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Two titans of Team USA are in action on Day 7 of the Winter Olympics as Shaun White takes the final halfpipe runs of his Olympic career and Mikaela Shiffrin enters the super-G after skiing out of back-to-back races earlier this week. Elsewhere, the U.S. women's hockey team plays a quarterfinal game, and American Kristen Santos is a medal contender in the women's 1000m short track event. Stay tuned for updates throughout the night...
U.S. men’s curling rebounds against Great Britain
The United States men’s curling team claimed a 9-7 win over Great Britain in a game that was decided in the ninth end.
With the game tied 7-7, a key takeout earned the U.S. two points in the ninth end. In the 10th, John Landsteiner and Matt Hamilton boxed in Britain to close out the win.
The defending gold medalists bounced back from a loss to Sweden to advance to 2-1 early in round robin action.
Switzerland takes gold, bronze in women’s super-G
Lara Gut-Behrami won Switzerland’s first gold medal in super-G and the first gold medal in her Olympics career, with teammateMichelle Gisin joining her on the podium with the bronze.
Gut-Behrami became the first woman to earn the gold medal as the reigning world champion. She earned her second medal in the Winter Games after finishing in bronze position in the giant slalom. The three-time Olympian also won bronze in the downhill event in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Gut-Behrami — the seventh skier down — had a clean run, trimming the lines, taking big angles and choosing tracks to the inside of other skiers.
Austria’sMirjam Puchner grabbed the silver in her Olympic debut with a time of 1:13.73, and Gisin — who won the combined event at the 2018 Winter Olympics — finished in bronze position at 1:13.81.
Defending gold medalistEster Ledecka, who was the first woman to win gold in two separate disciplines at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, was able to defend her gold in the giant slalom but came up short in the super-G. She finished in fifth place, 0.43 seconds off Gut-Behrami’s pace.
Mikaela Shiffrin, who skied out in both of her first two events, completed the course and finished in the top 10 with a time of 1:14.30, nearly eight-tenths off the lead.
Results: Women's Super-G
🥇 Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI)
🥈 Mirjam Puchner (AUT)
🥉 Michelle Gisin (SUI)
Australia’s Narracott leads women’s skeleton at halfway point
Jaclyn Narracott leads the women's skeleton after the first two runs, with a 0.21 second lead on two Germans: Hannah Neise and Tina Hermann. Narracott’s combined time was 2:04.34.
Canada’s Mirela Rahneva led the field after her first run, setting a track record with a time of 1:02.03, but struggled on her second run to drop to ninth.
Katie Uhlaender was the only American in the top 10, sitting in eighth and 0.83 seconds back of the lead.
The final two runs take place on Friday.
AYUMU HIRANO TRIPLES FOR HALFPIPE GOLD
It was an absolutely mind-bending men's halfpipe final Friday morning in China.
The podium price seemed to be upped with each athlete and each run, and it took a colossal 96.00-pointer from Ayumu Hirano -- the first successful competition halfpipe run to include a clean triple -- to claim gold in a star-studded field.
Shaun White stomped his second run for 85.00 points but was unable to ride out clean in Run 3. White closed out an historic snowboarding career with a fourth-place Olympic finish.
Australia's Scotty James landed in second for silver and Switzerland's Jan Scherrer earned the bronze. Americans Taylor Gold and Chase Josey finished in fifth and seventh, respectively.
Kaishu Hirano finished in ninth place, but you couldn't blink for any of his runs as the 19-year-old repeatedly boosted well over 20 feet above the 22.5-foot halfpipe walls with wild trick combinations. However, he fell on each of his three attempts.
Results: Men's Snowboard Halfpipe
🥇 Ayumu Hirano (JPN)
🥈 Scotty James (AUS)
🥉 Jan Scherrer (SUI)
-- Nate Stuhlbarg