Vonn will compete in one more Olympic event, the alpine combined, which includes one run of downhill and one run of slalom Thursday. Joining her will be Shiffrin and Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Mass.), who will be competing in her first Olympic race. The downhill is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. KT / 9:30 p.m. EST Wednesday. The second run slalom starts at 3:00 p.m. KT / 1:00 a.m. EST

RESULTS
Women’s downhill

START LIST
Women's alpine combined

Olympic Update: ‘All or nothing’ For Vonn in Downhill

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
February, 20 2018
Lindsey Vonn and Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway fist bump after the third training downhill training run Tuesday at Jeongseon Alpine Centre. (Getty Images - Alexander Hassenstein)
Lindsey Vonn and Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway fist bump after the third training downhill training run Tuesday at Jeongseon Alpine Centre. (Getty Images - Alexander Hassenstein)

Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) finished fourth and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) was fifth in the third and final downhill training run at at Jeongseon Alpine Centre.

“I feel confident, I feel good and I’m going to give it my all tomorrow and we’ll see what happens,” Vonn told NBC following her final training run. “It’s all or nothing - same as super-G. I’m just going to give it all I have.”

Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill gold medalist, starts with bib 7 in Wednesday’s downhill, scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. KT / 9:00 p.m. EST Tuesday.

Joining Vonn for Team USA will be Breezy Johnson (Victor, Idaho), Laurenne Ross (Bend. Ore.) and Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, Colo.). Shiffrin will not start the downhill in order to focus on Thursday’s alpine combined.

RESULTS
Women’s downhill training run 3

START LIST
Women’s downhill

 

FREESKI
Sigourney Grabs Halfpipe Bronze
Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.) nailed her final run to grab the halfpipe bronze medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games Tuesday morning at Phoenix Snow Park.

Sigourney put down solid scores in her first two runs to rank third going into the final run. Fellow American Annalisa Drew (Andover, Mass.) briefly overtook Sigourney with a strong final run score of 90.80, but Sigourney responded, earning 91.60 to cement her bronze medal finish.
Cassie Sharpe of Canada won the gold medal with 95.80 points, as Marie Martinod of France, who took silver with 92.60 points. Drew finished fourth.

"I just feel to proud and honored to are a part of this group of girls," said Sigourney. "It was such an inspiring competition. They put down the greatest runs I’ve ever seen in a halfpipe." … READ MORE

All Four Team USA Skiers Advance to Medal Round
Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.), Alex Ferreira (Aspen, Colo.), Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, Colo.) and David Wise (Reno. Nev.), the defending ski halfpipe gold medalist,  all qualified for the medal round Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. KT / 9:00 p.m. EST Tuesday at Phoenix Snow Park.

Blunck led the way in qualifying with a score of 94.40 on his second run, which surpassed Ferreira, whose 92.60 was the best first-run score. Torin Yater-Wallace scored 89.60 on his first run to place third. Wise rallied to a 79.60 on his second run to finish eighth.

RESULTS
Men's halfpipe qualifying

START LIST
Men’s Halfpipe

 

CROSS COUNTRY
Randall, Diggins and Bjornsen, Hamilton Ready for Team Sprint

Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, Alaska) and Jessie Diggins (Aton, Minn) will represent Team USA in the team sprint on Wednesday 5:00 p.m. KT / 3:00 a.m. EST. Representing Team USA on the men’s side will be Erik Bjornsen (Anchorage, Alaska) and Simi Hamilton (Aspen, Colo.), starting at 5:50 p.m. KT / 3:50 a.m. EST.

“We are very excited to be starting two experienced teams that will be fighting for medals,” head coach Chris Grover said. “Kikkan and Jessie haven’t raced a skate team sprint together perhaps since they win gold together in Val di Fiemme (World Championships) in 2013. Both women are in top shape and are recovered from the relay and ready to go.

