Olympics, Winter

Recapping the Winter Olympics: Days 9 and 10

2/17/14 in Olympics, Winter   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - Recapping the Winter Olympics: Days 9 and 10The middle weekend of the 2014 Winter Olympics has concluded, and thus we now hit the final weekend stretch. I was out yesterday, so this will recap both Sunday and today's action. As always, please remember that spoilers of NBC's primetime coverage will be contained therein.

Lords of the Dance Going into the ice dancing competition, everyone assumed that it was a race between defending gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada and Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States. That's exactly what happened, but this time Davis and White took the gold in record performance. Virtue and Moir won silver, which Canada as a nation is NOT happy about. The Russians fans got a thrill when Elena Ilinyhk and Nikita Katsalapov took bronze.

One More for Bode In what may have been his last good chance at medaling, Bode Miller went all out as always. This time though he came away with a bronze medal in yesterday's Super G. Miller tied Jan Hudec of Canada. Winning gold was Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, with American Andrew Weibrecht taking a surprising silver medal. Afterward of course was the bizarre interview with Bode where it appeared he was goaded into crying.

Another Duck Broken The United States hadn't won a medal in two man bobsled since 1952. Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton broke that streak today with a bronze, holding off Russia's second sled by just .03 seconds. Russia's top sled of Alexey Voevoda and Alexander Zubkov won gold, with Alex Baumann and Beat Hefti of Switzerland taking silver. The Jamaicans finished 29th, last of those who finished.

This is Getting Ridiculous Speed skating is the national sport of the Netherlands, but right now it feels like they are the only country competing. Yesterday they swept another podium, this time the women's 1500m. The winners this time were Jorien Ten Mors (gold), Ireen Wust (silver), and Lotte Van Beek (bronze). To boot, the Dutch took 4th place as well. The American woes continued, as Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe placed 7th and 14th.

Queen of Biathlon Ole Einar Bjoerndalen is nicknamed the King of Biathlon, and given her performance in these Olympics, Darya Domracheva of Belarus could be considered the Queen. She won her third gold medal of these Games, this time in the 12.5km mass start event.

Today in Hockey It's officially on. The US and Canadian women's teams will meet for gold. Both teams won their semifinals easily, the US 6-1 over Sweden and Canada 3-1 over Switzerland.

On the men's side, yesterday was the final day of pool play. Team USA beat Slovenia 5-1, while the best game was Canada beating Finland 2-1 in overtime. All 12 teams go to the knockout round now, with Sweden, the United States, Canada, and Finland receiving a bye to the quarterfinals.

Today in Curling It was the last day of round robin play, and it couldn't have come sooner for Team USA. The men lost to Switzerland 6-3 to finish the tournament 2-7 and in 9th place. The women ended their week by getting embarrassed by South Korea 11-2. They finished 1-8 and dead last.

On the men's side, Sweden (8-1), Canada (7-2), and China (7-2) have advanced to the playoffs. Norway and Great Britain both finished 5-4 and will play a play-in match tomorrow (at midnight eastern actually). On the women's side, Canada (9-0), Sweden (7-2), Switzerland (5-4), and Great Britain (5-4) advanced to the playoffs.

They Also Won Gold medals the past two days were won by Sweden (men's cross country relay), Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic (women's snowboard cross), Anton Kushnir of Belarus (men's aerials), and Germany (team ski jumping).

Medal Count It's just like the Cold War Era all over again, and Russia and the US are tied in total medals, with the Netherlands still hanging in there, still with all their medals in speed skating (16 in long track, 1 in short). Germany continues to lead in golds.

1. Russia 18 (5 G, 7 S, 6 B)
2. United States 18 (5 G, 4 S, 9 B)
3. Netherlands 17 (5 G, 5 S, 7 B)
4. Norway 15 (5 G, 3 S, 7 B)
5. Canada 15 (4 G, 7 S, 4 B)
6. Germany 13 (8 G, 3 S, 2 B)

On Tap The qualification round of men's hockey headlines Tuesday's action. The matchups are Slovenia-Austria, Russia-Norway, Czech Republic-Slovakia, and Switzerland-Latvia. Mikaela Shiffrin makes her highly anticipated Olympic debut in the giant slalom. The Norway-Great Britain curling tiebreaker match will also be held. Medals will be awarded in biathlon (men's 15km mass start), freestyle skiing (men's halfpipe), Nordic combined (large hill/10 km), short track (women's 3000m relay), snowboarding (men's snowboard cross), and speed skating (men's 10000m).
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