PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Lindsey Vonn won bronze, men's hockey suffered heartbreak, the U.S. women finally won a medal in cross-country skiing and Serena Williams weighed in on which music she wants to hear in figure skating. Here's what you missed from Day 12 of the Pyeongchang Games:
The greatest skier of her generation continued her long goodbye to the sport she has defined for over a decade by winning a bronze medal in downhill, her best event. At 33, Vonn became the oldest woman to win an Olympic medal in Alpine skiing. "I wish I could keep going. I wish this wasn't my last Olympics, but it is," an emotional Vonn said. "So I'm trying to accept that and deal with the emotions of that and enjoy the ride." Vonn will have one last race Thursday, taking on Team USA teammate and rival Mikaela Shiffrin in the combined event. The race will pit Vonn's expertise, downhill, against Shiffrin's specialty, slalom.
- lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 21, 2018
- Mikaela Shiffrin (@MikaelaShiffrin) February 21, 2018
The women's short program was all about the Russians. Breaking world records back-to-back, teenagers Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva came in first and second to set up a duel for the ages for Friday's free skate. Canadian Kaetlyn Osmond, who skated an elegant, powerful program to Edith Piaf, is in third.
After the euphoria of the team event, the U.S. women had a lackluster day. Mirai Nagasu, who nine days ago became the first U.S. woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics, didn't manage to pull it off again on Wednesday. Reigning U.S. champion Bradie Tennell faced the unenviable task of skating first and fell uncharacteristically on her first combination jump. She said afterward she couldn't remember the last time she fell in competition. Karen Chen, who did not skate the team event, put a hand down on her first jump. They are in ninth, 10th and 11th place, respectively, going into Friday.
The most surprising skate of the day came from Hungary's Ivett Toth, who took the ice in a biker outfit and skated to AC/DC. If she's taking requests, a 23-time Grand Slam tennis champ has one.
I'm loving the ice skating. These women are amazing. Am I being selfish by wanting someone to skate to "let it go"? From frozen?
- Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) February 21, 2018
Kikkan Randall waited five Olympics to win a medal. On Wednesday, she and teammate Jessie Diggins made it a gold, beating Sweden and Norway in the team sprint free final. That's the first-ever medal for the U.S. women in cross-country skiing, and only the second for Team USA overall.
- U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) February 21, 2018
The Olympic dream of the U.S. men's hockey team, a group of young talents without NHL stars, ended Wednesday in a dramatic 3-2 shootout loss to the Czech Republic. Czech goaltender Pavel Francouz stopped all five U.S. power-play opportunities to eliminate the Americans in the quarterfinal. Capitals right winger T.J. Oshie could only look on from home, unable to repeat his heroics from Sochi. But he did tweet this message of support for prospect Troy Terry.
Terry! Terry! Terry! #TeamUSA
- TJ Oshie (@TJOshie77) February 21, 2018
The game provided fodder for fans who are against using a shootout format to eliminate teams.
- Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) February 21, 2018
- Anson Carter (@AnsonCarterLA) February 21, 2018