Olympic Precap: Return of the Tomato

Via @NBCOlympics

(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: Tuesday, February 13th

Like the days before, Tuesday brought more gold medal action all across the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Having already achieved legendary status in alpine skiing, Austrian Marcel Hirscher had accomplished everything one possibly could in the sport expect win an Olympic gold medal.

On Tuesday, that long wait for Hirscher finally came to an end in the men’s combined event. Sitting seventh after the downhill portion of the combined, Hirscher dominated the slalom portion to claim his first career gold medal by a comfortable margin.

French duo Alexis Pinturault and Victor Muffat-Jeandet stood alongside Hirscher on the podium with silver and bronze.

Cross-country resumed with both the men’s and women’s spring classics and Norway added to its medal haul with a gold on the men’s side and a silver in the women’s race.

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo took gold in the men’s race followed by Federico Pellegrino of Italy with the silver and Alexander Bolshunov of OAR with the bronze.

On the women’s side, Swedish skier Stina Nilsson claimed the gold medal followed by Norway’s Maiken Caspersen Falla in silver position and Yulia Belorukova of OAR taking home the bronze.

After high drama during the final runs of the men’s luge race, the women’s event allowed for German redemption. Coming away with only a bronze on the men’s side, German riders Natalie Geisenberger and Dajana Eitberger redeemed their nation with a gold and silver medal respectively.

Geisenberger led wire to wire to claim her second straight Olympic gold medal. Alex Gough of Canada slid into third to win the bronze.

U.S. flag bearer Erin Hamlin was the highest finishing American.

There was one scary moment during the second day of women’s luge, American Emily Sweeney lost control of her sled and crashed hard into the wall. Doctors were on the scene immediately and Sweeney escaped any serious injury.

Just a few hours after OAR won the inaugural Olympic medal in mixed doubles curling, Canada staked claim to the inaugural gold medal in the event with a dominating 10-3 victory over Switzerland who will leave PyeongChang with the bronze.

Speed skating continued their program on both the long-track and short-track. Long-track went about as you would expect (The Netherlands did good) but the short-track women’s 500m final ended in a photo finish.

Italy put themselves a top the medal stand for the first time in PyeongChang thanks to Arianna Fontana and the tip of her skate. Neck and neck with Dutch (shocker) skater Yara Van Kerkhof out of the final turn but Fontana stretched her leg just enough to get her skate to the line first to win gold. Van Kerkhof settled for silver and Canadian Kim Boutin came home in third place to take bronze.

American Maame Biney failed to qualify for the semifinals after finishing last in her quarterfinals race but found out from her father that she had been accepted into college. Biney has a bright future still ahead on and off the ice.

Heading over to the long-track, it was once again The Netherlands running the show. Kjeld Nuis and Patrick Roest finished 1-2 to take gold and silver respectively in the men’s 1,500m. Kim Min Seok of South Korea rode the home crowd to a bronze medal.

Capping off the night was the much anticipated Men’s halfpipe competition and the event lived up to the hype set forth by the qualification the night before.

American snowboarding legend Shaun White came to PyeongChang in search of redemption after failing to medal in Sochi. The two time Olympic gold medalist was in perfect position to re-capture his halfpipe title.

White sent a message on his first run, laying down a 94.25 to take the lead but it was only temporary. Japan’s Ayumu Hirano overtook White with a 95.25 on his second run to slide into gold medal position. After Hirano fell on his final run attempting to up his score, it left the door open for White to reclaim the top spot. Taking the last run of the competition, White reclaimed his position atop the snowboarding world with a final run of 97.75 to win the gold medal.

Hirano took home the silver for the second Olympics in a row and Australia’s Scotty James came in third bronze.

With the gold medal from White, the United States now has 100 gold medals across all Winter Olympics competition and moved to 4 for 4 on snowboarding events in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games.

His reaction said it all:

As always, it wasn’t just the medal events who provided all the action. Here’s a look at what you may have missed:

  • Training runs in skeleton, nordic combined, doubles luge, and biathlon.
  • Women’s ice hockey continued group play. Favorites United States and Canada took care of business to move to 2-0 in group play. Canada defeated Finland 4-1 and the U.S. routed OAR 5-0. The two powerhouses face-off on Thursday.
  • Men’s and women’s curling competition opened up with round robin play. The U.S. men’s team opened their Olympics with a 11-7 win over hosts South Korea.
  • Pairs figure skating event began with the short program. The American pair of Alexa Knierim and Chris Knierim sit in 14th place overall
  • Poor Mikaela Shiffrin. For the second time these Games, Shiffrin has had an event cancelled after the women’s slalom was postponed to Friday.

Here’s What’s Next: Wednesday, February 14th

Maybe you skipped Valentine’s Day plans and decided to spend the night in with your sweetheart. Luckily for you, there is a whole slate of great Olympic action to take in while you cuddle up on the couch.

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

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Via CBS Sports

(Medal events denoted.)

Throw a pizza in the oven, whip up some hot chocolate, and hunker down on the couch for another great day of Olympic action in PyeongChang.

Here’s what to keep an eye on:

  • Mikaela Shiffrin goes for a repeat in the women’s slalom where she’s the gold medal favorite.
  • Both men and women continue the round robin portion of the curling competition. United States has an outside shot for a medal on both sides.
  • The Dutch look to continue their dominance on the long-track in the women’s 1,000m.
  • Athletes combine ski jumping and cross-country skiing in the Nordic combined event.
  • Men’s ice hockey tournament gets underway with group play. No NHL players means a lot of questions. United States kicks off against Slovenia.
  • Luge events continue with the doubles gold medal runs.
  • Pairs figure skating crowns an Olympic champion following the long program.
  • Weather permitting, the men’s downhill and women’s giant slalom award medals after being delayed earlier in the week.

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

A quick look at the medal table after Tuesday’s action:

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Via NBCOlympics.com

Norway remains where they’ve been since the Games started, right on top. The Netherlands sits a close second with 10 medals, all coming in speed skating events. The United States remains in the top five but France closes the gap slightly. Shaun White’s gold medal puts the U.S. at 100 golds in Winter Olympics. Italy joins the top 10 for the time being thanks to a gold in short-track.

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.

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