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The 2022 Beijing Olympics are here, and they come just months after the Summer Games took place in August after being delayed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the United States is geared up and ready to compete in the Winter Olympics as they hope to once again come out of the event atop the medal count.
Do not fret at being less than prepared for these Games. CBS Sports is here to track the entire event from the Opening Ceremony to the Closing Ceremony on Feb. 20. In this space, you can find everything you need to know about Team USA’s performances, from Shaun White trying to end his Olympics career with a gold medal to the women’s hockey squad vying for their second consecutive first-place finish.
These key links will get you started in your journey, while the live updates below will chronicle every bit of important news plus the major events and medal opportunities that Team USA achieves over the course of the two-week Games.
Olympics 2022: Medal count | Daily schedule | Men’s hockey | Women’s hockey | Shaun White | Mikaela Shiffrin | Nathan Chen
Team events and medal rounds | All times Eastern
Team USA tops podium in women’s monobob
In the first Winter Olympics to feature the women’s monobob Team USA finished wearing both gold and silver. Kallie Humphries, with a time of 4:19.27 took home the gold and American teammate Elana Meyers Taylor (4:20.81) won the sliver medal. Canada’s Christine de Bruin won the bronze medal with a third-place time of 4:21.03. Humphries is no stranger to the Winter Olympics podium — she is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the two-woman bobsled with Canada. She became a naturalized U.S. Citizen and now competes for Team USA following harassment allegations she made against Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, and the ensuing legal battle.
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Jackson makes history with gold medal performance
Erin Jackson became the first Black woman to win a speedskating Olympic gold medal with a victory in the women’s 500m on Sunday. The world’s No. 1 skater at that distance posted a time of 37.04, besting the time of 37.12 set by Japan’s Miho Takagi, who took home silver. Jackson’s historic performance was almost not to be — she fell during the U.S. Olympic trials and did not qualify for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. She got a spot on Team USA when teammate Brittany Bowe gave up her place on the 2022 team. After the win Jackson told the New York Times she hopes the historic victory has an effect. “Hopefully we can see, you know, more minorities, especially in the USA., getting out and trying some of these winter sports. And I just always hope to be a good example.”
ERIN JACKSON WINS IT!
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Jacobellis, Baumgartner take gold in mixed snowboardcross
In the very first mixed snowboard cross final at the Winter Olympics Team USA is on top of the mountain. In the win, Lindsey Jacobellis picked up her second gold medal of the 2022 Games, after winning the mixed gender event with Nick Baumgartner. When she won the women’s snowboardcross event, it was the first gold for Team USA in this year’s Games and she also set a record as the oldest snowboarder to medal at the Olympics, at 36 years of age. That record was broken with this medal, as the 40-year-old Baumgartner took that record, just days later. Unsurprisingly, the Jacobellis-Baumgartner team — at a combined age of 76 — were the oldest team in the field.
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USA women’s hockey team beats Czech Republic in quarterfinals
The United States women’s hockey team has clinched their spot in the semifinals following a 4-1 win over the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.
While the final score doesn’t indicate a close contest, the United States and the Czech Republic were tied heading into the third period. The two teams exchanged goals in the second period with Hilary Knight scoring for the Americans and Michaela Pejzlova finding the back of the net for the Czechs.
At the 6:49 mark of the third period, though, United States defender Lee Stecklein scored what ended up being the game-winning goal when her shot went off of a Czech Republic player’s stick and into the net.
“It’s for our lives here,” Stecklein said. “So not much really needs to be said, actually, because everyone feels that. We want that next game as much as the Czechs.”
The Americans also received goals from Savannah Harmon on the power-play and Kendall Coyne Schofield in the final seconds. Now the United States will face an undetermined opponent on Monday in the semifinals.
