Winter Olympics: Germany beats Canada in major hockey upset

Angelica Greene
February 24, 2018

This year, the USA sent 243 athletes to the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

It's one thing to see an athlete win an Olympic gold medal on television, but seeing it in person is totally different.

The Netherlands' Kjeld Nuis took gold with a time of 1:07.95, just 0.04 second ahead of Norway's Harvard Lorentzen, who took silver.

But perhaps the speedskaters have turned a corner. This might be because National Hockey League players are not allowed to compete in the Olympics this year. Hitting his third run, Parrot won silver.

"I retired four years ago". It is important to note that Russian athletes were on probation for doping in past Olympic games and were forced to compete in the Olympics as the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" rather than for their country.

The team will have its work cut out for them in their first playoff game Friday.

Together, they came up with the most aerodynamic, lightest, thinnest, most flexible skintight suit they could think of. "Those skaters out there have improved a lot in terms of techniques over the past four years". Building technique and endurance is not achievable by going to the neighborhood skating rink or a nearby frozen pond.

"Carolina is one of the people who motivates me".

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Other countries are also breaking new ground. Though born and raised in California, Kim trained in Switzerland for more than two years before returning to the United States, almost instantly becoming a professional and competing in the X Games. Sports challenge us. For athletes, they push us to break boundaries and that we shouldn't be afraid to do something or be different. They are squirreled away in the top schools with some of the best coaches, pushed to attempt the hardest jumps and most advanced combinations at the youngest ages, then unleashed on their unprepared rivals in major events.

Meanwhile, the Americans who once dominated the sport have been forced to play catch-up, just like the rest of the world.

The U.S. skater Nathan Chen placed 17th after finishing a short program filled with many tumbles and falls. But, he warns, with declining popularity, "the inline talent pool is starting to dry out".

Canadian defenseman Jocelyne Larocque says she wishes she hadn't taken off her silver medal nearly immediately after it was placed around her neck at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

NBC will provide a live stream of the early morning race for American short track fans excited to watch in real time.

Veteran White's gold-medal comeback in the halfpipe gave NBC the most-watched night in prime-time last week, according to Nielsen ratings released Wednesday.

The U.S. team of J.R. Celski, John-Henry Krueger, Thomas Hong and Aaron Tran won the B relay final. It will be preceded by the men's 500-meter and followed by the men's 3,000-meter.

Lee Seung-hoon and Kim Bo-reum are scheduled to compete in the semi-finals of the men's and women's mass start speed skating events respectively, at the Gangneung Oval. Mantia has described it as "NASCAR on ice".

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