Cross-country skier Jessie Diggins will lead Team USA into the Olympic Stadium for Sunday’s Closing Ceremony. She and partner Kikkan Randall won gold in the women’s cross-country team sprint. After Erin Hamlin led the way in the Opening Ceremony, this will be the first time since 2004 that women have been U.S. flag bearer for both.
The U.S. did not medal this morning in the men’s one-thousand-meter speed skate. Joey Mantia was the top American finisher in fourth place. Two-time gold medalist Shani Davis wound up seventh and Mitchell Whitmore placed 10th. The Netherlands won gold, Norway took silver and Korea grabbed the bronze.
Seventeen-year-old American Red Gerard will to win a second gold medal at the Winter Games tonight. He’s in the field for the men’s snowboarding big air final. Also competing for the U.S. will be Chris Corning and Kyle Mack. Gerard was a surprise gold medalist in men’s snowboard slopestyle the first weekend of competition.
The men’s four-man bobsled begins tonight with the first two runs. The U.S. has three sleds competing. Codie Bascue, Evan Weinstock, Steve Langton and Sam McGuffie are in one, Justin Olsen, Nathan Weber, Carlo Valdes and Chris Fogt the second, and Nick Cunningham, Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, Sam Michener and Chris Kinney in the third.
Norway continues to cruise atop the medal podium at the Winter Games. Norwegians have earned 37 medals thus far. That’s 10 more than second-place Canada’s 27. Germany is right behind in third with 26 medals. Norway and Germany share the lead in gold medals with 13. Team USA is in fourth place with 21 medals, including eight gold.