2014 Winter Olympics Recap: Day 5
A Surprise on the Halfpipe Going into the women's snowboarding halfpipe, most of the talk was about the last three gold medalists, the US's Kelly Clark and Hannah Teter, and Australia's Torah Bright. In the end though, it was a new champion, American Kaitlyn Farrington who took the gold. The competition couldn't be closer. Farrington won with a 91.75. Bright took silver with a 91.50, Clark bronze with a 90.75. Teter was the unlucky fourth place with a 90.50.
3 In A Row Not to Be One night after Shaun White could not win a third straight gold medal, Shani Davis also fell short, finishing a surprising 8th in the speed skating 1000 meters. Davis will have one more shot at an individual medal in the 1500. The gold went to, who else, the Netherlands. This time it was Stefan Groothuis, with 500 meter winner Michel Mulder taking bronze. Silver went to Denny Morrison of Canada, who fell at the Olympic trials, but a teammate gave up his spot to Morrison on the belief that he had a better chance to medal. I'm very interested to see how NBC covers this, or if it'll all be "bad Shani" the whole time.
And Sometimes You Tie It doesn't happen often, but ties are possible in alpine skiing. It happened today at the women's downhill. Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gasin of Switzerland both finished in 1:41.57, and thus both win gold medals. Lara Gut, also of Switzerland, took the bronze, finishing exactly one tenth behind. Julia Mancuso finished 8th.
All Russia, All The Time Pairs figure skating is traditionally dominated by the Russians, and they didn't disappoint on home ice, taking gold and silver. Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won gold. Ksenia Stolbolv and Fedor Klimov won silver.
Today's Other Winners Tobias Arlt and Tobias Wendl of Germany (of course) in doubles' luge...Eric Frenzel in the Nordic combined Individual Normal Hill.
Today in Hockey The Canadian women rallied late to defeat the Americans 3-2. Luckily for us, it didn't mean much...yet. Canada will be the #1 seed in the knockout round, the US #2. The men's tournament began with Sweden defeating the Czech Republic 4-2, and Switzerland beating Latvia 1-0 on a goal scored with just 7.9 seconds left.
Today in Curling The US men finally won a game, beating Denmark 9-5. The US women weren't not as lucky, losing to China 7-4 and dropping to 0-4 in the tournament.
Medal Count Norway continues to lead in total medals, but Germany has broken out to a lead in gold medals after picking up two more today.
1. Norway 12 (4 G, 3 S, 5 B)
2. Canada 10 (4 G, 4 S, 2 B)
3. Netherlands 10 (4 G, 2 S, 4 B) - all 10 have been earned in speed skating
4. United States 9 (3 G, 1 S, 5 B)
5. Russia 9 (2 G, 4 S, 3 B)
6. Germany 8 (6 G, 1 S, 1 B)
On Tap Men's hockey really gets going with four games. First in Finland-Austria at 3 am eastern, then Russia-Slovenia and USA-Slovakia at 7:30 am, and finally Canada-Norway at noon. Pool play also ends for the women's tournament. Given the medals being awarded tomorrow, expect NBC primetime to be even heavier on figure skating than usual, as tomorrow is the men's short program. The events where the US has the best chance to medal are men's freestyle skiing slopestyle and the women's 1000 m speed skating. The luge team relay also makes its Olympic debut. Medals will also be awarded in biathlon (men's individual 20km), cross country skiing (women's 10km classic), and short track (women's 500 meters). The skeleton programs opens up with the first two runs for the women. Finally, in curling, the US women get a winnable match against Japan, while the men will probably get crushed by Great Britain.