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Three days after winning her first-ever gold medal, Lindsey Jacobellis is back in action for the Olympic debut of mixed team snowboard cross. Elsewhere, the United States squares off with Canada in a men's hockey showdown, and the ice dance competition gets underway with the rhythm dance. Stay tuned for updates throughout the night...
Shiffrin skis solid downhill training run
Mikaela Shiffrin participated in the first of her three women’s downhill training sessions. It was the first time since early December 2021 that she has worn downhill skis.
Shiffrin skied down the speed course in a time of 1:34.80, the ninth-fastest time of the session. Ironically, the same position she had finished in the women’s super-G one day earlier. After the super-G, Shiffrin said she would use all three training sessions of the downhill to decided if she would enter in the event on February 15. The training sessions run Saturday through Monday in Beijing.
After her training run, Shiffrin told NBC’s Todd Lewis that the number one factor in her decision to enter the race, will be the speed she’s able to find on the course. “If I can sort of keep up, then I would love to do the downhill. It’s just a really fun event.”
After skiing out of her first two races, Shiffrin has repeatedly said that she’s not worried about finding the podium, and just looking to find the fun in skiing again at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
— Stephanie De Lancey
Jacobellis, Baumgartner win inaugural mixed team snowboard cross
Like Jacobellis, Baumgartner is a veteran of the sport. The 40-year-old is competing at his fourth Olympics and gave a very emotional interview shortly after being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the men's event earlier this week. Being selected for the mixed team event and paired with Jacobellis gave him a second chance at securing a medal.
In the mixed team event, four men start at the same time and race down the course, and their finish times determine how the gate drops are staggered for second portion of the race. That second portion features the women racing down the course, with whoever crosses the line first winning gold.
After making it into the big final, Baumgartner won his segment of the race, giving Jacobellis a slight edge for the second half. Jacobellis took advantage of that and was able to hold off Italy's Michela Moioli, the 2018 Olympic gold medalist, for the victory.
Aside from Baumgartner's wild cheering in the corral as he watched Jacobellis's race, one of the best moments came on the final jump when Jacobellis subtly grabbed her board in the air — a likely callback to what happened in 2006 — then landed smoothly and cruised to the finish line.
Baumgartner has now become the oldest snowboarder to win an Olympic medal. The previous record belonged to Jacobellis and was set just three days ago.
Results: Mixed Team Snowboard Cross
🥇 Nick Baumgartner / Lindsey Jacobellis (USA)
🥈 Omar Visintin / Michela Moioli (ITA)
🥉 Eliot Grondin / Meryeta O'Dine (CAN)
— Shawn Smith