“Erik and Simi finished fifth in this event in Lahti (World Championships) last season, and have been targeting this race since last spring,” Grover added. “We have long known that this event is our best chance at a medal in PyeongChang and our service team will be pushing hard to ensure that we have great skis.”

START LISTS
Women’s team sprint
Men’s team sprint

 

NORDIC COMBINED
Fletcher 17th in Final Individual Olympic Event
Skiing in his final individual Olympic event, Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) put in another strong performance to finish 17th in the large hill nordic combined event. Germany swept the podium in a race that came right down to the wire with Johannes Rydzek leading the charge to take gold.

Fletcher soared 120.5 meters to finish 23rd in the jump, starting two minutes, four seconds behind jump leader Akito Watabe, who ended up fifth.

“I put together a pretty decent jump,” said Fletcher. “It wasn’t the dream jump I had been hoping for but a solid performance. It put me into the chase group to give me a chance for a top 10 if I had a really good race.” … READ MORE

 

SNOWBOARD
Men’s Big Air Qualifying

The inaugural Olympic Winter Games men’s snowboard big air competition gets underway Wednesday with two qualifying heats.

Men’s slopestyle gold medalist Red Gerard (Silverthorne, Colo.), Chris Corning (Silverthorne, Colo.) and Kyle Mack (West Bloomfield, Mich) will compete in heat 1, 9:30 a.m. KT / 7:30 p.m. EST Tuesday. Ryan Stassel (Anchorage, Alaska) will start in heat 2 at 11:45 a.m. KT / 9:45 p.m. EST Tuesday.

START LISTS
Men’s qualifying heat 1
Men’s qualifying heat 2

Women’s Big Air Finals Rescheduled
Due to predicted strong winds Friday, the women's snowboard big air finals have been rescheduled to Thursday, February 22, beginning at 9:30 a.m. KT / 7:30 p.m. EST Wednesday.

Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.), Julia Marino (Westport, Conn.) and Jessika Jenson (Rigby, Idaho) will represent Team USA.

START LIST
Women’s big air finals

 

HOW TO WATCH
*All times EST.

TUESDAY, FEB. 20
NBC
3:00-5:00 p.m. - Nordic combined 10k
8:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m. - Women's downhill (live), men's big air snowboarding qualifying (live)


NBCSN
12:00-5:00 p.m. - Nordic combined 10k cross country


Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts


NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
7:30-10:45 p.m. - Men's big air snowboarding qualifying (Wednesday)
9:00-10:50 p.m. - Women's downhill (Wednesday)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21
NBC
3:00-5:00 p.m. - Team sprint qualifying
8:00-11:00 p.m. - Men's slalom first run (live), men's halfpipe skiing finals (live), team sprint finals.
11:35 p.m.-12:30 a.m. - Men's slalom second run (live)

NBCSN
10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Men's and women's cross country freestyle team sprint finals
1:30-5:00 p.m. - Medal Ceremony

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
5:00-7:00 a.m. - Medal Ceremony (live)
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
3:00-4:30 a.m - Cross country freestyle team sprint qualifying
5:00-6:20 a.m. - Cross country freestyle team sprint finals
7:30-9:15 p.m. - Women's big air snowboarding finals (Thursday)
8:00-10:20 p.m. - Men's slalom first run (Thursday)
9:00-10:25 p.m. - Women's alpine combined downhill (Thursday)
9:30-11:00 p.m. - Men's halfpipe skiing finals (Thursday)
10:00-11:50 p.m. - Parallel giant slalom snowboarding qualifying (Thursday)
11:45 p.m.-1:40 a.m. - Men's slalom second run (Thursday)

THURSDAY, FEB. 22
NBC
3:00-5:00 p.m. Nordic combined relay jump
8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. - Women's alpine combined downhill (live), women's big air snowboarding (live)
12:35-2:00 a.m. - Women's alpine combined slalom

NBCSN
2:00-5:20 a.m. - Men's parallel giant slalom qualifying
5:20 -7:45 a.m. - Nordic combined relay
7:45-10:45 a.m. - Medal Ceremony

