On a sunny Thursday afternoon at Yongpyong Alpine Center, one of Mikaela Shiffrin's 2018 Olympic dreams came true beneath a fire and ice rainbow.
Though spectators at ground level enjoyed noticeably mild winter temperatures, the frosty air above the finish line occasionally created arcs under which Shiffrin found her five-ringed pot of gold.
Crossing the second run finish line in 1:09.20, Shiffrin secured first place (with her first run time of 1:10.82 for total 2:20.02) as the penultimate skier of her round.
Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel earned silver just .39 seconds behind, with a surprise bronze for Italy's Federica Brignone .46 slower than the top time.
Afterwards, she stood at the podium of her press-conference talking to journalists and reporters about the victory:
When you make a splash at the trade deadline like the Cleveland Cavaliers did, it's uncharted territory for any analyst, or Gamecaster, to try and wrap their head around. How do you take six players out of a rotation that is expected to, at the very least, compete at the top of the Eastern Conference? All of this after trading your clear-cut second superstar to your biggest competitor in the off-season. It's been a weird run for the Cavs, but what do they really have to lose? Clearly the pre-deadline roster wasn't going to compete with the Warriors (or Rockets) anyway. However, while people go into matching up positions, and figuring out pontential key points in a playoff series that may or may not happen, we at SnapCall Sports like to take the kind of approach that vould help you have a real grasp on how to predict the action. After all, that is our business.
Before the big game gets going, we'll give the SnapCall Sports addicts who read our blog a head start on how we're going to kick off our Eagles vs. Patriots contest event with a $200 VISA GIFT CARD as our grand prize!
What better place to start than, with the start...
Of course, in this story, the Patriots are the tortoise, and just like in the fable (spoiler alert if you never read that one) they probably win. In any case, this info might just give you a leg up when our contest goes live, so consider this some homework.
With the Olympic games around the corner, and SnapCall Sports combining with SWX and THQ Sports to bring you coverage EACH AND EVERY NIGHT during the games, we wanted to start by giving you a beginner's guide to some of the Olympians that you may, or may not be familiar with. Some of these will become household names throughout February, so whether you want to to look educated at the water cooler, or just want to get a leg up before points are on the line in the Free-4-All, here are a few major stories that will be covered once the games get going:
Tom Brady does just about everything well as quarterback of the New England Patriots, but there is a special place in his heart for two things: blowing out Divisional Round opponents, and destroying the Tennessee Titans. On Saturday, he has a chance to do both, and considering the specifics of the matchup, that's exactly what he's going to do.
Sometimes, the best thing to do is write about the best thing that happened this week. Since it's a new year, and there's a fresh start for all sports stories, it's easy to start with this one, and truth be told, it might sit at the top of the list for a while.
In the waning moments of Grambling State’s 93-71 win over Alabama State on Wednesday night, the Tigers’ Shakyla Hill solidified her place in NCAA women’s basketball history.
With Hill’s assist to Monisha Neal for a 3-pointer, Hill became the first player to finish with a quadruple-double in almost 25 years, as well as the first player (male or female) from a historically black university and the fourth woman overall to complete the feat. The junior guard finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.
When sitting down, this blog was supposed to be about how great the Philadelphia 76ers have looked so far this year when at full strength. While nobody expects them to be title contenders quite yet, they have the building blocks in place for sustained success, with more on the way. More than anything, they're just fun to watch for the average viewer, which we haven't said in about a decade.
However, while researching, a 2014 blog post from The Ringer's Jonathan Tjarks popped up, and truthfully, nothing could be more interesting than a defender of "The Process" before it became trendy to do so.
With full credit to Tjarks, for both writing this, and having these opinions when it wasn't popular to do so, here's a fun read:
Pete Carroll was notably somber this week, and understandably so. Even days later, the most lopsided loss of his Seattle Seahawks tenure was still stinging.
“A difficult day...that didn’t get anywhere near the expectations that we had,” Carroll told The Columbian. “We ran into a day, like some of us know, our hard days, they don’t always go like you like.”
Seattle has generally thrived in important games with something at stake. In this case it was the NFC West lead and a much easier path toward a sixth straight playoff appearance. And it was coming two weeks after one of Seattle’s more complete performances in recent seasons with a convincing 24-10 win over Philadelphia. All of those factors made the 42-7 blowout loss to the Rams so shocking, and tough for the Seahawks to accept. There were few answers, other than it was a complete thumping by the Rams.
“I think that’s why our expectations were so high and why we’re so disappointed about it today,” Carroll said. “But we have to move on from it.”
Moving on was a theme for Carroll on Monday and he’s right in trying to be optimistic. The Seahawks (8-6) still have fleeting playoff hopes (about a 2% chance), but have no room for error the rest of the way if they intend on finding their way to the postseason. Wins over Dallas and Arizona seem like absolutes, and the Seahawks will likely also need the Rams to lose out against Tennessee and San Francisco. Things, needeless to say, aren't looking great.
But that only addresses the now. Sunday’s loss to the Rams felt like a tipping point for the finest era in Seahawks history. They are becoming less the brash, unapologetic bullies of the NFC West and more an older, expensive roster likely in need of some remodeling. It’s big picture stuff that the Seahawks will need to address in the offseason but was on everyone’s mind in the aftermath of such a deflating loss to the new upstarts in the division.