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The 2018 Winter Olympics are in full force with five medal events during Saturday’s action in South Korea. We’re here to catch you up on what you missed — and what to watch for throughout the day. 

WHAT YOU MISSED

The first medals of the 2018 Winter Olympics were awarded Saturday in five events during the first full day of competition in Pyeongchang. Here’s a look at the winners, as well as other notable action from Saturday:  

MEDALS

Women’s cross-country 15K skiathlon: Charlotte Kalla of Sweden became the Games’ first gold medalist of 2018. Silver medalist Marit Bjoergen of Norway also made history. Bjoergen’s second-place finish made her the most decorated female Winter Olympian of all time with her 11th overall medal.

Men’s 1,500m short track speedskating: Lim Hyo-jun took gold, winning the host nation its first medal of the Games.

Women’s 3,000m speed skating:  The Netherlands swept the podium with Carlijn Achtereekte (gold), Ireen Wuest (silver) and Antoinette De Jong (bronze).   

Women’s biathlon: Laura Dahlmeier (Germany) wins, followed by Marte Olsbu (Norway) and Veronika Vitkova (Czech Republic) 

Men’s ski jumping (normal hill): TBD, currently airing on NBCOlympics.com

Other action of note: 

Women’s ice hockey – The unified Korean team played its first game of the Olympics against Switzerland. The Swiss were out to a 5-0 lead in the second period. 

STORIES YOU NEED TO KNOW

– Skiing superstar Mikaela Shiffrin said Saturday she might compete in all five Alpine events.

– In the ongoing saga surrounding Adam Rippon and Vice President Mike Pence, Rippon’s agent said Saturday that he was told Pence “wanted to have a direct conversation on the phone with Adam as soon as it could possibly be arranged” after the publication of a USA TODAY Sports story Jan. 17 in which Rippon, who is openly gay, was critical of Pence.

– In snowboard slopestyle, the U.S. needs to find some creativity on the rails.

– We’ve all seen the Tonga flag bear who walks around shirtless. But can you find him on Twitter? These folks found an NFL player instead.

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What to watch Saturday night

Snowboard slopestyle: 17-year-old Red Gerard is the only American to reach the final. He finished third among the field of 18 riders in the second round of qualifying. He was behind Canadians Max Parrot and Mark McMorris. Gerard is considered one of the best up-and-coming riders in the sport.

Figure skating: The team event continues with short programs for women and dance along with the pairs free skate. Maia and Alex Shibutani, the Shib Sibs, will compete in the ice dance program. Bradie Tennell, the U.S. champion will skate her short program and the husband and wife team of Alexa-Sciemca Knierim and Chris Knierim will represent the USA in pairs. The Knierims saved the U.S. team’s medal chances in the short program Friday.

Alpine skiing: The men’s downhill is the first Alpine event. Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal, a three-time Olympic medalist, is a favorite. He won silver in the event in 2010. The Americans will start Bryce Bennett, Tommy Biesemeyer, Jared Goldberg and Wiley Maple.  Goldberg was 11th in the combined in the Sochi Games.

Women’s moguls: The American women will seek their first Olympic gold in this event since Hannah Kearney won in 2010. World Cup leader Jaelin Kauf, Keaton McCargo and Mogan Schild have already qualified for the final. The U.S. moguls skiers say they’ve looked up to Kearney growing up in the sport.

Women’s slopestyle snowboarding: Olympic champion Jamie Anderson looks to repeat as women’s qualifying gets under way.  17-year-old Hailey Langland from San Clemente, Calif., could be one to watch if she lands her cab double cork 1080, a trick with three rotations and two off-axis flips.

 

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