More success for Minnesotans in Sochi today, with the U.S. women’s hockey team, led by five with Gopher connections, picking up a 9-0 win, though the men’s and women’s curling teams lost early Monday, while Leif Nordren of Marine on St. Croix finished 53rd of 59 skiiers in the 12.5-kilometer biathlon pursuit.
The action doesn’t stop Tuesday, with more athletes from the Land of 10,000 Lakes looking to position themselves on the medal stand.
Jessie Diggins of Afton will be back on the snow after finishing eighth in her first event in Sochi, the cross-country skiathlon Saturday. The sprint-free is the task this time around, with qualifying runs of the 1.5-kilometer race happening at 4 a.m. Minnesota time, and action continuing with quarter, semi, and finals all starting before 7:30 a.m. Diggins is scheduled to ski at 4:03:30 Tuesday morning, with American skiier Kikkan Randall considered one of the favorites to win the event. The entire event is being carried wire-to-wire live on NBC Sports Network.
Russia meets the USA in women’s curling after Eden Prairie native Allison Pottinger and the national team took a 7-4 loss Monday morning to the Swiss. The round-robin match against host Russia is scheduled to start at 11 p.m. tonight, 9 a.m. Sochi time. The match will replay on CNBC at 4 p.m.
The men’s curling team also returns Tuesday, facing China at 4 a.m. The men, led by Minnesota natives John Shuster, Jared Zezel, John Landsteiner, and Jeff Isaacson, lost to Norway 7-3 in their first competition on the ice in Russia.
Shuster called it a struggle.
A struggle today getting a feel for the ice and rocks, got in some good positions in the 2nd half though, we’ll be better tomorrow!
— John Shuster (@Shoostie2010) February 10, 2014
U.S.-China will be carried live on USA Network.
Check back Tuesday afternoon for results.