Lindsey Vonn, the 33-year-old speed specialist from Vail, finished in a tie for sixth in the super-G at the Pyeongchang Games on Saturday. Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic, a part-time snowboarder, made a stunning run from back in the pack to take the title. Defending champion Anna Veith of Austria earned the silver, finishing 0.01 seconds back.
Vonn was the bronze medalist in super-G and gold medalist in downhill at the 2010 Vancouver Games but was sidelined for the 2014 Olympics. On Saturday she went first and was fast in stretches. But Vonn lost a chunk of time both before the midpoint and again on the last key part of the course, a jump-turn combination that she flubbed and was sure cost her a medal.
“That’s why it’s so difficult to win at the Olympics,” Vonn told the Associated Press. “Because literally anything can happen.”
Among her fellow Americans, Breezy Johnson came in 14th, Lurenne Ross 15th and Alice McKennis 16.
In hockey, Troy Terry and Team USA suffered a shut out at the hands of the Russians, who outplayed, outhit and outclassed the United States 4-0 as each team wrapped up pool play at the Olympics. With the loss, the United States is guaranteed to have to play in the qualification round Tuesday.
Colorado Olympians' Results So Far
Casey Andringa, Men’s Skiing Moguls: 5th
Monday Feb. 12 -- Andringa finished fifth in Men’s Moguls on Monday. Canada's Mikael Kingsbury won the gold, Australia's Matt Graham took the silver and Japan's Daichi Hara the bronze. "He's hands-down one of, if not the, greatest person to grace the sport," Andringa said of Kingsbury, The Associated Press reported. "For him not to win a gold medal tonight, I would've been sad."
Ben Berend, Men’s Nordic Combined, Steamboat Springs
Aaron Blunck, Men’s Skiing Halfpipe, Crested Butte
David Chodounsky, Men’s Skiing Slalom, Crested Butte
Chris Corning, Men’s Snowboarding/Slopestyle & Big Air, Silverthorne
Sunday Feb. 11 -- Corning had a tough go of things during the qualifying competition and failed to make the medal round. “I was doing something in my run the judges really didn’t like so we are going to have to look back at my scores and figure out what was going on because, like I say they didn’t like something in my room that I am not totally sure about,” he told Reuters. “I went first and that never helps. That always sets the bar and then they forget about you."
Mick Dierdorff, Men’s Snowboardcross, Steamboat Springs
Thursday Feb. 15 -- Dierdorff made it to the final run but ended up in 5th place behind teammate Nick Baumgartner. Pierre Vailtier of France took the gold, Jarryd Hughes of Australia took silver and Spain's Regino Hernandez claimed the bronze.
Alex Ferreira, Men’s Skiing Halfpipe, Aspen
Bryan Fletcher, Men’s Nordic Combined, Steamboat Springs
Taylor Fletcher, Men’s Nordic Combined, Steamboat Springs
Red Gerard, Men’s Snowboarding, Silverthorne: Gold, Slopestyle
Sunday Feb. 11 -- Gerard, 17 years old and all 5-foot-5 and 116 pounds of him, won America's first gold medal in South Korea on Sunday, in the men's snowboarding slopestyle competition. Via NPR: "It was awesome. I just told myself that I want to land a run and I was a little bummed on my first two runs because I fell a couple of times," Gerard said, in comments relayed by the Olympics' news service. "I'm just so happy that it all worked out."
Lauren Gibbs, Women’s Bobsled/Two-Man Push, Denver
Arielle Gold, Snowboard Halfpipe, Steamboat Springs: Bronze
Tuesday Feb. 13 -- Putting aside the pain and uncertainty of a dislocated shoulder, Steamboat's Arielle Gold claimed an Olympic bronze medal in the women's snowboard Halfpipe in South Korea on Tuesday. “I think putting down that second run definitely took some of the pressure off because I could focus on third run,” Gold told USA Today. “My second run felt great, and I knew third run all I had to do was let things go and put it all out there and that’s what I tried to do.” The gold medal went to 17-year-old Chloe Kim from California. China's Liu Jiayu won silver.
