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Olympics cheat sheat: Team USA loves the halfpipe and pizza

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Here’s what you missed last night in Pyeongchang and what you should watch out for on Tuesday.

Good morning, Chloe Kim! Good morning, fans of Chloe Kim!

Good morning …. well … actually those two groups above should just about cover everyone. Right?

Got your morning coffee? Same. Did you see that wild finish in the women’s short track 500m final this morning? No? Welp, that was some DRAMA.

Before we get caught up on what you missed last night and what you can watch for today, let’s all take a second — or about 30 of them, actually — to watch the halfpipe run that sealed a gold medal for the 17-year-old snowboarding sensation last night:


The U.S. picked up two medals in women’s halfpipe to keep within sight of the leaders in the overall medal standings.

  • Chloe Kim became the youngest halfpipe medalist in Olympics history by racking up the two highest scores in the final. Sure, let’s watch her victory lap run that was somehow even more incredible than the one you just watched:
  • Kim was joined by U.S. teammate Arielle Gold on the medal stand. Gold edged 34-year-old U.S. veteran Kelly Clark for bronze on her final run.


This brings the U.S. all-time Winter Olympics gold medal count to 99:


Shaun White, you got this?

  • In the men’s snowboard halfpipe qualifying, White dropped in and lit up the judges’ scorecards with the top score (98.50) to advance to the final. After disappointment in Sochi, White seems poised to add to his career medal haul in Pyeongchang:

Who is leading the overall medal count?

Norway is still leading the way (as of RIGHT NOW), but the Netherlands, Canada, and Germany are hot on its heels. The Dutch speedskaters continue to do their thing. Their thing is winning medals. Team USA is hanging just behind that top group, for now:


What can I watch RIGHT NOW? just ended?

  • The U.S. women’s hockey team just put up a five-spot on the the Olympic Athletes from Russia.


Who are our new favorites?

  • We already talked about Chris Mazdzer winning a historic luge medal for the United States. But have you seen the way he eats pizza?

Chris, meet Chloe. Chloe, meet Chris.

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  • U.S. speed skater Maame Biney was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the short track 500-meter quarterfinals this morning. Bummer. It was a surprise early exit for the 18-year-old.

“I got bumped, and I don’t usually get bumped in the start,” Biney said after the race, via Yahoo. “It was a big shock to me. I need to figure out how to get my rhythm back.”

Keep your chin up, Maame. We’ll be watching when you race again in the 1,500 meters on Saturday.

  • Also, yes, Adam Rippon is still slaying:


What are we going to watch next?

  • White is competing in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe final at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Mikaela Shiffrin is set for the women’s alpine skiing slalom first run at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Figure skating, back. Tonight it’s the pairs short program at 8 p.m. ET.

Check out the complete schedule HERE

Anything else to keep an eye on?

  • U.S. skier Ted Ligety, in his fourth Olympics, missed the podium in men’s alpine combined. But the 33-year-old should be back for at least two more events (Giant slalom and Super G).
  • We had our first doping case of the 2018 games. Japanese short-track speedskater Kei Saito tested positive for a banned diuretic, according to the Associated Press.
  • Don’t worry, the Statue of Liberty goalie mask isn’t going anywhere.

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