LIVE UPDATES: U.S. battles Canada for women's hockey gold, more results from Day 13 of Winter Olympics

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The epic women's hockey rivalry between the United States and Canada writes its latest chapter when the two teams meet in the gold medal game on Day 13 of the Winter Olympics. Elsewhere, the U.S. men's curling team can advance to the semifinals with a win over Denmark, Mikaela Shiffrin is a medal contender in the women's combined, and women's figure skating concludes with the free skate. Stay tuned for updates throughout the night...

Team Shuster wins final prelim, advances to men's curling semifinals

The U.S. men's curling team is headed to the semifinal after defeating Denmark 7-5 in its last game of the preliminary round.

The key moment of the game came in the fourth end, when Denmark had the hammer but missed its final throw and allowed the Americans to steal three points and take a 5-2 lead. From there, the U.S. maintained its lead and claimed the win.

It was essentially a must-win game for the U.S., which controlled its own destiny as far as making the playoffs. (They could have still gotten in with a loss but would have needed some help.)

Next up for the U.S. men, the defending Olympic gold medalists, will be a semifinal game against Great Britain at 7:05 a.m. ET on Thursday morning.

GAME STATS

— Shawn Smith

Shiffrin fifth after downhill run in women’s combined

Mikaela Shiffrin sits in fifth place in the women’s combined after the downhill run. Shiffrin, who won silver in the combined in the 2018 Winter Olympics but is still looking for her first medal in these Games, recorded a time of 1:32.98. 

Shiffrin is 0.56 seconds behind the leader, Austria’s Christine Scheyer. Scheyer finished with a time of 1:32.42 and the Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka is just a hundredth of a second behind in second. 

The other American in the top 10 is Keely Cashman, who sits in seventh and is 0.67 seconds off the lead.

Shiffrin, who posted the fastest time in combined downhill training, completed her goal of starting all five individual alpine skiing events. A medal in the combined would pull her even with Julia Mancuso as the most decorated U.S. women’s alpine skier in Olympic history with four medals.

The slalom runs begin at 1:00 a.m. ET and the times from both runs will be added together.

FULL RESULTS

-Eric He

SEE MORE: Mikaela Shiffrin posts solid downhill run in combined event

Eileen Gu tops halfpipe qualifying

In women's freeski halfpipe qualifying, Eileen Gu topped the standings with a pair of huge runs. Her combination of amplitude and technicality was unmatched, which was reflected in the fact that both her runs were the only ones during the whole contest to score into the 90s.

Gu, who competes for China but was born in the U.S., is vying to earn three medals at these Winter Olympics. So far she has collected gold in big air and silver in slopestyle, and she'll be favored for gold in halfpipe, her best event.

The final will also include Canadian Rachael Karker, Estonian Kelly Sildaru, who is celebrating her 20th birthday today, and a trio of Americans: Brita Sigourney, Hanna Faulhaber and Carly Margulies. Margulies is competing in her first event since December 2019 due to a series of injuries.

FULL RESULTS

— Shawn Smith