PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Team USA added two bronze medals on Day 11 of the Pyeongchang Olympics, while Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir made ice dance history, Great Britain's Elise Christie crashed out of another race, and the U.S. men's hockey team made the quarterfinals. Missed the action? We've got you covered.
In one of the most dramatic ice dance competitions ever, Canada's Virtue and Moir edged out rivals Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France by 0.79 points for their third Olympic gold medal. Widely expected to retire after Pyeongchang, the Canadians become the most decorated figure skaters of all time, with five medals over three Olympics. Americans Maia and Alex Shibutani clinched the bronze, making it four straight Olympic ice dance medals for Team USA. They are the first athletes of Asian descent to medal in ice dance.
Virtue and Moir's steamy routines have made the internet's imagination run wild as fans simply refuse to believe the two are not dating. After their win, the now-regular torrent of speculation and wishful thinking ensued.
I like to imagine Scott Moir trawling shipper twitter threads about him and Tessa Virtue and suddenly thinking, "Oh... my god... I DO love her. I... I have all along." And then racing through Olympic Village to tell her.
- carina adly mackenzie (@cadlymack) February 19, 2018
One at each end of the country staring at each other and then the rest of us can stand between them and feel love for the first time.
- Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) February 20, 2018
If it weren't for Sarah Burke, ski halfpipe might not even be an Olympic event. The Canadian pioneer of freestyle skiing advocated for the sport's inclusion in both the X Games and the Olympics before her death in 2012 during a training accident in the halfpipe. On Tuesday, her presence loomed large over the three women who medaled. Cassie Sharpe, also of Canada, took gold, while France's Marie Martinod, who came out of retirement at Burke's behest, won silver. American Brita Sigourney edged out teammate Annalisa Drew for the bronze medal. "I wouldn't be doing the tricks that I do without her being in this sport," Sharpe said. "She was the pioneer for us to be in the Olympics and for us to be a part of all of it, so definitely, she's always on our minds, she's always with us."
- Arielle Gold (@arielletgold) February 20, 2018
While Sigourney's medal helped, the U.S. has still been underperforming in the medal count these Olympics. That could change with the men's ski halfpipe, if Tuesday's qualifiers are anything to go by. All four American men qualified for the finals, and three sat atop the leaderboard at day's end. Aaron Blunck, Alex Ferreira, Torin Yater-Wallace and David Wise could make it an American sweep at the finals on Thursday. The only question is which one will miss out.
Short track speed skating
South Korea continued its dominance in short track, winning the women's 3000-meter relay by nearly eight seconds. Just like in Sochi, they broke Chinese hearts to do it, overtaking their neighbors in the last two laps. Both China and Canada were penalized, leaving Italy and the Netherlands to take silver and bronze. Italian skater Arianna Fontana now has seven short track medals, the most by a woman in Olympic history.
There was also more heartbreak for Britain's Elise Christie, who came into Pyeongchang as one of Team GB's great medal hopes. In her third race at these Olympics, she was given a yellow card and disqualified from the 1000-meter qualifiers. She had previously crashed out of the 500-meter and the 1,500-meter here, and was disqualified from all three of her events in Sochi. Christie was defiant after the race, vowing to come back and win a medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2022. "I'm shell-shocked," she said. "I can promise Britain I will fight back from it and hopefully I can do Britain proud."
Team USA booked its ticket to the quarterfinals by beating Slovakia 5-1. Ryan Donato scored two more goals to bring his total to four, tying his father Ted's four goals at the 1992 Olympics. Between periods, Donato saw footage of his dad in the stands and said, "I've never seen him smile like that before." The U.S. will play the Czech Republic on Wednesday.
- Alex Rigsby (@aRigs33) February 20, 2018