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Olympic Update: White Reclaims Halfpipe Gold; Women's Slalom Postponed


Biesemeyer Injured In Downhill Training
Team USA downhill skier Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, N.Y.) suffered a season-ending right ankle injury during downhill training on Wednesday. He was taken by team medical staff to a local clinic, where he was treated and released. He will not compete in the men’s downhill. His place in the race will be taken by Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.).

For Biesemeyer, it was a heartbreaking injury on the eve of his first Olympic event.
"I wonder why this happens. It is hard to not think if there is a deeper meaning to it all. You are supposed to be optimistic in times like these and say something like, ‘I will come back stronger than ever.’ But I just can't bring myself to do it. I am honored to have been named to Team USA and walking in the Opening Ceremony is a moment I’ll never forget.”
The men’s downhill is schedule to start Thursday at 11:30 a.m. KT / 9:30 p.m. EST Wednesday. Scheduled to start for Team USA are Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Calif.), Jared Goldberg (Holladay, Utah), Maple Wiley (Aspen, Colo.) and Cochran-Siegle.
Men’s downhill

Women’s Slalom Postponed To Friday
Due to strong winds at the Alpensia Alpine Centre, the 2018 Olympic Winter Games women’s slalom has been postponed to Friday. The first run starts at 10:00 a.m. KT / 8:00 p.m. EST Thursday, and second run starts at 1:15 p.m. KT / 11:15 p.m. EST Thursday. Men's super-G start will be at 11:00 a.m. KT / 9:00 p.m. EST Thursday.
Despite the postponements, athletes and staff remain optimistic. “It is definitely unfortunate that we weren’t able to race today, but it is important we have a fair race for all of the athletes and today’s conditions would definitely not have been fair," said Mikaela Shiffrin. "Weather delays and postponements are just the nature of an outdoor sport, but we’ll continue to take it day by day and I look forward to getting in the start gate!”
Head Women's Coach Paul Kristofic agreed that, though this is a bummer, it is not entirely abnormal as ski racing is a sport that relies on Mother Nature to cooperate. "We’ve been through days like this before, in World Cup, quite often and the number one thing is safety and the second thing is to have a good, fair race," noted Kristofic. "So neither of those were achievable today. Now we’re going to get ready for giant slalom, so there’s going to be giant slalom training this afternoon. We roll with the punches and make the best of the situation and try to prepare the best we can for the next day.”

Women’s Giant Slalom Thursday
The women’s slalom is scheduled for Thursday, with a first run start time of 10:00 a.m. KT / 8:00 p.m. EST Wednesday. The second run is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. KT / 11:45 p.m. EST Wednesday. Starting for Team USA are Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.), Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, Wyo.), Tricia Mangan (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Megan McJames (Park City, Utah.).
Women’s giant slalom


Team USA Freeskiing Athletes Arrive At Games

Members of the Team USA halfpipe freeskiing team arrived in at the Games following a training block in Japan that turned into days of powder skiing.
"We actually went over to Japan for a training session, which quickly turned into powder skiing and we can’t really complain about that,” Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.) said. “It definitely put our heads in a great place moving into the Games."
Upon their arrival to PyeongChang, the team had a chance to witness Shaun White winning his third Olympic halfpipe snowboarding gold medal. It was clear his performance lit a fire under the freeski athletes.
"Shaun set the bar and now it’s time for us to see if we can match it,” said defending halfpipe freeskiing gold medalist David Wise (Reno, Nev.) “I feel very grateful to have been there and cheer the team on.”
Freeskiing halfpipe competition kicks off Monday with the women’s qualifying. The men’s qualifying is scheduled for Tuesday.


Fletcher Leads Team USA in 19th
Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) was the top American in 19th Wednesday in the normal hill/10k event. Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) was 35th, followed by Ben Loomis (Eau Claire, Wis.) in 41st and Jasper Good (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) 45th.
The Gundersen large hill/10k is scheduled for Tuesday, following by the team event on Thursday, Feb. 22.
Gundersen NH 109/10k


White Reclaims Halfpipe Gold
Shaun White (Carlsbad, Calif.) collected his third career Olympic gold medal, winning the halfpipe snowboarding at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
White added PyeongChang gold to his Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010 gold medal collection. In addition, his victory was the 100th Olympic gold medal won by Team USA in Olympic Winter Games history. Team USA has also swept all four snowboard gold medals awarded this far at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, adding White’s title to both Red Gerard and Jamie Anderson’s slopestyle victories, and Chloe Kim’s halfpipe victory.
Ben Ferguson (Bend. Ore.) finished fourth, while Chase Josey (Hailey, Idaho) was sixth and Jake Pates (Eagle, Colo.) eighth. … READ MORE / RESULTS

Men’s Snowboardcross Thursday
The men’s snowboardcross qualifying and finals are scheduled for Thursday at Phoenix Snow Park. Starting for Team USA are Jonathan Cheever (Saugus, Mass), Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, Mich.), Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), and Hagen Kearney (Telluride, Colo.). Qualifying starts at 11:00 a.m. KT /9:00 p.m. EST Wednesday. Finals are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. KT / 11:30 p.m. EST Wednesday.
Men's snowboardcross


*All times EST.
3:00-5:00 p.m. - Nordic combined 10k cross country
8:00-11:30 p.m. - Men's downhill (live)
12:05-1:30 a.m. - Men's snowboardcross finals (live)

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
8:00-10:00 p.m. - Women's giant slalom first run (Thursday)
9:00-10:35 p.m. - Men's snowboardcross seeding round (Thursday)
9:30-11:30 p.m. - Men's downhill
11:45 p.m. -12:15 a.m. - Women's giant slalom second run (Thursday)
11:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m. - Men's snowboardcross finals (Thursday)

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Women's 10k freestyle cross country
8:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m. - Women's snowboardcross finals (live), women's freestyle aerials, women's 10k freestyle cross country

5:00-7:10 a.m. - Women's 10k freestyle cross country
11:00 p.m.-2:40 a.m. - Men's 15k freestyle cross country (live)

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
5:00-7:00 a.m. - Medal Ceremony (live)
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
11:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m. - Men's snowboardcross finals
1:30-3:15 a.m. - Women's 10k freestyle
6:00-7:15 a.m. - Women's aerials qualifying
8:00-9:50 p.m. - Women's slalom first run (Friday)
8:00-9:25 p.m. - Women's snowboardcross seeding
9:00-11:10 p.m. - Men's alpine super-G (Friday)
10:15-11:15 p.m. - Women's snowboardcross finals
11:15 p.m. -12:15 a.m. - Women's giant slalom second run (Friday)
1:00-2:50 a.m. - Men's 15k freestyle cross country (Friday)

3:00-5:00 p.m. - Men's 15k freestyle cross country, men's large hill ski jumping
8:00-12:00 p.m. - Women's super G (live), women's aerials finals

12:35-2:00 a.m. - Women's slopestyle skiing finals

10:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - Men's large hill ski jumping

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
5:00-7:00 a.m. - Medal Ceremony (live)
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
12:00-2:50 a.m. - Men's 15k freestyle cross country
6:00-7:20 a.m. - Women's aerials finals
7:30-8:40 a.m. - Men's large hill ski jumping qualifying
8:00-9:40 p.m.- Women's slopestyle skiing qualifying (Saturday)
9:00-10:55 p.m.- Women's super-G (Saturday)
11:00-12:35 a.m. - Women's slopestyle skiing finals (Saturday)

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