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2022 Olympics live updates: U.S. vs Canada women's hockey final, Kamila Valieva in women's figure skating, plus medal count

By The Athletic Staff
February 17, 2022 at 12:39 AM EST
2022 Olympics live updates: U.S. vs Canada women's hockey final, Kamila Valieva in women's figure skating, plus medal count

The inevitable has arrived. The United States vs. Canada matchup is now underway for the sixth time in seven women's hockey tournaments at the Winter Olympics. The U.S. is looking to defend its gold from four years ago but Canada jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after coming off a win in their preliminary-round meeting.

Marie-Philip Poulin has now scored in every gold medal game she's played in at the Olympics (2010, 2014, 2018, 2022).

Meanwhile, Kamila Valieva, the 15-year-old Russian whose presence in this event is the source of controversy after last week's revelation of a positive test for a banned substance in December, leads heading into Thursday's long program (5 a.m. ET, USA). The three Americans in the field are well off the medal pace after the first of the two-event competition — Alysa Liu sits in eighth, with Mariah Bell 11th and Karen Chen 13th.

This is the last shot at a medal for Mikaela Shiffrin, who clocked the fastest time in the downhill training session among the 14 skiers who ran it. If she fares well there, it sets up nicely for her — the slalom is traditionally her best event, despite her ski-out in that race earlier in these Games.

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February 17, 2022 at 12:39 AM EST

Hilary Knight puts Team USA on the board

Hilary Knight scores to make it 3-1, with assists by Hannah Brandt and … me. That’s right, baby! The reverse jinx is on!

It sounds almost stupid to say, but whatever — this tournament has given me a whole new level of appreciation for Hilary Knight. I’m not trying to make her older than she is, since she’s still only 32, but there’s something really compelling about watching a player as great as her maintain their level a little later into their career.

Depth, especially without alpha-dog Brianna Decker, is an issue for the Americans — we’ve beaten the horse, nearly to death — but Knight has come through, again and again. If this score holds, it won’t be her fault. She’s a treat to watch, as she’s always been.

It’s 3-1 Canada after two periods.

Sean Gentille
Sean Gentille·
Senior Writer, NHL

February 16, 2022 at 11:58 PM EST

Poulin is in a class of her own

Marie-Philip Poulin has now scored in every gold medal game she's played in at the Olympics (2010, 2014, 2018, 2022).

Her first period goal is her sixth in the gold medal games. She's now the only player (male or female) to score in four Olympic gold medal games.

Hailey Salvian
Hailey Salvian·
Staff Writer, Flames

February 16, 2022 at 11:56 PM EST

Marie-Philip Poulin gives Canada a 2-0 lead

I kind of alluded to this pregame, but the U.S. has got to get something from somewhere other than Hilary Knight’s line.

We’ve seen minutes cut across the board — take Grace Zumwinkle, a really nice player who got about 7:13 of ice time against Finland as Example A. That’s not inherently a problem, because you want your best players out there as much as possible when the stakes are highest, but it’s also not a great sign.

It’s an even worse sign when your opponent is as talented and relentless as Canada. And if you go down 2-0 early — with another goal disallowed — it could get ugly. A short bench, down multiple goals, against machine like this one? Uh oh.

Sean Gentille
Sean Gentille·
Senior Writer, NHL

February 16, 2022 at 11:34 PM EST

Record-breaking first goal for Team Canada

Canada continues to repaint the record book in this gold medal game. Sarah Nurse with her 17th point, ties Hayley Wickenheiser’s record for most points in a single tournament.

When Sean talks about depth, keep in mind, Nurse was on Canada’s fourth line at the women's world championships. Now she's on the top line and fitting in perfectly.

And with the assist, Claire Thompson now has 13 points in her first Olympics, which is nearly double the previous Olympic record for most points by defender (previously seven) in a single Olympics.

Hailey Salvian
Hailey Salvian·
Staff Writer, Flames

February 16, 2022 at 11:13 PM EST

Team USA men's curling is playoff bound

Team Shuster defeats Denmark, advancing to the semifinals where Great Britain awaits.

