After the Americans had two bronze performances in the Mixed Ice Dance event performed by Maia and Alex Shibutani, Brita Sigourney in the freestyle halfpipe Team USA moves back into the top five.
The United States secured a win over Canada in curling with John Shuster leading the way. They tied with Canada 7-7 before Shuster made the winning point, keeping the hopes for the playoffs alive.
“To come out here and get a win against the class of the field (Canada) was very big for our team and gives us momentum going forward,” Shuster said. “It always feels good to make the last (shots) and execute.”
Three duets competed in the ice dance category, it was the Shibutanis who came out with a medal. Heading into the free dance, the sibling duo was sitting in fourth place with a 77.73 after the short dance. They scored a total of 114.86 points in the free dance, and were able to hold on to third place with a total score of 187.69 behind Canada’s Virtue Tessa and Scott Moir, who took gold with 206.07, and France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.
In the women’s halfpipe, Sigourney jumped to the third spot at the end of the first run behind Canada’s Cassie Sharpe and France’s Marie Martinod, her third run secured her the bronze medal as she scored a total of 91.60. Sharpe won gold with 95.80 while Martinod came in second with a 92.60.
In the Hockey world, unfortunately it wasn’t the end USA was hoping for after a 3-2 shootout loss to the Czech Republic in Tuesday’s quarterfinals after they failed to reach the medal round at the Olympics for the first time since 2008. U.S. medal aspirations were low without NHL players on the roster, a tournament marred by inconsistency qualifies as an abject disappointment.