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Pyeongchang 2018: what happened on day three of the Winter Olympics?

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By Chris Harris
Pyeongchang 2018: what happened on day three of the Winter Olympics?

Icy winds hit during day three of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Monday.

They caused havoc in a snowboard final and forced organisers to postpone skiing events for a second successive day.

The adverse weather saw competitors, officials and a few brave fans wrap up in layers of scarves, hats and thick coats to counter the biting wind.

What happened?

  • Alina Zagitova, just 15, impressed as she stepped onto Olympic ice for the first time, securing a silver medal for the Olympic Athletes from Russia in the free skate team event. She will now hope to challenge compatriot Evgenia Medvedeva for gold in the individual event later on in the tournament. Canada secured the gold in the team event.
  • Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier broke records in winning the women’s 10km biathlon pursuit - her second gold of the 2018 Winter Olympics. The victory meant Dahlmeier is the first biathlete to win the sprint and pursuit double at the same Olympics.
  • Strong winds caused havoc during the women’s snowboarding slopestyle final. They delayed the event by an hour and meant a number of competitors fell during their runs. American Jamie Anderson coped best to win gold, while Austrian favourite Anna Gasser missed out and blamed the bad weather.
  • Gusts also caused the postponement of two skiing contests to Thursday: the women’s giant slalom and the men’s downhill.
  • American teenager Chloe Kim has lived up to expectations after a dominant performance during qualifying for the ladies snowboard halfpipe. The 17-year-old — the poster child of Pyeongchang 2018 and ranked first in the world coming into the Olympics — scored almost eight points more than her nearest rival Jiayu Liu of China.

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2018 Winter Olympics - Monday 12/02/18

Social media reaction

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