American Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson set the Olympic hockey record for the fastest consecutive goals by a man or woman and helped the United States shut out the Russians 5-0. Lamoureux-Davidson scored six seconds apart in the second period.
According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, that topped not only the mark previously held by Caroline Oullette of Canada at 16 seconds in 2006 against Italy in Turin but also the men’s mark of eight seconds apart set by Carl Goran Oberg of Sweden in 1960 at Squaw Valley.
A three-time Olympian, Lamoureux-Davidson also had an assist on the United States’ first goal by Kacey Bellamy. Lamoureux-Davidson started a three-goal second. Gigi Marvin and Hannah Brandt each had a goal.
American goaltenders Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby wore the Statue of Liberty on each of their helmets, uncovered and untouched before the game.
The International Olympic Committee reportedly ordered Hensley to cover up the Statue of Liberty over the left side of her helmet and Rigsby to blanket over her smaller version at her chin. But Andrea Mazzarelli of USA Hockey told The Associated Press that the masks are approved as is and require no modifications.Up next for the Americans is an early showdown with their biggest rival, Canada, at 9:10 p.m. Thursday to wrap up the preliminary round.
White barely snags gold in final run of men’s halfpipe
Snowboarder Shaun White won America’s 100th Winter Olympic gold medal, throwing down a spectacular final run on Tuesday in the men’s halfpipe to slip by Japan’s Ayumu Hirano.
White’s score of 97.75 was a touch better than Hiramo’s 95.25.
The United States is only the second country to win 100 winter golds. It trails Norway, which started Wednesday with 121. Germany is third with 92.
White’s gold was the fourth for the U.S. in Pyeongchang. The others came from snowboarders Red Gerard, Jamie Anderson and Chloe Kim. America has won 14 gold medals in snowboarding since its Olympic debut in 1998 — the most of any country.
This is White’s third gold medal and first since 2010. He ranks third among Americans in individual winter gold medals, trailing only speedskaters Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden, who have five each.Australia’s Scotty James took bronze in the event.
Geisenberger continues historic medal streak
Natalie Geisenberger has another Olympic women’s luge gold medal.
The German star is now the two-time Olympic champion, after finishing off the historic win at the Pyeongchang Games. Germany’s Dajana Eitberger was second and Alex Gough earn bronze, giving Canada its first Olympic luge medal.
Geisenberger becomes the third woman to win consecutive Olympic golds, joining fellow German stars Steffi Martin Walter and Sylke Otto. She also becomes the first woman to win three Olympic luge golds, the two singles races added to the team relay victory at Sochi in 2014.Erin Hamlin of the U.S. was sixth. Summer Britcher was 19th and Emily Sweeney crashed out midway through her final run. She was being evaluated but a preliminary assessment indicated she may have avoided serious injury.
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Another night at the Olympic Oval and another Dutch double in speedskating.
Kjeld Nuis set off at a blistering pace in the men’s 1500-meter and had more than enough to hold off teammate Patrick Roest for a time of 1:44.01, clinching a fourth gold medal for the Netherlands in as many speedskating events at the Pyeongchang Games. Roest, 22, took silver just 0.85 seconds behind. Kim Min-seok of South Korea took bronze.
With 8 of 12 speedskating medals, the Dutch kept up the stunning medal pace of the 2014 Sochi Games, where they finished with 24 out of 36 in speed skating.
The event was seriously affected by the exclusion as part of the Russian doping scandal of Denis Yuskov, who has been a dominating force over 1,500.
Norway, Sweden take gold in cross-country skiing
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway has won the gold medal in the classic sprint at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Frederico Pellegrino of Italy edged out Alexander Bolshunov, an Olympic athlete from Russia, in a photo finish to win silver. Bolshunov got the bronze.
Kalebo, the world’s No. 1-ranked cross-country sprinter, pulled away midway through the race and won by 1.34 seconds while coasting to the finish line.
Sweden’s Stina Nilsson won the women’s cross-country sprint from Maiken Caspersen of Norway and Yulia Belorukova.
Yet again, there was no medal for an American woman.
Jessica Diggins failed in her quest to become the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing, placing sixth.
For Nilson, it is the second career medal after taking bronze in Sochi four years ago.