By The Athletic Staff
By The Athletic Staff

February 16, 2022 at 11:02 PM EST

Team Canada lineup for tonight's showdown

We're ten minutes away from puck drop, check out the Canadian lineup.

By The Athletic Staff
By The Athletic Staff

February 16, 2022 at 10:49 PM EST

USA women’s hockey takeaways: USA was the better team against Canada, so why didn’t they get the win?

There are plenty of ways to look at Canada’s 4-2 preliminary-round win over the United States on Monday.

Let’s focus on two.

Shayna Goldman
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USA women’s hockey takeaways: USA was the better team against Canada, so why didn’t they get the win?

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February 16, 2022 at 10:42 PM EST

Team USA's projected lineup

With just under 20 minutes until puck drop, take a look at the projected lineup for Team USA.

By The Athletic Staff
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February 16, 2022 at 10:39 PM EST

Three Americans qualify for women's halfpipe finals

Team USA's Brita Sigourney, Hanna Faulhaber and Carly Margulies finished eighth, ninth and tenth respectively to move on to the halfpipe finals.

By The Athletic Staff
By The Athletic Staff

February 16, 2022 at 10:29 PM EST

A view inside the greatest rivalry at the 2022 Beijing Olympics

That Canada-U.S. rivalry has evolved through the years, from the first time women were able to play for an Olympic medal, in 1998, through to now, as Canada and the U.S. cross paths once again in what has become perhaps the premier rivalry of the entire Winter Games program.

Players were relative strangers in the beginning, but today, the familiarity is strong. Stars such as Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin and U.S. counterpart Hilary Knight now appear together in a video game. And they work together to help build a single professional league where the best women in the world can make a living playing the game.

“Does that change how they feel about each other on the ice? I don’t think so,” said former Canadian Olympic goaltender Sami Jo Small. “I think that same rivalry is there.”

“I hope it never dies, because it is so much fun to be a part of,” said Knight. “You feel it in your blood, you know?”

To read our timeline, through six Olympics, of the greatest rivalry at the Winter Games, click here.

Sean Fitz-Gerald
Sean Fitz-Gerald·
Senior Writer, Canada
Canada vs. USA women’s hockey: A view inside the greatest rivalry at the 2022 Beijing Olympics

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February 16, 2022 at 9:46 PM EST

Best shoe game in curling?

It's got to be a challenge not to melt the ice with all the heat Matt Hamilton is bringing.

Hunter Patterson
Hunter Patterson

February 16, 2022 at 9:26 PM EST

‘It was rock bottom’: How Erin Ambrose overcame setbacks and self-doubt to become Canada’s best defender

Alone in her mom’s basement, self-isolating after a COVID-19 outbreak during the U.S.–Canada Rivalry Series, Erin Ambrose was waiting for a call she’d long hoped would come.

She’d been awake for four hours. She’d been waiting for four years.

"There were a lot of tears,” she said. “All I could hear behind me was my mom sobbing."

“We’re an emotional family.”

They knew she’d be here, even when she didn’t.

Hailey Salvian
Hailey Salvian·
Staff Writer, Flames
‘It was rock bottom’: How Erin Ambrose overcame setbacks and self-doubt to become Canada’s best defender

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February 16, 2022 at 8:41 PM EST

Why women’s hockey belongs at the Olympics — even if Canada and the U.S. dominate

They’re as much a part of the first week of the Olympics as the opening ceremony and the lighting of the torch.

We can acknowledge that there’s a talent gap between Canada, the United States and the rest of the teams that qualified for the 2022 Winter Games. Team USA and Team Canada are the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the world, and have won five of six Olympic gold medals since the first tournament in 1998.

In Beijing, Canada and the U.S. have each gone 3-0 through the group stages and have outscored their opponents 29-3 and 18-2.

Hailey Salvian
Hailey Salvian·
Staff Writer, Flames
Why women’s hockey belongs at the Olympics — even if Canada and the U.S. dominate

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February 16, 2022 at 8:27 PM EST

New to curling? Team Shuster's got you covered

Curling can be a bit confusing, especially if you're new to the sport. That's why Team Shuster decided to simply things for you.

