PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — A day after Chloe Kim dominated the women’s halfpipe, Shaun White made it back-to-back golds for Team USA with two massive runs. Mikaela Shiffrin was made to wait yet again, North Koreans steal the show in figure skating and Aaron Rodgers throws his weight behind curling. All that, and more of what you missed from Day 5 at the Pyeongchang Games.
Men’s snowboard halfpipe
Four months ago, Shaun White was in the ICU for five days after getting 62 stitches across his face after a gruesome training crash. On Wednesday, he won Olympic gold for the third time, 12 years after his first. He threw down his snowboard, sunk to his knees and burst into tears upon learning his winning score of 97.75, edging out Japan’s Ayumu Hirano. His tears captured the pressure, sacrifice and stress of his redemption journey.
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“Disregard, it’s just @shaunwhite doin his THANG!” pic.twitter.com/gk4eEdyoNo
– Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) February 14, 2018
White’s triumph was clouded by the resurfacing of a 2016 lawsuit accusing him of sexual harassment. When asked to address the allegations, White said, “I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,” a statement he later said he was “truly sorry” for.
For the second time in three days, Mikaela Shiffrin was made to wait. The skiing star was supposed to make her Pyeongchang debut on Monday but was thwarted by blustery conditions. On Wednesday, it was a combination of wind, snow and poor visibility. Now, Shiffrin is scheduled to race in the slalom on Thursday morning local time (Wednesday night in the States). Let’s hope the weather cooperates.
Shiffrin kept her cool after the delay on Monday, telling the media that she’d use the time to train and recharge, but not everyone is handling it so well.
Wednesday saw one of the most intense pairs competitions in recent memory, as couples from China, Russia, Canada and Germany battled for top spot in the short program. But the pair that received the most attention arrived with no chance of making the podium: the North Koreans. Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik came to Pyeongchang with the goal of qualifying for the free skate, which they did in spectacular fashion. Urged on by fans and their country’s cheer squad, they achieved a career-high score, 69.40, putting them in 11th place.
Good thing figure skating happens inside, because high winds made it a little tricky to get to the rink, as Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir discovered.
Days after JJ Watt declared himself a curling fan, Aaron Rodgers piled on the love for Wisconsin native Matt Hamilton.
Hey @MattJamilton , pulling for you and your mustache this #OlympicGames bring home a medal to Wisconsin!! #curling #strongstachegame #stache #stash #midrange #pancakeday2018 #pancakes #samelliott #bobbygoulet #InternetFriendsDay #MardiGras18 #BurtReynolds
– Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 14, 2018
Hamilton and the U.S. men opened round-robin play with an 11-7 win over South Korea.
Long-track speed skating
Looks like no one can stop the Dutch when it comes to long track. They continued their sweep of the speedskating gold medals, as Jorien ter Mors added a fifth and set a new Olympic record in the 1,000 meters. The Dutch have now won eight of 12 available medals in the sport. They’re on track to repeat their showing in Sochi, where they went home with 23 of 36 medals. American Brittany Bowe missed the podium again, this time by less than half a second. She’ll have two more shots at a medal, in the women’s 500m on Sunday and the team pursuit on Wednesday.
And finally …
– Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) February 14, 2018
Need we say more?