It's been a busy 24 hours for the world of sports, with the Olympics and the Super Bowl both serving up excitement and drama in portions large enough to rival crudité platters and never-ending nachos alike.
In the event that you may have missed any of the recent Olympic stories — many of which transpired late in the evening or early in the morning for US viewers — here's a recap to help get you caught up.
⛸ Russian teen skater cleared to continue competing
Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva has been cleared to continue participating in the Olympics despite testing positive for a banned substance in December. The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) announced the decision early Monday morning, meaning the 15-year-old will participate in Tuesday's single skating short program.
Earlier in the Olympics Valieva landed the first-ever Olympic quadruple jump by a woman, an achievement that helped the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) capture the team event gold medal. The results of Valieva's failed drug test were revealed one day after the ROC's team win, causing a delay in the medal ceremony.
The CAS's ruling has been met with disappointment and criticism from athletes and organizations alike, including the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
🏒 Rinse and repeat: US vs. Canada for gold in women's ice hockey once again
Team USA skated past Finland 4-1 on Monday in women's ice hockey, setting up a gold medal game rematch with its Canadian rivals.
Four separate players found the back of the net for the Americans, who defeated Canada in a shootout to secure gold in 2018.
Thursday's final between the two North American neighbors means that for the seventh consecutive Olympics, either Canada or the US will take home gold in women's ice hockey. Canada earned the top prize in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, while the US struck gold in 1998 and 2018.
"We are just so excited. This is what we have been playing for. It is us against Canada and it is what we love to do and why we are here. We are really excited," said Team USA's Hayley Scamurra following the team's semifinal win, adding, "I think it is the best rivalry in sports."
🛷 Team USA dominates podium in Olympic debut of women's monobob
In Monday's women's monobob — a brand new Olympic event for 2022 — Americans Kaillie Humphries and Elana Meyers Taylor took gold and silver respectively, as each woman becomes the first to earn bobsled medals in four straight Olympic games.
Both athletes had to endure their fair share of obstacles just to reach the start of the race, as Humphries left Canada and earned US citizenship prior to the Olympics, while Meyers Taylor began her Olympics in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Beijing.
⛸ France takes gold in figure skating ice dance, American duos finish 3rd and 4th
The pair of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron turned in a world record score of 226.98 in Monday's figure skating ice dance event, plenty good enough to move the French duo to the top of the podium.
Papadakis and Cizeron are four-time world champions and took silver in the event four years ago.
Russians Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov earned silver in the event, while Team USA's Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue captured the bronze.
Hubbell and Donohue narrowly edged out fellow Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates, who were forced to settle for fourth.
⛷ Austria wins men's team ski jumping gold
On Monday, a high-flying group of Austrians — Stefan Kraft, Daniel Huber, Jan Hörl and Manuel Fettner — launched their nation to the top of the podium in men's ski jumping, despite trailing Slovenia earlier in the finals.
Austria earned the gold medal with a total score of 942.7, forcing Slovenia to settle for silver. Germany earned the bronze.
"It's unbelievable. I'd say it's one of the best days in my life," said Kraft after the team win.
"It's a team with friends, and for the whole team and for Austria, it was great."