Mikaela Shiffrin did not medal in the women’s slalom. The 22-year-old finished fourth in her signature event last night. Shiffrin was the Olympic champion in this event four years ago, the youngest ever. This year’s giant slalom winner is back on the slopes tonight for the Super-G. Shiffrin will also race in the women’s downhill next week.
American skier Lindsey Vonn will be in the spotlight tonight as she begins her 2018 Olympic medal quest. The injury-plagued 33-year-old will compete in the women’s Super-G, an event she won bronze in at Vancouver in 2010. She also won gold that year in the women’s downhill, which is next week along with the women’s combined.
The U.S. men’s curling team has another win under its belt. Team USA defeated Denmark 9-5 in round-robin play to get back to .500 overall. The Americans raced out to a 6-0 lead after four ends and cruised from there. The U.S. is now 2-and-2 in the preliminary round. Team USA face Japan next. That match is set for tomorrow night.
A pair of Americans are competing in the women’s skeleton. The first two of four total runs were held this morning. Katie Uhlaender is in 12th place among the 20 participants, while U.S. teammate Kendall Wesenberg is 17th. Medals will be awarded after the final two runs on Saturday, which start at 6:20 a.m. Eastern.
It’s still Norway setting the medal pace in PyeongChang. Norway leads all nations with 19 total medals. Germany is second with 15 medals, including an Olympic-best nine gold. The Netherlands and Canada are tied with 13 medals each. The U.S. Austria and the Olympic Athletes from Russia all have eight. The U.S. has five gold medals.