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4 to Watch: Curling for Gold, Incredible Snowboard Tricks and Bobsled’s Best Highlight Day 14 of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

Day 14 in Pyeongchang features an epic battle for gold in curling, big air snowboarding and a surprise in the parallel giant slalom

From Team USA's incredible ascent up the global curling ladder to the awe-inspiring spectacle of big air snowboarding, parallel giant slalom and USA bobsled's best in an emotional quest for a medal, there was plenty of must-see action on Day 14 of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. 

Without further ado, here are our four to watch on Day 14 (covering the action late Friday through early Saturday on the East Coast):

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1. USA Curling Rocks! Men Win Historic Olympic Gold

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For the fifth straight game, skip John Shuster and Team USA rattled the best curlers in the world and again came away with a win — for the U.S.'s first-ever Olympic curling gold medal — by defeating Sweden 10-7.

Shuster converted a double-takeout for a 5-point end in the eighth — an exceedingly rare score that made it 10-5 and essentially clinched the win.

"Tell you what, it was a lot of fun," Shuster said after the match. "And that's where the week changed for us and changed for me, was to allow myself to go out there and enjoy it and let the work show through. Holy cow."

It was the first 5-point end the U.S. has had in these Olympics. They've had only one 4-point and five 3-point ends leading up to this game.

"On the morning of February 19, Matt's (Hamilton) birthday, the day we played Canada, I woke up and said 'I have a choice. I have a choice to rewrite my story, to write the story of this team,'" Shuster said.

Shuster was on the only other U.S. team to win an Olympic medal — he was the lead thrower on Pete Fenson's bronze-medal team at the 2006 Turin Games.

The Americans received a good luck call from Mr. T before the match. Diddy posted a pre-match good luck message online. And the King of Sweden was in attendance for their gold medal win.

Sweden takes home the silver medal for the second time since curling returned to the Olympics in 1998. Switzerland won the bronze by defeating Canada early Friday morning.


Must-See: Watch John Shuster's game-winner against Sweden

2.American Kyle Mack Takes Silver in Men’s Snowboard Big Air

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Sebastien Toutant of Canada won gold in men's snowboard big air on Saturday at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Team USA's Kyle Mack took silver, while Billy Morgan of Great Britain took bronze.

The favorites were Canadian riders Max Parrot and Mark McMorris. Earlier in these Olympics, both athletes won slopestyle medals (Parrot earned silver, McMorris took bronze), but they are just as good — if not better — in big air.

Must-See: Max Parrot finishes top qualifier with amazing big air run

3. Ester Ledecka Goes for Historic Double Gold After Epic Shocker

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Ester Ledecka won the second leg of an unheard-of Olympic double, taking the gold medal in snowboarding's parallel giant slalom Saturday to go with her surprise skiing victory in the Alpine super-G earlier in the Winter Games.

The Czech star, top-ranked on the snowboarding circuit but never a threat until now in skiing, is the first to win gold medals in both sports. 

She outraced Selina Joerg of Germany to the line in the final and won by .46 seconds, a much more comfortable margin than the .01-second edge in the super-G race that left her staring at the clock in shock. 

Must-See: Even the announcers are shocked by Ester Ledecka's victory 

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4. Boblsed Final Looks to Be a Rematch: Germany vs. Canada

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After four heats of two-man bobsled, German pilot Francesco Friedrich and Canadian pilot Justin Kripps finished in a dead heat, sharing the gold medal. Now, in the four-man, they’ll get one more shot to prove who’s the world’s best bobsled pilot.

Two other German pilots -- Johannes Lochner and Nico Walther-- are strong, and Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis, the reigning silver medalist in the four-man bobsled, led his two-man sled to bronze.

Friedrich’s sled finished on top after the first two heats Saturday, while Kripps’ finished fourth, 0.58 seconds behind Friedrich’s 1:37.55 combined time. South Korean pilot Yun-jong Won finished second behind Friedrich, while Walther’s team finished third.

The Americans to watch: Codie Bascue, Justine Olsen, who had an emergency appendectomy after he arrived in South Korea, and Nick Cunningham.

Must-See: Codie Bascue's 4-man bobsled wants a medal for Team USA

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