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5 to Watch Saturday: Skeleton, Lots of Skiing Events and Speedskating



    5 to Watch Saturday: Skeleton, Lots of Skiing Events and Speedskating

    Team USA came away with two silver medals in Saturday's competition, but several American stars were unable to make it to the podium. Here's a recap of the events.

    Katie Uhlaender 'Disappointed' in Pyeongchang

    My favorite pic from the #WinterOlympics so far. Texas skeleton athlete Katie Uhlaender rockets down the track in #PyeongChang.
    Photo credit: Brian Curtis NBC5 on Facebook

    Texan and four-time Olympian Katie Uhlaender missed her shot at a medal in Pyeongchang, never finishing in the top ten in women's skeleton.

    Model Olympian: Katie UhlaenderModel Olympian: Katie Uhlaender Defending gold medalist Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain took gold with two great final runs. Jacqueline Loelling, the German who was in the lead during three runs won the silver. Great Britain's Laura Deas won bronze.

    Uhlaender finished 13th overall, and American Kendall Wesenberg finished  17th in her Olympic debut.

    Watch:Katie Uhlaender Slides Through Run 3 in Women's Skeleton

    Must See: The Best Skeleton Helmets at the Olympics

    Nick Goepper Wins Silver, Kenworthy Comes in Last in Slopestyle

    Gus Kenworthy's Olympics turned into Oystein Braaten's party.

    Model Olympian: Gus KenworthyModel Olympian: Gus Kenworthy Braaten, the 22-year-old from Norway, captured the gold medal in ski slopestyle Sunday, far outdistancing the dinged-up Kenworthy, who failed to land any of his three runs and came in last.

    American Nick Goepper added a silver medal to the bronze he won four years ago in Sochi.

    Watch: Nick Goepper Wins Silver in Slopestyle

    Must See: Gus Kenworthy and Maggie Voisin Explain Slopestyle Skiing With Legos

    Defending Champ Ted Ligety Fails to Medal in Olympic Giant Slalom

    Austrian Marcel Hirscher claimed the Olympic giant slalom gold medal, his second gold medal at the Pyeongchang Games.

    Model Olympian: Ted LigetyModel Olympian: Ted Ligety American Ted Ligety, the defending Olympic champion who is nicknamed “Mr. GS” because of his success in the discipline, finished tied for 15th, a distant 3.21 seconds behind Hirscher.

    Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway took silver and France’s Alexis Pinturault earned the bronze medal.

    Watch:Podium Illudes American Alpine Skier Ted Ligety

    Must See:Ligety Fails to Finish Super-G Run

    Krueger’s Silver Ends US Speedskating's Long Medal Drought

    John-Henry Krueger squeaked into the 1000-meter semifinal, powered into the final and ended up on the podium Saturday, his silver standing as the first American speedskating medal since the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    The Olympic debutant stayed in the front of the pack for the first several laps of the final round, which allowed him to avoid a big crash that wiped out the three skaters behind him. Canadian Samuel Girard won gold while South Korean Seo Yira took bronze.

    South Korea won the day’s other short track speedskating medal, the women’s 1500 meters. Choi Min-jeong shot away from the field in the last couple of laps and cruised to victory. It was redemption after her heartbreaking finish in the 500-meter final earlier in the Games, when she was penalized after crossing the finish line second. Choi’s gold medal is South Korea’s third at Pyeongchang.

    Watch:John-Henry Krueger Ends U.S. Speedskating's Medal Drought

    Must See: Brittany Bowe Explains Speedskating With Legos

    American World Champion Unable to Clinch Medal in Aerials Finals

    Jonathon Lillis of the United States celebrates during the Freestyle Skiing Men's Aerials Qualification on day eight of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on Feb. 17, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.
    Photo credit: David Ramos/Getty Images

    Facing stiff competition, American Jonathon Lillis couldn't quite clinch a medal in men's aerials in Pyeongchang. It was Oleksandr Abramenko who landed in first place for gold and for the Ukraine's first-ever freestyle skiing medal.

    China's Jia Zongyang's score, just a hair below Abramenko's, got him the silver medal. Russian athlete Ilia Burov won bronze.

    Model Olympian: Mac BohonnonModel Olympian: Mac Bohonnon While Lillis stomped his landings in the first two rounds of finals Sunday, so did most of his competitors, and Lillis' scores couldn't get him into the top six spots to remain in medal contention.

    Watch:Lillis Lands Jump But It Isn't Enough to Advance in Finals

    Must See:The Art of Aerials - Where Gymnast Meets Snow

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