Jamie Anderson was in the best position a snowboarder could be in: lining up for her second slopestyle run with the gold medal already clinched.
On an afternoon when high winds played havoc with nearly every rider’s runs, Anderson fell too.
But it didn’t matter.
Her outstanding first run was good enough for the gold, her second straight in the event. Laurie Blouin of Canada was second, and Enni Rukajarvi of Finland third.
Canada employed its top skaters and breezed to a gold medal in the team figure skating finals. Russia (silver) and the U.S. (bronze), kept their big names out of the free skate. Go here for our coverage.
High winds put off the men’s downhill, and now the women’s giant slalom has also been postponed. The race has been rescheduled for Thursday, the same day as the rescheduled men’s downhill.
The race is highly anticipated because it will be a key test for Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States, the slalom specialist who has expanded her repertoire to the giant slalom and could very well win it.
“It’s a bummer that we’re not able to race today,” Shiffrin said. “But with the training block I’ve had, I’m prepared and feeling good. I’ll use this time to continue to train and refocus on Wednesday’s slalom race.”
Here’s what you missed:
Felix Loch of Germany lost a bid for his third straight men’s luge gold medal when he hit the wall on his fourth and final run. That gave the gold to David Gleirscher of Austria and opened the door for the American Chris Mazdzer to win a surprise silver medal.
Sven Kramer of the Netherlands won his third straight men’s 5,000-meter speedskating gold medal. Kramer poured it on over the second half of the race to beat the rest of the field by nearly two seconds.
The U.S. women’s hockey team eked out a 3-1 win over a gritty Finland team Sunday at Kwandong Hockey Center. The Americans, who are favored to battle Canada for the gold medal, had some nervous moments and were down, 1-0, at the end of the first period. But Monique Lamoureux-Morando evened the score near the midway point of the second period, and Kendall Coyne scored the game-winner two and a half minutes later on a power play. Dani Cameranesi added an empty-netter with 13 seconds to play. — MATTHEW FUTTERMAN
Red Gerard fell on his first two runs, but only the best run counts, and his third was about as good as it could be. He won the snowboarding slopestyle men’s gold medal, with Max Parrot and Mark McMorris of Canada second and third. Read more about Gerard’s run here.
Norway dominated the men’s skiathlon, taking all three medals, with Simen Krueger the gold medalist. Krueger crashed with other skiers just after the start and fell but worked his way back up through the pack.