Winter Olympics 2022: Team USA goes 1-2 in slopestyle, USA hockey in the quarterfinals and more from the action in Beijing

It’s a Team USA top two in the men’s freeski slopestyle, as Alex Hall and Nick Goepper were 1-2 in the event. That’s a good start for the U.S. ahead of win-or-go-home time for the 2022 Winter Olympics hockey tournament in Beijing.

With a 4-0 win over Germany on Monday, Slovakia entered the men’s hockey quarterfinals to face Team USA. The Americans went 3-0-0 in the preliminary round, while Slovakia notched only one win. With three goals and three assists, forward Sean Farrell is Team USA’s leading scorer. Slovakia counters with Juraj Slafkovsky.

The Americans have used two goaltenders in the tournament. Drew Commesso started the first two preliminary games, and Strauss Mann was between the pipes in the final prelim game, against Canada. Team USA coach David Quinn has not named a starter for Tuesday’s quarterfinal.

Upcoming events (all times ET)

8:05 p.m.: Women’s curling round robin (multiple matches).

8:30 p.m.: Men’s freestyle skiing slopestyle finals.

11:10 p.m.: Men’s hockey quarterfinal — USA vs. Slovakia.

1:05 a.m.: Men’s curling round robin (multiple matches).

2:45 a.m.: Women’s biathlon 4x6km relay final.

3:40 a.m.: Men’s hockey quarterfinal — Finland vs. Switzerland.

6 a.m.: Men’s freestyle skiing aerials finals.

7:32 a.m.: Men’s 5000m speedskating relay final.

8:11 a.m.: Women’s 1500m speedskating final.

8:30 a.m.: Men’s hockey quarterfinal – Sweden vs. Canada.

Freeskiers Hall and Goepper win gold and silver

“This is amazing,” Alex Hall said after the event as he and Goepper celebrated at the bottom of the course, draped in American flags.

American freeskiers Hall and Nick Goepper took gold and silver in freeski slopestyle Wednesday morning, the best finish for Team USA since Goepper was one-third of a U.S. sweep of the event in the 2014 Sochi games.

Hall won the contest on his first run, which included arguably the most difficult and unique skill of the day: a pull-back 900, a trick that sees Hall launch a double cork 1080 but stop the spin early and pull the rotation back to a 900 before landing. For his part, Goepper was the only rider to use the side takeoff on his second jump, a right double cork 1440. With his win, Hall earned the first U.S. gold medal in freeskiing in Beijing, while Goepper earned his third slopestyle medal in as many Games, and his second silver. Goepper is the only three-time medalist in the event. Jesper Tjader of Norway took bronze. –Alyssa Roenigk

U.S. women, men fall in curling

The U.S. lost a nail-biting 6-7 contest against Canada in women’s curling, but not before putting up a fight.

After being down 1-4, the U.S. made a comeback, tying up the game at 6-6 entering the 10th end, before Canada eked out a win by one point. Canada’s Jennifer Jones executed a perfect eight-footer with her last rock draw for the win. The loss puts the U.S. women’s record at 4-4. With a playoff position still attainable, they play Japan next.

The U.S. men are in a very similar situation. They fell to Italy 10-4 earlier in the day, but are still in a position to make the playoffs. Tied for fourth place with the Russian Olympic Committee, the U.S. takes on Denmark next in a must-win situation. If they do win, they’ll have a 5-5 record in Beijing, the same record that took them to the playoffs at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. After the win, they would have to play the waiting game to see if they make the playoffs, based on the performances of the nine other teams. — Aishwarya Kumar

Marino withdraws from competition in logo dispute

A week after taking silver in snowboard slopestyle at the Beijing Olympics, U.S. snowboarder Julia Marino withdrew from Monday’s big air qualifier. On Tuesday on Instagram, Marino revealed the reason why, writing that the International Olympic Committee requested she cover the Prada logo on the base of her board or be disqualified from the event.

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