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Winter Games 2018: Team USA's Mikaela Shiffrin wins gold in giant slalom

Last Updated Feb 15, 2018 2:50 AM EST

Four years after coming in fifth in the giant slalom at Sochi, Team USA's Mikaela Shiffrin, 22, took gold in the event Thursday. Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel took silver and Italy's Federica Brignone took bronze. 

Among the highlights on Thursday's schedule: men's figure skating, men's speedskating, the skeleton, men's and women's Alpine skiing, team relay luge, and curling.

And in case you missed it, snowboarder Shaun White displayed an epic final run Tuesday night to claim his third gold medal in Olympic men's halfpipe and posted a score of 97.75 for the 100th overall gold by the United States in the Winter Games. He edged out Japan's Ayumu Hirano, whose 95.25 score was the one to beat. He took home silver. White is the first American male to win gold at three separate Winter Olympics. He also became the center of a big controversy over remarks he made about sexual misconduct allegations against him.

You can check out our guide on how to watch the competitions on TV or online by clicking here.

Read our Olympic updates as they happened below (all times Eastern):


2:45 a.m.: Norway's Haga wins 1st gold in Olympic freestyle

Ragnhild Haga of Norway won her first gold medal in the women's 10-kilometer freestyle at the Pyeongchang Olympics, dusting the field by more than 20 seconds.

She finished in just over 25 minutes Thursday.

Sweden's Charlotte Kalla won her second medal of the Olympic Games by finishing in second, while Norway's Mart Bjoergen and Finland's Krista Parmakoski finished tied for third with identical times of 25 minutes, 32.4 seconds.

It is the 12th career medal for Bjoergen, leaving the 37-year-old one shy of matching the record of 13 held by Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.

USA's Jessica Diggins finished in fifth place and now has three top-six finishes at the Olympic Games.

2 a.m.: Vaultier repeats as Olympic champion in men's snowboardcross

Pierre Vaultier of France is back atop the Olympic podium in men's snowboardcross.

Vaultier defended the title he won at the Sochi Games four years ago on Thursday by overcoming a crash that nearly ended his chances in the semifinals. The 30-year-old Frenchman picked himself up to finish third and move on to the finals, where he led the six-man pack for most of the way down the mountain at Phoenix Snow Park.

Jarryd Hughes of Australia took silver, with Regino Hernandez of Spain earning a rare Winter Games medal for his country by taking bronze.

American teammates Nick Baumgartner and Mick Dierdorff advanced to the final but both washed out on a jump and finished well back of the leaders. 

1:45 a.m.: Canadian women take 1st Olympic showdown vs. U.S., 2-1

The Americans and Canadians pushed, shoved and grabbed each other, sometimes from behind, sometimes mask to mask, and bodies were crashing to the ice repeatedly in front of the net.  All of this with no medal on the line, either.

Meghan Agosta and Sara Nurse each scored in the second period and defending Olympic champion Canada clinched the top spot in pool play by edging the United States 2-1 on Thursday in a rough-and-tumble early showdown between the dominant powers in women's hockey. It could have been a mere preview of the battle for gold expected to come next week.

Genevieve Lacasse made 44 saves, including stopping Hilary Knight at the post inside the final 90 seconds. Brianne Decker hit two posts, the second in the final seconds, before the two rivals ended up in a scrum. Officials reviewed the final play and ruled no goal. The Canadians also had two goals disallowed earlier in a game that showed just how far these two teams are above the rest of the field -- and how much they want to beat each other.

"It's a rivalry," U.S. coach Robb Stauber said of the physical play. "What else would anybody expect?" 

1:05 a.m.: Mikaela Shiffrin wins gold in giant slalom

American Mikaela Shiffrin took gold Thursday in the giant slalom, four years after she came in fifth in Sochi. Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel took silver and Italy's Federica Brignone took bronze. 

Shiffrin will compete Friday in the slalom, which she took gold in Sochi. Then 18, she was the youngest skier to win a gold medal in the slalom.

