Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Hometown skaters win roars of approval, praise from Kim Yuna

Hometown skaters win roars of approval, praise from Kim Yuna

The diversity of American Olympic teams at the summer and winter Olympic games is unique and special. And when Karen Chen hit the deck, the Americans were left with their worst short program showing in any Olympics, and now face the prospect of their worst performance overall unless they rally in Friday's free skate.

The most thrilling of them all came in Team USA hockey's 3-2 shootout win over archrival Canada for the gold, its first since winning it all in the sport's inaugural Olympics in 1998. The 35-year-old Myhrer finished 0.34 seconds ahead of Switzerland's Ramon Zenhaeusern, who took an unexpected silver medal. (The US now has earned 21 medals, including eight gold.) The US delegation, meanwhile, will be led by Ivanka Trump.

Lindsey Vonn captured bronze in the downhill for her first medal since 2010 after battling back from ACL injuries. "This is just another step".

Veteran White's gold-medal comeback in the halfpipe gave NBC the most-watched night in prime-time last week, according to Nielsen ratings released Wednesday.

Like their rivals, the Canadians and Japanese tweaked the new scoring system put in place by the International Skating Union several years ago to challenge their young skaters.

After a year off from playing skip, Shuster was back calling shots the next year.

In fact, Russian Federation and Japan have combined to win the last 15 women's medals over the last five junior world championships, which traditionally serve as a coming-out party for Olympic hopefuls.

Fourteen men tried out for the high performance program created to reverse the country's Olympic disappointments.

"I think everyone in the world knows there's still room for growth for women in sports and women in business or all walks of life", US women's hockey gold medalist Meghan Duggan said after her team topped Canada for the Olympic title.

The foursome embraced the "Team of Rejects" label, using it as motivation and also basking in the underdog status that made them a crowd favorite.

Viewership for most forms of programming has dropped in recent years, in part because of increased viewership of streaming programming. It was interesting to hear the little tricks Menard makes his athletes do so they can mentally step out of the way and allow their bodies to do their job.

Tennell and Chen were competing in their first Olympics.

The most important thing about these firsts is that they send a message.

It was redemption for the Americans, who had previously lost to Canada earlier in the Olympics.

"I'm proud of our team, and proud to be counted among the Canadian athletes who have won medals at these Games", Larocque said.

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