PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Mikaela Shiffrin will have to wait a few more days to win another Olympic medal. Her much-anticipated first race of the Pyeongchang Games, in the giant slalom, was postponed to Thursday because of the weather. But that didn't stop Jamie Anderson from winning the U.S. a second gold in women's snowboard slopestyle, a day after Red Gerard won the first in the men's event. Elsewhere, Canada soared to gold in the figure skating team event, while American Mirai Nagasu made history.
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Women's snowboard slopestyle
For Jamie Anderson, winning gold Monday was not about doing the hardest trick; it was about surviving. The Lake Tahoe, California, native repeated as Olympic champion through high winds that caused a 75-minute delay followed by a chaotic contest with few clean performances. Anderson's first run was one of only nine clean attempts out of 50. Canada's Laurie Blouin and Finland's Enni Rukajarvi took silver and bronze.
- Chris Stevenson (@CJ_Stevenson) February 12, 2018
Canada may have taken home gold in the team event, but it was two American skaters, Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon, who stole the show. With a new, even more sequined costume, 28-year-old Rippon got on the ice for his Olympic debut and told himself, "Baby, you better keep it together." He did, landing all of his jumps to elicit a standing ovation.
He eclipsed his own giddy celebration an hour later cheering on Nagasu, who, like Rippon, did not make the 2014 Olympic team. Skating first in the women's long program, Nagasu became the first American woman -- and the third ever -- to land a triple axel at the Olympics. Afterward, she told journalists: "Midori Ito, Mao Asada and now Mirai Nagasu, all Japanese heritage. But I'm really fortunate that I'm American, so I'll be the first U.S. lady."
Rippon's and Nagasu's performances, which helped Team USA defend its team bronze medal, shot them to the very top of the Twitter trending charts. And even there, they found each other.
- Mirai Nagasu (@mirai_nagasu) February 12, 2018
Germany's Laura Dahlmeier earned a second straight gold in three days by winning the women's 10-kilometer pursuit after dominating the 7.5-kilometer sprint Saturday. Slovakia's Anastasia Kuzmina took silver and afterward told the media she needs to win another medal for her brother Anton Shipulin, a top Russian biathlete not cleared to compete at the Games because of the doping scandal. "Of course I am missing my brother. I hoped to the last minute that he would be able to compete here, and before my flight to Korea he was the last man who came to support me," she said. "He told me that I need to win two medals here, one for 'Nastia' and one for him."
Women's snowboard halfpipe
Not only did Chloe Kim win the qualifying round, she found some time between runs to tweet about her food cravings.
Could be down for some ice cream rn
- Chloe Kim (@chloekimsnow) February 12, 2018
The 17-year-old Korean-American was the only rider to score more than 90 points, leading three other American women into the finals Tuesday morning (local time). Make sure there's ice cream at the bottom of the pipe!