ICYMI at the Winter Olympics: Shiffrin shines; Svindal defies Father Time

From ESPN - February 15, 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- The world finally got to see Mikaela Shiffrin win gold, the U.S. women's hockey team fell to Canada once again, and Jessie Diggins made Olympic history. Missed the action? We have got you covered.

Alpine skiing

After days of waiting, Mikaela Shiffrin finally got her first gold medal. At first, all of the delays seemed to affect the 22-year-old many believe to be the world's greatest skier; she was in second place in the giant slalom after the first of her two runs. Then, in the three hours before the second run, she took a nap and snuck onto the men's course for some free skiing with her mom. She returned ready to dominate, and dominate she did. On Friday, Shiffrin will go for her third gold medal in her best event, slalom, ready to make history. She'd become the only American skier to win more than two Olympic golds.

On the men's side, Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal also made history: At 35, he became the oldest Alpine gold medalist and his country's first winner in the downhill. But more important, today the world learned that Norwegians are also called "Attacking Vikings."

I want to be an "attacking Viking" when I grow up. #Svindal #Jansrud #Olympics2018

- Curtis Sayers (@studiosayers) February 15, 2018

It'd be better if these "Attacking Vikings" actually skied wearing viking helmets, leather and shields.

- Liz Mair (@LizMair) February 15, 2018

Figure skating

Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot may have won gold for the best celebration so far at the Olympics. At the end of their free skate, for which they received the highest score in pairs history, they collapsed onto the ice, gasping for breath, overcome by the emotion of what they'd achieved.

Savchenko, 32, came into these Olympics -- her fifth -- having won everything but an Olympic gold medal over her remarkable career. Massot is her third partner, and Germany is the second country she has represented. "We did New Year's together," Savchenko said, "and we said, '2018 will be our year,' and it is. It's just an amazing story, and I am unbelievably happy."

China's Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, who led after the short program, took silver, while Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, another set of veterans, won bronze.

Aliona becoming an Olympic champion makes me want to flip a table and throw a chair across the room. LOVE HER. SHES GOT GRIT AND SHE IS A BEAST. My heart is so full.

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