The 2022 Beijing Olympics are here, and they come just months after the Summer Games took place in August after being delayed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the United States is geared up and ready to compete in the Winter Olympics as they hope to once again come out of the event atop the medal count.
Do not fret at being less than prepared for these Games. CBS Sports is here to track the entire event from the Opening Ceremony this past Friday to the Closing Ceremony on Feb. 20. In this space, you can find everything you need to know about Team USA’s performances, from Shaun White trying to end his Olympics career with a gold medal to the women’s hockey squad vying for their second consecutive first-place finish.
These key links will get you started in your journey, while the live updates below will chronicle every bit of important news plus the major events and medal opportunities that Team USA achieves over the course of the two-week Games.
Team USA schedule — Wednesday, Feb. 9
Team events and medal rounds | All times Eastern
- Women’s snowboard cross final – 1:30 a.m.
- Men’s 1500m speed skating final – 6 a.m.
- Men’s curling round robin, USA vs. Russian Olympic Committee – 7 a.m.
- Luge doubles all runs, final – 7:20 a.m.
- Women’s curling round robin – USA vs. Russian Olympic Committee – 8 p.m.
- Women’s snowboarding halfpipe final – 8:30 p.m.
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Chloe Kim likely clinches gold medal in women’s halfpipe
Snowboarder Chloe Kim looks to have successfully defended her women’s halfpipe gold medal. The 21-year-old star posted a first-run score of 94 in Wednesday’s final, a full eight points better than the second-best run, an 86 from Japan’s Sena Tomita. China’s Cai Xuetong had the first run’s third-best score, an 81.25.
Should Kim hold onto the top spot through the next two runs, she’ll be a back-to-back Olympic champion in the women’s halfpipe. The win would also give Team USA its second gold medal of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Kim was similarly impressive in Tuesday’s qualifiers. In her very first qualifying run, Kim posted the best score of the day, an 87.75. That score was four points better than the second-best run of the day, an 83.75 from Japan’s Mitsuko Ono.
A rising snowboarding star, Kim has won two World Championships and potentially two gold medals in the halfpipe at only 21.
Lindsey Jacobellis wins first gold for United States in Beijing, makes history
The United States is finally on the board in the gold column at the Beijing Games. On Wednesday, snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis became the first American athlete to secure a gold medal when she won the women’s snowboardcross event. In doing so, Jacobellis, 36, became the oldest snowboarder to medal at the Olympics while also earning her second medal in five Olympics.
In addition, Jacobellis became the oldest American woman to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in any sport | Read more
Shaun White falls, but has clutch second run to qualify for halfpipe final
Shaun White, the most notable American athlete at the Winter Games in Beijing, avoided disaster on Tuesday night. In the first round of qualifying, he fell while trying to land signature move, the Tomahawk. It put white, 35, in a tough spot. He would have to nail his second run in order to make the finals of the event — an event he has won gold in three times.
The snowboarding legend did just that. He crushed his second run, which included successfully landing the Tomahawk. After the first run, White was in 19th place, He ended up finishing in fourth.
White will compete next, for what he said will be the final time in his prestigious Olympics career, on Thursday in the halfpipe final.
Chloe Kim advances to women’s halfpipe finals
American snowboarder Chloe Kim is inching closer to her second consecutive gold medal in the women’s halfpipe. The 21-year-old Californian dominated Tuesday’s qualifiers, posting the best score (87.75) among the 22-person field in her first run. Kim’s score was exactly four points better than the second-best run of the day, an 83.75 second-run effort from Japan’s Mistuko Ono.
Kim will be the only American vying for the women’s halfpipe podium on Wednesday. Maddie Mastro fell one spot short of qualification, as her first-run score of 65.75 was only .50 points behind the best run from Germany’s Leilani Ette, who finished 12th. Fellow Americans Tessa Maud and Zoe Kalops didn’t advance either.
The women’s halfpipe final is set for 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Mikaela Shiffrin fails to qualify for slalom final
Shiffrin is not off to a great start at the Winter Olympics. The two-time Olympic gold medalist shockingly failed to qualify for the women’s slalom final after falling just seconds into Tuesday’s qualifying race. For the 26-year-old star, it is the exact same outcome she faced just two days prior in the giant slalom qualifiers | Read more
Canada tops Team USA in women’s hockey preliminary round game
Canada defeated the United States, 4-2, and earned the top seed in the Winter Olympics women’s hockey tournament in the process last night.
Despite falling behind 1-0, the United States battled back and even took a 2-1 lead thanks to goals from Dani Cameranesi and Alex Carpenter. Carpenter’s tally came on the power-play.
However, Canada rallied to score three unanswered goals in the second period and didn’t look back. Brianne Jenner, Jamie Lee Rattray and Marie-Philip Poulin found the back of the net for Team Canada.
The United States finished in second place in Group A with a 3-1 mark during the preliminary round, which was only used to determine seeding. The entire group automatically qualified for the medal round, which begins on Friday.
Nathan Chen sets men’s figure skating world record with 113.97 points in short program
A favorite to win gold in men’s single skating entering these Games, American Nathan Chen got off on the right foot Monday night. Chen dominated in the short program, receiving a score of 113.97 — a higher mark than anyone has ever received in the history of figure skating. His record-setting routine included a triple axel and two quadruple jumps.
