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'Never give up': drama on day two at the Winter Olympics

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By Alasdair Sandford
'Never give up': drama on day two at the Winter Olympics

Teenager Redmond Gerard wins the USA's first gold medal at the winter Games, while his snowboarding rival is also a medallist despite being laid up in hospital 11 months ago after a near-fatal crash.

Day two at Pyeongchang 2018 sees several competitors recover from early setbacks to earn success in South Korea - along with one or two shocks.

View our picture gallery here for a taste of the drama:

2018 Winter Olympics - Sunday 11/02/18

The main news

  • 17-year-old snowboarder Redmond Gerard won the United States’ first gold medal in Pyeongchang, with a dramatic victory in the men’s slopestyle final. The teenager left it late – 10th out of 11 before the final run after failing in his first two, he produced a perfect move for the judges.
  • Canadians Max Parrot and Mark McMorris took silver and bronze. “Anything is possible”, tweeted the Olympics: less than a year ago McMorris suffered multiple injuries in a snowboarding crash.
  • They wore 7-6-5 on their respective bibs, but it was 1-2-3 for Norway as cross-country skiers Simen Hegstad Krueger, Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Hans Christer Holund grabbed all three medals in the 15km+15km skiathlon. Krueger’s gold came despite an early fall.
  • How many Olympic medals can Sven Kramer win? The Dutch speed skater now has four golds – and eight in total – winning the men’s 5,000m at a third successive Games.
  • There's a major shock in the luge: favourite Felix Loch from Germany blows it in the men's singles, to the delight of David Gleirscher who takes gold. The Austrian had never won a World Cup event.
  • A surprise too in the men's biathlon 10km sprint, with Arnd Peiffer ousting the favourites to win Germany's third gold medal.
  • France win their first gold of the Games, thanks to Perrine Laffont's triumph in the freestyle skiing women's moguls.
  • The USA came from behind to beat Finland 3-1 in the women's ice hockey. Canada later thrashed the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) team 5-0.
  • The Olympics' flagship event, the men’s downhill, was postponed until Thursday because of high winds. Other events have been disrupted too and it's getting seriously cold in Pyeongchang.
  • Russian speed skater Semen Elistratov has dedicated his bronze medal in Saturday's 1500m short-track event to his banned compatriots, saying they'd been treated in a "hard and unfair way". Competing under the OAR banner, he now faces an IOC investigation for his comments.
  • Sunday sees medal events in the biathlon, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, the luge, snowboarding and speed skating.