Mikaela Shiffrin can’t seem to reclaim her old form in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. The American alpine ski racer failed to medal in Thursday night’s super-G, making her 0-3 in individual events in Beijing. This was Shiffrin’s first attempt at the super-G at the Olympic level, but she won a world championship in the event in 2019. She finished with a time of 1:14.30, well off the podium in Beijing.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist rode a major slump into the super-G, as she fell seconds into the women’s slalom and women’s giant slalom events earlier this week. Shiffrin came into Beijing having won gold in each of the latter two events over her storied career, the slalom in Sochi 2014 and giant slalom in Pyeongchang 2018. Shiffrin hoped to become the first American alpine ski racer to win three Olympic golds in one Games. Her 0-3 start, however, made that impossible as she has only two events remaining in Beijing.
Shaun White fails to medal in final Olympic event
Shaun White’s illustrious snowboarding career is over. The American failed to medal in Friday’s men’s halfpipe final after falling in his third and final run. Japan’s Ayumu Hirano, Australia’s Scotty James and Switzerland’s Jan Scherrer won gold, silver and bronze, respectively.
A strong second-run score of 85 saw White move into second place, then only 2.25 points behind Switzerland’s Jan Scherrer. But James and Hirano’s posted second-run scores of 92.50 and 91.75, passing them both. White scored a 72 in his first run.
After White’s final run, his fellow snowboarders gave him a legend’s goodbye.
What a moment.
Shaun White’s competitors line up to congratulate him on an incredible career. #WinterOlympics pic.twitter.com/SJ9kdoHHhE
The three-time gold medalist White hoped to become the second Winter Olympian to win gold in four different Games. This was White’s last chance to do so, as he’s retiring from competitive snowboarding after Beijing.
White reached the final after an uneven performance in Wednesday’s qualifiers. The five-time Olympian fell during his first qualifying run, but he managed to advance after scoring an 86.25 in run No. 2. His second-run score ranked behind only Hirano, James and Japan’s Ruka Hirano.
At 35, White was seven years older than the next-oldest snowboarder in the men’s halfpipe final: 28-year-old American Taylor Gold. White’s consistency and longevity are why many consider him to be the greatest snowboarder of all time.
Nathan Chen becomes seventh American man to win figure skating gold
Chen made Olympics history on Wednesday night. The American won gold in the men’s figure skating event, becoming the first American men’s skater to win gold since Evan Lysacek in 2010 and the seventh all time.
The 22-year-old star finished first and ahead of Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama and Shoma Uno, who took home silver and bronze, respectively. Chen had a total score of 332.60 compared to Kagiyama’s 310.05 and Uno’s 293. | Read more
Chloe Kim wins second consecutive gold medal in women’s halfpipe
American snowboarder Chloe Kim needed only one run to win gold in the women’s halfpipe. The 21-year-old star began Wednesday’s final with a first run score of 94.00, the best mark of the night by over three points. She fell during her second and third runs, but her first was impressive enough to hold on and win gold.
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Spain’s Queralt Castellet had the second-best run of the night, but her 90.25 still couldn’t match Kim. Castellet and Japan’s Sena Tomita (88.25) won silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Kim is now the first American women’s snowboarder to win back-to-back Olympic golds in the women’s halfpipe. Her most recent gold was Team USA’s second of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
The California native was similarly impressive in Tuesday’s qualifiers. In her very first qualifying run, Kim posted the best score of the day, an 87.75. That score was four points better than the second-best run of the night, an 83.75 from Japan’s Mitsuki Ono.
A rising snowboarding star, Kim has won two World Championships and two gold medals in the halfpipe at only 21. In Pyeongchang 2018, Kim, then 17, became the youngest woman snowboarder ever to win an Olympic gold medal.
Shaun White falls, but has clutch second run to qualify for halfpipe final
Shaun White, the most notable American athlete at the Winter Games in Beijing, avoided disaster on Tuesday night. In the first round of qualifying, he fell while trying to land signature move, the Tomahawk. It put white, 35, in a tough spot. He would have to nail his second run in order to make the finals of the event — an event he has won gold in three times.
The snowboarding legend did just that. He crushed his second run, which included successfully landing the Tomahawk. After the first run, White was in 19th place, He ended up finishing in fourth.
