It was a day of disappointing fourth place finishes for the U.S. Olympic team yesterday. Here are a few updates from Day 7 . . .
1. U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin was NOT able to defend her Gold in the women’s slalom last night, and didn’t even end up on the podium. She was in second place for a while, but got bumped out of the top three, and ended up in fourth.
She wasn’t feeling great going in and PUKED right before her first run. She did win Gold in the giant slalom a day earlier, but this was supposed to be her best event.
2. Lindsey Jacobellis finished fourth and failed to medal in women’s snowboardcross. You might remember her from the 2006 games when she pulled one of the biggest BONEHEAD moves in Olympic history . . .
She was way ahead in the final that year when she did a trick on the second-to-last jump for no reason and CRASHED. She won silver, then didn’t make it to the medal round in 2010 or 2014. So this was her first real chance at redemption.
3. And the U.S. luge team ALSO finished fourth yesterday in the luge relay. Germany defended its Gold medal from 2014. Canada took silver. And Austria beat the U.S. by a tenth of a second to win bronze.
4. As of midnight last night, we were still in fifth place in the medal standings with 8 medals, including 5 Gold, a Silver, and 2 Bronze. Norway had the lead with 18 medals total. (Check out the updated medal count at NBCOlympics.com/medals.)