Monday, February 17, 2014

XXII Olympic Winter Games, Sochi 2014 (Day 10)




The men's biathlon event that already had been rescheduled to today from Monday to today because of fog is now pushed back to Tuesday, as is a now-compacted medals tournament in men's snowcross. That whittles down the list of today's medal events to just five (for now):

-- women's 12.5-kilometer mass start biathlon,
-- two-man bobsleigh,
-- ice dance figure skating,
-- men's aerials freestyle skiing and
-- men's team ski jumping.


And it means the order of the paper flags in our living room remain up to date even after sleeping through the Sochi morning.



Medals table:

1. Germany 7 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze
2. Netherlands 5, 6, 7
3. Norway 5, 3, 6
4. Switzerland 5, 1, 1
5. Russian Federation 4, 7, 5
6. Canada 4, 6, 4
7. United States 4, 4, 8
8. Poland 4, 0, 0
9. China 3, 2, 0
10. Belarus 3, 0, 1
11. Sweden 2, 5, 2
12. Austria 2, 4, 1
13. France 2, 0, 4
14. Japan 1, 3, 1
15. Czech Republic 1, 2, 1
16. Slovenia 1, 1, 3
17. South Korea 1, 1, 1
18. Great Britain 1, 0, 1
19. Slovakia 1, 0, 0
20. Italy 0, 2, 3
21. Finland 0, 2, 0
22. Latvia 0, 1, 2
23. Australia 0, 1, 1
24. Croatia 0, 1, 0
25. Kazakhstan 0, 0, 1
25. Ukraine 0, 0, 1


31 comments:

  1. BREAKING: Today is reporting that Bob Costas is returning to NBC's prime-time show tonight! This is fantastic, fantastic news.

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  2. I am glad Matt Lauer was around to do the late-night interviews with Bode Miller after his bronze yesterday. It would've been too tense to watch Costas and Bode around the fireplace together.

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    1. I do, too. It cost Alabama the Sugar Bowl this year.

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  4. I will say that we loved the ice dance coverage last night, although we were unhappy with the interview that caused Bode Miller to break down in tears.

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  5. That interview was a disgrace. And it's easy to clobber the woman who did the interview, but, honestly, that thing was on tape delay. Obviously, it's exactly what the producers wanted.

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    1. I agree that this must have been what the producers wanted.

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  6. And, by the way, by suggesting words for Miller and then asking--basically, yes/no--whether her imagining his emotions was what he was actually feeling, we got nothing meaningful from that interview. After watching that debacle, all I knew was that Miller was crying (which I could've seen without an interview) and that the interviewer's assumptions about why he was crying weren't correct.

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  7. And I totally agree about the ice dancing, but that's all I'm going to say about that for now.

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  8. It seems to me, with all of our great rifle athletes, biathlon would be some low-hanging fruit for the fledgling Kentucky Olympic Committee.

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  9. Belarus, the Czech Republic and Norway take the women's 12.5-kilometer biathlon medals. That's three gold medals for Darya Domracheva, who was born in Minsk one day after my 18th birthday and seems to be a very interesting person.

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  10. Biathlon is great. I've signed up for the International Biathlon Union's email newsletters, and I just downloaded its 2013/14 media guide. I hereby announce opening of the HP's biathlon desk.

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  11. Spoiler alert, from here on today ... the Twitter feed, too ...

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  12. Hooray for Steven Holcomb, a 33-year-old from Park City, Utah, and Steven Langton, a 30-year-old from Melrose, Mass., who just moments ago became the first U.S. medalists in two-man bobsled since Oslo 1952!

    At Vancouver 2010, Holcomb was part of the four-man team that won Team USA's first gold in that event since Saint Moritz 1948. Four-man competition in Sochi starts Saturday, and both Holcomb and Langton are part of the United States 1 team.

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  13. Dallas Robinson of Oldham County High and EKU finished 13th as part of the United States 3 team in two-man bobsleigh. Congratulations, Dallas Robinson! He's going to be a big get some day for the fledgling Kentucky Olympic Committee.

