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As WSN's resident Ringhead, I'll try and keep things up-to-date as to the goings-on in Pyeongchang.

-Competition got started a few days ago with a new event, mixed doubles curling. Unfortunately after a good start by knocking off the 2016 World Champs from Russia, McFarland's brother/sister act of Matt and Becca Hamilton have stumbled hard, including giving up a perfect last end to Switzerland and getting hammered by the host nation. With a 1-4 record, they have been eliminated from medal contention as America's Olympic curling struggles continue.

-Milwaukee-born Casey Andringa competed in men's moguls qualifying the other day, but finished out of the automatic qualifying spots. He'll have one more shot to make the final on Monday. Troy Murphy was the lone American to make it through on direct qualification. Overwhelming favorite Mikael Kingsbury of Canada had the highest qualifying score.

-The U.S. currently sits in second in the team figure skating event behind heavy favorite Canada. A surprisingly shaky performance from medal contender Nathan Chen put the Americans behind the ball, but pairs skaters Alexa Scimeca Knierim & Chris Knierim put in a good performance to bail out the young phenom.

-In ski jumping normal hill qualification, Japan's 45-year old Noriaki Kasai placed 20th in making his record-breaking 8th Winter Olympics appearance. American Kevin Bickner from Chicago, the rare American ski jumper with potential qualified in 25th in an event looking likely to be dominated by the Germans, Poles and Austrians.
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-The first medals of the games were awarded in women's cross-country skiing and the 15 km skiathlon. Sweden's Charlotte Kalla pulled away on the back-half to win gold. Norway's Marit Bjoergen took silver and Finland's Krista Parmakoski bronze. Bjoergen's silver was her 11th Olympic medal and she is now the most-decorated female Winter Olympian of all-time. American Jessie Diggins was fifth, the highest-ever result for an American woman. She looks to be in good form with her two best events still to come.

-Get used to this phrase "Germany's Laura Dahlmeier wins gold in biathlon," this time in the sprint. Norway's Marte Olsbe and Czech Republic's Veronika Vitkova rounded out the podium. American hopeful Susan Dunklee with a disastrous showing missing five targets at two shooting stations and finishing 66th.

-After the first two runs of men's luge, America's Chris Mazdzer sits just one-thousandth of a second out of medal position.

-Short-track got underway with Korean Lim Hyo-jun pleased the home crowd with a gold in the men's 1500m. Top Americans J.R. Celski and John-Henry Krueger were eliminated in the semis. Maame Biney advanced to the quarters in the women's 500m

-Poor second jumps from the Polish favorites, Kamil Stoch and Stefan Hula Jr. opened the door for German Andreas Wellinger to take gold in the ski jumping normal hill event. Norwegians Johann Andre Forfang and Robert Johannson took silver and bronze. American Kevin Bickler finished 18th, the best American result since 2002.

-And it's a new Olympics, but the orange crush is still in full force at the long track speed skating oval, as the Dutch swept the women's 3000m with Carlijn Achtereekte, Ireen Wust and Antoinette de Jong taking the spoils. Lone American Carlijn Schoutens was 22nd, as Team USA's slide into distance skating mediocrity continues.
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Does anyone else find the 'announcers' at the Olympics to be nauseating? I have watched a few events and all I hear is how 'unbelievable' 'tremendous' etc EVERYTHING is during a performance. I saw it last nite with the Ice Dancing. They certainly did get some great PR people to do the announcing. I turned the sound off and just watched as the announcers just got sickening to listen to. It is the  EVENT announcers and not the 'MAIN' announcers. I can understand the 'pumping' of their sport but when they all start to sound like Dickie V - it is time to turn off the sound.
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-Men's Downhill was postponed due to high winds.

-The Men's sprint in Biathlon saw a bit of a surprise as overwhelming favorites Martin Fourcade of France and Johannes Thigne Bo of Norway both missed three times on their opening shooting stop. Germany's Arnd Peiffer took advantage to win, followed by Michal Krcmar (CZE) and Dominik Windisch (ITA).

-The men's cross-country skiathlon saw a Norwegian sweep behind Simen Hegstad Kruger, Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Hans Christer Holund. Curiously, Norway's best XC skier, Johannes Hosflot Klaebo could only manage 10th. American Scott Patterson was 18th.

-Despite having several medal hopefuls, the Americans failed to qualify for the last run of the women's moguls final. French teenager Perrine Laffont took gold ahead of Canada's Justine DuFour-Lapointe and Kazakhstan's Yuliya Galysheva.

-Team USA started their women's hockey campaign with a 3-1 victory over Finland. Canada defeated Russia, 5-0.

