(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: Monday, February 12th
Monday was just your typical day at the 2018 Winter Olympic games: The Netherlands ruled on the long-track, the United States owned snowboarding, Canada won another gold in men’s moguls, Germany and Norway kept winning medals. You know, your normal day in PyeongChang.
Medal events kicked off early Monday morning in South Korea in biathlon with the men’s 12.5km pursuit and women’s 10km pursuit.
Starting on the men’s side, France won their second gold medal of the Games thanks to a dominant effort from Martin Fourcade. The Frenchman claimed victory by 12 seconds over second place Sebastian Samuelsson from Sweden. Coming in with bronze was Benedikt Doll of Germany.
— Olympics (@Olympics) February 12, 2018
Germany secured a medal in both the men’s and women’s cross-country events on that day. Going along with bronze from Doll, Laura Dahlmeier laid waste to the competition with a nearly half a minute victory over silver medal winner Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia. The gold medal was Dahlmeier’s second of these Games.
Kuzmina just edged out Anais Bescond at the line for second. Bescond of France settled for bronze.
Staying on skis, the men’s moguls finals was contested and the gold medal remained firmly in Canadian hands. The odds on favorite coming into PyeongChang was Mikael Kingsbury and the young Canadian did not disappoint. Coming off silver in Sochi, Kingsbury fulfilled his destiny with a dominating gold medal run. Winning cold was a cherry on top for Kingsbury, who has dominated moguls at the World Cup level.
Mikael Kingsbury dominates men’s moguls to win gold https://t.co/ElR4lxzJdc
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 12, 2018
Australian Matt Graham took home silver followed by Japan’s Daichi Hara with the bronze.
It would not be a day at the Olympics without Norway standing atop a podium in some event. Today’s gold for Norway came in the women’s normal hill ski jump. Just the second time in history women competed in the ski jump at the Olympics.
World number one Maren Lundby lived up to the title on Monday with a gold medal performance to fulfill for Norge destiny. Katharina Althaus of Germany and Sara Takanashi of Japan won silver and bronze respectively.
Much like Norway winning medals, it wouldn’t be an official Olympic day without The Netherlands winning in long-track speed skating.
Monday was just another day at the office for the Dutch in the women’s 1,500m. Favorite Ireen Wust did what she has done at the last four Olympics, won a gold medal.
— Ireen Wüst (@Ireenw) February 13, 2018
Miho Takagi of Japan was the meat of a Dutch podium sandwich with the silver. Marrit Leenstra secured the bronze.
The inaugural mixed doubles curling event entered the medal rounds and it was the OAR claiming the event’s first medal in history with a bronze after an 8-4 victory over Norway.
Monday medals wrapped up with another 17 year old American standing on top of the podium. Superstar Chloe Kim made it 3 for 3 in gold medals for the United States in snowboarding events so far in the Games with a win in the women’s halfpipe competition.
SHE HAS DONE IT!!!!! WITH A SCORE OF 98.25!!!
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) February 13, 2018
Kim took the lead right from her first run and no one came close in knocking her off the perch, giving her a glory lap during her last run where she dropped 98.25 for the gold.
Liu Jiayu of China took home the silver and Kim’s American teammate Arielle Gold finished with the bronze. Five time Olympian Kelly Clark finished in fourth place, just off the podium.
Non-medal events also brought the action on Monday. Here’s a brief recap:
- Women’s ice hockey group play continued. Switzerland knocked off Japan and Sweden crushed a unified Korea team.
- Women’s singles luge completed the first two of four runs. 2014 bronze medalist, American Erin Hamlin, sits in fifth place.
- Skeleton began training runs for their events later in the week.
- Men’s halfpipe qualification went off and turned into quite the show for a qualifying round. Shaun White topped all qualifiers, dropping a 98.50 in his second run to claim the top spot.
Here’s What’s Next: Tuesday, February 13th
Whatever plan you used to watch the Olympics at work on Monday is foolproof enough to continue throughout this week and next because there is plenty of action left to play out, beginning on Tuesday.
Before we break down what to watch, here is Tuesday’s schedule of events:
(Medal events denoted.)
Another loaded schedule with medal event all throughout the day across multiple disciplines. Hopefully the weather cooperates and the alpine skiing events can finally get underway.
Here’s what to keep an eye on:
- Shaun White returns to the halfpipe looking to regain his crown after a fourth place finish in 2014.
- Alpine skiing will award its first medal of PyeongChang following the Men’s slalom portion of the combined event.
- Mixed doubles curling wraps up the gold and bronze medal matches.
- U.S. women’s ice hockey resumes group play against OAR just in time for your morning coffee.
- Women’s singles luge hands out medals with the final two runs. American Erin Hamlin sits in 6th place.
- Maame Biney takes her shot at gold on the short-track while the Dutch look to continue their dominance on the long track.
- More medals set to be awarded on cross-country.
- After her PyeongChang debut was delayed, Mikaela Shiffrin looks to defend her 2014 gold in slalom.
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.
Norway remains on top in total medals but the Germans have the lead in golds. All seven The Netherlands medals have come in speedskating. The United States remains comfortably in the top five with six total medals. All three American golds have come in snowboarding. The next U.S. gold medal will give them 100 total golds in the Winter Olympics.
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.