Saturday, February 10


In the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint, Emily Dreissigacker was the top American, finishing in 23:27.2 for 51st place. Her finish Saturday night earns her a spot on the start line of the women’s 10K pursuit, which will be contested on Monday.

Clare Egan finished 61st in 23:51.6, while Susan Dunklee finished 66th in 24:13.1. Joanne Reid clocked in at 26:18.8 for 86th.

Cross-Country Skiing
Jessie Diggins raced her way to a fifth-place finish in skiathlon, marking the best finish for the U.S. women in cross-country skiing at the Olympic Winter Games. The two-time Olympian posted a time of 40:59.6, improving on her previous best finish of seventh at the Sochi 2014 Games. Diggins was 10th at the halfway transition and was able to cut 3.3 second off the lead in the second leg of the race, which was the first medal event of these Games. MORE

Caitlin Patterson posted the second best finish for Team USA in 34th place with a time of 44:14.9, followed by Kikkan Randall in 40th (44:47.2) and Rosie Brennan in 58th (47:37.0).

Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton had their most dominating performance of the mixed doubles tournament Saturday night, topping Norway, 10-3, in just six ends. After falling behind early in the game, the sibling duo came back posting nine unanswered points, including four in a pivotal fourth end. They sealed the win with three points in the sixth end to force an early decision.

Earlier in the day, the Hamiltons fell to China in the fifth round of round robin play. The Americans trailed by one point going into the last end, but the Chinese used the last stone advantage to take the game, 6-4. The pair’s final game of the tournament will take place Sunday morning against Finland.

Long Track Speedskating
In long track speedskating, Carlijn Schoutens was the sole U.S. representative in the women’s 3,000-meter race, finishing 22nd in her Olympic debut. She races again in the 5,000-meter on Feb. 16 and the team pursuit on Feb. 21.

Chris Mazdzer notched two speedy runs in the first heats of the men’s singles competition, ending the evening with a No. 4 ranking heading into the final two runs of the event. The three-time Olympian finished fifth in his first run before posting the second-fastest time in the second run, just .092 second off Germany’s Felix Loch. With a two-run time of 1:35.517, Mazdzer enters the second day of competition just .001 seconds behind the third-place finisher.

Tucker West and Taylor Morris also competed in the competition, ranking 18th and 23rd after two runs. The men’s singles competition concludes with runs three and four on Feb. 11.

Short Track Speedskating
Maame Biney advanced to the quarterfinals of the women’s 500-meter after finishing second in her heat. 2010 Olympic bronze medalist Lana Gehrig also competed in the event, finishing just shy of qualification with third place in her heat. Biney will continue to compete for the 500-meter title on Feb. 13.

Aaron Tran finished 12th overall in the men’s 1,500-meter final. John-Henry Krueger advanced to the semifinals after winning his heat in the qualification round but was issued a penalty and did not participate in a final. Three-time Olympic medalist J.R. Celski also competed in the event and was issued a penalty in the semifinal round. MORE

Ski Jumping
In the men’s individual normal hill finals, Kevin Bickner earned 18th place with 217.4 total points, marking the U.S. men’s best finish since 2002. Michael Glasder, Casey Larson and Will Rhoads also competed, finishing the first round of the night 32nd, 39th and 46th, respectively.

First-time Olympic snowboarder Red Gerard qualified for the finals of the men’s slopestyle, finishing third in his heat with 82.55 points. Gerard finished within five points of Canadian Max Parrot, who leads the standings after two runs at Phoenix Park. Twelve athletes total qualified for the finals, which are set for Feb. 11. MORE

Gerard’s fellow Americans Kyle Mack, Chris Corning and Ryan Stassel also competed in the qualifying heats, but did not advance to the finals. Mack was 11th in his heat, while Corning and Stassel finished 9th and 17th, respectively.