5 to Watch Recap: Ice Dancers to Twizzle for Gold, Aja Evans Makes Pyeongchang Debut - NBC Chicago
The 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang

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5 to Watch Recap: Ice Dancers to Twizzle for Gold, Aja Evans Makes Pyeongchang Debut



    5 to Watch: Ice Dancing Final, Aja Evans' Debut

    Katie Kim has your latest five to watch from Pyeongchang. 

    (Published Monday, Feb. 19, 2018)

    With the final week of competition underway in Pyeongchang, things are heating up.

    The Shib sibs took bronze in the ice dance competition. Maddie Bowman couldn't pull off a repeat of her gold medal performance from Sochi in the women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe. The men’s U.S. hockey team defeated Slovakia Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals.

    Here’s what you might have missed in the last 24 hours in Pyeongchang:

    1. Canada Wins Gold in Ice Dance; 'Shib Sibs' Take Bronze

    Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada won gold in the ice dance, and knocked Team USA’s Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue into fourth place, with a record score of 206.07 points on Tuesday.

    But the United States didn’t go without a medal in the event — sibling duo Maia and Alex Shibutani earned bronze. The "Shib Sibs" performed a strong free skate to a medley of Coldplay songs.

    France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron took silver. The French pair broke their own world record for a free dance with 123.35 points to “Moonlight Sonata.” But Virtue and Moir answered back, beating France with a new best, 122.40 points.

    Full recap:'Shib Sibs' Win Bronze in Ice Dancing; Canada Scores Gold


    When the 'Shib Sibs' saw Leslie Jones in the crowd, they knew it would be a good day

    Heart melting moments with the Shibutanis

    French Ice Dancer Doesn't Risk Another Wardrobe Malfunction

    By the Numbers: Canadian Figure Skaters Make Olympic History

    2. Team USA's Sigourney Takes Bronze in Freeski Halfpipe; Canada’s Sharpe Wins Gold

    Cassie Sharpe of Canada held off a strong field on Tuesday to win gold in women's freeski halfpipe at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

    Marie Martinod of France took silver, while Team USA's Brita Sigourney earned bronze.

    Defending Olympic champion Maddie Bowman was unable to replicate her Sochi success. She fell on all three of her runs and finished 11th. Annalisa Drew of Team USA finished fourth.

    Full recap: Brita Sigourney Wins Bronze With Outstanding Final Run


    Brita Sigourney Crushes Second Run in Halfpipe Final

    Cassie Sharpe Soars in a Gold-Medal Tribute to Sarah Burke

    3. Aja Evans Makes Pyeongchang Debut, Eyes Medal

    Chicago's beloved bobsledder Aja Evans sat in fourth place alongside pilot Jamie Greubel Poser following the first two heats of the women's bobsled competition. 

    Leading among the top spots were fellow Americans Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs, who set a track record in their first heat, but couldn't hold onto the lead in the second heat. 

    Meyers Taylor and Gibbs shot out onto the ice in track record time on both of their heats, but the duo of Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz were better through the turns and finished Tuesday's competition 0.07 seconds in front.

    Evans and Greubel Poser, who won bronze together in Sochi four years ago as well as a gold medal in a World Cup race at the Olympic track in South Korea last season, finished 0.32 seconds off the pace.

    The U.S. goes into day two of the two-woman bobsled competition in second and fourth place, with Germany in first and third.

    The U.S. is the only nation to win at least one medal in every Olympic women's bobsled race, including the silver and bronzes from Sochi four years ago.

    Two more runs will settle the medals Wednesday in Pyeongchang.

    Full recap: Women's Bobsled: Americans in 2nd Place After 2 Heats

    Must-see: Chicago-Area High School Rivals Reunite in Pyeongchang

    4. Team USA Men’s Hockey Beats Slovakia, Moves on to Quarterfinals

    The United States’ men’s hockey defeated Slovakia 5-1 Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals.

    Next, Team USA will face the Czech Republic on Wednesday night (Tuesday in the U.S.). 

    The Americans beat Slovakia 2-1 in group play last week. It was America’s only win in group play. With National Hockey League players absent in the Olympics, Team USA is comprised of mostly college kids who failed to make it into the professional league.

    Full recap: US Men's Hockey Team Downs Slovakia 5-1 to Reach Quarterfinals

    Must-see: Norovirus Fears May Force Change in One of Hockey's Most Time-Honored Traditions

    5. Korea Clinches Semifinals With Win Over Team USA

    South Korea and the U.S. were both playing for something important Monday night.

    A win by the South Korean squad would guarantee them a spot in the women's curling semifinals, something very few people would have predicted before competition began. The U.S., on the other hand, was simply fighting to stay in contention. Sitting at 4-3 and tied for fourth in the standings, the U.S. virtually needed to win out in round robin play to keep their hopes alive.

    In the end, it was South Korea clinching, while the U.S. is now hoping for help to move on after losing to the home team 9-6.

    The U.S. falls to 4-4 overall, tied with China for fifth in the standings. They'll finish round robin play against Sweden (5-2) Wednesday morning at 5:05 a.m. Ct.

    Full recap: Korea Clinches Semifinals With Win Over Team USA

    Must-see: Watch: John Shuster Overcome With Emotion After U.S. Curling Upset of Canada