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White will compete next, for what he said will be the final time in his prestigious Olympics career, on Thursday in the halfpipe final.
Chloe Kim advances to women’s halfpipe finals
American snowboarder Chloe Kim is inching closer to her second consecutive gold medal in the women’s halfpipe. The 21-year-old Californian dominated Tuesday’s qualifiers, posting the best score (87.75) among the 22-person field in her first run. Kim’s score was exactly four points better than the second-best run of the day, an 83.75 second-run effort from Japan’s Mistuki Ono.
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Kim will be the only American vying for the women’s halfpipe podium on Wednesday. Maddie Mastro fell one spot short of qualification, as her first-run score of 65.75 was only .50 points behind the best run from Germany’s Leilani Ette, who finished 12th. Fellow Americans Tessa Maud and Zoe Kalops didn’t advance either.
The women’s halfpipe final is set for 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Mikaela Shiffrin fails to qualify for slalom final
Shiffrin is not off to a great start at the Winter Olympics. The two-time Olympic gold medalist shockingly failed to qualify for the women’s slalom final after falling just seconds into Tuesday’s qualifying race. For the 26-year-old star, it is the exact same outcome she faced just two days prior in the giant slalom qualifiers | Read more
Canada tops Team USA in women’s hockey preliminary round game
Canada defeated the United States, 4-2, and earned the top seed in the Winter Olympics women’s hockey tournament in the process last night.
Despite falling behind 1-0, the United States battled back and even took a 2-1 lead thanks to goals from Dani Cameranesi and Alex Carpenter. Carpenter’s tally came on the power-play.
However, Canada rallied to score three unanswered goals in the second period and didn’t look back. Brianne Jenner, Jamie Lee Rattray and Marie-Philip Poulin found the back of the net for Team Canada.
The United States finished in second place in Group A with a 3-1 mark during the preliminary round, which was only used to determine seeding. The entire group automatically qualified for the medal round, which begins on Friday.
A favorite to win gold in men’s single skating entering these Games, American Nathan Chen got off on the right foot Monday night. Chen dominated in the short program, receiving a score of 113.97 — a higher mark than anyone has ever received in the history of figure skating. His record-setting routine included a triple axel and two quadruple jumps.
“I was elated,” Chen said in an interview with NBC during the live broadcast of the event. “Last Olympics, both short programs didn’t go the way I wanted and to finally get the opportunity to skate the programs the way that I wanted — it feels really great. It means a lot.”
As Chen noted, his performance on Monday went much better than his last short program run at the 2018 Winter Olympics. At those Games, Chen, who was also a favorite for gold then, uncharacteristically fell multiple times and, even after a phenomenal comeback in the free skate portion, did not medal.
Entering Thursday’s free skate, Chen is ahead of Japanese skaters Yuma Kagiyama and Shoma Uno, who are in second and third place, respectively. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, who is seeking his third consecutive gold medal in the event, sits in eighth place.
United States figure skater Vincent Zhou withdrew from the Winger Olympics on Monday after testing positive for COVID-19. He announced his withdrawal from the men’s single competition in a video post on Instagram:
“I have tested positive for COVID-19 and unfortunately I will have to withdraw from the individual event starting tomorrow,” he said. “It seems pretty unreal that of all the people it would happen to myself, and that’s not just because I’m still processing this turn of events but also because I have been doing everything in my power to stay free of COVID since the start of the pandemic.
“I’ve taken all the precautions I can. I’ve isolated myself so much that the loneliness I felt in the last month or two has been crushing at times.”
In the video, Zhou thanked his teammates and expressed regret that he will not be able to continue with them. Despite not being able to compete in the event scheduled to begin on Tuesday, he noted that this is all just a set up for a bigger comeback.
Team USA Winter Olympics legend Shaun White is taking to the Olympic halfpipe for the final time in his storied career. White has three Olympic gold medals in the halfpipe and is looking to retire on top with an unprecedented fourth in Beijing. He’ll be in action on Thursday night.
