Recapping the Winter Olympics: Day 13
U-S-Oh No! The US women's hockey team were 3 and half minutes from the gold medal, holding on to a 2-0 lead over rival Canada. The Canadians got on the board a few seconds later, but things still looks good. With the empty net, Team USA came this close to clinching it. With 55 seconds left though, Canada scored, and in overtime, put another one in to win gold again. That's Canada's fourth straight gold after the US won the first one in Nagano in 1998. I didn't get to see it, but just describing it hurts, even as great as everyone said the game was. Damn you America Jr.
Switzerland beat Sweden 4-3 to win bronze.
A New Golden Girl As I said yesterday, the Russian teenager in position to win the women's figure skating gold wasn't Yulia Lipnitskaya, but Adelina Sotnikova. Sotnikova made good, upsetting heavy favorite Yuna Kim for gold. Sotnikova scored 149.95 in her free program, allowing her to pull out to a 5 point win over Kim. That's all I can tell you, since I didn't watch obviously. Carolina Kostner of Italy won bronze. Gracie Gold was 4th, Lipnitskaya 5th, Mao Asada 6th, Ashley Wagner 7th, and Poilna Edmunds 9th.
It Wasn't a Total Loss Today Team USA did win a gold medal in women's ski halfpipe. The winner was Maddie Bowman. She had the top score after run one in the final, and even with gold secured, went out and bettered that score. This is the USA's 8th gold medal, but as Slate notes, many of them have come in sports so new, they weren't even in the program four years ago. Just saying.
Oh Canada! Because it wasn't a great enough day for America Junior, they also took gold in women's curling. The Canadians stole 2 without the hammer in the 9th end to win 6-3 over the defending champions from Sweden. Bronze went to Great Britain 6-5 over Switzerland.
Remember Nordic Combined? We forgot about this sport this year since Team USA was nowhere near contention, unlike in 2010 (props to Billy Demong, Todd Lodwick, and company for peaking at the right time in Vancouver though). However, this is still a pretty awesome finish to the team event. The only negative is Chad Salmela didn't go nearly as nuts as I thought he would. Is someone telling him to chill, because that would be unfortunate.
Viva France (For Once)! Somehow, the French got a podium sweep, in men's ski cross. Gold went to Jean Frederic Chapuis, silver to Arnaud Bovolenta, and bronze to Jonathan Midol. The only American in the field finished 28th out of 32. I know we can't concentrate on every event, but letting France walk all over like this? C'mon.
Medal Count The US keeps its lead in total medals, up on Russia by two. The most golds remain Norway, who are up two on Germany and the US. Here's every nation with double digit medals so far.
1. United States 25 (8 G, 6 S, 11 B)
2. Russia 23 (7 G, 9 S, 7 B)
3. Netherlands 22 (6 G, 7 S, 9 B)
4. Norway 21 (10 G, 4 S, 7 B)
5. Canada 20 (7 G, 9 S, 4 B)
6. Germany 15 (8 G, 4 S, 4 B)
7. France 15 (4 G, 4 S, 7 B)
8. Sweden 12 (2 G, 6 S, 4 B)
9. Switzerland 11 (6 G, 3 S, 2 B)
10. Austria 10 (2 G, 6 S, 2 B)
On Tap It's rivalry day in men's hockey. First up at 7:00 am are old Scandinavian rivals Sweden and Finland, then at noon, the main event here: USA vs. Canada. At stake in both games of course is the right to play for the gold medal. Curling also ends (*sad face*) with the men's gold medal match at 8:30 am (but not shown live for some stupid reason) between Great Britain and Canada. The bronze medal match between China and Sweden is at 3:30 am. Tomorrow is also the women's slalom, where Mikaela Shiffrin is the favorite. It's the last day for short track with the men's 500 m, women's 1000 m, and the men's relay, where Team USA is in the final. Medals will also be awarded in the women's biathlon relay and women's ski cross.