Team USA at the Olympics: Men's curling makes Olympic history, figure skaters disappoint

By Chelsea Howard 23 February 2018 1697
Team USA at the Olympics: Men's curling makes Olympic history, figure skaters disappoint

It was an exciting day for the men's curling team as they made Olympic history, however, the figure skaters continued to disappoint on the ice Friday in Pyeongchang. 

The U.S. men's curling team advanced to Saturday's gold medal contest for the first time in Olympic history after a crucial 5-3 win over Canada, who was favored to win it all. Team USA has never defeated Canada in the Olympics, and they are now guaranteed at least a silver medal. John Shuster's team earned three consecutive victories, which put them in the semifinal against Canada, after struggling early in the tournament. 

American figure skaters Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu, and Karen Chen didn't see the same success as they finished in the middle of 24 competitors in the women's singles. A disappointing short program combined with numerous mistakes in the free skate left the Americans 9th, 10th and 11th. Tennell and Chen both fell, which cost them crucial points, while Nagasu didn't skate a clean routine. 

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The Americans finished fifth in the men's short-track speed skating 5,000m relay. The team was composed of Thomas Insuk Hong, John Celski, John-Henry Krueger, and Aaron Tran. However, Team USA didn't have a strong showing in the other speed skating events. In the women's 1,000m and the men's 500m, an American did not finish in the top 20. 

In the women's 4 x 6km relay, the Americans finished 13th. Joanne Reid, Emily Dreissigacker, Clare Egan and Susan Dunklee represented the United States and finished 2 minutes and 1.9 seconds behind Belarus' team who won gold with a time of 1:12.03. 

Who said what? 

Lindsey Vonn's future is a bit uncertain after completing her final event at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, but she still has one more goal left. The 33-year-old took to Instagram to share her final goal before she retires, and that's to catch Ingemar Stenmark's World Cup win record. 

Vonn wrote, "He has 86 wins and I have 81... I will keep fighting for that last dream."

Did you see this?

John Shuster's team is making history for the U.S. in curling. With their final shot, Team USA secured a spot in the gold medal game. The United States will take on Sweden Saturday where a champion will be crowned.

What's next?

Red Gerard, who already won gold in slopestyle, will be looking to bring home his second medal of the Games. He will be joined by teammates Kyle Mack and Chris Corning, who all qualified in the top six and are competing for a podium spot. Coverage starts at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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