-Craziness at the luge track, as two-time defending champ Felix Loch of Germany had a costly mistake on his final run and dropped to fifth. Austrian David Gleirscher, with no previous World Cup podiums took gold, while America's Chris Mazdzer used a track record on his third run to win silver, the first American male to win a singles luge medal. German Johannes Ludwig got the bronze.

-America's first gold of the Games came just as it did in Sochi, via surprise in the men's snowboard slopestyle competition. This time, 17-year old Red Gerard used a great final run to edge Canadian faves Max Parrot and Mark McMorris. Gerard is the third-youngest male gold medalist in Winter Olympic history.

-In speed skating, the Netherlands' Sven Kramer won the 5000m for the third straight Games (and he took silver back in 2006). It is his eighth overall medal (four gold). Dutch-Canadian Ted-Jan Bloemens was second, Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Norway, third.
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safetysqueezepleezzee11 wrote:
Does anyone else find the 'announcers' at the Olympics to be nauseating? I have watched a few events and all I hear is how 'unbelievable' 'tremendous' etc EVERYTHING is during a performance. I saw it last nite with the Ice Dancing. They certainly did get some great PR people to do the announcing. I turned the sound off and just watched as the announcers just got sickening to listen to. It is the  EVENT announcers and not the 'MAIN' announcers. I can understand the 'pumping' of their sport but when they all start to sound like Dickie V - it is time to turn off the sound.


NBC isn't really noted for employing the best folks (just the best names) as analysts for the Olympics. Things are often either too positive or too negative (Cynthia Potter in Diving being the all-time worst). In the case of ice dancing, NBC actually had Tanith Belbin White doing the analysis instead of their usual polarizing team of Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.

My cousin, a big snowboarder, also mentioned how the NBC snowboarding guys were botching the names of moves, or just misidentifying them outright.

I will say that Chad Salmela on biathlon and XC skiing is really good. Curious to see how Bode Miller is with alpine skiing.
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I think the Lipinski/Weir team is decent. Weir isn't afraid to be harsh on the skaters when they're not doing well.

I get more annoyed at the constant commentary during the opening ceremony. "And now this is a tiger." Yes, we can see that.
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-As I said before, get used to hearing "Germany's Laura Dahlmeier wins gold in biathlon," this time in the pursuit. Anastasia Kuzmina of Slovakia was second, France's Anais Bescond third.

-France's Martin Fourcade overcame his poor showing in the biathlon sprint to claim gold in the pursuit, ahead of Sebastian Samuelsson (SWE) and Benedikt Doll (GER).

-An excellent free skate from Mirai Nagasu was a catalyst as Team USA secured bronze in the team figure skating event. Magasu landed the first triple axel by an American woman in Olympics history. Canada took gold, Russia silver.

-Milwaukee-born Casey Andringa fought his way back through secondary qualification to make it to the men's moguls final, where he finished fifth. Heavy favorite Mikael Kingsbury of Canada was the winner, followed by Aussie Matt Graham and Daichi Hara of Japan.

-Norway's Maren Lundby, Germany's Katharina Althaus and Japan's Sara Takanashi were the podium in women's ski jumping normal hill. American Sarah Hendrickson was 19th.

-American Jamie Anderson fought through brutal conditions to defend her snowboarding slopestyle gold, beating out Canadian Laurie Blouin and Finn Enni Rukajarvi.

-Dutch speed skater Ireen Wust won her 10th medal (fifth gold) in the 1500m. Fellow Dutch lady Marrit Leenstra won bronze behind silver medal winner, Japan's Miho Takagi. American Brittany Bowe was fifth, which is embarrassingly the best American SSK Olympic finish since 2002. Fellow American and world record holder Heather Bergsma slipped to 8th after a terrible last lap in the final pair.
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wiscopetty wrote:
I think the Lipinski/Weir team is decent. Weir isn't afraid to be harsh on the skaters when they're not doing well.

I get more annoyed at the constant commentary during the opening ceremony. "And now this is a tiger." Yes, we can see that.


Yeah, I don't mind them, but it isn't hard to figure out why people do.

NBC really needs to learn a less is more approach when it comes to the Ceremonies. That bumbling narrative Joshua Cooper Ramo was trying to cultivate about Japanese/Korean relations was awkward and deservedly controversial.
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Yeah, I don't mind them, but it isn't hard to figure out why people do.

NBC really needs to learn a less is more approach when it comes to the Ceremonies. That bumbling narrative Joshua Cooper Ramo was trying to cultivate about Japanese/Korean relations was awkward and deservedly controversial.
    Yepper! that and Katie Couric saying/thinking the Dutch skate thru all the canals everyday and THAT is why they are so good at skating. What a dope!
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-It was a pretty electric day of competition at the snowboard halfpipe, with American phenom Chloe Kim dominating the women's competition on her way to gold (fellow American Arielle Gold took bronze), and Shaun White's 98+ score leading a red-hot field of qualifiers heading into tonight's men's final.