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
5:00-7:00 a.m. - Medal Ceremony (live)
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
5:00-7:00 a.m. - Medal Ceremony (live)
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
12:30-1:45 a.m. - Women's alpine combined slalom
2:30-3:10 a.m. - Nordic combined team large hill jump
5:20-6:20 a.m. - Nordic combined 4x5k team event

 

Fletcher 17th in Final Individual Olympic Event

By Tom Kelly
February, 20 2018
Bryan Fletcher wrapped up his final individual Olympic competition, finishing 17th Gundersen large hill/10k event. (Getty Images – Al Bello)
Bryan Fletcher wrapped up his final individual Olympic competition, finishing 17th Gundersen large hill/10k event. (Getty Images – Al Bello)

Skiing in his final individual Olympic event, Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) put in another strong performance to finish 17th in the large hill nordic combined event. Germany swept the podium in a race that came right down to the wire with Johannes Rydzek leading the charge to take gold.

Fletcher soared 120.5 meters to finish 23rd in the jump, starting two minutes, four seconds behind jump leader Akito Watabe, who ended up fifth.

“I put together a pretty decent jump,” said Fletcher. “It wasn’t the dream jump I had been hoping for but a solid performance. It put me into the chase group to give me a chance for a top 10 if I had a really good race.”

His jump finish put him in a good position for the 10k cross country.

“There were a bunch of strong skiers around me so I expected it to pack up pretty strong,” he said. “I think I led a bit too much in the first three laps to be able to close the race with a good sprint. But I went out and had fun and just enjoyed the moment being my last individual Olympic race - just trying to enjoy that hurt locker a bit.”

The Germans all started 24-34 seconds back, working together to move up through the pack and take on Watabe and Norway’s Jarl Magnus Riiber, catching them on the final lap.

Fletcher’s finish matched his 17th in the normal hill event last week - both Olympic bests.

“This Games has been cool for me,” he said. “In the past Olympics, it was such a cool experience to compete alongside Billy Demong and Johnny Spillane, and my brother. I’m really happy with how we’ve turned around nordic combined the last few years and building a development pipeline. I’m happy to be leading that program and seeing it out over the next few years.”

In his first Olympic start, Ben Berend (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) was 39th with Ben Loomis (Eau Claire, Wisc.) 40th, and Jasper Good (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) 43rd.

“Those young guys are full of energy and passion for the sport,” said Fletcher. “I remember when I was that age in their shoes. It’s cool to be heading out of my career and watching theirs just taking off. Mentoring them a little bit the last few years has been really special. I hope they can go on to do great things.”

Competition wraps up with the team event on Thursday.

RESULTS
Gundersen LH HS140/10k

 

Sigourney Grabs Halfpipe Bronze

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
February, 19 2018
Brita Sigourney celebrates after winning the halfpipe bronze medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (Getty Images - David Ramos)
Brita Sigourney celebrates after winning the halfpipe bronze medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (Getty Images - David Ramos)

Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.) nailed her final run to grab the halfpipe bronze medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games Tuesday morning at Phoenix Snow Park.

Sigourney put down solid scores in her first two runs to rank third going into the final run. Fellow American Annalisa Drew (Andover, Mass.) briefly overtook Sigourney with a strong final run score of 90.80, but Sigourney responded, earning 91.60 to cement her bronze medal finish.

Cassie Sharpe of Canada won the gold medal with 95.80 points, as Marie Martinod of France, who took silver with 92.60 points. Drew finished fourth.

"I just feel to proud and honored to are a part of this group of girls," said Sigourney. "It was such an inspiring competition. They put down the greatest runs I’ve ever seen in a halfpipe."

It was a welcome medal for Sigourney who had qualified second in Sochi, but finished sixth.