“I was elated,” Chen said in an interview with NBC during the live broadcast of the event. “Last Olympics, both short programs didn’t go the way I wanted and to finally get the opportunity to skate the programs the way that I wanted — it feels really great. It means a lot.”
As Chen noted, his performance on Monday went much better than his last short program run at the 2018 Winter Olympics. At those Games, Chen, who was also a favorite for gold then, uncharacteristically fell multiple times and, even after a phenomenal comeback in the free skate portion, did not medal.
Entering Thursday’s free skate, Chen is ahead of Japanese skaters Yuma Kagiyama and Shoma Uno, who are in second and third place, respectively. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, who is seeking his third consecutive gold medal in the event, sits in eighth place.
Figure skater Vincent Zhou withdraws from Games after testing positive for COVID-19
United States figure skater Vincent Zhou withdrew from the Winger Olympics on Monday after testing positive for COVID-19. He announced his withdrawal from the men’s single competition in a video post on Instagram:
“I have tested positive for COVID-19 and unfortunately I will have to withdraw from the individual event starting tomorrow,” he said. “It seems pretty unreal that of all the people it would happen to myself, and that’s not just because I’m still processing this turn of events but also because I have been doing everything in my power to stay free of COVID since the start of the pandemic.
“I’ve taken all the precautions I can. I’ve isolated myself so much that the loneliness I felt in the last month or two has been crushing at times.”
In the video, Zhou thanked his teammates and expressed regret that he will not be able to continue with them. Despite not being able to compete in the event scheduled to begin on Tuesday, he noted that this is all just a set up for a bigger comeback.
USA captures silver again, this time in figure skating
Team USA added to its medal haul late Sunday night, picking up a silver medal in the team figure skating competition. Team figure skating consists of multiple events, including men’s and women’s short program, men’s and women’s free skating, pairs short program and free skating, and also ice dance and rhythm dance. Team USA consisted of nine skaters: Madison Hubbell, Zachary Donohue, Alexa Knierim, Evan Bates, Madison Chock, Nathan Chen, Vincent Zhou and Karen Chen.
Mikaela Shiffrin crashes out in giant slalom, misses final
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin fell short in her first chance to pick up more gold in Beijing after crashing out of her first run in the giant slalom. Shiffrin fell coming around an early turn causing her to miss a gate. In crashing out, the three-time Olympian missed out on defending her giant slalom gold from 2018 in Pyeongchang. She’s also a two-time silver medalist and has one bronze medal in the giant slalom in the world championships. The result is extremely unexpected, even if she wasn’t headed for the podium — Shiffrin hadn’t crashed out of a giant slalom race since January of 2018, a span of 30 races. She will have more chances at an Olympic podium in Beijing with a run in the women’s Super-G on Thursday night February 10.
After the race, Shiffrin spoke to NBC about how she’s processing missing out of the final in one of her best events and also looking forward to the rest of her Olympic schedule in Beijing.
“Going to reset…focus on what I can control for the slalom. There’s still [a] long two weeks to go and I’m still looking forward to it,” Shiffrin said. “And I just….I’m sorry that was the performance I did today.”
Snowboarder Julia Marino wins Team USA’s first medal
Team USA claimed its first medal of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on Friday courtesy of snowboarder Julia Marino. Marino, who fell on her first run, bounced back with a strong second run to win silver in the women’s snowboard slopestyle event. This is the 24-year-old Marino’s first Olympic medal, as she failed to reach the podium in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synott won gold to become the country’s first ever Winter Olympics gold medalist while Australia’s Tess Coady claimed bronze.
Bobsled star cleared to compete
Three-time medalist Elana Meyers Taylor was in danger of not being able to compete in bobsled after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. The positive test forced her to miss the Opening Ceremony, where she was chosen to be the flag bearer for Team USA. After spending days in quarantine, she was thrilled to receive clearance to compete Saturday morning as Meyers Taylor achieved consecutive negative COVID-19 results, ensuring she can lead the Americans in the Winter Games. The No. 1-ranked woman in two-man and monobob, Meyers Taylor will begin competition on Feb. 13. She is seeking her first Gold Medal after winning two Silver and a Bronze in her career. Meyers Taylor is so focused on winning, she even trained in her room while under quarantine.
Women’s hockey off to hot but hobbled start
Team USA improved to 2-0 Saturday morning after earning a dominant 5-0 win over the Russian Olympic Committee. Forward Hilary Knight, one of the top players in U.S. Olympic history, moved past Cammi Granato into fourth all-time for the Americans with 20 career points after scoring a goal and notching an assist in the game. (She is three points away from moving to third on the all-time list).
The United States has now out-shot its opponents 114-24 to start the Olympics after downing Finland 5-2 in its first preliminary on Thursday. The Americans have two more prelims remaining, most notably a showdown with rival Canada on Tuesday, before quarterfinal action begins. The U.S. will be playing the rest of the Olympics without star Brianna Decker, who suffered a leg injury in that Finland matchup and has been ruled out for the remainder of the event.
Shaun White’s last ride
American snowboarding legend Shaun White confirmed Saturday that the 2022 Winter Olympics will be his last. White, 35, announced he will be retire from Olympic snowboarding action after completing his fifth Games. White holds Gold Medals in the halfpipe at the 2006, 2010 and 2018 Games. At age 35, knee and back issues have bothered him for years, and now he’s ready to give it one last go in Beijing.