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2018 Winter Olympics: What happened while you were sleeping

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea —These are the highlights as events continue in PyeongChang.

If you are planning on watching the events as they are broadcast stateside, you may want to avoid the following. Some have already been aired live.

1. US wins Olympic gold in men’s curling

The American men have won the Olympic gold medal in curling in a stunning and decisive upset of Sweden.

John Shuster skipped the United States to a 10-7 victory on Saturday for only the second curling medal in U.S. history. Shuster was part of the other one, too, as the lead thrower on Pete Fenson’s bronze-winning team in Turin in 2006.

They saw Shuster convert a double-takeout for a five-ender in the eighth — an exceedingly rare score that made it 10-5 and essentially clinched the win.

2. Then they got the wrong medals

Any Olympic gold medal is a good gold medal, if you're the U.S. men's curling team. Still, it was nice to get the right ones after initially being presented with the medals stamped out for the women's winners at the Pyeongchang Games.

After beating Sweden 10-7 in the championship on Saturday, the team led by John Shuster took the top step of the podium to receive their prizes. But when they looked at the medals, they noticed that the back said "women's." Alternate Joe Polo's was the only one that was correct.

The right medals were quickly retrieved and swapped out.

3. Masterful race

Top favorite Lee Seung-hoon skated a masterful race and unleashed a final sprint that no one could match to take gold for South Korea in the men’s mass start. In a tactical race, 5,000-meter champion Sven Kramer went for gold with four laps to go, but the Dutchman was caught just as he entered the final lap. From then on, it was a race among the trio, and Lee’s skills on the tight final corner paid off. It was the first South Korean gold medal at the Gangneung Oval.

4. Mack takes silver in big air

20-year-old Kyle Mack won silver in snowboarding big air thanks to a trick he had never been able to land prior to Saturday.

Mack landed a frontside double cork 1440 bloody Dracula to give him a score of 86.75 on his second run to catapult him into second place.

Sebastien Toutant of Canada won gold, with Billy Morgan of Great Britain taking bronze. Chris Corning of the U.S. finished fourth, with Red Gerard, who won gold in slopestyle earlier in the games, came home fifth. 

5. Blondin, Sato miss mass-start speedskating final

Medal favorites Ivanie Blondin of Canada and Ayano Sato of Japan are out of the mass-start speedskating final after crashing halfway through the semifinal at the Pyeongchang Games.

Blondin could not keep her balance on a tight corner and took Sato and Annouk van der Weijden of the Netherlands with her in a three-way crash Saturday.

Van der Weijden successfully rejoined the pack and finished second at the line to go through. American Heather Bergsma won the first intermediate sprint to ensure her place in the final.

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