-Austrian legend Marcel Hirscher finally got the one accolade lacking from his resume: an Olympic gold, after dominating the slalom run in the men's alpine combined. France took silver and bronze behind Alexis Pinturault and Victor Muffat-Jeandet. American Ted Ligety used a strong slalom run to take fifth.

-Johannes Klaebo (NOR), Federico Pellegrino (ITA) and Alexander Bolshunov were the medalists in the men's XC skiing sprint. American Jessie Diggins (stronger in the freestyle than the classical, which is what the sprint was contested in) was sixth in the women's event. Stina Nilsson (SWE), Maiken Falla (NOR) and Yulia Belorukova (RUS) made up the podium there.

-Mixed doubles curling came to an end with Canada beating the Swiss for gold. Russia got the bronze.

-In women's hockey, the U.S. defeated Russia, 5-0, and qualified for the semis, as did Canada after taking down Finland, 4-1. The two rivals meet in the final group play match next.

-Germany's Natalie Geisenberger repeated in women's luge, followed by countrywoman Dajana Eitberger and Canada's Alex Gough. American Erin Hamlin, 2014 bronze medalist, was sixth.

-World record holder Elise Christie (GBR) once again crashed out of an Olympic short track (the 500m) final, and Italy's Arianna Fontana took full advantage, followed by Yara van Kerkhof (NED) and Kim Boutin (CAN). The U.S. men's relay team failed to qualify for the final.

-All the Dutch do is win at the speed skating oval. In the men's 1500m Kjeld Nuis and Patrick Roest took 1st and 2nd, while Kim Min-Seok of the host nation got bronze. American Joey Mantia was 8th. Brian Hansen was 15th, and Shani Davis, clearly burdened by not being voted (and then coin-flipped) flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony during Black History Month of all months, was 19th. Had nothing to do with him being 35 and washed up...😏
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safetysqueezepleezzee11 wrote:
    Yepper! that and Katie Couric saying/thinking the Dutch skate thru all the canals everyday and THAT is why they are so good at skating. What a dope!


They actually did a huge piece on this during the Sochi games I believe.  Obviously they don't do it when its not frozen, but they do in fact use speed skates and the canals to travel during the winter.
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-After yesterday's insane round of qualifying, today was another epic men's snowboard halfpipe competition. Needing to best Japan's Ayuma Hirano's 95.25 in the final run of the competition, Shaun White threw down a 97.75 on the strength of back-to-back 1440s to re-claim gold. Australia's Scotty James was third. Just one of those great edge-of-your-seat sporting moments.

-Another day, and yet another alpine skiing competition called off due to windy conditions, as the women's slalom was pushed back to Thursday. Six days in and just one alpine discipline has been completed (and that was in rough conditions). This is officially a problem for the organizers.

-The U.S. men's curling team (which features several Wisconsin natives) kicked off their competition with an 11-7 victory over the hosts. Hopefully they can keep this going, unlike the mixed doubles team.
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U.S. men's hockey blows a late 2-1 lead to lose to Slovenia in their opening game.
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U.S. men's hockey blows a late 2-1 lead to lose to Slovenia in their opening game.


Just not acceptable, regardless of whether this is a rag-tag thrown-together team or not. If it's any consolation, heavily-favored (OA)Russia lost to Slovakia.

-The U.S. women's curling team was hammered (or is it stoned?) by Japan, 10-5 in their opener.

-German sleds took gold and bronze in luge doubles. An Austria team took the silver. American sleds were 8th and 10th, a bit of a disappointment, particularly for the guys in 10th who were medal contenders.

-In the individual normal hill/10 km event of the Nordic combined, Germany's Eric Frenzel was the winner, followed by Japan's Akito Watabe and Austria's Lukas Klapfer. the top two spots were repeats from Sochi.

-And yep, the Dutch won their seventh consecutive long track speedskating race with Jorien ter Mors taking the honors here in the women's 1000m. Japan's Nao Kodaira and Miho Takagi were second and third. American Brittany Bowe was fourth, while multi-time world champion Heather Bergsma added to her three Olympics-long disappointing resume with another 8th place finish.
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db11 wrote:
Just not acceptable, regardless of whether this is a rag-tag thrown-together team or not. If it's any consolation, heavily-favored (OA)Russia lost to Slovakia.
I just hate the half-baked approach to hockey this year. Sure, the U.S. has struggled at times even with pro players, but it feels wrong to not have the best in the world out there when this only happens once every four years.

If there's any consolation, I think the women's side is really benefitting from the decision. U.S. vs. Canada should be exciting.
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