Olympics!!!

Perseverance paid off for the U.S. women’s hockey team, which beat Canada 3-2 in a shootout in the gold medal game. The U.S. tied it late in the third period and won it in the sixth round of the shootout. Canada had won the last four gold medals. It’s the first for the U.S. in 20 years. Finland beat the Olympic Athletes from Russia 3-2 for bronze.

American snowboarder Jamie Anderson is bringing home another piece of hardware from the Winter Games. She won the silver medal in women’s snowboard big air final. It’s her second trip to the podium in PyeongChang after previously winning slopestyle gold. Teammates Julie Marino and Jessika Jenson finished 10th and 11th, respectively.

The U.S. men’s curling team is into the gold medal match. The Americans upset three-time defending gold medalist Canada in this morning’s semifinals. Team USA is assured of at least a silver medal for its best finish ever. The U.S. won bronze at the 2006 Games in Turin. Team USA will take on Sweden in the gold medal game Saturday morning.

The U.S. finished well off the podium in the women’s biathlon 4-by-6-kilometer relay. The American quartet of Susan Dunklee, Clare Egan, Joanne Reid and Emily Dreissigacker placed 13th out of 18 countries. Team USA was more than two-minutes off the gold medal pace of Belarus, Sweden won the silver medal and France claimed the bronze.

Norway has a 10-medal lead in the standings at the Winter Olympics. Norwegians have racked up 35 medals, with Germany in second place with 25. Both nations have 13 gold medals to lead that category. Canada is alone in third with 24 medals. The United States is in fourth place with 21 medals, four more than the fifth-place Netherlands.