Saturday, Jan. 18

Curling

In the mixed-country doubles event, Team USA’s Kaitlin Murphy paired up with Canada’s Jaedon Neuert to defeat the team of Great Britain’s Hannah Farries and Turkey’s Kadir Polat. After going down 0-1 in the first end, Murphy and Neuert responded with three strong ends that saw the duo earn seven points. After some back-and-forth in the next three ends, with the score 8-4, the pair’s opponents conceded prior to the eighth end. Murphy and Neuert will advance to the round of 24, competing again on Jan. 20. 


American Ethan Hebert teamed up with host country Switzerland’s Malin Da Ros to face the team of Latvia’s Anna Lasmane and New Zealand’s William Becker. Hebert and Da Ros fell to their opponents, 10-4, in eight ends and will not advance.


Freestyle skiing

U.S. athletes Jenna Riccomini and Montana Osinski kicked off freestyle skiing competition for Team USA with the women’s slopestyle event. Riccomini earned 52.00 points on her third and final run to finish eighth, while Osinski notched 42.50 on her second run to place 10th.

 

Hockey

The men’s ice hockey team opened pool play with an exciting, high-scoring game against Finland. Team USA opened the first period with goals from Charlie Stramel, Gavin Brindley and Isaac Howard to head into the first intermission, 3-1. In the second frame, Frank Nazar and Howard found the back of the net to enter the second intermission with the 5-2 lead. With additional goals by Howard and Stramel, Team USA clinched the win with a final score of 7-5, and will face host country Switzerland on Jan. 19.


Luge

In the Olympic program debut of women’s doubles luge, American duo Maya Chan and Reannyn Weiler finished fourth with a two-run total time of 1:53.240, just 0.197 seconds behind the third-place team from Latvia. 


Two American athletes also competed in the men’s singles event. Matt Greiner finished ninth with a two-run total time of 1:49.730, as Hunter Harris finished fifteenth in a total time of 1:51.605, jumping up three spots with a strong second run.

 

Nordic Combined

Niklas Malacinski earned fifth in the men’s individual normal hill/6-kilometer event. His 85.5-meter jump earned him 116.9 points, the third-best score of the competition round. Later in the day, he earned a top-10 finish in the 6-kilometer cross-country race with a time of 15:17.9 for an overall finish of fifth place. Fellow American Carter Brubaker did not start. 


In the women’s individual normal hill/4-kilometer event, Team USA’s Tess Arnone finished 14th and Alexa Brabec finished just behind in 15th place. Arnone finished the jumping competition round with a 85.6-meter jump that earned her 86.7 points to sit 15th. In the cross-country race, Arnone’s time of 12:18.0 was the twelfth-fastest, allowing her to finish 14th overall. Brabec’s 86.0-meter jump earned her 88.8 points to sit 14th. Finishing her 4-kilometer cross-country portion with a 15th-place time of 12:25.4, Brabec’s combined total placed her 15th.


Short Track Speedskating

Jonathan So earned fourth in the finals of the 1,000-meter event, just off the podium with a time of 1:33.896. Previously in the day, So also had strong finishes throughout his three races to notch his spot in the top final. In his first race of the day, So earned first in his heat, finishing in a time of 1:30.428 and taking the top spot by more than half a second. In his quarterfinal, he once again finished at the top of his race, crossing the line in a time of 1:31.616 to edge out the second-place finisher by 0.135 seconds. In a tight semifinal, So finished second in a time of 1:31.810 to clinch his spot in the A final. 

On the women’s side, Hailey Choi finished fourth in the first quarterfinal of the 1,000-meter event with a time of 1:33.787, improving upon her first race of the day by over two seconds. Previously in the day, she finished first in her heat with a time of 1:35.837 to advance to the quarterfinal. Jenell Berhorst also competed in the 1,000-meter heats, but earned a penalty and did not advance. 

All three athletes compete again on Jan. 18 in the 500-meter events. 

 

Snowboard

Courtney Rummel and Ty Schnorrbusch took to Leysin Park to compete in the women’s slopestyle event. Both athletes posted strong qualification runs to clinch a spot in the finals. Schnorrbusch had her strongest run in the first run of the finals, earning 59.75 points to finish sixth. Rummel, who only raced in the first run, notched 53.25 points to finish seventh overall.