John Shuster exited the ice to well deserved chants of "MVP! MVP! MVP!" from the U.S. fans.
The U.S. becomes the first of the three teams tied for fifth place to win tonight. They improve to 4-4 behind the brilliant play of skip John Shuster. Switzerland conceded the match after the ninth end. The U.S won 8-4.
John Landsteiner was just seen waving his hands trying to cool the flames off his teammate, U.S. men's curling skip John Shuster, who played yet another terrific shot. Shuster is shooting better than 90% against Switzerland tonight.
An outstanding three point seventh end pushes the U.S men's curling team out ahead in their round robin match against Switzerland. Team USA now leads 7-3. Switzerland sits above the U.S. in the table so a victory over them tonight gives the U.S. a heard to head tiebreaker in case the two teams finish even in the standings.
The next hour or so of men's curling round robin play will be critical to the tournament going forward. The three team currently tied for fifth place in the standings, the USA, Japan and Norway, are all on the ice in tightly contested matches. After 5 ends in each match, the U.S. leads Switzerland 4-2, Norway leads Italy 2-1 and Japan leads Denmark 3-2. Only the top four teams in the standings will advance out of the round robin to the semifinals. This is close to a must win night for all three fifth place teams.
Skeleton slider Akwasi Frimpong is the consensus coolest man in Pyeongchang. His unlikely journey from undocumented immigrant in the Netherland at eight-years-old to Ghana's second ever Winter Olympian has been one of the most inspirational stories at these Games. We can only guess how many autographs he's had to sign over the last few days. He stopped by ESPN's studio in Pyeongchang to chat and afterwards, showed off how good he's gotten at giving adoring fans his signature. Video by ESPN's Henry Vivar.
It's a bitterly cold night at the Olympic Sliding Center but there are a crowd of Nigerian fans near the finish. The Nigerian women's bobsled team will start second in tonight's first heat, officially making history as the first African country to compete in this sport at a Winter Games. Seun Adigun, the driver of the sled and the person who came up with the idea of a Nigerian bobsled team in the first place, will partner with Akuoma Omeoga and, when they reach the bottom of the track, there will be plenty of cheers awaiting them.
Lindsey Vonn will start 7th in Wednesday's downhill, a more advantageous position than she had in Sunday's Super G when she started first. Vonn's 7th slot is two spots after Italy's Sophia Goggia, considered by many her main competition in the event. Going 7th will allow Vonn to watch the line Goggia and six others take and more importantly give her a target time to beat. Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill champion, had the 1st-, 3rd- and 4th-fastest times in downhill training.
You can't make this up. Elise Christie disqualified from the 1000m short track speed skating for two yellow cards. Started once, was called back. Then came second in the heat, only to be DQ'd.
Chumbawumba's epic 'Tupthumping' plays as the women warm up for the 1000m short track speed skating. 'I get knocked down, but I get up again,' booms out as Elise Christie tests out her right ankle...
The best jukebox at the Winter Olympics moves from the Pet Shop Boys' 'Go West' to Guns'N'Roses' 'Sweet Child O'Mine' at the short track speed skating. These guys are the rock stars of the Games.
Elise Christie confirms she plans to compete in tonight's 1000m short track speed skating heats, just three days after injuring her ankle. “Hi everyone I’m just about to leave to go down to the ice rink to try and compete today," she said on a video posted on her Twitter account. "I skated this morning for the first time and it went quite well considering the circumstances, so I’m looking forward to getting out there to see if I can race today."
If Tuesday's men's ski halfpipe qualifier was any indication, the U.S. medal tally is about to get a boost. All four American men qualified into Thursday's 12-man final and Aaron Blunck, Alex Ferreira and Torin Yater-Wallace went one-two-three.
The winds of change are once again sweeping through the Olympic schedule. Friday morning's women's snowboard big air final has been moved to Thursday at 9:30 a.m. KT (7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday) due to predicted strong winds.
The US has added to its lead midway through the third period of its qualification match against Slovakia, going up 4-1 after a goal by Garrett Roe on a beautiful pass from Broc Little. The winner faces the Czec Republic on Wednesday.
Before she dropped in to take her final run in ski halfpipe finals, American Brita Sigourney realized if she landed, she would knock her teammate, Annalisa Drew, off the podium. "I'm still in shock. I didn't know I could do that," Sigourney said after taking bronze. "To compete under that pressure and pull it off, I'm so relieved. We love each other and we both want each other to do well. Having Anna's support and her tell me she loved me and is proud of me takes everything away. There's no rivalry there, just love."
At the end of two periods the US has a 3-1 lead over Slovakia in its qualification match at Gangneung Hockey Center. Slovakia cashed in on a Jordan Greenway slashing penalty and and scored a power play goal from Peter Ceresnak at 16:54 to get on the board. Ceresnak took a pass on the point and rifled a shot past American goalie Ryan Zapolski, who appeared to be screened on the play.
Mark Arcobello has given the US a 3-0 second period lead over Slovakia in its Tuesday qualification game, taking a pass from Troy Terry behind the net and firing it past Slovankia goaltender Jan laco. The winner plays the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
The US has a 2-0 lead on Slovakia in the second period after Ryan Donato's third goal of the Olympics and a 5-on-3 power play slapper by James Wisniewski seventeen seconds later. After Donato's goal, Slovakia's Michal Cajkovsky was given a major penalty for a hit on Donato to the head and neck area.
Cassie Sharpe took off her gloves in the mix zone to reveal gold sparkly fingernails. "I always paint them gold the day of a contest," Sharpe said. "It's superstition, force of habit." Today it worked. The Canadian took gold in women's ski halfpipe.
American ice dancer Evan Bates on the fluke fall in the free dance that ruined his and Madison Chock's chances for a medal: "I wish I could have the moment back. But that's part of sport, a part of life. We have to come back. It's part of our story now."
Scoreless after one period here at the Gangneung Hockey Center qualification match between the US and Slovakia. Slovakia came on late in the period with several scoring chances but couldn't get the puck past US keeper Ryan Zapolski. Slovakia outshot the US 9-7 in the period.
Other American times: Breezy Johnson, 12th (1:41.30, +.63), Alice McKennis, 17th (1:41.98, +1.31), Laurenne Ross, 18th (+1.39), Alice Merryweather, 27th (1:43.20, +2.53). Stacy Cook did not start. Lindsey Vonn, Johnson, McKennis and Ross will race for the US Wednesday.
In the final training session before Wednesday's downhill American Lindsey Vonn finished 4th, .29 seconds behind Austria's Ramona Siebehofer. Vonn finished 1st, 3rd and 4th in the three training sessions. Mikaela Shiffrin finished fifth on Tuesday .05 behind Vonn, but will not race in the event, instead choosing to focus on the combined, which was moved to Thursday.
Last group of ice dancers are warming up! We're about to see an intense battle for gold between the Canadians and the French, and a dogfight for the bronze. Americans Maia and Alex Shibutani are only 0.02 points behind compatriots Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue.