The United States was hoping for more on Saturday, particularly out of Ted Ligety in the men’s giant slalom and Gus Kenworthy in the men’s slopestyle skiing events, but the night wasn’t a total wash. Nick Goepper won the silver medal in the slopestyle, finishing behind Oystein Braaten of Norway and ahead of Alex Beaulieu-Marchand of Canada.
Kenworthy struggled in the finals, and couldn’t put down a complete run in three attempts. Ligety struggled in both of his giant slalom runs and was quickly out of contention for the podium.
Marcel Hirscher of Austria won the giant slalom gold, with Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway taking silver and Alexis Pinturault of France.
Below, you can find our full results from the two events as they happened.
Freestyle skiing final
In the first of two runs, Nick Goepper and Gus Kenworthy of the United States struggled. Goepper had a score of 59.00 after the first run, while Kenworthy had a score of 35.00. The first run finished with Oystein Braaten of Norway in first after posting a score of 95.00. Evan McEachran had a score of 89.40 for second, while Andri Ragettli of Switzerland was in third with a score of 85.50.
A total of eight athletes scored outside of 80 points, so most were counting on their second and third runs.
In his second run, Jonas Hunziker of Switzerland posted a score of 66.20, improving from the 5.20 he scored in the first run, but not enough to get him through. McEachran fell early in his, so had a 4.40 in his second run.
Ferdinand Dahl posed a 76.40 in his second run, improving from his 42.20 in the first round. Elias Ambuehl of Switzerland posted a 71.60, improving on an 18.80. James Woods had a huge second run, putting together two separate triple corks, improving on a 29.20 with a score of 91.00, good for second place in the finals, behind Braaten.
Gus Kenworthy struggled n his second, with a 20.00, so he’ll have to rely on the third run. Teal Harle of Canada also struggled in both of his runs. Nick Goepper of the United States posted a 69.00, improving on his 59.00, but not nearly enough.
Ale Beaulieu-Marchand pushed countryman McEachran out of the podium spots with his second run, which scored a 92.40. Oscar Wester, the leader from the qualifying rounds, scored just a 62.00 in his second run. Oystein Braaten, already in gold position, fell in his third run so he didn’t improve, but was still in first from his opening run.
Hunziker lost a ski on his third run, for a score of 46.40, and will not medal with a best score of 66.20. McEachran was next, and he posted a score of 32.60, finishing in fourth, just outside the podium, with plenty of athletes to go. Dahl went next, and posted a score of 41.80, with a best of 76.40 will also finish outside of the top three. Elias Ambuehl will be just behind him after posting a 73.20 in his third run.
James Woods posted a 90.00 in his third run, which wasn’t enough to move him up, because he had a 91.00.
Unfortunately for the United States, Gus Kenworthy couldn’t put it together in three runs, posting a best of 35.00, putting him in 11th place.
Teal Harle of Canada came up JUST short, with a score of 90.00, putting him in fourth, just outside of the podium. Nick Goepper from the United States came out and threw down an incredible third run, a triple cork 1440 in his final jump contributing to a 93.60 score, putting him in silver medal position with four to go.
Alex Beaulieu-Marchand didn’t improve in his third, with a score of 82.40.
Andri Ragettli was the penultimate competitor, but he failed to improve his score, leaving Oscar Wester as the last one to go, and far outside the podium. Unfortunately, he fell, and that sealed it. The final scores are below, with the top three winning medals.
1. Oystein Braaten (NOR) 95.00
2. Nick Goepper (USA) 93.60
3. Alex Beaulieu-Marchand (CAN) 92.40
4. James Woods (GBR) 91.00
5. Teal Harle (CAN) 90.00
6. Evan McEachran (CAN) 89.40
7. Andri Ragettli (SUI) 85.80
8. Ferdinand Dahl (NOR) 76.40
9. Elias Ambuehl (SUI) 73.20
10. Jonas Hunziker (SUI) 66.20
11. Oscar Wester (SWE) 62.00
12. Gus Kenworthy (USA) 35.00
Alpine skiing giant slalom final runs
The disappointing day for Ted Ligety continued, as he barely improved on his time from his first run. He posted a 1:10.54 in his second run, for a total time of 2:21.25. He’s in second place right now, behind fellow American Ryan Cochran-Siegle (2:20.74), but both are expected to be bounced by the time it’s over.
A few runs in, and Ligety was pushed off of the podium spots bu Erik Read of Canada, Manfred Moelegg of Italy and Florian Eisath of Italy, with Cochran-Siegle still in first. He was pushed out of first not too long after that, which means no American will make it to the podium in the men’s giant slalom.
Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway put together a time of 2:19.31, and was in first place for some time in the finals. Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who was ahead in the the first round, put together a brilliant second run, taking first place with a total time of 2:18.04. His first run was a blistering 1:08.27. Alex Pinturault of France had a 1:08.90 in his first run, but a slower 1:10.45 put him in third by the time Hirscher set his time.
