5 to Watch: Team USA Takes Home Bronze in Figure Skating


Local skaters Bradie Tennell and Alexa Scimeca Knierim have won their first medals of the 2018 Olympics, winning bronze in the figure skating Team Event. 

Canada took home the gold with strong performances throughout the competition, and the Olympic Athletes from Russia took home silver. 

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Here are five things you might have missed in the Olympic Games Sunday night and Monday morning (CT):  

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1. Team USA Takes Home Bronze in Team Figure Skating

America’s attempt at a gold medal in the figure skating team event came up short as the team finished with the Bronze medal.

The team’s chances took a hit when one of its stars, Nathan Chen, fell during his Olympic debut on Friday. Adam Rippon represented the U.S. in the men’s free skate, one of three programs in the Team Event. Rippon had a fluid and steady routine, but his score was hurt by not hitting a quad.

Team USA's Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman — only third overall — to land a triple axel in the Olympics.

Canada took home the gold and the Olympic Athletes from Russia took home the silver.

Full recap: USA Takes Home Bronze, Nagasu Makes History in Figure Skating Team Event

Must-See: Olympic Ice Dancers Power Through Costume Malfunction

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2. Mikaela Shiffrin Pyeongchang Debut in Giant Slalom Cancelled Due to High Winds

Mikaela Shiffrin's debut at the Pyeongchang Winter Games was cancelled about three hours before it was scheduled to begin Monday because of strong winds. It was the second Alpine skiing race called off at the Olympics. A new date was not announced immediately.

Shiffrin became a breakout American star at the Sochi Olympics, where she became the youngest-ever Olympic slalom champion at age 18. She’s looking to add a lot more hardware this time.

Now 22, Shiffrin has committed to skiing both the giant slalom and the slalom In Pyeongchang, and she might add the other three individual women’s races. Last year, Shiffrin became the first woman to win three consecutive slalom world titles in 78 years.

Up first for Shiffrin: The giant slalom. She’ll look to better her fifth-place finish in the event from the 2014 Olympics. She won a silver medal in the giant slalom in the 2017 World Championships. 

Lindsey Vonn, another standout American skier, will not compete in the giant slalom. 

Full recap: Wind Causes Wipeouts, Postponements on Pyeongchang Slopes

Must-See: Little Fan Waves at Lindsey Vonn on TV; Vonn Waves Back

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3. Jamie Anderson Defends Gold Medal in Women’s Slopestyle

With a near flawless first run, snowboarder Jamie Anderson defended her gold medal in Pyeongchang. 

Anderson led a strong group of Americans who were expected to contend for medals in the women’s slopestyle and was considered the favorite to repeat.

Full recap: Jamie Anderson Wins Gold, Her Second in a Row

Must-See: A Look Around 'The World's Darkest Building’

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4. USA’s Bergsma Fades in 1500-Meter Speed Skating

Heather Bergsma once again faded in the 1500-meter speed skating race, finishing eighth at the Pyeongchang Games on Monday.

Taking the gold was the Netherlands’ Ireen Wust. Miho Takagi of Japan won silver, Marrit Leenstra, also of the Netherlands, took the bronze.

Bergsma’s teammate, Brittany Bowe, was fifth.

Four years ago in Sochi, Bergsma entered the 1500-meter as a medal favorite — but she struggled there too, finishing seventh. Bergsma beat Wust and Takagi at the 2017 World Championships. Wust had already won a silver medal in Pyeongchang, in the 3000-meter race.

Full Recap: Women's 1,500M: Dutch Golden Again in Speedskating

Must-See: Speedskating Science: Is Blue the Fastest Color?

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5. And the Gold Goes to…

Snowboarder Red Gerard won America’s first gold medal of the Winter Olympics on Sunday morning. Team USA had a chance to win even more on Monday: Medals were awarded in eight events. Here’s a look at how the team fared:

Women’s Snowboarding, Slopestyle

Full recap: Jamie Anderson Wins Gold, Her Second in a Row

Biathlon, Men’s 12.5 km

Full recap: Fourcade Hits 19 of 20 Targets to Return to Top of Biathlon World

Men’s Freestyle Skiing, Moguls

Full recap: Canada's Kingsbury Storms to Gold in Men's Moguls

Women’s Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Individual

Full recap: Norway's Lundby Takes Gold in Women's Normal Hill Ski Jumping

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