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Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics Day 16: First time for everything

It was a day of big firsts. Finland picked up its first gold of the games, and Nana Takagi become the only woman to get two speedskating golds at Pyeonchang, but perhaps the most historic first was Czech snow star Ester Ledecka taking golds in both the giant slalom event of snowboarding and skiing.


Nana Takagi zooms to gold in women’s mass start final

Takagi becomes the only woman two get two golds in speedskating at the Pyeongchang Olymics and the first Japanese athlete to take two golds at the same Winter Games since Kazuyoshi Funaki in ski jumping in 1998 in Nagano.

Nana Takagi celebrates after capturing the gold medal in the women
Nana Takagi celebrates after capturing the gold medal in the women’s mass start final at Gangneung Oval on Saturday night. | REUTERS

Japan women’s curling squad triumphs over Great Britain in bronze-medal match

Japan’s incredible run in women’s curling culminated in a 5-3 win Saturday over Great Britain in the Pyeongchang Olympics bronze-medal match.

The Japan women
The Japan women’s curling squad is delighted by the euphoria of collecting the bronze medal on Saturday night. Japan defeated Great Britain in Gangneung, South Korea. | KYODO

Ester Ledecka claims historic Olympic double with snowboarding gold

The Czech snow star wins the second leg of an unheard-of Olympic double Saturday, taking the gold medal in snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom to go with her surprise skiing victory in the Alpine super-G seven days earlier.

Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic competes in the women
Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic competes in the women’s parallel giant snowboard slalom final at the Pyeongchang Games on Saturday. | AFP-JIJI

Canada’s Sebastien Toutant soars to gold in men’s Big Air

Toutant soars to gold in the Olympic debut of men’s Big Air, hitting his first two jumps, then watching his total of 174.25 hold up as the big-name riders behind him came up just short.

Canada
Canada’s Sebastien Toutant reacts after his final jump in the men’s Big Air final at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Saturday. | AFP-JIJI

Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics: The day in pictures

USA
Canadian gold medalist Sebastien Toutant (left) and U.S. silver medalist Kyle Mack pose with their medals backstage at the Athletes’ Lounge during the medal ceremonies at the Pyeongchang Medals Plaza. | AFP-JIJI
Gold medalist Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic jumps for joy at the medal ceremony of the women’s parallel giant slalom.
Gold medalist Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic jumps for joy at the medal ceremony of the women’s parallel giant slalom. | REUTERS
USA
John Shuster of the United States celebrates a point during the curling men’s gold-medal game between the Americans and Sweden. | AFP-JIJI
Finland
Finland’s Iivo Niskanen celebrates after crossing the finish line to win gold in the men’s 50-km cross country mass start classic. | AFP-JIJI
South Korea
South Korea’s Lee Seung-hoon celebrates his gold-medal win in the men’s mass start final speedskating event. | AFP-JIJI
Silver medallist South Korea
South Korea silver medalist Lee Sang-ho, Swiss gold medalist Nevin Galmarini and bronze medalist Zan Kosir of Slovenia celebrate on the podium during the victory ceremony for the men’s snowboard parallel giant slalom event. | AFP-JIJI
Silver medalist of the women
Two-woman bobsled silver medalist Lauren Gibbs of the United States (right) takes a selfie with Ivanka Trump during the third heat of the four-man bobsled competition final. | AP

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