Winter Olympics: Figure skating holds big finale

China finished 0.064 seconds behind for silver and Canada took bronze.

After being brushed off as just another competitor in these Olympics, this South Korea team is now on to a curling semifinal, and possibly history.

Lindsey Vonn made a mistake early in the slalom and didn't finish in what was likely the final race of her Winter Games career. With Wednesday's bronze, coming after short track skater John-Henry Krueger's silver in the 1,000-meter race on Saturday, hopes have grown for US success at these games.

Jessie Diggins has been named the USA flag bearer after an incredibly gutsy performance to take home the country's first-ever gold medal in Cross-Country.

WOMEN FIRST: NBC is on the brink of a historic accomplishment: The Pyeongchang Games will mark the first time female athletes have been featured more than men on a US network's prime-time Olympic coverage. The drought began after Vancouver. "I'm so excited to embark on this new and exciting adventure and bring the Closing Ceremony to the U.S".

NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, has been hit by a ratings drop half way through the games' two-week run, but digital consumption has made it hard to measure true viewership success.

The North Koreans are part of a unified Korean team playing at the Winter Olympic Games and are staying in the Athletes Village. That doesn't stop them from wanting more. They tweaked, ran multiple wind tests and came up with a design everyone was happy with well before entering the 2017-2018 season. "Obviously here you meet a tonne of people from all over the world and there's a lot doing some travelling after the games". The 27-year-old has been called the "grandfather of an ultra-young US men's short-track speed skating team" by USA Today. "We came in wanting the gold", Chinese skater Wu Dajing said. As it stands now, the fourth in the medal count, five behind Germany for third place but three ahead of fifth-place Netherlands and six up on sixth-place France.

The event will close with the handover of the Olympic flag from Pyeonchang mayor, Sim Jae-kook, to IOC president Thomas Bach, who will present it to the mayor of the 2022 Winter Olympics host city, Chen Jining of Beijing. Both showings of the ceremony can also be streamed on the the NBC app and on fuboTV (7-day free trial).

Still, "the biggest challenge is lack of depth in the talent pool", says Quinn.

To date, the most successful recruitment of USA speedskating talent has been among inline skaters.

The American team includes brothers Bryan Fletcher and Taylor Fletcher.

But there's starting to be a deficit in that talent pool, too.

"We were going for gold", Larocque said.

Norway's Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo and Martin Johnsrud captured gold in the men's team sprint, giving Norway a 13th medal in cross-country at the Pyeongchang Games to tie an Olympic record.

Popular U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon wound up turning down NBC's offer to serve as a Olympics commentator after his hiring was announced, forcing an embarrassing backtrack by the network.

In South Korea, his job is referred to as event services and basically has him working to ensure a positive spectator experience, mostly for the speed skating and figure skating events. Murray said ideally, she would need at least four years of joint training to make the combined team really work - "If we had more time, we could have done something really special", she said - and she isn't sure if she would coach a combined Korean team again if the situation were similar to this time. It's scheduled to end at 10:30pm EST. Bobsledders were getting the most right swipes among men according to Reuters, followed by hockey players, snowboarders, skiers, and skeleton racers. Mantia has described it as "NASCAR on ice".

  • Arturo Norris