PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Miracurl on Ice! The U.S. men won gold in curling, snowboarder Kyle Mack grabbed silver and Gus Kenworthy found a new best friend. Here's what you missed from Day 15 of the Pyeongchang Games.
Curling became America's favorite pastime overnight as Team Shuster defeated Sweden 10-7 to clinch the United States' first gold medal in the sport. Gangneung Curling Center felt unusually tense for the first seven ends, as the Swedes and Americans went stone for stone, deadlocked at 5-5. Then, in the eighth end, the Americans blew the game wide-open by scoring five in one go to clinch a shocking victory over the world's No. 2 team. They weren't the only ones surprised by the win. After the medal ceremony, Team Shuster realized that their new gold medals weren't actually theirs.
The US men's curling team just realized the gold medals they were awarded moments ago say "women's curling gold medal" on them. Their coaches are working on it ... #pyeongchang2018 pic.twitter.com/PERIMuXN98
- Alyssa Roenigk (@alyroe) February 24, 2018
They got the right ones eventually ... we think. Back home, everyone from NFL quarterbacks to Mr. T went crazy.
- Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 24, 2018
Congratulations USA @TeamShuster we did it! John shuster, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner and Joe Polo. Magnificent, I'm so proud of you guys! #Curling #CurlingNightInAmerica #curlingiscoolfool #teamusa #usacurling
- Mr. T (@MrT) February 24, 2018
- vkeck (@imakeck) February 23, 2018
So, congratulations to America for not only winning the gold in men's curling, but winning with a portly mustachioed second who looks the way curlers used to damned well look
- Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 24, 2018
Snowboard Big Air
Two days after Jamie Anderson grabbed a silver for Team USA in women's big air snowboarding, Kyle Mack got himself one to match in the men's final by landing one of the most stylish runs of these Olympics. Before Saturday, he had never landed a frontside double cork 1440 with a double tail grab (also known as a Bloody Dracula, which might just be the coolest term in sports). But Mack realized he needed to take a risk to become one of the first-ever medalists in big air, the Winter Olympics' newest event.
"I was at the top [of the jump] contemplating whether I should do the bloody 14 or just do a tail grab," he said. "But bringing style into snowboarding is the thing I've always worked on. Big air has always been one of the most progressive events for snowboarding, but I wish it was more about style and grabs and the technical stuff. That's something I want to keep fighting for. Before I dropped in for my second run, I was like, I'm doing this for snowboarding."
It worked. Mack joined Canada's Sebastien Toutant (gold) and Great Britain's Billy Morgan on the podium and added a seventh snowboarding medal to Team USA's count. That's almost a third of the total haul.
- U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) February 24, 2018
Parallel Giant Slalom Snowboarding
So, is Ester Ledecka a skier who snowboards, or a snowboarder who skis? Looks like both. A week after beating Lindsey Vonn to the gold medal in alpine super-G, the Czech snow superstar added another gold in snowboarding, her "actual" sport. She became the first woman to win gold in two sports at the same Winter Olympics, further confusing everyone wondering whether to call her a skier or a snowboarder. Two-time Olympic gold medalist should do.
In other news ...
For the second consecutive Winter Olympics, freeski superstar Gus Kenworthy is going home with a pet from the host country. After adopting a family of stray dogs in Sochi four years ago, Kenworthy visited a dog farm in South Korea on Saturday and left with a new puppy, whom he named Beemo. The dog farm itself was bought out by Humane Society International, and all 90 dogs will be brought to the U.S. for adoption.
Dogs are friends. Not food. pic.twitter.com/3wgx2oS2qv
- Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 23, 2018