Norway and Japan emerged as winners of the men's and women's team pursuit speed skating events here on Wednesday in the PyeongChang Winter Games.
The U.S. women's speedskating team was not expected to make much of a stir in the team pursuit, but that didn't stop Heather Bergsma, Brittany Bowe and Mia Manganello from making history. Despite a near-crash in the final curve, Team USA kept it together to secure bronze.
The Norwegian team consisted of Havard Bokko, Simen Spieler Nilsen and Lunde Pedersen beat defending champions the Netherlands in the semifinals before winning the final against South Korea with a time of three minutes and 37.32 seconds.
The United States cruised to the women's bronze medal with a dominant victory over Canada, while the Netherlands won men's bronze.
The gold medal was Japan's third at the Pyeongchang Games after triumphs in men's figure skating by Yuzuru Hanyu and women's 500-meter speed skating by Nao Kodaira.
The Takagi sisters and Ayano Sato won a World Cup meet in Salt Lake City with a world record time of 2:50.87 on December 8, rewriting the world mark Japan set the previous week by 3.01 seconds. The Netherlands previously owned that Olympic record, which they set in the quarterfinal. The Dutch, well, who can keep count.
Ukraine in this sport at the Olympics in 2018 is not represented.
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