By The Athletic Staff
By The Athletic Staff

February 16, 2022 at 8:19 PM EST

Please, not another shootout!

Please, not another shootout!

Good news for all the shootout haters out there — Thursday's game won't come to that.

After the gold medal was decided in an epic shootout between Canada and the U.S. four years ago in Pyeongchang, the rules have changed. If the game is tied after regulation, the two teams will play a 20-minute 3-on-3 overtime period. If the game is still tied after 20 minutes, overtime will continue until a goal is scored.

The U.S. won gold in 2018 when American forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the sixth round of the shootout and goalie Maddie Rooney made the final save to secure the victory.

(Photo: Jean Catuffe / Getty Images)

By The Athletic Staff
By The Athletic Staff

February 16, 2022 at 7:31 PM EST

Team USA vs. Denmark up next

It's the final round-robin match for John Shuster's team, and the equation is simple: Beat the tournament's worst team so far, and the Americans advance to the medal round.

By The Athletic Staff
By The Athletic Staff

February 16, 2022 at 1:32 PM EST

2022 Olympics TV highlights: What to watch from Beijing on Wednesday night, Thursday morning

2022 Olympics TV highlights: What to watch from Beijing on Wednesday night, Thursday morning

All throughout the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, we'll have a daily preview here of the top events and how to watch.

With the time difference, each day's live competition in China begins in prime time Eastern and runs overnight into mid-morning the following day. This installment covers events happening Thursday in Beijing (Wednesday night through Thursday morning in the U.S.).

All dates and times below are converted to Eastern time, 13 hours behind Beijing time. NBC's main-channel curated prime-time show begins at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday night and will feature live freestyle skiing with the women's halfpipe qualifying and the men's aerials final and alpine skiing with the women's combined event, as well as tape-delayed coverage of short track speedskating. All events can be streamed on Peacock or at NBCOlympics.com.

Head to Peacock to catch the action in Beijing.

Top U.S. events

Women's hockey

What: U.S. vs. Canada, gold-medal game

When: Wednesday, 11:10 p.m.

TV: NBC and streaming

The inevitable has arrived. The United States and Canada will meet for gold for the sixth time in seven women's hockey tournaments at the Winter Olympics. Canada got the better of the Americans in the group stage, but they did the same thing four years ago in Pyeongchang only for the U.S. to flip the result around in the gold-medal game.

Figure skating

What: Women's singles, free skate

When: Thursday, 5 a.m.

TV: USA and streaming

Kamila Valieva, the 15-year-old Russian whose presence in this event is the source of controversy after last week's revelation of a positive test for a banned substance in December, leads after the short program. The three Americans in the field are well off the medal pace after the first of the two-event competition — Alysa Liu sits in eighth, with Mariah Bell 11th and Karen Chen 13th. Tape-delayed coverage will also be a main part of NBC's prime-time coverage Thursday night.

Alpine skiing

What: Women's combined, downhill and slalom

When: Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. (downhill); Thursday, 1 a.m. (slalom)

TV: NBC (downhill), USA (slalom) and streaming

This is the last shot at a medal for Mikaela Shiffrin, who clocked the fastest time in the downhill training session among the 14 skiers who ran it. If she fares well there, it sets up nicely for her — the slalom is traditionally her best event, despite her ski-out in that race earlier in these Games.

Men's curling

What: U.S. vs. Denmark, possible semifinal

When: Wednesday, 8:05 p.m. (U.S.-Denmark); Thursday, 7:05 a.m. (semifinal)

TV: CNBC (U.S.-Denmark, live), USA (one semifinal, delayed, Thursday, 2 p.m.), CNBC (one semifinal, delayed, Thursday, 8 p.m.) and streaming

It's the final round-robin match for John Shuster's team, and the equation is simple: Beat the tournament's worst team so far, and the Americans advance to the medal round. They can also get in with a Norway loss to Italy at the same time Wednesday night. If they advance, they'll be back on the ice for the semifinals early Thursday morning. Head to streaming to catch that one live.

