Weather disruption, gutsy Musgrave and USA’s Red-hot start: Winter Olympics Recap

USA’s Redmond ‘Red’ Gerard, 17, celebrates his gold meal in the men’s slopestyle

By Iain Leggat 

The PyeongChang weather arrived to disrupt the Olympics, but it didn’t stop some wonderful headlines coming through.

The Men’s Downhill and Women’s Slopestyle heats were delayed due to high winds, allowing the light to shine on cross country skiing and figure skating.

Here’s a look back at some of my best moments from Day 2. Ranging from my weird inside thoughts from the day, highlights from Team GB and my personal highlight from the day’s action.

 

Top 3 Weirdest Inside Thoughts From Day 2

  1. Figure Skating is utterly mesmerizing.
  2. I wish I could speak slopestyle language.
  3. Can the weather just go away?

 

Nordic Skiing Future for GB

Andrew Musgrave produced a gutsy performance to finish 7th in the Men’s Skiathlon. The 27-year-old Scotsman’s result was the highest finish by a Brit in cross country skiing in the Olympics, a record he already held after finishing 29th in Sochi 2014.

A lot of pre Olympics coverage was given to Andrew. Training up in the Highlands of Scotland on his roller skis, and moving to Norway to train with the powerful Norwegian team, he has become a bright medal prospect for GB this year.

What a race and what a ski. Andrew slid himself into 2nd place on the final lap and created a chance for Team GB to claim their first medal. It wasn’t to be, but full praise has to be given to him.

The Skiathalon is not his main event, favouring the shorter 15km freestyle. His performance today will have no doubt given him a huge confidence boost for the event.

Cross Country Skiing is fast becoming my favourite event of the Winter Olympics. It’s not only massively impressive to see these athletes push themselves to the limit, but the competitive nature of the sport is utterly compelling.

The team relay and individual sprint event are definitely ones to watch out for later in the Games.

 

What’s Been Awesome

17-year-old Red Gerard won USA’s first medal of the Games in the Men’s Slopestyle.

What an amazing story. He produced a steller final run to grab the victory from Canadian Max Parrot.

I always find young Olympians massively impressive, but 17 is on another level. The way he went about his win was mature, and his reaction to his victory is a sight that will take its deserving place in the Olympic highlights reel.

 

Headline of the Day

David Gleirscher claimed Austria’s first men’s luge gold in 50 years beating double Olympic champion Felix Loch.

Loch was the final man down the ice but made a mistake during his run pushing him off the podium and giving Gleirscher the win.

It was an incredible sight as David found out he won, tears in his eyes with his team next to him. A great headline.

It was his first Olympics and he had yet to have a top 3 finish on the World Cup circuit this year.

 

Personal Highlight

Evgenia Medvedeva’s beautiful performance in the women’s single skating short programme in the Figure Skating team event.

Utterly captivating. It got a high score of 81.06 and when you watch it become clear why. It does what any good performance should do, drag you into its world.

You felt one with her as she glode around the ice and her face at the end of the skate just shows how involved she was.

Well worth a watch.

 

Watch out tomorrow as Aimee Fuller goes for gold in the finals of the Women’s Slopestyle after its delay today, the Women’s Normal Hill final in the Ski Jump and the final of the Figure Skating Team Event. Iain will also be back with more thoughts from the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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