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Mikaela Shiffrin after coming in 4th place. Photo: Tim Clayton / Getty

The U.S. had double disappointment in the Winter Olympics Friday morning (local time in Pyeongchang):

  • U.S. skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin, who won gold in giant slalom Thursday, came in fourth place in slalom Friday — an event she won four years ago and was favored to win again. Shiffrin would have been the first skier to win back-to-back golds in the event.
  • Figure skater Nathan Chen was expected to be a contender for gold in the men's competition, despite the favored reining champion, Yuzuru Hanyu, who has been on a winning streak. But Chen fell during his first jump — a quadruple lutz — and stumbled a few other times during his short program. He's currently in 17th place and will skate again tonight.

Better news: The U.S. hockey team had their first victory, beating Slovakia 2-1.

Medal count: Germany is in first place with nine gold medals, and Norway and the Netherlands are tied for second with six. The U.S. remains in fourth place with five.

  • Norway has the most medals overall with 19.

Coming up: Later tonight, U.S. Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn competes in the super-G, for which she received a bronze medal in 2010. Tomorrow morning, the U.S. men's ice hockey team will play the Olympic Athletes of Russia.

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Sunday evening that he's tested positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: López Obrador tweeted that he has mild symptoms and is receiving medical treatment. "As always, I am optimistic," he added. "We will all move forward."

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Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will announce Monday that she's running for governor of Arkansas.

The big picture: Sanders was touted as a contender after it was announced she was leaving the Trump administration in June 2019. Then-President Trump tweeted he hoped she would run for governor, adding "she would be fantastic." Sanders is "seen as leader in the polls" in the Republican state, notes the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey, who first reported the news.

Coronavirus has inflamed global inequality

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History will likely remember the pandemic as the "first time since records began that inequality rose in virtually every country on earth at the same time." That's the verdict from Oxfam's inequality report covering the year 2020 — a terrible year that hit the poorest, hardest across the planet.

Why it matters: The world's poorest were already in a race against time, facing down an existential risk in the form of global climate change. The coronavirus pandemic could set global poverty reduction back as much as a full decade, according to the World Bank.