ICYMI at the Winter Olympics: Anderson keeps her cool, Nagasu and Rippon steal the show

From ESPN - February 12, 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Mikaela Shiffrin will have to wait a few more days to win another Olympic medal. Her much-anticipated first race of the Pyeongchang Games, in the giant slalom, was postponed to Thursday due to the weather. But that did not stop Jamie Anderson from winning the U.S. a second gold in women's snowboard slopestyle, a day after Red Gerard won the first in the men's event. Elsewhere, Canada soared to gold in the figure skating team event, while American Mirai Nagasu made history.

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Women's snowboard slopestyle

For Jamie Anderson, winning gold on Monday was not about doing the hardest trick; it was about surviving. The Lake Tahoe, California, native repeated as Olympic champion through high winds that caused a 75-minute delay followed by a chaotic contest with few clean performances. Anderson's first run was one of only nine clean attempts out of 50. Canada's Laurie Blouin and Finland's Enni Rukajarvi took silver and bronze.

"She's still upright." With that wind, a very technical sport with a lot of jargon has been boiled down to that statement. #slopestyle

- Chris Stevenson (@CJ_Stevenson) February 12, 2018

Figure skating

Canada may have taken home gold in the team event, but it was two American skaters, Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon, who stole the show. With a new, even more sequined costume, 28-year-old Rippon got on the ice for his Olympic debut and told himself, "Baby, you better keep it together." He did, landing all of his jumps to elicit a standing ovation.

He eclipsed his own giddy celebration an hour later cheering on Nagasu, who, like Rippon, did not make the 2014 Olympic team. Skating first in the women's long program, Nagasu became the first American woman -- and the third ever --to land a triple axel at the Olympics. Afterward, she told journalists: "Midori Ito, Mao Asada and now Mirai Nagasu, all Japanese heritage. But I am really fortunate that I am American, so I will be the first U.S. lady."

Rippon and Nagasu's performances, which helped Team USA defend its team bronze medal, shot them to the very top of the Twitter trending charts. And even there, they found each other.

Women's biathlon

Women's snowboard halfpipe


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