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    Alex Shibutani and Maia Shibutani of the United States react after their performance in the ice dance free dance figure skating team event in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.

    After 11 days of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the U.S. has won 10 medals: five gold, three silvers and two bronzes. But Team USA isn't nearly done yet. Some of America's top talent prepares to compete on day 12, including the Shibutani siblings, who already grabbed a bronze medal, two-time Olympian Nick Cunningham will race bobsled and Maddie Bowman, who won gold in the women's skiing halfpipe during the Sochi games.


    Here are our 4 to Watch for the next 24 hours:

    The Shibutanis Dazzle in Short Dance RoutineThe Shibutanis Dazzle in Short Dance Routine

    Alex and Maia Shibutani dazzled the crowd with their high energy latin themed routine. The brother sister duo scored 75.46 points, earning high marks for the twizzle.

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018)

    Top Three U.S. Ice Dance Teams Advance

    All three American teams are in position to contend for a medal in ice dance following the short dance portion of the competition Monday at Gangneung Ice Arena. The favorites entering the competition also asserted themselves, with Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir posting a world record score for short dance.

    The reigning United States champions, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, are in third place with a score of 77.75, two-hundredths of a point ahead of the brother-sister pair of Maia and Alex Shibutani. Madison Chock and Evan Bates are seventh, after receiving a season-high score of 75.45.

    Virtue and Moir, who lead the field with 83.67 points, were Team Canada’s flag bearers at the opening ceremony and have a chance to become the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history. A trip to the podium in Pyeongchang would net them their fifth medal between ice dance and the team figure skating event. The short dance will be followed by the free dance Tuesday (Monday night in the United States).

    U.S. Men’s Bobsled Struggles as Canada, Germany Share Gold

    Canada’s Justin Kripps and Germany’s Francesco Friedrich entered the Olympics as the top two ranked bobsled drivers in the world. After the 2-man event, the debate over who is better remains unsettled. 

    Kripps and Friedrich finished in a dead tie, both sleds completing the four heats in 3:16.86. Their teams will share the gold medal, while Latvia took the bronze. 

    The tie capped a thrilling bobsled event, where the top five teams entered the final heat separated by just .12 seconds. America, though, was nowhere near that top five. 

    U.S. Bobsled is still coping with the loss of Steve Holcomb, who died in May. Holcomb won the bronze in Sochi, becoming the first American to win a bobsled medal in 62 years. Without him, the Americans have struggled. 

    Justin Olsen and Evan Weinstock led the Americans with a 14th place finish, finishing more than a second and a half behind the Germans and Canadians. Nick Cunningham and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor finished 21st for the U.S., and Codie Bascue and Sam McGuffie finished 25th. 

    Model Olympians: U.S. Women's Hockey TeamModel Olympians: U.S. Women's Hockey Team

    US Women’s Hockey Team Tops Finland, Advances to Gold Medal Game

    The United States women’s hockey team advanced to the gold medal game for a third straight Olympics after beating Finland 5-0 in the semifinal Monday (Sunday night in the U.S.). 

    Gigi Marvin opened the scoring just 2:25 into the opening period. Dani Cameranesi extended the USA’s advantage with two goals and an assist. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Hilary Knight had a goal apiece as they turned a 5-on-3 into two goals 34 seconds apart in the second. 

    Maddie Rooney made 14 saves for the shutout. 

    The Americans will play the winner of the other semifinal between Canada and the Russians. That game is Monday night (Monday morning in the U.S.) 

    Model Olympian: Maddie BowmanModel Olympian: Maddie Bowman

    U.S.’s Maddie Bowman Defends Halfpipe Gold

    Defending U.S. Olympic champion Maddie Bowman is looking to repeat her Sochi result in the women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe. She heads a strong contingent of American contenders, which includes Brita Sigourney, the first woman to land a 1080 in a competition halfpipe, and Annalisa Drew, who finished fourth in qualifying. Sigourney finished third in qualifying, Drew finished fourth and Bowman finished sixth. 

    American Devin Logan, a silver medal winner in Sochi for slopestyle, finished 15th in the qualifying run and failed to advance to the final. 

    Tough competition is expected from Canada’s Cassie Sharpe, known for her bold tricks, and France’s Marie Martinod, a silver medal winner in Sochi. 

    Watch live on NBC’s primetime coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET Monday or on digital platforms here.


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