5 to Watch Friday: Return of Red Gerard and US Goes for Curling Gold

It's Day 14 of competition in Pyeongchang


Some big names in skiing skip the last alpine event, while two Texans return to pursue gold in the first of two nights of competition in 4-man bobsled.

Teenager Red Gerard, who won America’s first gold in Pyeongchang, looks to add more hardware to his collection and snowboarder Ester Ledecka, who shocked everyone (including herself) by winning a skiing gold medal, will try to match it with a medal in her native sport.

Plus, the U.S. men’s curling team, coming off back-to-back Olympics finishing near the bottom of the tournament, looks to complete a stunning turnaround by winning its first-ever gold medal.

There will be plenty of excitement in Pyeongchang on Friday.

Switzerland Wins Gold in 1st-Ever Olympic Alpine Team Event

It was a team effort.

Switzerland took down top-seed Austria on Saturday to win gold in the first-ever Olympic Alpine skiing team event.

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The Swiss team was leading 2-1 and locked up the win when Austrian Marco Schwarz skied out along the side-by-side parallel slalom course. The team event victory marks the seventh gold in Pyeongchang for Switzerland’s ski team.

Norway edged France in the bronze medal match.

Some of the world’s top racers, including Americans Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Austrian Marcel Hirscher, skipped the event.

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Texans Struggle in 4-Man Bobsled

Barring some miracle Sunday, the U.S. men are going home without an Olympic bobsled medal for the first time in 12 years. It's not even certain if they'll have a sled finish in the top 10 of the four-man race; Bascue (with Texan Sam McGuffie) was ninth going into Sunday's final two heats of four-man.

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"The bobsled Gods are upset at us for something," Cunningham said.

Cunningham's sled finished 20th after two runs and will get to compete in runs 3 and 4 Saturday, while Olsen's sled finished 21st and only gets one final run at Alpensia Sliding Center.

Watch: Runs 1 and 2 on digital platforms

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American Kyle Mack Takes Silver in Men’s Snowboard Big Air

Sebastien Toutant of Canada won gold in men's snowboard big air on Saturday at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Team USA's Kyle Mack took silver, while Billy Morgan of Great Britain took bronze.

The favorites were Canadian riders Max Parrot and Mark McMorris. Earlier in these Olympics, both athletes won slopestyle medals (Parrot earned silver, McMorris took bronze), but they are just as good — if not better — in big air.

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Ledecka Gets Second Olympic Gold, This Time in Snowboarding 

Ester Ledecka won the second leg of an unheard-of Olympic double, taking the gold medal in snowboarding's parallel giant slalom Saturday to go with her surprise skiing victory in the Alpine super-G earlier in the Winter Games.

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She outraced Selina Joerg of Germany to the line in the final and won by .46 seconds, a much more comfortable margin than the .01-second edge in the super-G race that left her staring at the clock in shock.

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USA Curling Rocks! Men Win Historic Olympic Gold

For the fifth straight game, skip John Shuster and Team USA rattled the best curlers in the world, and again came away with a win — for the U.S.'s first ever Olympic curling gold medal — by defeating Sweden 10-7.

Shuster converted a double-takeout for a 5-point end in the eighth — an exceedingly rare score that made it 10-5 and essentially clinched the win.

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It was the first 5-point end the U.S. has had in these Olympics. They've had only one 4-point and five 3-point ends leading up to this game.

"On the morning of February 19, Matt's (Hamilton) birthday, the day we played Canada, I woke up and said 'I have a choice. I have a choice to rewrite my story, to write the story of this team,'" Shuster said.

Shuster was on the only other U.S. team to win an Olympic medal — he was the lead thrower on Pete Fenson's bronze-medal team at the 2006 Turin Games.

The Americans received a good luck call from Mr. T before the match. Diddy posted a pre-match good luck message online. And the King of Sweden was in attendance for their gold medal win.

Sweden takes home the silver medal for the second time since curling returned to the Olympics in 1998. Switzerland won the bronze by defeating Canada early Friday morning.

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