Will the United States Women’s Cross Country Ski Olympic gold medal be an incentive for more people to consider trying cross country (XC) skiing in the USA? With the extensive publicity about the XC ski gold medalists Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall following their Olympic gold medal victory, how can the number of people who try XC skiing this winter not increase substantially?
Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) was selected to lead the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team into Sunday's Closing Ceremony as flag bearer, as announced today by the United States Olympic Committee. Diggins was chosen by a vote of fellow members of Team USA.
Shiffrin Adds Combined Silver
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) added another Olympic medal to her collection, taking silver in the alpine combined Thursday at the Jeongseon Alpine Center. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) racing in her final Olympic event, won the first run downhill, but straddled a gate in the slalom and did not finish.
Downhill Bronze for Vonn
Racing in her final Olympic downhill race, four-time Olympian Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) won the bronze medal, leading three Americans into the top-seven Wednesday at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) finished fourth and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) was fifth in the third and final downhill training run at at Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
With the announced move of the Olympic alpine combined event from Friday to Thursday, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) will not start in Wednesday’s Olympic downhill in order to focus on the combined.
Cochran-Siegle Leads Team USA in Giant Slalom
Finally healthy following a couple seasons of injuries and setbacks, Ryan Cochran-Siegle once again led Team USA, finishing tied for 11th, in the giant slalom at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games Sunday. Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah), the defending Olympic gold medalist, was 15th.
One mistake cost Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) a shot at another Olympic medal. But it was one fast snowboarder who took a second Olympic super-G gold away from Austria’s Anna Veith.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.), the defending slalom gold medalist from the 2014 Sochi Games, just missed the podium, finishing fourth, in Friday’s slalom at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.
It took a few days, but the wait was very worthwhile as Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) won the giant slalom gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games Thursday.
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.).
Ligety Fifth In Alpine Combined
Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) finished fifth in the men's alpine combined to lead Team USA at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre Tuesday afternoon at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Weather Postpones Women’s Giant Slalom
Due to strong winds and the changing weather forecast, the women’s Olympic giant slalom scheduled for Monday has been postponed to Thursday.
“It’s a bummer that we’re not able to race today,” said Mikaela Shiffrin. “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. We have a great gym and space to eat and take plenty of naps, so I’ll use this time to recharge.”
Men’s Downhill Postponed
Due to the strong wind, Sunday's men's downhill was rescheduled for Thursday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m. KT/9:00 p.m. EST Wednesday. The men's super-G will now move to Friday, February 16 at 11:00 a.m. KT / 9:00 p.m. EST Thursday. Based on the official forecast, the jury has also canceled Monday’s alpine combined downhill training.
Women’s Giant Slalom
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) makes her PyeongChang debut in the giant slalom Monday at 10:15 a.m. KT. NBC will broadcast the first run live at 8:15 p.m. EST Sunday. Both the first and second runs will stream live on NBCOlympics.com. In addition to Shiffrin, Resi Stiegler (Jackson, Wyo.), Megan McJames (Park City, Utah) and Tricia Mangan (Buffalo, N.Y.) will start for Team USA.
Goldberg Eighth In Final Downhill Training
Jared Goldberg (Squaw Valley, Calif) finished eighth in the third and final downhill training run before Sunday’s race. Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Calif.) was ninth, followed by Thomas Biesemeyer (Keene, N.Y.) 13th; Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.) 20th; and Wiley Maple (Aspen, Colo.) 23rd.
Morgan Schild qualified third and will compete in the medal round Sunday at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (Courtesy of U.S. Ski & Snowboard / Getty Images)
Bennett Sixth in Second Downhill Training
For the second-straight day, Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Calif.) led Team USA in downhill training on the Jeongseon downhill track, finishing sixth, on a weather-shortened course.
Jared Goldberg was 11th in the first training run at the Jeongseon Alpine Center Thursday. (Getty Images/AFP - Javier Soriano)
Bennett Leads Team USA in First Training Run
Team USA experienced its first taste of the Jeongseon downhill track in the first of three training runs Thursday. Racing under bright sunshine, and on a hard-fast, Colorado-snow-like track, Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Calif.) led the way in seventh. “That was so much fun!” Bennett said after his run.
Jaelin Kauf trains ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Bokwang Phoenix Snow Park on in Pyeongchang. The women's moguls qualifying takes place Friday and will be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com Thursday night in the USA. (Getty Images - David Ramos)
Men's Downhill Training Starts Thursday
Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Calif.) kicks out of the start gate with bib 2 in the first of three scheduled downhill training runs Thursday leading up to Sunday's race. Also starting the first training run for Team USA will be Jared Goldberg (Holladay, Utah); Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.); Wiley Maple (Aspen, Colo.); Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, N.Y.); Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, N.Y.); and Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah).
Men’s Downhill Training Run 1 start list
If you’re a fan of winter sports and the Olympic Winter Games, you’re in for a special treat this month! U.S. Ski & Snowboard is heading to PyeongChang with one of its strongest teams ever – more than 100 athletes competing in alpine, freestyle, snowboard, freeski, cross country, nordic combined and ski jumping events.
From the thrill of downhill to the bump and grind of skicross and snowboardcross, to the Olympic debut of snowboard big air – NBC will broadcast and stream all events LIVE throughout the 2018 Games in PyeongChang.
Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen leap onto the podium after finishing third in the team sprint at the 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. (Andrew Shinn)
Scandinavian countries, Germany, Italy, and Russia dominated women’s cross-country competitions for 60 years, but that began to change in 2012 with the breakout of the U.S. Women’s Cross-Country Team.