US Men Win Curling Gold, Take Silver in Big Air
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The American men have won the Olympic gold medal in curling in a decisive upset of Sweden.
John Shuster skipped the United States to a 10-7 victory on Saturday for only the second curling medal in U.S. history. Shuster was part of the other one, too, as the lead thrower on Pete Fenson's bronze-medal team at the 2006 Turin Games.
Shuster's last throw in the eighth end clacked off one Swedish stone and knocked it into another, sending them both skittering out of scoring range. Five American rocks were left behind. The score, known as a five-ender, is so rare it has only been topped once before in the history of the men's or women's Olympic final.
Also at the Winter Games
— American Kyle Mack captured silver in the men's Big Air, receiving a score of 168.75. He had a chance to win until he sat down on his third and final jump, helping Canadian Sebastien Toutant secure the gold. Billy Morgan of Britain took the bronze. American Red Gerard was fifth, two weeks after capturing his country's first gold medal by winning the slopestyle event.
— Canada will take home a bronze medal in men's hockey after beating the Czech Republic 6-4. It's the third bronze for the country that created hockey and was hoping for a 10th gold at these Olympics. The Canadians also finished with bronze in 1968 and 1956. The Russians play Germany in the gold medal game Saturday night, U.S. time.
— Top favorite Lee Seung-hoon skated a masterful race and unleashed a final sprint that no one could match to take gold for South Korea in the men's mass start at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Behind him, Belgian inline skater Bart Swings held on to take silver ahead of Koen Verweij of the Netherlands on Saturday.
— Japan's Nana Takagi blasted past opposition in the final straightaway to win the first women's mass start ahead of Kim Bo-reum of South Korea and take her second gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics. Irene Schouten of the Netherlands was leading into the final straightaway but went too wide on the final corner and had to settle for bronze Saturday.
— Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic has won the second leg of an unheard-of Olympic double, taking the gold medal in snowboarding's parallel giant slalom. The win follows her surprise skiing victory in the Alpine super-G earlier in the games. The Czech star is the first to win gold medals in both sports.
— Switzerland has beaten top-seeded Austria to take the gold medal in the Olympic debut of the Alpine team skiing event. Switzerland was up 2-1 in the final matchup when Swiss ski racer Daniel Yule wrapped up the win as Austrian Marco Schwarz skied out.
— The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation says it isn't commenting yet on an alleged anti-doping rule violation by Russian women's bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva. The federation has been told by the Court of Arbitration's Anti-Doping Division that the International Olympic Committee has filed a case against Sergeeva.
— The IOC must announce by Sunday if the Russian Olympic Committee will be readmitted to the Olympic family after being ousted for a massive doping scandal. Russian athletes are responsible for two of the four positive doping tests in Pyeongchang so far.
— The United States biathlon team has announced it will boycott the final IBU World Cup meet in Russia next month. The U.S. athletes have released a statement saying that the International Biathlon Union's recent decision to move forward with the event despite Russia's recent doping scandal is "completely unacceptable."
— South Korean police say they've detained a Canadian ski cross competitor, his wife and a coach for allegedly taking a car in Pyeongchang. Police say the three allegedly got into a car in front of a bar and drove it near the athletes village before they were detained by police on patrol. Police said all three were intoxicated when they were stopped.