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Figure skating: U.S. skaters take dual medals during Grand Prix Japan

This weekend noted a fourth stop on a Grand Prix of Figure Skating circuit. The NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan was harmed with withdrawals, yet nevertheless, a United States won dual china medals.

Without 2014 Olympic bullion or china medalists Yuzuru Hanyu (of Japan) or Patrick Chan (of Canada) a doorway to a men’s lectern was far-reaching open. Hanyu harmed himself during Thursday’s use eventuality and withdrew, while Chan gave a week’s notice.

Here are a medalists from any discipline:

Ladies:

  • Gold: Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS)
  • Silver: Carolina Kostner (ITA)
  • Bronze: Polina Tsurskaya (RUS)

Men’s:

  • Gold: Sergei Voronov (RUS)
  • Silver: Adam Rippon (USA)
  • Bronze: Alexei Bychenko (ISR)

Dance:

  • Gold: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (CAN)
  • Silver: Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (USA)
  • Bronze: Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte (ITA)

Pairs:

  • Gold: Sui Wenjing and Han Cong (CHN)
  • Silver: Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov (RUS)
  • Bronze: Kristina Astakhova and Alexei Rogonov (RUS)

Next weekend, skaters will transport to Grenoble, France – a site of a 1968 Olympic Winter Games – for a Internationaux de France, a fifth stop of a Grand Prix series.

Hockey: More work brazen for U.S. and Canada men, U.S. women take upperhand in adversary games with Canada 

Expect many questions associated to a Olympic identities of a United States and Canada men’s hockey rosters to sojourn in motion as both teams struggled in pre-Olympic tournaments over a weekend. 

Playing in a 2017 Karjala Cup in Finland, Team Canada kick Switzerland on Wednesday final week, 3-2, all 3 goals entrance off a sticks of KHL professionals, including stream Kunlun Red Star forward, Gilbert Brule. NHL fans might remember Brule who seemed in 299 NHL games between 2005 and 2014, and is now second in points for his Beijing-based KHL team.

On Friday, Canada fell to Sweden, 2-0 and in their foe closer on Sunday, struggled to get the late-game equalizer, losing to Finland, 3-4. 

Finland finished initial in a six-team 2017 Karjala Cup standings, followed by Russia’s “B” group in second and Sweden in third. Canada came in fourth followed by a Czech Republic and Sweden.

The U.S. men, in their initial and usually coming during an eventuality brazen of a 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, were incompetent to collect adult a win when they played Slovakia, Russia and Germany during a 2017 Deutschland Cup, finishing a weeknd during a bottom of a standings. In all 3 games, a U.S. out shot their general challengers, yet constructed usually 4 goals on 96 shots. Bobby Sanguinetti, Mark Arcobello, Chad Kolarik and Broc Little scored for a U.S.

Team USA hockey brazen Mark Arcobello plays in a Deutschland Cup opposite Slovakia.
Team USA’s Mark Arcobello and Broc Little conflict Slovakia during a 2017 Deutschland Cup Credit: Getty Images

The miss of scoring was generally discouraging when deliberation a total mins a U.S. found themselves on a energy play was some-more than double their opponents’. 

“While we’re positively unhappy with a result, this foe has been a genuine certain in terms of a analysis routine as we conduct toward a Olympics,” pronounced U.S. Olympic conduct manager Tony Granato, according to USAHockey.com

The U.S. and Canadian women’s teams were also in movement this weekend, personification one another in a final of a 2017 Four Nations Cup. Team USA rose to a occasion, violence their rivals 5-1 in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

Four U.S. players scored in a win, led by brazen Hannah Brandt, who knocked in dual in a 2nd duration for Team USA. The U.S. also downed a Canadians in a rough compare adult on Wednesday, 4-2.

The U.S. now leads Canada in pre-Olympic array meetings, 3-1. The dual teams accommodate again on Dec 3 during 4 p.m. ET in St. Paul, Minnesota during a Xcel Energy Center, a third stop on a U.S.’s “The Time is Now” Tour, in further to three some-more games this December. 

“We’re surpassing towards February, that’s a categorical objective, to be a best we can be come February,” pronounced U.S. women’s Olympic conduct manager Robb Stauber on USAHockey.com. “Along a approach we’ve already taken a few bumps and bruises, a detriment that maybe we don’t like, yet we’re means to use that as any group would, as a stepping mill to say, ‘Hey, we need to get better.’” 

Finland kick Sweden in overtime to take third in a Four Nations tournament. 

Alpine skiing: Mikaela Shiffrin beaten in opening slalom of Olympic season

Mikaela Shiffrin is a reigning Olympic and universe champion in slalom, yet it was Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova who won a season-opening World Cup slalom.

Vlhova edged a associate 22-year-old Shiffrin by .1 seconds on Saturday in Levi, Finland.

“Mikaela, she’s always fast, yet now we am fast,” Vlhova said.

With a victory, Vlhova warranted a reindeer as a prize. Shiffrin already owns dual reindeer—Rudolph and Sven—after winning in Levi in 2013 and 2016.

Full summation from NBC OlympicTalk.

