While you were sleeping: History and comebacks on the medal stand

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Another day of full action at the PyeongChang Olympics saw history made on the speed-skating and luge circuits, an epic cross-country skiing comeback and a 17-year-old snowboarder atop the medal stand in slopestyle. Two days after the Opening Ceremony, Norway currently stands atop the medal race with eight total medals, while the Netherlands comes in at second with five. Germany, Canada, the United States and the Czech Republic are the only other countries with multiple medals.

Here’s everything you missed late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

Team USA notches win No. 1: It took the U.S. women’s hockey team a while to get in the swing of things, but they eventually woke up in force and dispatched Finland. The U.S. allowed a sloppy goal with just 5.8 seconds left in the first period, but goals from Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Kendall Coyne in the second put the Americans on top. An empty-netter at the end of the third period put it away, giving Team USA a 3-1 win. Here’s a closer look at Coyne, who might be one of half of sports’ newest power couple.

Sven Kramer three-peats: Sven Kramer continued his run of dominance in the 5,000m speed skate event, winning his third straight gold medal in the event. Kramer notched an Olympic record of 6:09.76  to win his fourth gold medal and eighth medal overall. That total makes him the most decorated male speed skater in Olympic history, and he can soon add to his legacy with the 10,000m and team pursuit events coming up.

Gold medallist and new Olympic record holder Sven Kramer of The Netherlands, center, celebrates after the men’s 5,000 meters race. (AP Photo)
Gold medallist and new Olympic record holder Sven Kramer of The Netherlands, center, celebrates after the men’s 5,000 meters race. (AP Photo)

Chris Mazdzer makes American luge history: Luge has been part of the Olympics since 1964, yet the United States entered the PyeongChang games without a men’s singles medal in the event’s history. That is no longer the case. Chris Mazdzer rode a dominant third run to the record books, winning a silver medal to finally break his country’s drought. Read the full recap here.

Chris Mazdzer competes during final heats of the men’s luge competition. (AP Photo)
Chris Mazdzer competes during final heats of the men’s luge competition. (AP Photo)

Epic comeback in skiathlon: Seconds after the start of the men’s 30km skiathlon, Norway’s Simen Krüger was at the bottom of a pile of fellow skiers, one of his poles was broken and he would soon be in last place in a field of 68 athletes. He then proceeded to tear through the race and notch a gold medal in a Norwegian sweep of the medal podium. Get the full breakdown here.

Norway’s Simen Krüger (No. 7) falls and breaks pole in pileup, before rallying to win gold medal in skiathlon. (Reuters)
Norway’s Simen Krüger (No. 7) falls and breaks pole in pileup, before rallying to win gold medal in skiathlon. (Reuters)

From broken bones to a bronze medal: It’s not often a 17-year-old winning gold isn’t the most interesting part of an event, but the bronze medal winner behind Red Gerard in the men’s slopestyle might have an argument. Canada’s Mark McMorris nearly met his end 11 months ago when he crashed into a tree on a jump, requiring surgery and painful physical therapy just to get back on the board. He got more than back on though, . Read the full story here.

Men’s slopestyle gold medalist Red Gerard, of the United States, left, and bronze medalist Mark McMorris, of Canada, celebrate during the medals ceremony. (AP Photo)
Men’s slopestyle gold medalist Red Gerard, of the United States, left, and bronze medalist Mark McMorris, of Canada, celebrate during the medals ceremony. (AP Photo)

PyeongChang confirms Opening Ceremony hack: The IOC and PyeongChang organizing committee don’t quite have their stories straight on who perpetrated the cyberattack on Friday’s Opening Ceremony, but the PyeongChang officials indicated they know the source. Even if that’s true, we won’t probably won’t be finding out who prevented a sweet live performance of 1,200 drones anytime soon. Check out the full details here.

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