PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Team USA and Canada are set for a classic rematch in women's hockey, a wardrobe malfunction struck ice dance and a new Olympic sport was born. All that and more from Day 10 in Pyeongchang.
Ice dance looks set for a podium made in Montreal. In the short dance on Monday, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir set a new world record high score of 83.67 to take first place, followed by training partners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the U.S. All three teams train in Quebec under the same coaches. The Americans, who posted a personal-best score of 77.75, are only 0.02 points above their compatriots Alex and Maia Shibutani, affectionately known as the Shib Sibs.
But the story of the day had little to do with twizzles or step sequences. On their final pose, Cizeron dipped Papadakis, whose halter-neck dress had snapped early in the program, exposing part of her breast to the audience and the millions watching on live television. Despite the wardrobe malfunction, the French still managed to finish second going into the free dance on Tuesday.
My heart is broken for G/G today. For something like a costume malfunction to hinder this moment for them is utterly devastating. #pyeongchang2018
- Meryl Davis (@Meryl_Davis) February 19, 2018
Snowboard big air
Welcome to the Olympics, big air! The newest Olympic sport officially debuted on Monday as 26 women competed in snowboard big air qualifiers for the first time. The event, which is a best-trick contest held on a single jump, allowed women who had competed in slopestyle earlier in the Games under horrible weather conditions to showcase how far their sport has come. Austrian Anna Gasser, the defending world champion and two-time defending X Games Aspen gold medalist, landed a cab double cork 1080 to win the day, while American Jamie Anderson, who has already won a gold medal in slopestyle, qualified in sixth place. U.S. teammates Julia Marino and Jessika Jenson will join her in the final on Friday.
Women are so stylish right now in big air. Perfect landings all around. Everyone is hammering
- toddrichards (@btoddrichards) February 19, 2018
Women's ice hockey
It had to happen. The U.S. and Canada booked a rematch of the classic final everyone wants to see. Dani Cameranesi scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Americans to a 5-0 win over Finland, while the Canadians defeated the Russians hours later. This sets up a third straight title game between the North American giants, which will take place on Thursday.
Okay so @Lesdoggg aka Penalty Box Jones- We need you at our game Thursday. I got you tickets. ������������. #Olympics #TeamUSA You went beast mode tonight and we heard you. Def a game changer. #iceNinja pic.twitter.com/9QW11VcxZM
- Hilary Knight (@HilaryKnight) February 19, 2018
Mikaela Shiffrin pulled out of Wednesday's downhill race due to the rescheduling of the combined event from Friday to Thursday because of high winds in the forecast. That means there is one less showdown between the two-time gold medalist and Lindsey Vonn, perhaps the greatest skier of all time. "As much as I wanted to compete in the Olympic downhill, with the schedule change it's important for me to focus my energy on preparing for the combined," Shiffrin said in a statement. It's probably a wise choice, given that Shiffrin failed to medal in the slalom, her best event, a day after winning gold in the giant slalom.
What to do after you've won at the Olympics
Some athletes hang out, soaking in the Olympic experience; others jet home to do the rounds on morning shows and late-night television. Snowboard halfpipe bronze medalist Arielle Gold, however, did this:
The kind of thing that happens only at the #Olympics. Snowboard Halfpipe �� winner @arielletgold greeting fans in Olympic Park. 2 pins gets you a picture #fairtrade. @nbcbayarea @NBCOlympics pic.twitter.com/SjAgZQJpup
- Garvin Thomas (@garvinthomas) February 19, 2018