Mikaela Shiffrin -- Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 6

(L-R) Silver medalist, Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway, gold medalist, Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States and bronze medalist, Federica Brignone of Italy celebrate on the podium after the Ladies' Giant Slalom on day six of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Yongpyong Alpine Centre on Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

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12 a.m.: Germany's Savchenko-Massot win pairs figure skating gold

German figure skaters Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot skated to a gold medal for pairs figure skating, after judges awarded them a record of 159.31 points. Their stunning, near-flawless free skate brought them back from third place, where they had been after Wednesday's short program.

The pair collapsed and cried on the ice after they finished the skate.

Han Cong and Sui Wenjing, who had led after Wednesday's short program, missed the gold by half a point.

Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford took home the bronze. 

11:50 p.m.: Women's ice hockey - USA vs Canada

Canada is leading at the end of the 2nd period, 2 -0

11:25 p.m.: Men's ice hockey results today

10 p.m.: USA takes on Canada in women's hockey

Who will take home the gold?

9:30 p.m.: Men's downhill competition underway in primetime

There is a vertical drop of more than 2,700 feet.

Italy's Dominik Paris held the best time at 1:40.79, but then Beat Feuz of Switzerland leads with 1:40.43.

9:23 p.m.: Latest medal count

Current standing tallied up courtesy of CBS Sports.

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Latest medal count as of 9:24 p.m. ET on Wed., Feb. 14, 2018.

9:05 p.m.: Men's skeleton competition underway

Competitors zip through the course as ... speeds can reach almost 90 mph.

South Korea's Yun Sung-Bin sets a track record (50.28) and takes first.

USA's Tom Daly is looking for redemption:

9 p.m.: Netherlands claims a gold medal in women's speed skating

Jorien ter Mos held her position and clenched gold in the competition Wednesday night.

8:44 p.m.: Netherlands sets a new Olympic record in women's speed skating

Jorien ter Mos scores a record time of 1:13.56.

8:41 p.m.: Women's speed skating underway

Competition now starts in primetime. At 9:30 p.m. men's alpine skiing will begin.

8:38 p.m.: 2nd run in women's slalom happening late night

The second run in the women's giant slalom will happen at 12:35 a.m. Thursday to determine the gold medal.

8:21 p.m.: Schiffrin happy to be competiting

In an interview, Schiffrin said she is delighted to finally be competing in the giant slalom after delays at the Games because of weather. She said she has some "pent up energy" ahead of her second run coming up shortly.

Relive her first run in the video below:

8:16 p.m.: Men's skeleton competition also happening

As Team USA writes, the skeleton features competitors going 90 mph ... head first ... on ice!

8:12 p.m.: Mikaela Shiffrin's first run

USA's Mikaela Shiffrin scores into second place on her first run on the giant slalom.

8:01 p.m.: Women's giant slalom begins

Run 1 has started with a gold medal up for grabs Wednesday night.

7:45 p.m.: Latest medal count

Here is a look at the standings as of Wednesday night, courtesy of CBS Sports.

Germany leads with a total of 15 medals, followed by Netherlands and Norway tied with 11.

Germany also has the most gold medals with seven followed by Netherlands with five and United States with four.

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A look at the medal count as of Wed., Feb. 14, 2018 at 7:45 p.m. ET.

7:25 p.m.: Schedule of Wednesday night's events

7-8:30 p.m. -- Olympic Ice, NBCSN
8-11:30 p.m. -- Figure Skating (pairs' Gold medal final), NBC (LIVE)
8-11:30 p.m. -- Women's Alpine Skiing (giant slalom), NBC (LIVE)
8-11:30 p.m. -- Men's Alpine Skiing (super-G gold medal final), NBC (LIVE)
8-11:30 p.m. -- Men's Skeleton (qualifying), NBC (LIVE)
8-11:30 p.m. -- Women's Speed Skating (1000m gold medal final), NBC
8:30-10 p.m. -- Figure Skating (pairs' free skate), NBCSN (LIVE)
8:30-10 p.m. -- Alpine Skiing (men's downhill), NBCSN (LIVE)  
10-12:30 a.m. -- Men's Ice Hockey: Finland vs. Germany, CNBC (LIVE)
10:10-12:30 a.m. -- Women's Ice Hockey: U.S. vs. Canada, NBCSN (LIVE)
11:45 p.m. -- Women's Alpine Skiing (giant slalom, final run), NBC (LIVE)