Freestyle skiing slopestyle qualifying
Two United States entrants were within the first few competitors, and they were both first-time Olympians in McRae Williams and Alex Hall. Williams went first, and he put down a score of 81.60. Hall struggled on his run, posting a 69.80.
James Woods of Great Britain is that country’s best hope for a gold, and he very quickly moved into first place with a run that scored 90.20.
Nick Goepper of the United States is one of the big names, and he had a strong run starting from the 11th position. He was pleased with his run, getting a score of 92.80 to unseat Woods for the top spot.
Goepper was unseated when the 13th man, Andri Ragettli of Switzerland, put down a score of 95.00. Gus Kenworthy will be No. 21 in the starting order.
Kenworthy put down one of the most creative runs, favoring side hits and unique grabs rather than spins. It earned him an 88.60, placing him into fourth, just behind Woods. Kenworthy was pushed down to fifth when Elias Ambuehl of Switzerland scored an 89.60.
Goepper finished the first runs in second behind Ragettli and ahead of Woods, with Kenworthy in fifth behind Ambuehl.
The second qualifying runs began with Williams and, unfortunately, he suffered a fall and had a score of 26.40, meaning he’ll be relying on the first run to remain in the top 12 going to the final. Woods didn’t improve in his second run, suffering a similar issue to Williams.
In his first run, Felis Stridsberg-Usterud of Norway had a fall, but in his second, he put himself in eighth place with an 84.20. Hall, an American, improved his score to a 77.80 but likely won’t make the final.
Goepper didn’t improve on his first run, but still was excellent with an 85.00 run to go with the 92.80 he put down first. Goepper was pushed to third right after that though, when Norway’s Oystein Braaten improved on his 83.20 first run with a massive 93.80.
Hall dropped out of finals contention when Evan Mceachran of Canada posted an 87.80, pushing Hall down to 13th. Williams got pushed out to 13th right after that when Oscar Wester of Sweden posted a 95.40 in his second run — much higher than the 40.60 he posted in his first run — to take first place.
Kenworthy was ninth going into his second run, and he moved up to sixth with a 90.80 score. Alex Beauleu-Marchand of Canada put himself in third with a second run of 94.20 with just a few to go.
- Oscar Wester (SWE) 95.40
2. Andri Ragettli (SUI) 95.00
3. Alex Beaulieu-Marchand (CAN) 94.20
4. Oystein Braaten (NOR) 93.80
5. Nick Goepper (USA) 92.80
6. Teal Harle (CAN) 91.20
7. Gus Kenworthy (USA) 90.80
8. James Woods (GBR) 90.20
9. Elias Ambuehl (SUI) 89.60
10. Ferdinand Dahl (NOR) 89.00
11. Evan Mceachran (CAN) 87.80
12. Jonas Hunziker (SUI) 85.80
Alpine skiing giant slalom first runs
Marcel Hirscher of Austria is one of the bigger names, and he took first place early on when he was the fifth man on the course, with a time of 1:08.27. Ted Ligety of the United States will be the ninth man on.
Ligety’s run was, unfortunately, not great. He finished 2.44 seconds slower than Hirscher, which put him in sixth place, and he fell to seventh not long after. Scoring is a combined time from both runs, so he’ll have to be brilliant in his second run to podium.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle of the United States posted a 1:10.75, which was 2.48 seconds slower than the lead, placing him at 21st overall, just behind Ligety, who had dropped by that point (36 runs).
By the end of the first runs, Ligety was ranked 20th with Cochran-Siegle ranked 21st. Tommy Ford, another American, was ranked 28th. Hirscher, Alexis Pinturault of France and Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen of Norway were the top three after the first runs.
Before the events
Two major skiing events will have medals awarded on Saturday evening at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The men’s freestyle skiing slopestyle competition and men’s Alpine skiing giant slalom will both begin at 8 p.m. ET.
Both will be broadcast on NBC in primetime, with live streaming available via NBC Olympics and FuboTV. The qualifying slopestyle runs and first giant slalom runs begin at 8 p.m., with the finals projected to begin closer to 10:15 p.m.
Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper are the men to watch for the United States in the slopestyle. The country swept the podium in the event four years ago, though it’s without Sochi gold medalist Joss Christensen, who is unable to compete due to ACL surgery. Still, the United States is among the favorites.
In the giant slalom, Ted Ligety is the American to watch. He became the first gold medalist from the United States in the competition four years ago, and he’s a three-time world champion in the event. He’ll try and defend his medal from Sochi, though it’s a tough field overall.
Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen and Austria’s Marcel Hirscher are two of the bigger international names to watch on Saturday evening.
Below is all you need to know to watch the events, and this article will be updated with results from qualifying, first runs, and finals for both events.
How to watch the Winter Olympics on Saturday
Events: Men’s freeski slopestyle, men’s Alpine skiing giant slalom
Time: 8 p.m. ET