Winter Olympics 2022 — Nathan Chen breaks short-program record, Eileen Gu wins gold,

Tuesday in Beijing at the 2022 Winter Olympics was jam-packed with excitement. In figure skating, three-time world champion Nathan Chen, Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno and newcomer Yuma Kagiyama had stellar short programs, while two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu had a major error that likely will cost him a chance at a medal.

In other highlights, Eileen Gu won the first-ever Olympic gold in freeski big air and Ryan Cochran-Siegle earned silver in the men’s Super-G, 50 years after his mom won a slalom gold.

Finally, the U.S. vs. Canada women’s hockey rivalry didn’t disappoint. We’ve got the updates from a busy night:

Another gold for Geisenberger

Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger won her third straight gold in the women’s luge on Tuesday.

Geisenberger went down last and edged past her teammate Anna Berreiter by 0.493 seconds to take gold. Geisenberger, who won gold in both singles and relays at Sochi 2014 and Pyeongchang 2018, finished with a total time of 3:53.454. The German great was competing after returning to training in September 2021, having taken an 18-month break from the sport to have her first child, Leo.

Berreiter’s second-place finish was a remarkable achievement given this was her first Olympics, while ROC’s Tatyana Ivanova took bronze.

The USA’s highest finisher was Ashley Farquharson, who came in 12th. Summer Britcher and Emily Sweeney finished outside of the places for a crack in the final run, in 23rd and 26th, respectively. Sweeney’s time was hampered by a crash on Monday’s second run, but she completed the run.

Italy takes mixed curling gold

The Italians, on a Cinderella run to the gold, never lost in the tournament (11-0). How unlikely was this medal? In Italy’s previous three team appearances in Olympic curling, it went a combined 8-19 and never advanced to a medal match.

Chen sets record high score in short program

Nathan Chen punched the air at the end of his short program, all ghosts of 2018 banished. While the medals won’t be awarded until Thursday, Chen won the first part of his much-anticipated showdown with two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu. He skated flawlessly to score a world-record 113.97 points — a record previously held by Hanyu (111.82).

“I was just elated,” Chen told NBC. “The last Olympics, both short programs didn’t go the way I wanted. Finally getting the opportunity to skate the program the way I wanted feels great.”

Gold medals are not won in short programs, but they can be lost. Chen learned that all too well four years ago in Pyeongchang. But this time, it was Japan’s Hanyu who made an extremely uncharacteristic mistake. He was supposed to do a quad salchow for his opening jump and instead popped it — meaning he registered zero points for that element. He was graceful and majestic as always throughout the rest of the skate but scored only 95.15 points. He was visibly upset as he left the ice and finished the day in a previously unthinkable eighth place.

Sensing their opportunity, Hanyu’s teammates Yuma Kagiyama and Shoma Uno, the 2018 silver medalist, also registered strong performances to take second and third. Kagiyama, skating to Michael Buble, was sassy and charming. He beamed leaving the ice. Watch out for him in the free skate.

American Jason Brown, whose last Olympics was in 2014, skated last and scored a personal best of 97.24 points. He was the only man in the final group of skaters who did not attempt a quad, which has long hindered his medal hopes. — Elaine Teng

The rivalry: Canada 4, Team USA 2

Canada defeated Team USA in the latest edition of hockey’s greatest rivalry, 4-2, as the Americans never recovered from a second-period meltdown. The U.S. peppered the Canadian goal with 53 shots for the game, but a combination of goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens (51 saves) and a couple of shots off the goalpost kept them from converting.

Canada’s Brianne Jenner scored two goals, and Marie-Philip Poulin scored on a penalty shot. The U.S. was 1-for-6 on the power play and is now 4-for-19 with the player advantage in the tournament.

The U.S. struggled on the power play, converting once in six opportunities, and is now 4-for-19 for the Olympics. Barring a major…

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