Jasper Good, Men’s Nordic Combined, Steamboat Springs
Simi Hamilton, Men’s Cross-Country Skiing, Aspen
Tuesday Feb. 13 -- Via the Aspen Times: Hamilton fell during his quarterfinal sprint on Tuesday and did not advance to the semifinals. "Hamilton has his sights set on the Feb. 21 team skate sprint. He hopes to compete in the Feb. 18 relay, but he thinks his best results will be in that team event," the Times said.
Nicole Hensley, Women’s Ice Hockey Goalie, Lakewood
Sunday Feb. 11 -- In the opening game of the tournament, the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team fought back from an early 1-0 deficit to top Finland, 3-1. Hensley wasn't minding the though. Teammate Maddie Rooney got the nod to start. More on that game in Sports Illustrated.
Tuesday Feb. 13 -- Hensley played a key role in Team USA's 5-0 shutout of the Olympic athletes from Russia on Tuesday, and the team moved into the semifinals against Canada. Time magazine reports that teammate Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson set an Olympic record for the fastest back-to-back goals by a man or a woman, scoring 6 seconds apart in the second period.
Thursday Feb. 15 -- Hensley was not in the net when Canada beat Team USA 2-1 in preliminary round play. Reuters called it "a fiery preliminary round clash on Thursday, as one of the great Olympic rivalries was renewed." Canada moves into the knockout round with a perfect 3-0 record in Group A followed by the U.S. at 2-1.
Noah Hoffman, Men’s Cross-Country Skiing, Aspen
Monday Feb. 12 -- Hoffman was one of the four members of Team USA with an 18th place finish in men’s skiathlon, a 30 kilometer course split into halves, part classic and part freestyle. Scott Patterson posted a time of 1:17:27.5, Erik Bjornsen at 1:20:54.7 for 42nd, Patrick Caldwell at 1:23:18.1 for 51st and Hoffman at 1:23:28.7 for 54th.
Friday Feb. 16 -- Hoffman placed 48th, a little more than 3 minutes behind eventual gold medal winner Dario Cologna of Switzerland in the 15 kilometer freestyle. Fellow Americans Scott Patterson placed 21st, Erik Bjornsen was 41st and Tyler Kornfield was 74th .
Tess Johnson, Women’s Freestyle Skiing/Moguls, Vail
Sunday Feb. 11 -- Johnson placed 12th in moguls on Sunday, keeping her out of the medal run. The Summit Daily reports that "with a bobble on the landing of her second jump in the second final, Johnson's 2018 Winter Olympics came to an end. "I had a lot of fun out there today, and although I'm fairly disappointed with my mistake on the bottom, I still had an amazing time," she said.
Hagen Kearney, Men’s Snowboardcross, Norwood
Gus Kenworthy, Men’s Skiing Slopestyle, Telluride
Wiley Maple, Men’s Skiing Downhill, Aspen
Maple placed 30th in the men's downhill, with fellow Americans Bryce Bennet (16th), Jared Goldberg (20th) and Ryan Cochran-Siegle (23rd) ahead of him. Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal won the downhill, teammate Kjetil Jansrud took silver and Beat Feuz of Switzerland took bronze. The race was run in near-perfect weather after days of blustery winds.
Keaton McCargo, Women’s Freestyle Skiing/Moguls, Telluride
Sun. Feb. 11 -- Keaton McCargo finished 8th in women’s moguls, which places her outside the upcoming medal round. Tess Johnson (above) finished 12th. "I think we had the potential for any of us to get on the podium tonight and we all just made little mistakes that cost us and that’s super frustrating,” McCargo told the Denver Post. She said she felt some pressure from the increased attention that included a bar in Telluride naming a drink after her."
Alice McKennis, Women’s Alpine Skiing, New Castle
Saturday Feb. 17 -- McKinnis finished 16th in the Super G, among a trio of fellow Americans: Breezy Johnson at 14th, Lurenne Ross, 15th. Her teammate Lindsey Vonn placed 6th. “I made some mistakes but between those mistakes I skied my heart out and that is enough for me,” she said in an Instagram post. “I couldn’t have given any more today and I am so pumped about it! Also, that feeling of crossing the finish line was unbeatable today, I was a grinning fool before even seeing my result because I had so much fun!”