"I didn’t realize what I really wanted at the Sochi Olympics - I was just so happy and grateful to be there," she recalled. "I was in awe. But it was just gratitude for being there. I didn’t realize how much fire I would have this time around."

Sigourney showed in qualifying a day earlier that she was there to get the job done, launching huge amplitude in the Phoenix Park halfpipe.

"This time, I really wanted it," she said.  "But I don’t think I realized that until I dropped in on my final run and thought ‘I REALLY want this.’"

Each of Team USA's three finalists had their own unique Olympic story. For Drew, it was clean runs that kept her dancing in the medal spotlight. For defending champion

This team has been through a lot together - hard training days, good training days, good and bad competitions. I was there when Maddie won gold at the last Olympics and she was there for me today. She was so supportive. It’ just so touching and it makes you feel so much better when your teammates are there to back your success. Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.), the Sochi 2014 halfpipe gold medalist, finished 11th in the final after struggling to land her final trick on all three runs.

"This team has been through a lot together - hard training days, good training days, good and bad competitions," said Sigourney. "I was there when Maddie won gold at the last Olympics and she was there for me today. She was so supportive. It’ just so touching and it makes you feel so much better when your teammates are there to back your success."

All morning long, it was a parade of women dropping in for strong runs. "I don’t think it’s sunk in yet," said Sigourney. "I’m just so proud to he a part of the three girls on the podium - and Anna’s run in fourth place was just amazing!. I’ve never seen an entire field of women be pushed so high in one event. This was a high point for our sport."

RESULTS
Women’s halfpipe

Trick List
Straight air mute grab
Alley Oop Japan
Left 900 tail grab
Alley Oop 540 Safety
Left 540 Mute
Right 720 Mute

Olympic Update: Shiffrin To Skip Downhill For Alpine Combined

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
February, 19 2018
Mikaela Shiffrin competes in the second of three scheduled downhill training runs Monday. (Getty Images - Ezra Shaw)
Mikaela Shiffrin competes in the second of three scheduled downhill training runs Monday. (Getty Images - Ezra Shaw)

With the announced move of the Olympic alpine combined event from Friday to Thursday, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) will not start in Wednesday’s Olympic downhill in order to focus on the combined.
“As much as I wanted to compete in the Olympic downhill, with the schedule change it’s important for me to focus my energy on preparing for the combined,” said Shiffrin. “I’m looking forward to cheering on our girls racing in the downhill and to compete myself in Thursday’s combined.
“This track is incredible and it has been so fun to ski these last few days. As with every downhill I have skied this year I am learning so much with each run. Each time I get to the finish I just want to go back to the top and do it again!”
Shiffrin had always planned to compete in the giant slalom, slalom and the alpine combined, with decisions to be made at games time relative to her participation in both the super-G and the downhill.
On Monday evening, organizers announced a move of the alpine combined from Friday to Thursday due to projected weather, including high winds. The men’s slalom will remain on Thursday.
The new start time for women’s alpine combined is 11:30 a.m. KT Thursday / 9:30 p.m. EST Wednesday. Men's slalom still will be held on Friday, but now will start at 10:00 a.m. KT / 8:00 p.m. EST Thursday.

Vonn Third in Second DH Training Run
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) finished third in Monday’s second downhill training run at Jeongseon Alpine Centre. Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) was ninth, followed by Breezy Johnson (Victor, Idaho) in 12th; Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) 16th; Laurenne Ross (Bend. Ore.) 19th; Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Mass.) 34th; and Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, Calif.) 38th.
Team USA will announce its starting lineup on Tuesday for the women’s downhill, scheduled to start Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. KT / 9:00 p.m. EST Tuesday.
RESULTS
Women’s downhill training run 2
START LIST
Women’s downhill training run 3

 

