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Winter Olympics 2018: Virtue, Moir win ice dancing gold for Canada

Last Updated Feb 20, 2018 7:15 AM EST

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who already won gold in team figure skating, earned gold medals in the ice dance free skate at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Tuesday. Virtue and Moir are now the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history.

History was also made when Germany and Canada tied for gold in the two-man bobsled race -- one that also saw  the closest finish by the top four sleds in any Olympic sliding race, ever.

Tuesday's schedule features qualifying games in men's hockey and the women kicking off their first bobsled heats. There apparently won't be a resolution to the Russian doping case involving Alexander Krushelnitsky, a curler who could jeopardize the country's chances of marching under its own flag in the closing ceremony. Olympic officials say there won't be a hearing Tuesday on the matter.

Scroll below to see the latest updates as they happened. All times are Eastern unless otherwise noted.


7:10 a.m.: Second positive doping test for Russian curler

The Russian delegation to the Pyeongchang Olympics says a second test of a sample from a curler who won bronze is positive for the banned substance meldonium.

The delegation says in a statement that "we express our sincere regret over the fact of the incident." But the statement says results indicate Alexander Krushelnitsky only consumed meldonium once.

The delegation says that would be "absolutely useless and ineffective" if the intent was to enhance performance. It has not provided any data from the test.

The Russian Olympic Committee has set up its own investigation, which could treat the issue as a criminal matter.

Russian curling officials have previously suggested that Krushelnitsky could have been set up by a rival Russian athlete or Russia's political enemies. He and his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova, were third in mixed-doubles curling.

Meldonium is designed for people with heart problems and some believe it can help athletes increase stamina. It was banned in sports in 2016.

The second test was on the same sample as the first. The sample is split into two bottles and tested separately to make sure lab equipment error doesn't result in a false positive.

5:25 a.m.: Noway notches first men's hockey win in while

Norway has its first win in men's hockey at the Olympics since 1994, when it was victorious on home ice in Lillehammer.

The traditional Winter Games powerhouse is an underdog in hockey but beat Slovenia 2-1 in overtime on a goal by Alexander Bonsaksen on Tuesday at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Before the game, Slovenian hockey player Ziga Jeglic became the third athlete to be caught doping at the Pyeongchang Games.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Jeglic tested positive for fenoterol in an in-competition test. Fenoterol is a drug designed to open the airways to the lungs. Jeglic said it was an asthma drug that he took under doctor's orders.

Jeglic was scratched from the team ahead of the announcement about his positive test.

5 a.m.: Luck of the draw for Lindsey Vonn?

Lindsey Vonn won't have to wear the unwanted No. 1 bib again when she starts the downhill at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

On Saturday in the super-G, her only choice was being the first starter. It didn't work out and she finished sixth.

It's a cat-and-mouse game top skiers play in picking start numbers for speed races.

Vonn will start No. 7 on Wednesday, right after big rival Sofia Goggia. The top-ranked Italian had first pick of odd-numbered bibs from Nos. 1 to 19 and took 5. Vonn had next pick.

The American says she based her pick off what Goggia selected. She says, "I'm picking right behind her so I would like to start behind her. I like knowing my competitors, what times they get, how they're skiing." 

4:30 a.m.: Another positive doping test

A Slovenian hockey player has become the third athlete to test positive for doping at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Ziga Jeglic tested positive for fenoterol in an in-competition test. Fenoterol is a drug designed to open the airways to the lungs.

Jeglic has been suspended from the games and has been ordered to leave the athletes village within 24 hours.

Slovenia was scheduled to play Norway in men's hockey on Tuesday, but Jeglic was scratched from the team.

The 29-year-old forward played in all three preliminary-round games and had an assist. 

Japanese short-track speedskater Kei Saito and Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, who won a bronze medal, have also tested positive at the Pyeongchang Games. 

3 a.m.: Russian hockey team in domestic violence controversy


The Russian Hockey Federation says defenseman Slava Voynov has every right to play at the Pyeongchang Olympics despite his domestic violence conviction.

The federation says Voynov and his wife "are living together in a happy marriage" despite Voynov's conviction on a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse and his suspension from the National Hockey League.

The federation says Voynov is eligible to participate in international competitions.

Voynov has two assists in three games for the Russian team, which will play either Switzerland or Germany in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

Voynov was convicted of assaulting his wife after a Halloween party in 2014.

The International Olympic Committee set strict criteria to bar Russians linked to a state-backed doping program, but it didn't rule out those with criminal convictions for other matters.

1:45 a.m.: Joint Korean women's hockey team ousted

The Korean women's hockey team has ended its historic Olympic run with a fifth straight loss, with thousands of fans shouting "We are one" and waving a "unification flag."

Team Korea, which included players from both North and South Korea, was defeated by Sweden 6-1 to cap a 0-5 run in the Pyeongchang Games Tuesday.

South Korean player Kim Heewon wiped away tears as she and teammates waved to cheering fans. Canadian coach Sarah Murray also shed tears when she hugged players. Some spectators also wept.

The team was formed about two weeks before the Pyeongchang Games began during an eleventh-hour push by the Koreas to improve ties. It was the Koreas' first joint Olympic squad.

