5 to Watch: Huge Night on the Slopes Monday

It's a huge night on the slopes, with some of the biggest U.S. names in Pyeongchang featured in marquee Olympic events. From Team USA superstar Chloe Kim's Olympic gold, to our first look at Shaun White in Pyeongchang. Sarah Hendrickson missed her quest to medal. Erin Hamlin moves on to the finals in luge and female speed skaters miss a place on the podium.

There was no shortage of must-see action on Day 3 of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. 

The World Watched Chloe Kim Dominate Halfpipe

Chloe Kim.

Seventeen-year-old Chloe Kim was golden Monday night, dominating the women’s halfpipe to win her first Olympic medal. Kim put up an unbeaten 93.75 on her first run, but later, after her victory was secured, she scored a near-perfect 98.25.

[NBCO-GalleryFeed] Model Olympian: Chloe Kim

Kim, whose parents are from South Korea, has dominated the women’s halfpipe in the years since the Sochi Games, when she was too young to compete.

She began snowboarding at age 4 with her father, but does not like snow.  "Actually, I hate it," Kim told Sports Illustrated in January. "I grew up in Southern California.” 

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Watch: Chloe Kim Lands Back to Back 1080s to Win Olympic Gold

Must See: Chloe Kim Tweets About Food During Halfpipe Final

Shaun White Makes His Pyeongchang Debut

The world gets its first glimpse of Olympic snowboard legend and two-time gold medalist Shaun White, who will compete in the qualifying round of the men's halfpipe competition. His quest for his third gold medal pits him against a dozen U.S. men, none of whom finished in the top 10 in Sochi (White came in fourth in the halfpipe event in those Games). 

[NBCO-GalleryFeed] Model Olympian: Shaun White

How to Watch: Qualifying starts at 10 p.m. CT and airs in NBC's Primetime Plus Olympics coverage. Click here to watch live on digital platforms.

Must See: Shaun White Turns Past Defeat Into Motivation for 2018

Flagbearer Erin Hamlin Began Pursuit of Luge Gold

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Erin Hamlin.

You saw her carrying the American flag in the Opening Ceremony, on Monday she began her pursuit of the second-ever U.S. medal in women's singles luge with qualifying runs.

[NBCO-GalleryFeed] Erin Hamlin's Childhood Photos

"It's a great race," said Hamlin, who is retiring after these games. "Anything can happen."

Hamlin, a four-time Olympian, won the bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. She was the first U.S. athlete to win an Olympics singles luge medal in the sports’ 50-year Olympic history.

Watch: Click here to watch Run 1 and 2 which took place Monday.

Must See: Erin Hamlin Explains Luge with Legos

USA’s Bergsma Fades in 1500m Speed Skating

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Heather Bergsma

Heather Bergsma once again faded in the 1500m speed skating race, finishing eighth at the Pyeongchang Games on Monday. 

[NBCO-GalleryFeed] Heather Bergsma's Childhood Photos

Bergsma’s teammate, Brittany Bowe, was fifth.

Four years ago in Sochi, Bergsma entered the 1500m as a medal favorite — but she struggled there too, finishing seventh. Bergsma beat Wust and Takagi at the 2017 World Championships. Wust had already won a silver medal in Pyeongchang, in the 3000m race.

Watch: Irene Wust Wins 1500m Gold

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Hendrickson, Who Broke Barriers, Didn't Make It to the Medal Podium

U.S. ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson who has overcome an injury-plagued few years and a legal battle to compete in the Olympics was Team USA's best shot at a medal in individual normal hill, but Monday's outcome wasn't what she hoped.

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After her first jump of 86 meters, Hendrickson finished the first round in 23rd place, knocking her out of medal contention. Her second jump was better, but not enough. She finished 19th overall.

Norway's Maren Lundby, the gold-medal favorite heading into the event, picked up her first career Olympic medal. German's Katharina Althaus won silver, while Japan's Sara Takanashi took home bronze.

Hendrickson said she'll re-assess continuing in the sport and make a decision in the spring.

Watch: Sarah Hendrckson Relishes What Could Be Her Last Olympics

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