In a men’s competition, Felix Neureuther of Germany won a season-opening men’s slalom on Sunday. David Choudounsky was a tip American, finishing 23rd.

Curling: U.S. Olympic Team Trials continue

After a initial dual days of foe during a U.S. Olympic Team Trials for men’s and women’s curling, a course led by three-time Olympian John Shuster is a usually one still undefeated. Team Shuster stands during a tip of a leaderboard with a 3-0 record, followed closely by Heath McCormick’s rink, whose record is 3-1.

In a women’s competition, all 3 teams notched one win and one detriment to finish a weekend in a three-way tie.  The youngest group during Trials, skipped by 22-year-old Cory Christensen, degraded Jamie Sinclair’s rink, a reigning inhabitant champions, 7-6 on Sunday night to lift even with their competitors.

U.S. Olympic Curling Trials will continue this week with 3 some-more days of round-robin play, followed by tiebreaker games and a best-of-three playoff series.

Short track: U.S. group mangle 5000m send record during World Cup Shanghai

The U.S. brief lane group dumbfounded a margin during this weekend’s World Cup in Shanghai, China when they pennyless a universe record in a men’s 5000m relay. J.R. Celski, John-Henry Krueger, Keith Carroll Jr. and Thomas Hong total to take down Canada’s universe record, set in 2012, by scarcely dual seconds. That feat meant they not usually warranted  the initial World Cup bullion award for a U.S. brief lane skater in 3 years, yet also competent a U.S. for a men’s send group foe during a 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

Speed skating: Joey Mantia claims award during World Cup Heerenveen

At a initial speed skating World Cup of a season, hold in Heerenveen, Netherlands, 2014 U.S. Olympian Joey Mantia won china in a mass start event. Mantia is a reigning universe champion in a mass start, an eventuality that will be creation a Olympic entrance in 2018. He finished behind South Korea’s Seung-Hoon Lee, a 2016 universe champion in a mass start.

Snowboard large air: Gasser wins season-opening contest, U.S. group brush podium

The initial snowboard large atmosphere foe of a deteriorate took place in Milan over a weekend, with Anna Gasser picking adult where she left off final year. One of a tip bullion award favorites in both women’s slopestyle and large atmosphere during a arriving Olympics, Gasser landed a cab double underflip and a backside 720 on apart runs to take a victory. Great Britain’s Katie Ormerod warranted second place, and Switzerland’s Sina Candrian dull out a podium.

On a men’s side, 18-year-old Chris Corning led a lectern brush for a U.S. after alighting a frontside 1440 melon and a backside triple cork 1440 melon. Red Gerard, 17, placed second, and Kyle Mack, 20, took third to turn out a podium. All 3 riders will be resolutely in a using to make a U.S. Olympic slopestyle and large atmosphere group this winter. Many of a tip Olympic favorites — including general stars Mark McMorris, Max Parrot and Marcus Kleveland — did not contest in Milan though.

Bobsled: Codie Bascue earns initial U.S. bobsled bullion award of Olympic season

Codie Bascue entered a deteriorate though a World Cup medal. He now has dual after earning a award in any of a initial dual World Cup races of a season.

Bascue finished third with Carlo Valdes in a season-opening foe on Thursday in Lake Placid. The subsequent day, he claimed bullion with Sam McGuffie.

It’s a initial win for a U.S. driver other than Steven Holcomb, who died suddenly in May, given 2009.

“Today was for Holcomb,” McGuffie said. “We have his name in a behind chair of a sled. He won this final year, and I’m happy that we were means to continue this on. we saw how happy Codie was and we remember how happy Steve was final year. It’s unequivocally special.”

In a women’s competition, two-time Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries of Canada kick hometown favorite Elana Meters Taylor by .03 seconds on Thursday.

Two-man bobsled (Thursday)

1. Nico Walther and Christian Poser (GER)
2. Nick Cunningham and Ryan Bailey (USA)
3. Codie Bascue and Carlo Valdes (USA)
6. Justin Olsen and Steve Langton (USA)

Two-man bobsled (Friday)

1. Codie Bascue and Sam McGuffie (USA)
2. Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz (CAN)
3. Justin Olsen and Evan Weinstock (USA)
4. Nick Cunningham and Ryan Bailey (USA)

Women’s bobsled bobsled (Thursday)

1. Kallie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz (CAN)
2. Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs (USA)
3. Stephanie Schneider and Lisa Marie Buckwitz (GER)
4. Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans (USA)

Skeleton: “Superman” wins season-opening men’s skeleton race

Latvia’s Martins Dukurs, who is nicknamed “Superman,” won a season-opening World Cup men’s skeleton foe on Friday in Lake Placid.

Racing on home ice, Matt Antoine was a tip American, finishing eighth. He described his outcome as “baffling.”

“I know a conditions for good start times weren’t ideal currently since of a snow, yet we still should be pulling faster than that,” he said. “I suspicion a runs we had currently were a best I’ve slid a lane so distant this season, so we don’t have most of an answer.”

Austria’s Janine Flock won a women’s race. Three-time Olympian Katie Uhlaender was a tip U.S. finisher in ninth.

 

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