5 to Watch Recap: Hockey History Made as US Women Get Golden Revenge

These Winter Olympics haven’t always been kind to Americans, but the U.S. just saw one of its biggest days of the Games so far. 

In the matchups fans had been waiting for, U.S. athletes made history and added to the medal count in stunning victories that won't be forgetten. 

Arguably one of the biggest wins came when U.S. women's hockey finally beat out their Canadian rivals in an intense shootout that ended a 20-year gold medal drought. 

The night also saw the past and future of American skiing face off on the same hill as Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin competed in the Alpine combined.  

The event marked the first time the two competed together since Vonn recovered from the years of injuries that kept her out of the Sochi Games, where Shiffrin made her Olympic debut and won gold. 

Beyond that, the US nabbed medals in several events, including big air snowboarding and the men's ski halfpipe, and inched closer to curling glory. 

So break out the Stars and Stripes and take a look back at some of the best action the Olympics has offered so far. 

Here are five things you may have missed in the last 24 hours in Pyeongchang.

1. US Beats Canada For 1st Women’s Hockey Gold Since 1998

The United States has beaten Canada in a shootout to win their first Olympic gold since 1998 in women's hockey.

Hilary Knight scored late in the first period to give the U.S. the lead, but two Canadian goals by Haley Irwin and Marie Philip-Poulin scored in the second to put Canada ahead 2-1. 

Monique Lamoureux-Morando scored with less than seven minutes to go in the third period to tie the game, and the score remained that way until the two teams headed for a shootout. 

In the shootout, Knight had the chance to win it, but she was denied, and the shootout went to extra skaters. Fortunately for her, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson picked her up, and the U.S. won its first gold medal in women's hockey in 20 years. 

Full recap: Mission Accomplished for US Women's Hockey


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2. Vonn Voyage! Lindsey Skis Out in Alpine Combined, Shiffrin Takes Silver

A day after winning bronze in her best discipline, Lindsey Vonn, who posted the fastest time in the downhill leg of the women’s Alpine combined, missed a gate early in the slalom and didn’t finish in what's likely the final race of her Olympic career. 

Michelle Gisin of Switzerland turned in a nearly flawless performance as she finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 20.90 seconds to eclipse the silver-medalist Shiffrin by 0.97 seconds. Wendy Holdener of Switzerland earned the bronze. 

Shiffrin adds the silver medal to the gold she won earlier in the games in the giant slalom. 

It was very likely the first and only Olympic race between U.S. teammates Vonn and Shiffrin.

Full recap: Shiffrin Gets Silver in Alpine Combined, Vonn Skis Out

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3. Big Air’s Big Finish

The first big air snowboarding competition at the Olympics concluded Thursday, and Jamie Anderson won her second medal of the Games. 

Anderson, who won a gold medal in Slopestyle, finished with a silver medal after crashing on her last trick of the competition. Austria's Anna Gasser, who was the favorite going into the competition, won the gold on her very last jump. 

New Zealand's Zoi Sadowski-Synnott won the bronze medal with a score of 157.50. 

Full recap: Gasser Outduels Anderson for Gold in Women's Big Air

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4. Wise Takes Gold as US Dominates Men's Freeski Halfpipe

Americans dominated the podium in the men’s freeski halfpipe on Thursday, with David Wise winning gold and Alex Ferreira taking silver.

American Alex Ferreira led the way after two rounds, scoring a 96 on an electric second run. But Wise came roaring back, after falling on his first two runs, to take the lead with a 97.20. 

Teammates Aaron Blunck and Torin Yater-Wallace placed seventh and ninth, respectively.

New Zealander Nico Porteous took bronze.

Full recap: Wise Goes for It, and Comes Out With Another Olympic Gold

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5. The U.S. Men's Curling Team Advances to First-Ever Gold Medal Round

Team USA is headed to its first ever men's curling gold medal game, following a historic upset victory against Canada, the three-time defending Olympic champions and 2017 World Champions.

The 5-3 win in Thursday's semifinals caps a four-game U.S. winning streak on the ice in Pyeongchang, an especially remarkable turnaround from a string of losses in the first games of the tournament. Thursday's surge came after the U.S. caught a big break in the eighth end and held on.

The U.S. has never contended for an Olympic gold or silver medal in curling as they now will against Sweden on Feb. 24. In 2006, the U.S. men won the bronze, the only U.S. Olympic medal ever in the sport.

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