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Week One Recap of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics Skiing Events

In an exciting week of skiing in South Korea, the top Team USA ski athletes were in the hunt for gold.

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Women’s and Mens Mogul Qualifiers and Men’s Downhill Training Day 2

  • Before the Opening Ceremony on Friday in PyeongChang, skiers competed in the mogul qualifiers. Morgan Schild, Jaelin Kauf and Keaton McCargo of Team USA qualified for finals in the top 10. For the men, Canadian Mikael Kingsbury set the pace, putting down an excellent run with a high score of 86.07. 
  • In the Men’s Downhill, Italy’s Christof Innerhofer had the fastest run with Switzerland’s Beat Feuz, Austria’s Matthais Mayer, and Norway’s Kjetil Jansurd and Aksel Lund Svindal not far behind. Team USA’s Bryce Bennett wasn’t too far behind, either. 

See the full Mogul Qualifiers and Downhill training recap here. 

Women’s and Men’s Moguls Finals

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Jaelin Kauf Women’s Moguls 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, KoreaPhoto courtesy of U.S. Ski & Snowboard
  • For the women, France’s Perinne Laffont finished with the fastest time and score of 78.65 with Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapoint and Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva close behind in second and third. 
  • Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury won gold in the men’s competition with a score of 86.63. Australia’s Matt Graham and Japan’s Daichi Hara won silver and bronze, while Team USA’s Casey Andringa from Boulder, Colo., was the only American athlete to make the final round, placing 5th overall.

See the full Mogul’s recap here. 

Men’s Alpine Combined

Germany’s Thomas Dressen set the pace on the downhill portion of the even with a time of 1:19:24. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud and Italy’s Christof Innerhofer finished second and third. In the slalom portion of the event in the afternoon, Austria’s Marcel Hirscher (with a 7th place in the Downhill) had the fastest overall combined time of 2:06:52. France’s Alexis Pinturault and Victor Muffat-Jeandet won silver and bronze. Ted Ligety had a great slalom run, moving from 23rd in the Downhill to 5th overall. 

See the full Men’s Alpine Combined recap here. 

Women’s GS and Men’s Downhill Final

  • In the Women’s GS, Team USA favorite Mikaela Shifrrin, of Eagle-Vail, Colo., won gold with an overall time of 2:20:02—the medal being her first GS Olympic gold. Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel and Italy’s Federica Brignone came in second and third. 
  • In the Men’s Downhill, the “Norwegian Vikings” Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud won gold and silver with Switzerland’s Beat Feuz winning bronze. 

See the full Women’s GS and Men’s Downhill recap here. 

Women’s Slalom and Men’s Super-G Finals

  • In the Women’s Slalom, Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter won gold with Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener and Austria’s Katharina Gallhuber close behind with silver and bronze. Mikaela Shiffrin, of Vail, Colo., placed fourth, missing the podium by +0.40 seconds. 
  • In the Men’s Super-G, Austria’s Matthias Mayer won gold with Switzerland’s Beat Feuz and Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud close behind. Team USA’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle placed 14th overall. 

See the full Women’s Slalom and Men’s Super-G recap here. 

Women’s Super-G and Slopestyle

  • A small mistake towards the bottom of the run put Team USA Super-G favorite Lindsey Vonn tied for sixth place in the Women’s Super-G. The winner, Ester Ledecká of the Czech Republic, came as a surprise to many as she is also the World Champion in snowboard parallel giant slalom.  Ledecká came in with a time +0.01 seconds ahead of Austria’s Anna Veith and +0.11 seconds ahead of Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather. 
  • In the Women’s Slopestyle, Switzerland’s Sarah Hoefflin and Mathilde Gremaud won gold and silver, respectively. Team USA’s Maggie Voisin, of Whitefish, Mont., missed the podium by 3.40 points. Isabel Atkin of Great Britain, won bronze. 

See the full Women’s Super-G and Slopestyle recap here. 

Men’s GS and Slopestyle

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Marcel Hirscher finishes the PyeongChang GS in first.Photo credit: Crystal Sagan
  • In the Men’s GS, Marcel Hirscher, of Austria, won gold with the two fastest runs of the day while Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen and France’s Alexis Pinturault placed silver and bronze. Ryan Cochran-Siegle, of Starksboro, Vt., was Team USA’s top finisher—his second run brought him from 21st to 11th. 
  • In Men’s Slopestyle, Norway’s Oystein Braaten won with a score of 95.00, and Nick Goepper, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., followed close behind to take second, Canada’s Alex Beaulieu-Marchand coming in third. 

See the full Men’s GS and Slopestyle recap here. 

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