PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — One of the national characteristics the Finnish people are most proud of is what they call "sisu" - fighting spirit—and cross-country skier Iivo Niskanen displayed plenty of it to win the grueling 50km Olympic mass start race on Saturday. The 26-year-old Finn made an early break and engaged in a frenetic battle over the last 15 kilometers with Alexander Bolshunov before surging away to take Finland's first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games on Saturday, feb. 24, the penultimate day of competition.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Andrew Ebbett and Chris Kelly both scored twice as Canada beat the Czech Republic 6-4 on Saturday, Feb. 24, to claim bronze in the men's Olympic hockey tournament. With the win, the Canadians have now earned a hockey medal in three straight Winter Olympics, although Saturday's bronze will look dull in their eyes next to the golds they captured in Sochi and Vancouver. "We didn't want to finish in that fourth-place position; get the third, get the bronze and it's something you'll cherish forever," Ebbett said.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Canada's Olympic curling nightmare was completed on Friday, Feb. 24, when the men's team — gold medalists in the last three Games — lost 7-5 to Switzerland in the bronze medal match. Canada's men were battling for bronze having missed out on the final for the first time since the event was reintroduced to the Games in 1998 and their defeat followed the failure of the Canadian women's team to win a medal for the first time since 1998.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Germany shocked defending men's ice hockey champions Canada 4-3 on Friday, Feb. 23, beating the Canadian men on Olympic ice for the first time to reach their first gold medal game. The Germans, who knocked out Sweden in the quarters, relied on a scrappy defence and opportunistic offence to squeeze past a Canadian team who had looked on course for a third straight Olympic final appearance even without their NHL players. The win set up a gold medal game against the Russians, who beat the Czech Republic 3-0 in Friday's first semi-final.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Fredrik Lindstroem emerged victorious from a frenetic battle on the final leg with Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen to take the gold medal for Sweden in the men's Olympic 4x7.5km relay on Friday, Feb. 23, the final biathlon event of the Games. Lindstroem held his nerve as Svendsen struggled on the final shoot, skiing away to win by 56 seconds. Simon Schempp used all his sprinting prowess to make up for poor shooting and deliver the bronze for Germany.
Jessie Diggins, who with teammate Kikkan Randall captured the first Olympic women's cross-country medal in United States history by winning the team sprint gold, will be the U.S. flag bearer in Sunday's Closing Ceremonies for the PyeongChang Olympics.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Switzerland's Michelle Gisin held off the might of American Alpine skiing to win the women's combined at the Pyeongchang Games on Thursday, Feb. 22, claiming victory ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin while her fellow Swiss Wendy Holdener won bronze. Shiffrin's American compatriot Lindsey Vonn, who had led after the downhill section, was the last skier to compete but was unable to finish her slalom run, leaving the 24-year-old Gisin to savor her first Olympic medal.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Norway skated to a stunning victory in the men's Olympic team pursuit on Wednesday, Feb. 21, taking gold ahead of hosts South Korea as defending champions the Netherlands wilted. Beaten by Norway in the semi-finals, the Dutch fought off New Zealand for bronze as the Norwegians put on two immaculate displays of skating to claim their first medal in the event, which was introduced at the 2006 Games in Turin.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Lindsey Vonn's bronze medal run in Wednesday's downhill was billed as her final bid for Olympic gold in the sport's marquee event but those who know her best say they wouldn't rule out a fifth attempt in Beijing in 2022. "Never say last with Lindsey," her sister Laura Kildow said when asked by Reuters whether the skier would have been happy with bronze in her last race. Her other sister Karin Kildow quickly jumped in: "Never say never," before adding her preferred choice of language: "Most likely last".
GANGNEUNG, South Korea—Ryan Donato scored twice to help the United States ease to a 5-1 win over Slovakia and book a spot in the men's Olympic ice hockey quarter-finals on Tuesday. After a scoreless first period, the U.S. raced clear with three goals in the second as Donato set the ball rolling when he snapped in a loose puck past goaltender Jan Laco after Troy Terry's errant shot had come back off the boards.