The team's formation raised hopes that Olympics-related warming gestures between the two Koreas might help ease tensions over the North's nuclear weapons program.

12:45 a.m.: Men's hockey: U.S. 5, Slovenia 1


The United States' men's hockey team beat Slovakia 5-1 in the qualification round to advance to face the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.

American Ryan Donato scored his third and fourth goals of the tournament, and Troy Terry had three assists Tuesday. 

College kids again led the way for the U.S., which scored more against Slovakia than it did in all three preliminary-round games. 

James Wisniewski, Mark Arcobello and Garrett Roe also scored for the Americans, who took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play for hits on Donato and goaltender Ryan Zapolski.

Zapolski shook off a collision with Ladislav Nagy and had arguably his best game of the tournament.

11:50 p.m.: 2-man bobsled even closer than first thought

Upon further review, the two-man bobsled race at the Pyeongchang Olympics was even closer than first thought.

It ended up with a tie for gold between Germany and Canada. It was also the closest finish by the top four sleds in any Olympic sliding race ever.

Canada's Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz shared the two-man gold with the German duo of Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis. Each finished in 3 minutes, 16.86 seconds. Latvia got bronze, with Oskars Melbardis and Janis Strenga finishing 0.05 seconds back.

Nico Walther and Christian Poser of Germany finished 0.20 seconds back of the lead and somehow didn't medal, getting only fourth. No individual athlete or team has even been that close to the winner in an Olympic sliding race and not medaled.

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Justin Kripps, right, and Alexander Kopacz of Canada celebrate in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Tue., Feb. 20, 2018.

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11:30 p.m. Virtue, Moir win ice dancing gold for Canada

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have won the gold medal in ice dance at the Pyeongchang Olympics, becoming the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history with their third gold and fifth medal overall.

The Canadian pair scored a record 206.07 points, highlighted by their dramatic free dance set to the music of Moulin Rouge, to beat training partners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.

The French pair broke their own world record for a free dance with 123.35 points to "Moonlight Sonata," forcing Virtue and Moir to beat their own best by 3.28 points. The Canadians' score of 122.40 points gave them room to spare.

American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani took the bronze medal with a strong free skate.

10:35 p.m.: Lindsey Vonn makes final downhill practice run

Lindsey Vonn used the final practice run before Wednesday's Pyeongchang Olympic downhill to test different racing lines on the course. Some worked, some didn't, and Vonn went outside a gate clocking the fourth-fastest time behind Ramona Siebenhofer of Austria on Tuesday.

The American star says, "Some of the lines I took today I think were faster. Others not."

Siebenhofer was 0.20 seconds faster than Michelle Gisin of Switzerland, whose sister Dominique tied for victory in the 2014 Olympic downhill.

Nadia Fanchini of Italy was third, 0.21 behind the leader. Vonn was 0.29 back, having stood up and carved a turn before the finish line. Mikaela Shiffrin was fifth fastest, though she is preparing for the Alpine combined event on Thursday. Shiffrin will skip the downhill.

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Lindsey Vonn skis during the Downhill Alpine Skiing training on day eleven of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

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10:15 p.m.: Canada's Sharpe win freestyle halfpipe gold

Canada's Cassie Sharpe has given her country its first medal in Olympic freestyle halfpipe skiing.

Sharpe posted the top two scores in the women's final at Phoenix Snow Park, with the 95.80 she put up during her second run the best of the finals.

France's Marie Martinod added a second silver to go with the one she captured in Sochi four years ago when the sport made its Olympic debut. Martinod scored 92.60 on her second run but fell during her third to assure Sharpe of the gold.

American Brita Sigourney edged teammate Annalisa Drew for bronze. Drew scored 90.80 on her final run to slip past Sigourney only to have Sigourney, the next skier down, put up a 91.80.

Defending Olympic champion Maddie Bowman of the United States fell on the final hit during each of her three runs in the finals.

9 p.m.: Alpine ski injuries can be very long-term

Many of the Alpine medalists at the Pyeongchang Olympics have dealt more than once with the rigorous process of recovering from long-term injuries. These ski racers have wrecked knees, broken assorted bones or banged-up their backs.

They have been forced to sit out a full season -- or longer. And they keep coming back for more.

Among them is Swiss ski racer Lara Gut. Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of surgery to repair her anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus. She's thrilled to be back to race in the women's downhill.

When it comes to other sports, fans often hear about athletes sidelined for days at a time. A strained muscle here. A sore shoulder there. Not in Alpine racing. Not by a long shot. Like Gut, these Olympians' statuses are best described as month-to-month or even year-to-year, rather than week-to-week.

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Switzerland's Lara Gut trains at the Jeongseon Alpine Center in Pyeongchang on Feb. 18, 2018. 

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8:30 p.m.: Canada, Germany tie for gold in 2-man bobsled

Canada and Germany tied for gold Tuesday. Canadians Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz tied with Germans Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis. All four competitors will be taking home gold medals.

8:15 p.m. Medal counts by country

Here are the current medal totals, courtesy of CBS Sports.

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