The GIST's Bits & Bites - Megan Rapinoe, Chloe Kim, and the NWHL Bubble

January 25, 2021
This week in sports.
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Source: Douglas Defelice/Getty Images
Source: Douglas Defelice/Getty Images

⚽️Soccer: Megan Rapinoe is back, baby. The international superstar scored twice, including this penalty (a given), in the USWNT’s friendly match against Colombia on Friday night.

  • The 6–0 win was just a teaser of what we can expect from the World Cup champs in next month’s SheBelieves Cup. The USWNT will play their first match of the tournament against Canada on February 18th.

🏂Snowboarding: In the past 22 months, Chloe Kim attended Princeton, sang on The Masked Singer and recovered from a broken ankle, but she hadn’t competed in a single snowboard event, so there wasn’t much pressure on her to have a big showing this weekend.

  • But in typical Chloe Kim fashion, she won anyway. In her first competition since March 2019, Kim won the Laax Open on Saturday, the kickoff event in the run-up to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Gnarly.

🏒Hockey: As you most definitely read in yesterday’s Sunday Scroll, the NWHL’s super-condensed two-week season in the “N-Dubble” started this weekend, and the most recent champs are already leading the show.

The 2018 Isobel Cup winners, the Metropolitan Riveters, and the reigning champs, the Minnesota Whitecaps, are tied at the top of the standings with two wins apiece. We’ll see who the better team is when they face off tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. ET.