Afton’s Jessie Diggins places 5th in skiathlon at Olympics

Afton\'s Jessie Diggins places 5th in skiathlon at Olympics
Russia Is Banned From 2018 Olympics; Athletes Told To Compete Under Olympic Flag
nSweden’s Charlotte Kalla claimed the first gold of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics here on Saturday. Kalla won the women’s skiathlon cross country race ahead of Norway’s Marit Bjoergen, preventing her from collecting an unprecedented third straight gold medal in the event.

But Bjoergen still became the most decorated woman in Winter Olympics history as she claimed her 11th medal. Third came Finland’s Krista Parmakoski.

Russia Is Banned From 2018 Olympics; Athletes Told To Compete Under Olympic Flag
Russia Is Banned From 2018 Olympics; Athletes Told To Compete Under Olympic Flag

The gold medal was one of five on offer on the first day of full competition, in which the unified Korean women’s ice hockey team made its debut against Switzerland.

The decision by the IOC’s executive board follows last year’s McLaren report from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which confirmed that Russia’s Olympics program had engaged in an “institutional conspiracy” to beat the system that included using a “mouse hole” through which to swap out athletes’ drug-tainted samples for clean ones. The investigation was led by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren.

However, the first combined Korean team in Olympic history suffered a resounding 8-0 defeat.

Alina Muller scored four while Phoebe Staenz and Lara Stalder both struck twice to rout the Korean team, which had only played together once before and looked out of its depth.

Winter Olympics 2018: First gold medals awarded at Pyeongchang Games

Short-track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun claimed a first gold medal for South Korea on Saturday as the hosts made a triumphant start.

Lim got Korea off the mark on the first full day of action in the men’s 1500m in front of an ecstatic, near-capacity 12,000 crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

In a frenetic final the 21-year-old saw off Dutch world record-holder Sjinkie Knegt with Semen Elistratov, one of the Russians competing as an independent, in third.

In the first medal event of the Winter Olympics on Saturday, Kalla won the women’s 15-kilometer skiathlon by more than seven seconds. Later in the day, Lim crossed the finish line first in the men’s 1,500-meter short-track speedskating event, setting off a huge roar from a capacity crowd at Gangneung Ice Arena.

India’s Shiva Keshavan finished 34th after two rounds of heats in the men’s singles luge competitions.

Marit Bjoergen finished behind Kalla for silver, but made Olympic history by becoming the most decorated female Winter Olympian ever. The Norwegian won her 11th career medal to break a tie with Raisa Smetanina of Russia and Stefania Belmondo of Italy.

Keshvan, who is taking part in his sixth and final Winter Olympics, was 36th at the end of first heat but recovered a bit in the second, where he finished 31st, to be placed 34th overall at the halfway mark of competitions at the Olympic Sliding Center.

Sweden’s Kalla wins first gold of PyeongChang 2018

“What a fantastic second heat. Timing of 48.710. The entire Indian camp is delighted. The picture itself speaks a thousand words,” Keshavan tweeted later.

The results: Women: Skiathlon cross country race: 1. Charlotte Kalla (Swe), 2. Marit Bjoergen (Nor), 3. Krista Parmakoski (Fin).

But while the 37-year-old Bjoergen, who won three gold medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games and three more in Sochi, proved she’s still a dominant figure in the sport she admitted there is a noticeable changing of the guard happening in the sport.

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3,000m speed skating: 1. Carlijn Achtereekte (Ned), 2. Ireen Wust (Ned), 3. Antoinette de Jong.

Krista Parmakoski of Finland was third and Jessica Diggins placed fifth, missing a chance to become the first American woman to earn a medal in cross-country skiing. Diggins was third in the World Cup standings coming into the race.

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Men: 1,500m short track speed skating: 1. Lim Hyojun (PRK), 2. Sjinkie Knegt (Ned), 3. Semen Elistratov (Olympic Athlete).

Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla claimed the first gold of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics here on Saturday. Kalla won the women’s skiathlon cross country race ahead of Norway’s Marit Bjoergen, preventing her from collecting an unprecedented third straight gold medal in the event.

Amid North Korea’s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to North Korea for talks. Officials say the invitation was delivered Saturday by Kim Yo Jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, when she and other members of the North Korean delegation ate lunch with Moon at the presidential palace in Seoul. The move, which comes after Kim Yo Jong sat next to Vice President Pence at the Olympic’s opening ceremony, is considered a victory for Moon who urged North Korea to participate in the Olympics in hopes of leading to talks that could ease tensions on the Korean peninsula.

But Bjoergen still became the most decorated woman in Winter Olympics history as she claimed her 11th medal. Third came Finland’s Krista Parmakoski.

The Chicago Auto Show is known traditionally as the nation’s best-attended car exhibition, so automakers ignore it at their own peril. Chicago doesn’t get the array of new vehicle introductions that appear at the Detroit, Los Angeles or New York shows. But as the week’s press preview made clear, there’s still plenty new to see. It opens to the public for 10 days, starting Saturday. Take a look at some of the more interesting introductions here. Of note: Chicago was “tackling the first major snowstorm we have seen in several years,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. 

Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla wins 1st gold medal of 2018 Olympics

The gold medal was one of five on offer on the first day of full competition, in which the unified Korean women’s ice hockey team made its debut against Switzerland.

However, the first combined Korean team in Olympic history suffered a resounding 8-0 defeat.

Alina Muller scored four while Phoebe Staenz and Lara Stalder both struck twice to rout the Korean team, which had only played together once before and looked out of its depth.

Marit Bjoergen finished behind Kalla for silver, but made Olympic history by becoming the most decorated female Winter Olympian ever. The Norwegian won her 11th career medal to break a tie with Raisa Smetanina of Russia and Stefania Belmondo of Italy.

Short-track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun claimed a first gold medal for South Korea on Saturday as the hosts made a triumphant start.

Lim got Korea off the mark on the first full day of action in the men’s 1500m in front of an ecstatic, near-capacity 12,000 crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

In a frenetic final the 21-year-old saw off Dutch world record-holder Sjinkie Knegt with Semen Elistratov, one of the Russians competing as an independent, in third.

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India’s Shiva Keshavan finished 34th after two rounds of heats in the men’s singles luge competitions.

Keshvan, who is taking part in his sixth and final Winter Olympics, was 36th at the end of first heat but recovered a bit in the second, where he finished 31st, to be placed 34th overall at the halfway mark of competitions at the Olympic Sliding Center.

“What a fantastic second heat. Timing of 48.710. The entire Indian camp is delighted. The picture itself speaks a thousand words,” Keshavan tweeted later.

The results: Women: Skiathlon cross country race: 1. Charlotte Kalla (Swe), 2. Marit Bjoergen (Nor), 3. Krista Parmakoski (Fin).

3,000m speed skating: 1. Carlijn Achtereekte (Ned), 2. Ireen Wust (Ned), 3. Antoinette de Jong.

ICYMI: Another Dutch skating sweep, Jessie Diggins makes history
ICYMI: Another Dutch skating sweep, Jessie Diggins makes history

Men: 1,500m short track speed skating: 1. Lim Hyojun (PRK), 2. Sjinkie Knegt (Ned), 3. Semen Elistratov (Olympic Athlete).



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