Olympics Precap: Norge Domination

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(Note: Due to the time difference between South Korea and the United States, all events will be listed by the day they are being aired in the United States.)

The Olympics Precap is a daily post that will serve as a recap and preview of the action in PyeongChang.

Here’s What Happened: Sunday, February 11th

If there is one country that lives for the Winter Olympics it is Norway and through two days of medal competition they are making the most of the opportunities given to them.

Coming off an opening day haul of four medals, the Scandinavians doubled that total with another four medals on Sunday, including their first gold medal of the 2018 Games in PyeongChang.

Cross-country skiing kicked off the medal events for Sunday with the Men’s 15km+15km skiathlon and it was the Norwegians claiming a clean sweep of the podium.

Simen Hegstad Krueger took home the gold, finishing the course in one hour and 16 minutes. Krueger was followed by teammates Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Hans Christer Holund in silver and bronze position. All three Norwegians finished within 10 seconds of one another.

A fourth Norwegian medal was on tap just a bit later in Long-track speed skating but it was in the color of bronze. Sverre Lunde Pedersen finished third in the Men’s 5,000M event to extend Norway’s overall medal lead early in these Games.

While Pedersen settled for bronze on the long-track, The Netherlands continued their dominance over the discipline with their second gold in two tries so far in PyeongChang. Sven Kramer set a new Olympic Record to claim his third consecutive gold in 5,000M, beating silver medalist Ted-Jan Bloemen by almost two seconds.

Germany sits third on the medal table with four  but lead in number golds at three. Arnd Peiffer helped boost that total with a victory in Men’s 10km biathlon. Michal Krcmar brought home silver for the Czech Republic and Italy broke into the medal count with a bronze from Dominik Windisch.

History was made on the sliding track in the form of American Chris Mazdzer who claimed the United States first individual medal in a men’s luge event. Mazdzer sat in fourth after two runs but slid the two best rides of his life on Sunday to push himself all the way to the silver medal.

Two time gold medalist and 2018 favorite Felix Loch was second after his third run but completely fell apart on his final run, costing him not only a third straight gold medal but a medal of any color. The German legend finished sixth overall.

Mazdzer was sandwiched in the final standings by Olympic rookie David Gleirscher of Austria who took home gold and German Johannes Ludwig in bronze position.

Later in the evening, France broke into the medal standings with a gold in Women’s moguls. Perrine Laffont battled through brutal cold and driving snow to finish atop the standings. Flanking Laffont on the podium was 2014 gold medalist Justine Dufor-Lapointe of Canada with silver and Yulia Gaysheva of Kazakhstan with bronze.

Sunday’s medal events wrapped up late on the East Coast here in the United States with the U.S. adding two medals to their overall total.

After three full days of competition, the team figure skating event came to a close and the United States repeated their effort from Sochi with another bronze in PyeongChang. North American rival Canada improved on their silver from 2014 with gold this year and the Olympic Athletes from Russia came in with silver.

Olympic rookie Adam Rippon made his debut, skating the men’s long program for the United States and 2010 returnee Mirai Nagasu skated the women’s long program, making history as the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympic Games.

Heading over to snowboarding, the United States completed their sweep in the Slopestyle events with a gold from Jamie Anderson in the women’s competition that was mired by delays due to wind.

Anderson came in as the defending champion from Sochi and claimed her second straight gold with an opening run of 83.00 to finish atop the podium.

Laurie Blouin of Canada finished with the silver medal and Enni Rukajarvi of Finland rounded out the podium with a bronze.

Wind wreaked havoc on the Slopestyle event, cancelling the qualifications all together and limited the number of finals runs to two a person, down from the standard of three.

While the medal events will always take center stage, there are always much more going all around the Games. Here’s a look at what else took place on Sunday:

  • Mixed doubles curling wrapped up their round robin competition with Canada, Norway, OAR, and Switzerland advancing to the semifinals.
  • Training runs in men’s doubles luge and women’s luge.
  • Training jumps for the Nordic combined event.
  • Alpine skiing fans were disappointed once again with the cancellation of the Women’s giant slalom event.
  • U.S. women’s ice hockey team began their gold medal quest with a hard fought 3-1 victory over Finland.
  • Rival Canada followed suit with a dominating 5-0 win over OAR.

Here’s What’s Next: Monday, February 12th

Monday is always rough but hopefully you can sneak away for a bit to catch some Olympics action throughout the day.

Before we break down what to watch, here is Monday’s schedule of events:

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(Medal events denoted.)

Like I said, hopefully you can pop away from your desk to catch some of the action on Monday.

Here’s what to keep an eye on:

  • Curling mixed doubles semifinals and bronze medal match.
  • First two runs of women’s luge.
  • Men’s freestyle skiing moguls final.
  • Women’s ski jumping crowns a champion.
  • Hopefully the weather improves and the men can begin the combined event in alpine skiing.
  • Men and women will compete for biathlon gold.
  • Bow to your Dutch long-track masters with the women’s 1,500M
  • Women’s ice hockey group play continues with the unified Korea team returning to the ice.

You can catch any of these events live or on replay by tuning into the channels listed beside the event.

If you cannot get to a TV, head on over to NBCOlympics.com to stream live online or catch up on any replays you may have missed. You can also watch wirelessly on your smartphone by downloading the NBC Sports App.

Medal Table

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Via NBCOlympics.com

Norway continues racking up the medals but Canada jumps to second with a strong Sunday medal haul. Germany leads the gold medal race with three. United States sits comfortably in the top 5 with four total medals, including two gold. Austria and France crack the top 10 thanks to golds on Sunday.

Keep up to date on everything Olympics right here on “The Bat Flip” where we will be posting our daily Precap to cover what all went down and what else is to come in PyeongChang.

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