FREESKI
Sigourney, Drew Bowman Advance to Medal Round

Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.), Annalisa Drew (Andover, Mass.) and Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) will compete in the ski halfpipe medal round, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday KT / 8:30 p.m. EST Monday.
Sigourney was the top American, laying down a pair of consistent runs to finish third in qualifying Monday at Phoenix Snow Park.
“In Sochi I was coming off a couple surgeries, not to mention I’m older, I have more experience and I listen to my body,” Sigourney said. “I know when to push it and I know when to take a break. Things are a bit different this time around.”
Canada's Cassie Sharpe was the top qualifier, followed by France's Marie Martinod. Drew was fourth, while Bowman was sixth.
Devin Logan (West Dover, Vt.) finished 15th with a score of 71.60 on her first run and did not advance to the final.
RESULTS
Women’s freeski halfpipe qualifying
START LIST
Women’s freeski halfpipe finals

Men’s Halfpipe Qualifying Tuesday
David Wise (Reno. Nev.), the defending ski halfpipe gold medalist, kicks off qualifying on Tuesday at Phoenix Snow Park, 1:15 p.m. KT / 11:15 p.m. EST Monday. Joining Wise on Team USA are Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.), Alex Ferreira (Aspen, Colo.), and Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, Colo.)
START LIST
Men’s halfpipe qualifying


NORDIC COMBINED
Four Americans Competing in Large Hill

The second Olympic nordic combined event, the Gundersen LH HS140/10k, is set for Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. KT / 5:00 a.m. EST. Starting for Team USA are Jasper Good (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), Ben Loomis (Eau Claire, Wis.), Ben Berend (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, Colo.).
 

SNOWBOARD
Anderson, Marino, Jenson Advance To Big AIr Medal Round

Three Team USA riders advanced to the medal round of women's big air competition after qualifying runs Monday morning at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Center. Big air is making its Olympic debut at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.), Julia Marino (Westport, Conn.) and Jessika Jenson (Rigby, Idaho) advanced to the finals, which are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday KT / 7:30 p.m. EST Thursday.
Anderson, the two-time Olympic champion in women's snowboard slopestyle, led the way for the Americans, placing sixth. Marino was ninth, while Jenson was 12th. Hailey Langland (San Clemente, Calif.) just missed advancing, placing 14th.
Anna Gasser of Austria was the top qualifier, as Japan's Yuka Fujimori was second.

RESULTS
Women’s big air qualifying
START LIST
Women’s big air finals

Men’s Big Air Qualifying Wednesday
Starting for Team USA in the inaugural Olympic big air event are Redmond Gerard (Silverthorne, Colo), Chris Corning, (Silverthorne, Colo.), Kyle Mack, (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Ryan Stassel, (Anchorage, Alaska). Qualifying starts at 9:30 a.m. KT Wednesday / 7:30 p.m. EST Tuesday.

 

HOW TO WATCH
*All times EST.
MONDAY, FEB. 19
NBC
3:00-5:00 p.m. - Men's large hill team ski jumping finals
8:00-11:30 p.m.- Women's halfpipe skiing finals (live)
12:05-1:00 a.m. - Men's halfpipe skiing qualifying (live)

NBCSN
7:10-11:00 a.m. - Men's large hill team ski jumping final

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
8:30-9:55 p.m. - Women's halfpipe skiing finals (Tuesday)
11:00 p.m.-12:45 a.m. - Men's halfpipe skiing qualifying (Tuesday)

TUESDAY, FEB. 20
NBC
3:00-5:00 p.m. - Nordic combined 10k
8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. - Women's downhill (live), men's big air snowboarding qualifying (live)

NBCSN
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Nordic combined jump
12:00-5:00 p.m. - Nordic combined 10k cross country


Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
5:00-7:00 a.m. - Medal Ceremony (live)
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts


NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
5:00-5:55 a.m. - Nordic combined jump
7:45-8:45 a.m - Nordic combined 10k cross country
7:30-10:45 p.m. - Men's big air snowboarding qualifying (Wednesday)
9:00-10:50 p.m. - Women's downhill (Wednesday)