Jake Pates, Men’s Snowboarding Halfpipe, Eagle
Tuesday Feb. 13 -- Pates scored an 82.25 on his second run to take eighth place in the men's snowboard Halfpipe final. Shaun White reclaimed his Olympic title and won the United States' 100th all-time gold medal at the winter games. NBC reports that White "did it in dramatic fashion, landing back-to-back 1440s as part of a final run that knocked Japan's Ayumu Hirano out of the top spot."
Joanne Reid, Women’s Biathlon, Boulder
Wednesday Feb. 15 — Reid placed 22nd in the 15 kilometer individual biathlon. The Olympics run the family for this Boulder athlete. Her uncle Eric Heiden won five gold medals in speed skating at the 1980 Lake Placid Games and rode the Tour de France. And her mom Beth Heiden Reid won an Olympic bronze medal and world all-around title in speed skating and a world title in road cycling.
Mikaela Shiffrin, Women’s Giant Slalom & Slalom, Eagle-Vail
Thursday Feb. 15 -- Shiffrin won gold in the women's giant slalom in her Pyeongchang Olympic debut. She used a hard-charging final run to win her second career Olympic gold medal. The 22-year-old standout from Eagle-Vail trailed by 0.20 seconds heading into the last run, but made up ground in no time by powering through ruts that had developed on the course. Shiffrin finished 0.39 seconds ahead of Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel at Yongpyong Alpine Center. Federica Brignone of Italy captured bronze. More from NPR:
"I don't know when it was, at some point today after the first run I thought, like, 'I can really win this'. I just tried to hang on to that feeling and then focus on my skiing a bit," Shiffrin said, in remarks transcribed by the Olympics' news service.
Friday Feb. 16 -- Shiffrin was unable to become the first skier to successfully defend an Olympic gold in the slalom, finishing fourth as Sweden's Frida Hansdotter overtook first-run leader Wendy Holdener of Switzerland to win the gold. Shiffrin was fourth after the opening run and couldn't make up enough time to earn a second straight medal.
"Right now, I'm more disappointed with how I felt on my skis today than being in fourth," Shiffrin told NPR. "And that's maybe the one saving grace about today for me, is that I'm not lying when I tell you: It's not about the medals, it's not about winning races, but it's about how I feel on my skis."
Troy Terry, Men’s Ice Hockey/Forward, Highlands Ranch
Wednesday Feb. 14 -- AP reports that in opening group play, Slovenia batted the Americans around in overtime on Wednesday, handling Team USA a 2-3 loss. Terry saw ice time in all three periods for total of 17 minutes but did not score.
Friday Feb. 16 -- Ryan Donato scored two power-play goals as the U.S. men's team earned a 2-1 victory over Slovakia. USA Today said Friday Team USA’s “most dangerous line” is Terry and Donato playing with Swiss League standout Mark Arcobello.”
“With our team, our identity is speed,” Terry told USA Today after the game. “I think you see that me, Donato and Arcobello… We can get up the ice really quick and transition quick and I think down low we are doing well possessing puck.”
Saturday Feb. 17 -- Terry and Team USA suffered a shut out at the hands of the Russians, who outplayed, outhit and outclassed the United States 4-0 as each team wrapped up pool play at the Olympics. With the loss, the United States is guaranteed to have to play in the qualification round Tuesday.
Meghan Tierney, Women’s Snowboardcross, Eagle
Friday Feb. 16 -- Tierney ended up out of the finals and medal contention in an event whose headlines leading up to the day were dominated by fellow American Lindsey Jacobellis. Even so, Jacobellis ended up in fourth. Italy's Michela Moioli took home the gold.
Katie Uhlaender, Women’s Individual Skeleton, Breckenridge
Lindsey Vonn, Women’s Alpine Skiing Super-G, Vail
Saturday Feb. 17 -- Vonn finished in a tie for sixth in the Super G. (See story above.)
Nathan Weber, Men’s Bobsled, Four-Man Push, Pueblo West
Torin Yater-Wallace, Men’s Skiing Halfpipe, Basalt