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The United States claimed the first gold of the Olympics, thanks to snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg. Finland was expected to put up a fight in women’s hockey, but that didn’t really happen. And is there another figure skating scandal on the horizon? Here is what happened while you were sleeping.

U.S. wins gold in snowboard slopestyle debut
And we have our first medal of the Olympics. U.S. snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg won gold on his first slopestyle run of the final with a 93.50 score. Canada’s Mark McMorris struggled at the beginning, but bounced back with a performance worthy of the bronze medal. The 20-year-old came in as the gold-medal favorite, but also broke his rib a week before the Olympics. So not too bad, considering. Norway’s Staale Sandbech finished with silver after a second-run score of 91.75.

Saturday also simultaneously marked the debut of Olympic knitting. Just a heads up. Sharpen those needles.

Finland can’t handle U.S. in women’s hockey opener This was over quickly. The U.S. team managed to score a mere 53 seconds in on the first shot of the game against Finland and held on to a 3-1 victory. It was a very different result than Finland’s 3-1 upset of the U.S. at the Four Nations Cup last year, when goaltender Noora Raty made 58 saves. Raty was still on her game Saturday, making 40 saves, but the rest of the Finnish team only managed 15 shots on goal. And the U.S. managed to win despite apparently being harassed by the Sochi bear mascot.

 

 

L’Equipe report claims Russia, U.S. has a deal to fix figure skating
It’s not the Olympics without some sort of strange figure skating controversy. Even if this ends up being some kind of hoax, it’s a little strange. French newspaper L’Equipe says a senior Russian coach told them that the United States and Russia have banded together to fix the results of the figure skating in Sochi. The source said, via Google Translate, that the U.S. would help the Russians win the team trophy with their vote, and in return, the Americans would get help with the ice dance. Judges are not allowed to talk to the media when these events are going on, so it will be difficult to get a confirmation (or more likely, a denial) from anyone involved. This could get weird.
Coming up
For the rest of the day, here are three events you don’t want to miss:

SPEED SKATING: M 5000m
6:30 a.m. ET
Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer is the defending gold medalist and always worth watching – just last Olympics, he was disqualified from the 10,000m after a lane change gaffe, which cost him the gold medal. Now he is back for his third Olympics and looking for three gold medals.

FIGURE SKATING
9:30 a.m. ET
It’s a busy day for the team event – we have the ice dance short, ladies short and pairs free. It will also be the Sochi debut of Canada’s favorite figure skaters, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Ashley Wagner will also skate for the United States in the ladies short, and the team event is apparently part of the reason why the U.S. decided to pick her for the last spot instead of third-place nationals finisher Mirai Nagasu.

MOGULS (W)
1 p.m. ET
U.S. skier Hannah Kearney is the favorite for gold, but she has the  Dufour- Lapointe sisters on her back, and they are making the moguls final extra interesting this year. Imagine an all-sister sweep. In reality, it looks like Chloe and Justine are expected to finish second and third, respectively, but you never know with the Olympics. The last sister, Maxime, qualified in eighth place.

TV SCHEDULE

6:30 a.m.
Speed skating: M 5000m
SN, CBC, NBCSN

8 a.m.
Hockey: W (CAN-SWI – Q)
CBC, MSNBC

8:45 a.m.
Freestyle skiing: W Moguls
SN1

9:30 a.m.
Figure skating: Dance short, L short, Pairs free (Team)
SN, NBCSN

9:30 a.m.
Biathlon: M 10km Sprint
SN

11 p.m.
Freestyle skiing: W Moguls
CBC

Find the daily schedule of events here.

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