Olympic Update: Vonn Wins First DH Training Run

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
February, 18 2018
Lindsey Vonn starts the first downhill training run Sunday at Jeongseon Alpine Centre. (Getty Images - Alexander Hassenstein)
Lindsey Vonn starts the first downhill training run Sunday at Jeongseon Alpine Centre. (Getty Images - Alexander Hassenstein)

ALPINE
Cochran-Siegle Leads Team USA in Giant Slalom

Finally healthy following a couple seasons of injuries and setbacks, Ryan Cochran-Siegle once again led Team USA, finishing tied for 11th, in the giant slalom at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games Sunday. Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah), the defending Olympic gold medalist, was 15th.
“I couldn’t have anticipated these results at all,” said Cochran-Siegle, who also led Team USA in super-G with a 15th-place finish. “I know that it’s the best in the world here, so to be able to perform and get these results is pretty outstanding for me. These were my career-best finishes in both events, so obviously when you go to the Olympics you want to perform at your best, but you also can’t really expect anything that you haven’t done before.”
Austria’s Marcel Hirscher absolutely blew away the field to win the gold medal, finishing more than a second ahead of silver medalist Henrick Kristoffersen of Norway. Alexis Pinturault of France claimed the bronze. Tommy Ford (Bend, Ore.) was 20th and Tim Jitloff (Reno. Nev.) did not complete his first run. … READ MORE / RESULTS

Vonn Wins DH Training Run #1
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) won the first of three scheduled downhill training runs Sunday at Jeongseon Alpine Centre. Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) was third, followed by Laurenne Ross (Bend. Ore.) in 12th; Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) 23rd; Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Mass.) 30th; and Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, Calif.) 40th. The second downhill training run is scheduled for Monday, 11:00 a.m. KT / 9:00 p.m. EST Sunday.
Vonn is looking to repeat her 2010 Olympic downhill gold in Wednesday’s race.
START LIST
Downhill training run 2

 

FREESKI
Goepper Puts Down Slope Silver
Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) landed a stunning run on his final attempt to take silver on a day that many considered one of the strongest slopestyle skiing contests in history.
"Wow - today was incredible," said Goepper. "It was such a pleasure to be a part of the best slopestyle skiing contest in history. Qualifying was mind blowing and finals were two times that. To land my final run and come away with my second Olympic medal is a dream come true."
Norway's Oystein Braaten landed a 95.00 on his first run to take the gold. Goepper's 93.60 silver-medal run came on his third and final run with Canada's Alex Beaulieu-Marchand taking bronze with 92.40 on his second run.
A bronze medalist in Sochi as a part of the Team USA medals sweep, this time Goepper was on the podium alone. Teammate Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, Colo.), his body aching from training crashes, was 12th. … READ MORE / RESULTS

 

FREESTYLE

Lillis Lands Eighth in Finals
Jon Lillis (Pittsford, N.Y.) represented Team USA in what was arguably one of the best men’s aerials contests in recent years on Sunday night at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Lillis was the top qualifier coming into the final jumps, but was unable to cleanly perform his jump in the second final, a full, full, double full, and finished eighth.
“It's obviously not the result I hoped for,” said Lillis. “My last jump wasn't the jump that I know I have inside of me somewhere. I just have to reflect on that and keep going. The fact that I was here and competed at the level that I did and landed all my jumps is something that I can go home and be proud of. Competing here and representing my country has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, so that's about as big of a win as you can ask for.” … READ MORE / RESULTS

 

CROSS COUNTRY
Tough Day For Team USA

Team USA put in a solid effort but struggled in the men’s 4x15k relay, finishing 15th Sunday. Team Norway took the gold, Olympic Athletes from Russia won silver, and France took the bronze medal at Alpensia Cross Country Skiing Centre.
“As expected, it was tough, but fun, a good battle,” said Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, Vt.), who teamed up with Reese Hanneman (Anchorage, Alaska), Scott Patterson (Anchorage, Alaska), and Noah Hoffman (Aspen, Colo.). “The relay is such an iconic event, it’s every skier’s dream to represent your country in the 4x10, so much national pride and so much fun to work with your teammates.”
Up next, the men compete in the team sprint Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. KT / 5:00 a.m. EST.
RESULTS
Men’s 4x10k relay

 

HOW TO WATCH
*All times EST.

