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White recaptures gold as more Olympic medals determined in snowboarding, speed skating and luge

Shaun White of the U.S. competes Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in the men's halfpipe snowboarding finals during the Winter Olympic Games. Dylan Martinez / Reuters1 / 4
Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt of Germany celebrate winning gold Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in the men's double luge competition. Arnd Wiegmann / Reuters2 / 4
Eric Frenzel of Germany celebrates his win in the Nordic combined men’s 10km final Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Dominic Ebenbichler / Reuters3 / 4
Jorien ter Mors of the Netherlands in action Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in the women's 1000m speed skating finals. Damir Sagolj / Reuters4 / 4

Luge: Bayern Express races off with second gold

Germany's "Bayern Express", Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, thundered down the ice track to defend their Olympic gold medal in the doubles luge on Wednesday, Feb. 14, underlining their class on the sliding sport's biggest stage.

Four years after denying Austrian brothers Andreas and Wolfgang Linger a hat-trick of titles in Sochi, Wendl and Arlt put in two flawless runs at Pyeongchang's Olympic Sliding Centre to edge out silver-winning Austrian duo Peter Penz and Georg Fischler.

The favoured German pair of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken, who had won virtually every major trophy over the past two seasons, had to be content with bronze.

Germany have now won two out of three of the luge titles at the Pyeongchang Games, following Natalie Geisenberger's second successive triumph in the women's singles on Tuesday.

Wendl and Arlt had been decidedly second best to Eggert and Benecken throughout the season but stunned the world champions with a sizzling opening run of 45.820 seconds to top the timesheets.

German athletes have now won 11 out of 15 of the doubles golds in luge dating back to the 1964 Innsbruck Games.

Speed skating: Dutch strike gold again as Ter Mors wins 1,000m

Dutch skater Jorien ter Mors bounced back spectacularly from an injury-plagued season by claiming a gold medal in the Olympic women's 1,000 meters at the Gangneung Oval on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old set an Olympic record of 1 minute, 13.56 seconds to finish ahead of world record holder Nao Kodaira of Japan whose compatriot Miho Takagi took the bronze medal.

Ter Mors, who won gold in the 1,500m at Sochi four years ago, did not defend that title in South Korea after failing to qualify in the distance due to a persistent knee injury.

She showed no signs of any lingering after-effects as she zoomed around the track in the shorter race to shave 0.27 seconds off the Olympic record and set the fastest time recorded at sea level.

The victory means Ter Mors has topped the podium in all three Olympic events she has taken part in, including the 1,500 and team pursuit in Sochi.

She will also race in the 500m in South Korea.

Dutch skaters have topped the podium in all five speed skating events held so far, and they increased their tally to nine medals from an available 15.

Japan's double podium came at the expense of the United States, with Takagi bumping Brittany Bowe down into fourth place.

Fellow American Heather Bergsma, the world champion, continued to struggle on the ice with an eighth-placed finish, to ensure the wait for the first U.S. Olympic speed skating medal in Pyeongchang continues.

Snowboarding: White delivers again to win third halfpipe gold

American Shaun White cemented his legacy as the most successful snowboarder of all time as he delivered a stunning routine under massive pressure on the final run of a gripping halfpipe final on Wednesday to win his third Winter Olympic gold and a landmark 100th for his country.

White needed a big performance to overhaul Japan's Ayumu Hirano and duly delivered with a spectacular display to earn a score of 97.75. His victory means the United States have won all four snowboarding golds awarded at the Games.

White, 31, triumphed in 2006 and 2010 and after a long wait for his score on Wednesday he roared with emotion, punching the air as his superstar status — briefly undermined when he failed in Sochi four years ago — was set in stone.

"Man, that was awful and amazing at the same time," White said of the long wait for his score. "I knew I did a great ride and I was proud of that and I could walk away with my head high, but when they announced my score and I'd won, it crippled me."

Nineteen-year-old Hirano, who edged into first place after his second run and then posted 95.25 on his third, could not hide his disappointment as he trudged away from the finish area having matched his silver from Sochi 2014.

Australian Scotty James, the 23-year-old world champion, took bronze.

Nordic combined: Frenzel wins Nordic combined gold for Germany

Eric Frenzel of Germany survived a thrilling last lap to take the gold medal in the Olympic men's Nordic combined individual event on Wednesday and successfully defend the title he won in Sochi four years ago.

Sochi silver medallist Akito Watabe of Japan finished 4.8 seconds behind to claim second place once again and Lukas Klapfer of Austria secured the bronze.

When the ski jumping got underway after a half-hour delay due to high winds, Franz-Josef Rehrl of Austria recorded a superb leap of 130.6 meters to take a shock lead ahead of the cross-country skiing.

World Cup leader Watabe, third after the ski jumping, started the skiing slightly behind the leader but by the middle of the third lap he had closed the gap and moved into medal contention.

Frenzel moved clear of the group of five who had broken away, but the lead changed hands several times before the German tried to go alone on the last lap.

But he could not shake off the pursuing trio of Watabe, Klapfer and Jarl Magnus Riibe until a powerful surge on the final hill enabled him to cross the line on his own.

It was the fourth Olympic medal for the 29-year-old German, who also won silver in Sochi and bronze at the Vancouver Games in 2010.

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