GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Rappers, Spiderman and a sultry tiger took to the ice on Sunday, Feb. 25, as the world's top skaters let their creativity take over in a gala exhibition, the final figure skating event at the Pyeongchang Games. Galas are a traditional part of any major figure skating competition, allowing fans to glimpse a different side of the skaters, who do moves and routines not usually permitted under competition rules. Each skater works up a separate routine that they use all year. Props and original costumes are also permitted.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea—Kirill Kaprizov scored in overtime to lead the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) past a feisty Germany 4-3 on Sunday, Feb. 25, to win the men's ice hockey gold before joining his teammates to defy a ban by singing the Russian national anthem during the medal ceremony.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—South Korea brought the curtain down on its "Peace Games" on Sunday, Feb. 25, with winter sports athletes dancing and singing together at a vibrant closing ceremony, though there was little warmth between dignitaries from the United States and North Korea. South Korea President Moon Jae-in, who hopes to use these Games as an opportunity to engage with the North, warmly greeted U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka before offering a brief handshake to North Korean delegation leader Kim Yong Chol.
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.