BEIJING, China — The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are officially underway and FOX61 News will be tracking how Connecticut's nine athletes are doing.
The nine Connecticut athletes that play for Team USA are Strauss Mann, Julia Marino, Mac Forehand, Olivia Giaccio, Lindsey Jacobellis, Zachary Donohue, Tucker West, and Kristen Santos.
This article will be continuously updated as the athletes compete throughout the Winter Olympics.
Strauss Mann and Team USA Hockey's hope of medaling were cut short against Slovakia. Mann played a total of 70 minutes in the game, saving 34 shots, but a late-game equalizer from Slovakia brought the game into penalty shootouts. Team USA has been eliminated in a PK shootout two years in a row now.
Lindsey Jacobellis won the first gold medal for Team USA in the 2022 Winter Olympics, as she finished first in the women's snowboardcross final.
Jacobellis won her second gold medal of the Winter Olympics in the mixed team snowboard cross event. Nick Baumgartner was her partner in the event which made its Olympic debut as an event this year.
Santos failed to move past the quarterfinals in the 500m short track speed skating event after being penalized for bumping into another athlete.
Santos has advanced to the women's 1000m quarterfinals after finishing first in her heat.
Santos placed fourth in the women's 1000m short track final after a collision with another skater caused her to fall out of third place.
Santos did not medal in the women's 1500m short-track speedskating competition. She came in first place in the quarterfinals, but in the semifinals, another skater interfered with her keeping her from a top-two finish. she was placed in final group B but didn't have a chance to medal.
Forehand qualified for the Freeski Big Air Event alongside his other two American teammates. His score of 171.000 placed him eight in qualifiers.
Forehand came in 11th place in the Freeski Big Air Final with a score of 80.25. His teammate Colby Stevenson came away with the silver medal.
Julia Marino took silver to score the U.S. its first medal in the Beijing Winter Games. Two-time defending champion Jamie Anderson finished ninth and fellow American Hailey Langland finished 11th.
For round one, Marino scored 2.91 (28), and her second run 71.78 (5). Her overall best score was 71.78.
Marino did not participate in the Big Air competition due to injury after taking a hard fall in practice.
West's first run clocked in at 58.079 seconds, +1.016 behind first-place finisher Johannes Ludwig. For the second run, West finished 1:55.910, +1.409 behind Johannes Ludwig who again finished first.
Zachary Donohue and his partner Madison Hubbell were on the podium of the ice dancing final, winning a bronze medal after a thrilling free skate dance. They scored 130.89 in the free dance and a final score of 218.02 after combining it with their rhythm dance score of 87.13.
The duo has said this is their last Olympic appearance before retiring.
Madison native Zachary Donohue and his partner Madison Hubbell qualified for the final of the ice dancing competition with a thrilling performance to the music of Janet Jackson.
They scored an 87.13 – a season-best performance for the duo that topped their previous score in the team competition just a few days ago.
The Madison native figure skater got off to a thrilling start with a season-best performance in rhythm dance. He and partner Madison Hubbell had a near-perfect performance to the music of Janet Jackson with a score of 86.56 in the rhythm dance portion of the team event.
U.S. moguls skier Jaelin Kauf won silver in the women's moguls final with a score of 80.28.
Kauf, who was the fastest skier of the day, became the first American woman to make it on the podium for freestyle skiing moguls at the Olympics since 2014.
Fellow American Olivia Giaccio also made it into the medal round but finished sixth. Americans Hannah Soar and Kai Owens finished seventh and tenth respectively.
The Redding native hit the slopes to put herself in the mix for some hardware at the mogul ski finals this weekend. The 21-year-old qualified with a score of 78.11, to put her alongside her American teammates Jaelin Kauf and Hannah Soar in the final.
Daniel Dashefsky is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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