SUNDAY, FEB. 18
NBC
3:00-6:00 p.m. - Men's freestyle aerials finals
7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. - Women's halfpipe skiing (live), men's 4x10k cross country relay
12:35-2:00 a.m. - Women's big air snowboarding

NBCSN
1:00-5:00 p.m. - Men's 4x10k cross country relay

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
7:30-10:25 p.m. - Women's big air snowboarding qualifying (Monday)
8:00-9:25 p.m. - Women's halfpipe skiing qualifying (Monday)

MONDAY, FEB. 19
NBC
3:00-5:00 p.m. - Men's large hill team ski jumping finals
8:00-11:30 p.m.- Women's halfpipe skiing finals (live)
12:05-1:00 a.m. - Men's halfpipe skiing qualifying (live)

NBCSN
7:10-11:00 a.m. - Men's large hill team ski jumping final

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
5:00-7:00 a.m. - Medal Ceremony (live)
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
7:30-9:15 a.m. - Men's large hill team ski jumping
8:30-9:55 p.m. - Women's halfpipe skiing finals (Tuesday)
11:00 p.m.-12:45 a.m. - Men's halfpipe skiing qualifying (Tuesday)

TUESDAY, FEB. 20
NBC
3:00-5:00 p.m. - Nordic combined 10k
8:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m. - Women's downhill (live), men's big air snowboarding qualifying (live)

NBCSN
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Nordic combined jump
12:00-5:00 p.m. - Nordic combined 10k cross country

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
5:00-7:00 a.m. - Medal Ceremony (live)
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
5:00-5:55 a.m. - Nordic combined jump
7:45-8:45 a.m - Nordic combined 10k cross country
7:30-10:45 p.m. - Men's big air snowboarding qualifying (Wednesday)
9:00-10:50 p.m. - Women's downhill (Wednesday)

Lillis Lands Eighth in Olympic Aerials

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
February, 18 2018
JonLillis
Jon Lillis flies high in men's aerials finals at Phoenix Snow Park. (Getty Images/Clive Mason)

Jon Lillis (Pittsford, N.Y.) represented Team USA in what was arguably one of the best men’s aerials contests in recent years on Sunday night at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Lillis was the top qualifier coming into the final jumps, but was unable to cleanly perform his jump in the second final, a full, full, double full, and finished eighth.

“It's obviously not the result I hoped for,” said Lillis. “My last jump wasn't the jump that I know I have inside of me somewhere. I just have to reflect on that and keep going. The fact that I was here and competed at the level that I did and landed all my jumps is something that I can go home and be proud of. Competing here and representing my country has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, so that's about as big of a win as you can ask for.”

Ukraine’s Oleksandr Abramenko attempted the same trick as Lillis and put it straight to his feet to win the gold with a score of 128.51. China’s Zongyang Jia was right behind him with a score of 128.05 for the silver. Olympic Athlete from Russia Ilia Burov took bronze with a score of 122.17.

While Lillis’s focus remained on the competition at hand, his younger brother Mikey, who passed away late last fall, was never far from his mind. Jon paid tribute to his brother by jumping in the same suit Mikey wore for his competitions.

“You have to use the good moments in your life to inspire you and prove that you can do your best and you have to use the lowest moments in your life to push you even harder to do the best that you can,” said Lillis. “If you would have asked someone at the end of October what they thought my year was going to look like, they might say that I would have a downward spiral and that I wouldn't be here. I think the fact that I just came out here and gave it my all is something that I can go home and be really proud of.”

RESULTS
Men’s aerials