Speedskating

What: Women's 1,000-meter

When: Thursday, 3:30 a.m.

TV: USA and streaming

Brittany Bowe, the world's top skater at this distance, is the U.S. medal hope in this one. She's a three-time world championship gold medalist in the 1,000-meter, including in 2021.

Other medal events

Freestyle skiing

What: Women's ski cross qualifying, 1/8 finals, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals

When: Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. (qualifying); Thursday, 1 a.m. (1/8 finals begin); Thursday, 2:10 a.m. (finals)

TV: USA (qualifying and finals) and streaming

Nordic combined

What: Team large hill/4x5km trial, ski jumping and cross-country rounds

When: Thursday, 2 a.m. (trial); Thursday, 3 a.m. (ski jumping); Thursday, 6 a.m. (cross-country)

TV: USA and streaming

Other events

Men's curling

What: Round-robin matches, semifinals

When: Wednesday, 8:05 p.m. (round-robin); Thursday, 7:05 a.m. (semifinals)

TV: USA (one semifinal, delayed, Thursday, 2 p.m.), CNBC (one semifinal, delayed, Thursday, 8 p.m.) and streaming

Women's curling

What: Round-robin matches

When: Thursday, 1:05 a.m.

TV: USA (South Korea vs. Sweden, delayed, 11 a.m.) and streaming

Freestyle skiing

What: Women's and men's halfpipe qualification runs

When: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. (women's); Wednesday, 11:30 p.m. (men's)

TV: NBC (women's), USA (both) and streaming

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(Photo: Robert Deutsch / USA Today)

By The Athletic Staff
By The Athletic Staff

February 16, 2022 at 11:13 AM EST

Canada and U.S. ousted from men's hockey tournament

Canada and U.S. ousted from men's hockey tournament

Canada and the United States will be shut out of the men's hockey medals at the Beijing Winter Olympics after both teams lost in Wednesday's quarterfinals. The Americans lost 3-2 to Slovakia, losing in a shootout, while Canada was edged 2-0 by Sweden.

Sweden will now play the Slovaks in Friday's semifinals while Finland will face ROC. The Finns downed Switzerland 5-1 on Wednesday. The Russian team edged Denmark 3-1.

For more, click here.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)

By The Athletic Staff
By The Athletic Staff

February 16, 2022 at 10:37 AM EST

Latest medal count: U.S. picks up two more medals; Norway, ROC, Germany stay 1-2-3

Latest medal count: U.S. picks up two more medals; Norway, ROC, Germany stay 1-2-3

Norway continues to lead the way after a couple more pieces of hardware won Wednesday, though second-place ROC gained some ground in the overall count. The United States is still fourth after a pair of freestyle skiing medals from Alex Hall and Nick Goepper. All countries with at least 14 medals are shown in the table above. A total of 28 countries have now won medals. The full count is here.

On Thursday in Beijing, medals are set to be awarded in alpine skiing (women’s combined), figure skating (women’s singles), freestyle skiing (women’s ski cross), women’s hockey (gold-medal game), Nordic combined (team large hill/4x5km) and speedskating (women’s 1,000m).

Zack Pierce
Zack Pierce·
National Managing Editor

February 16, 2022 at 10:20 AM EST

U.S. women eliminated from curling medal contention

U.S. women eliminated from curling medal contention

Tabitha Peterson and her U.S. curling rink were eliminated from medal contention following a 10-7 loss to Japan in their final round-robin game Wednesday. The Americans needed a win to have a chance of qualifying for the playoffs as they closed out the round robin with a 4-5 record.

Japan was up 6-2 after four ends but Peterson scored four in the seventh to tie it 7-7. Japan's two in the eighth and steal of one in ninth put the game — and a medal — out of reach for the Americans.

Switzerland, Sweden have already locked up semifinal spots heading into the final draw Thursday while the other two berths are up for grabs with Japan, Canada, South Korea and Britain all in the mix.

(Photo: Michael Madrid/USA Today)

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