Wednesday marked the fifth day of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. If you're just reading in now on the action — most of which happened in overnight US hours — here's what you need to know:
⛷ Mikaela Shiffrin slips up ... again
Mikaela Shiffrin's Olympics nightmare continued Wednesday, as the American skiing sensation failed to finish her second straight event in Beijing.
Shifrin "slipped up" during her first run of the women's slalom — an event she took Gold in in 2014 — lasting less than five seconds, and failing to make it past five gates.
The 26-year-old — who was seeking to become the first American skier to capture three medals in a single Games — admitted to feeling "pretty awful" and "pretty low" after coming up empty in her second straight event.
Shiffrin also failed to finish her giant slalom run on Monday, meaning her top two events yielded nothing more than heartbreak.
A two-time Olympic medalist, Shiffrin has a pair of speed races still on her Olympics agenda, the downhill and super-G.
🥇 Olympic veteran brings home first Team USA gold
Sixteen years ago, American Lindsey Jacobellis opted for pizzaz when she needed poise, trying a flashy maneuver despite having a comfortable lead in the women's snowboard cross competition at the 2006 Olympic Games. The choice cost her: she fell and was forced to settle for silver. It was a mistake she wouldn't make again.
On Wednesday, the 36-year-old finally captured the elusive gold medal she's been seeking since her Turin topple, outperforming the field, and earning the US's first gold in Beijing.
⚖️ "Legal consultation" delays team figure skating medal ceremony
Though the figure skating team competition has been over for more than 48 hours, the medals remain on ice. An International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesperson says the medal ceremony is being held up amid “legal consultation” as a result of what's being described as an "emerging issue."
As it stands right now, the ROC (Russian Olympic Committee) captured gold in the event, with the US and Japan earning silver and bronze respectively.
The goal is to get the issue sorted post haste, though the IOC spokesman noted that "legal issues can sometimes drag on."
🏂 Shaun White hunting for one more gold
Shaun White's Olympics victory lap was nearly done before it started. Competing in his fifth and final Games, the three-time Gold Medalist fell during his first men's halfpipe run, putting his Beijing future in doubt. However, the man once dubbed the "Flying Tomato" rallied in his second attempt, turning in an 86.25, good enough to advance him to Thursday's event final.
At 35 years old, White — who has competed in every Winter Olympics since 2006 — is the oldest-ever Olympic male halfpipe rider. He is seeking one final medal to add to a trophy case already bursting at the seams.
👚 Suited ... then booted: Wardrobe malfunction leads to skiing sadness
Two centimeters. That's what separates Olympic glory from a devastating disqualification.
Sara Takanashi's massive 103-meter effort seemed poised to vault Japan into medal contention in the mixed team ski jumping event. However, Takanashi's suit was ruled to be too wide — by two centimeters — around her thighs, thus resulting in a disqualification.
After the ruling, Takanashi posted on Instagram: "I am very sorry that the chance of winning a medal has been taken away from the Japanese team.”
The Japanese competitor was not alone in her disappointment, as teams from Austria, Norway and Germany also suffered disqualifications resulting from suit violations.
🚑 From a hospital bed to the medal stand
A 2016 car accident nearly cost American Colby Stevenson his life. He underwent a pair of major surgeries, suffered fractures to his skull, ribs, jaw, neck and an eye socket, and doctors feared he might not be able to walk out of the hospital. Nonetheless, he was back on skis five months later, and now he's an Olympic medalist.
Stevenson brought home the silver in the men's freeski big air competition on Wednesday, bringing to conclusion a comeback six years in the making.
"I’ve never been in such a grateful state and just so full of love, I guess, for the sport," Stevenson said following his medal-winning performance.
“I think that was the secret in the end for me, just doing it out of love," he added.