Team Kim entered their final round-robin game at T4 in the standings. A win over Sweden -- one of the top teams -- and a little luck would put them in the medal round. They were loose before the match, clapping and bobbing to the bagpipe "music" (how does one know when to clap??) and mugging for the camera during the introductions. Team Sweden, guaranteed to move on no matter the result, looked serious and a little scary. At least two of their team members were tatted up, one player up & down both arms.
But it was Korea that got off to a fast start, leading through the first five ends. But they ran out of steam in the second half and their medal dreams were over. The Garlic girls were still all smiles after the match, and you'd never know they'd lost.
TV Asahi was showing the women's figure skating long program ... but the Internet Police shut down the rogue video. Just before that, it showed Karen Chen's performance ... I was hoping she could get through it upright, regardless of her score ... but it was not to be.
Now it's back to her pre-med studies ... in a few years, she'll be able to explain with authority the "Moscow Cocktail" administered to Valieva. (The "I took grandpa's vitamins by mistake" excuse doesn't wash anymore)
It was a pretty good run for the Garlic Girls. As I see it, there were two elite teams - Sweden and Switzerland - and 4 or 5 second tier teams, of which Korea was one. Korea needed to win the matches against the weaker teams, and they wouldn't have been in a situation where they had to win against one of the top teams. Still, they gave it a good run against Sweden - they had a lead the first half despite only having hammer in one of the first five ends. But a few mistakes here and there cost them in the second half.
Now I'm rooting hard against Sweden. The tattoos were kinda creepy.
I won't spoil the skating. I didn't watch the main skaters, just the two (!) Koreans who finished in the top ten, and the two Japanese skaters. My favorite was Ye Lim Kim, who had a surprising amount of grace and poise. She finished 9th. The 6th place finisher was You Young, who tried a triple axel, something even Yuna never did. She under-rotated, but stayed on her feet. She finished ahead of all the Americans, while Kim beat all but one of them.
You Young (L) and Ye Lim Kim (R)
Nice to see that Korea didn't completely fall out of the sport after Queen Yuna retired!
Gu Gu g'joob! Aileen Gu bagged another gold at the ski half pipe event. I kinda wonder who would win if she and Chloe Kim swapped gear and competed against each other on the half pipe?
This one wasn't even close. Like with Chloe, it was blatantly obvious even to my untrained eye that she was much, much better than any of the other women. She had the biggest height and the most flips and stuff. Two other women could hit close to her height, but did mostly fairly easy looking moves. The ones who did harder looking stuff were lucky to get 5 feet up. Both her first two runs were better than anyone else in the field managed. On her third she just did a victory lap, cause, why not?
SBS Sports is showing the women's curling final LIVE ... after two ends, GBR leads Japan 2-1. Surprised Japan got this far .... the two times I saw them before were in round-robin losses to ROK and the Swiss, and they looked lousy in both. The Japan players are all little .,.. is that a disadvantage if you have less weight and strength sweeping the ice?
The match was fairly close for 6 ends, although Britain had the advantage throughout. Then Japan made an enormous mistake in the 7th end, knocking their only rock out leaving UK with like 3 stones in the ring AND the hammer. I just turned it off at that point, cause I knew they weren't going to recover from that.
The Korean men managed their only multi-medal event today, getting the silver and bronze in the men's mass Skating. This is a long track event where like 15 skaters all race at once, and it definitely has aspects of short track. You can't really tell who is going to win until the last few laps, where the pace picks up. It was a huge scramble at the end, with the gold going to a Belgian (!) named Bart Swings (!!). Mr. Swings managed to touch out the two Koreans and an American, who naturally spent three minutes on TV afterwards bitching about how he was screwed by one of the Koreans (well, he came in 4th by 1/1000 of a second, so I can understand why he'd be a little peeved).
Swings' gold was the first Winter Olympics gold for Belgium since 1948 (!).
Silver medalist Chung Jae-Won
Chung and Bronze medalist Lee Seung Hoon, who won the gold in this event in 2018
The women also competed in this event. There was one Sister in the final, Bo Reum Kim, who won the silver in Pyeonchang (IIRC, she was a bit controversial there, because she tried to throw one of her teammates under the bus after Korea lost the team pursuit and was massively hated for it on the Korean interwebs). Anyways, no medal for Kim this time. Like with the men, it turned into a scramble at the end, but Kim finished 5th.
Kim had left her senior teammate, Noh Seon-yeong, well behind the pack as she crossed the finish line. Teams are timed when the last skater crosses the line in the team pursuit, and skaters generally stay tightly bunched as a unit.
Kim was accused of embarrassing Noh on purpose and was also heavily criticized for taking jabs at Noh in an interview immediately after the race. The angry public turned its back on her, with thousands of people signing an online petition to kick Kim off the Olympic team.
The sports ministry opened an investigation into the situation and cleared Kim of any wrongdoing in May 2018. Besieged for months by cyberbullying, Kim was hospitalized for excessive stress and received extensive psychiatric treatment because of an adjustment disorder accompanied by panic attacks.
our son did curling at univ of denver...it truly is chess on ice... japan beat great britain for the bronze at the last olympics. muirfield the skip for britain missed her last playoff shot for the loss so this win for greatbritain was redemption....
the skip for japan fujisawa a true curling genius and the third yoshida are both 30 yrs old.. so may be back for the next winter olympics....