PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — On Day 1 of the Winter Olympics, the U.S. team was shut out of the medals, but it wasn’t so surprising.
Medals were awarded in biathlon, cross-country skiing, speedskating, short-track speedskating and ski jumping. Cross-country skier Jessie Diggins had the top performance in Saturday’s medal events for the U.S. team, finishing fifth in the 15K skiathlon. That’s the best result at an Olympics by an American woman in the sport. In short-track speedskating, no American men reached the final in the 1,500.
Sunday should be better for Team USA. Consider that there are finals in men’s snowboard slopestyle, where American Red Gerard, 17, qualified third behind two Canadian riders.
In men’s luge, Chris Mazdzer is within reach of the podium, sitting in fourth after two runs. Mazdzer is only 0.001 behind Roman Repilov, an Olympic Athlete from Russia.
In women’s moguls, three U.S. skiers have already advanced to the finals. Jaelin Kauf is the World Cup leader. Tess Johnson, 17, also could make it to the finals but she has to compete in the second qualifying session.
And in biathlon, Lowell Bailey is trying to become the first American to win a medal in the sport. He’s got the 10K sprint on Sunday.