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Lindsey Jacobellis wins first gold for United States in Beijing, makes history
The United States is finally on the board in the gold column at the Beijing Games. On Wednesday, snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis became the first American athlete to secure a gold medal when she won the women’s snowboardcross event. In doing so, Jacobellis, 36, became the oldest snowboarder to medal at the Olympics while also earning her second medal in five Olympics.
In addition, Jacobellis became the oldest American woman to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in any sport | Read more
Team USA added to its medal haul late Sunday night, picking up a silver medal in the team figure skating competition. Team figure skating consists of multiple events, including men’s and women’s short program, men’s and women’s free skating, pairs short program and free skating, and also ice dance and rhythm dance. Team USA consisted of nine skaters: Madison Hubbell, Zachary Donohue, Alexa Knierim, Evan Bates, Madison Chock, Nathan Chen, Vincent Zhou and Karen Chen.
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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin fell short in her first chance to pick up more gold in Beijing after crashing out of her first run in the giant slalom. Shiffrin fell coming around an early turn causing her to miss a gate. In crashing out, the three-time Olympian missed out on defending her giant slalom gold from 2018 in Pyeongchang. She’s also a two-time silver medalist and has one bronze medal in the giant slalom in the world championships. The result is extremely unexpected, even if she wasn’t headed for the podium — Shiffrin hadn’t crashed out of a giant slalom race since January of 2018, a span of 30 races. She will have more chances at an Olympic podium in Beijing with a run in the women’s Super-G on Thursday night February 10.
After the race, Shiffrin spoke to NBC about how she’s processing missing out of the final in one of her best events and also looking forward to the rest of her Olympic schedule in Beijing.
“Going to reset…focus on what I can control for the slalom. There’s still [a] long two weeks to go and I’m still looking forward to it,” Shiffrin said. “And I just….I’m sorry that was the performance I did today.”
“I’m sorry that that was the performance I did today but that also happens.”
Mikaela Shiffrin reacts to her giant slalom race.
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Team USA claimed its first medal of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on Friday courtesy of snowboarder Julia Marino. Marino, who fell on her first run, bounced back with a strong second run to win silver in the women’s snowboard slopestyle event. This is the 24-year-old Marino’s first Olympic medal, as she failed to reach the podium in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synott won gold to become the country’s first ever Winter Olympics gold medalist while Australia’s Tess Coady claimed bronze.
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Three-time medalist Elana Meyers Taylor was in danger of not being able to compete in bobsled after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. The positive test forced her to miss the Opening Ceremony, where she was chosen to be the flag bearer for Team USA. After spending days in quarantine, she was thrilled to receive clearance to compete Saturday morning as Meyers Taylor achieved consecutive negative COVID-19 results, ensuring she can lead the Americans in the Winter Games. The No. 1-ranked woman in two-man and monobob, Meyers Taylor will begin competition on Feb. 13. She is seeking her first Gold Medal after winning two Silver and a Bronze in her career. Meyers Taylor is so focused on winning, she even trained in her room while under quarantine.
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Team USA improved to 2-0 Saturday morning after earning a dominant 5-0 win over the Russian Olympic Committee. Forward Hilary Knight, one of the top players in U.S. Olympic history, moved past Cammi Granato into fourth all-time for the Americans with 20 career points after scoring a goal and notching an assist in the game. (She is three points away from moving to third on the all-time list).
The United States has now out-shot its opponents 114-24 to start the Olympics after downing Finland 5-2 in its first preliminary on Thursday. The Americans have two more prelims remaining, most notably a showdown with rival Canada on Tuesday, before quarterfinal action begins. The U.S. will be playing the rest of the Olympics without star Brianna Decker, who suffered a leg injury in that Finland matchup and has been ruled out for the remainder of the event.
American snowboarding legend Shaun White confirmed Saturday that the 2022 Winter Olympics will be his last. White, 35, announced he will be retire from Olympic snowboarding action after completing his fifth Games. White holds Gold Medals in the halfpipe at the 2006, 2010 and 2018 Games. At age 35, knee and back issues have bothered him for years, and now he’s ready to give it one last go in Beijing.
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