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  14. Medals table:

    1. Germany 7 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze
    2. Russian Federation 5, 7, 5
    3. Netherlands 5, 6, 7
    4. Norway 5, 3, 7
    5. Switzerland 5, 2, 1
    6. Canada 4, 6, 4
    7. United States 4, 4, 9
    8. Belarus 4, 0, 1
    9. Poland 4, 0, 0
    10. China 3, 2, 0
    11. Sweden 2, 5, 2
    12. Austria 2, 4, 1
    13. France 2, 0, 4
    14. Czech Republic 1, 3, 1
    14. Japan 1, 3, 1
    16. Slovenia 1, 1, 3
    17. South Korea 1, 1, 1
    18. Great Britain 1, 0, 1
    19. Slovakia 1, 0, 0
    20. Italy 0, 2, 3
    21. Finland 0, 2, 0
    22. Latvia 0, 1, 2
    23. Australia 0, 1, 1
    24. Croatia 0, 1, 0
    25. Kazakhstan 0, 0, 1
    25. Ukraine 0, 0, 1

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  15. Mac Bohonnon, an 18-year-old from Madison, Conn., advances through to the second of three finals in men's aerials freestyle skiing, but his fifth-place finish in eight competitors in that final eliminates him from medal contention in his first Winter Games. A skier each from Australia and Belarus and two from China will sort out first through fourth; Bohannon finishes fifth. Canada and Team USA are the traditional Olympic powers in this sport.

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  16. Huge day for Belarus, who wins the aerials gold. Australia goes silver; China, bronze.

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  17. In men's team ski jumping, Germany, Austria and Japan take gold, silver and bronze, respectively.

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  18. Today event concluded ski-jumping competition in Sochi, but you can bet plenty of Scandinavians are still on cliffs. Austria was limited to two silver medals in the four events; Norway, one bronze. Finland was blanked. Norway is the all-time leader in Olympic medals in ski jumping, with 29; Austria is second, with 23, and Finland is third at 22. No other national team has reached double digits in total Olympic medals in ski jumping, though--if you combine the Germany, East Germany and Unified Team of Germany totals--it's a solid fourth-place total of 16.

    Incidentally, the only American to ever medal in Olympic ski jumping was Anders Haugen, who collected the bronze at Chamonix 1924. Per Wikipedia:

    Anders Olsen Haugen was born in Bø in Telemark, Norway. Anders Haugen and his brother Lars emigrated to the United States in 1909 and built a ski jumping hill with the Milwaukee Ski Club near Lake Nagawicka west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in order to open ski jumping to the public of the area. Between 1910 and 1920, the Haugen brothers won the U.S. National Championships eleven times. …

    Haugen had won the 1924 Olympic ski jumping bronze medal in the individual large hill, though he was not awarded the medal due to a scoring error. In 1974, at the 50th reunion of the 1924 Norwegian team, Norwegian sports historian Jacob Vaage was going over the results when he noticed an error. The bronze medal had been awarded to Norwegian skier Thorleif Haug, who also won three gold medals in the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix. On 12 September 1974, Anders Haugen came to Norway as an 86-year-old and was given the bronze medal by Anna Maria Magnussen, Thorleif Haug's youngest daughter.

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  19. Medals table:

    1. Germany 8 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze
    2. Russian Federation 5, 7, 5
    3. Netherlands 5, 6, 7
    4. Norway 5, 3, 7
    5. Switzerland 5, 2, 1
    6. Belarus 5, 0, 1
    7. Canada 4, 6, 4
    8. United States 4, 4, 9
    9. Poland 4, 0, 0
    10. China 3, 2, 1
    11. Sweden 2, 5, 2
    12. Austria 2, 5, 1
    13. France 2, 0, 4
    14. Japan 1, 3, 2
    15. Czech Republic 1, 3, 1
    16. Slovenia 1, 1, 3
    17. South Korea 1, 1, 1
    18. Great Britain 1, 0, 1
    19. Slovakia 1, 0, 0
    20. Italy 0, 2, 3
    21. Australia 0, 2, 1
    22. Finland 0, 2, 0
    23. Latvia 0, 1, 2
    24. Croatia 0, 1, 0
    25. Kazakhstan 0, 0, 1
    25. Ukraine 0, 0, 1

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  20. The United States and Canada won their women's hockey semifinals today. These two teams will play for gold as they have in three of the other four Olympic women's hockey tournaments. Team USA won gold at Nagano 1988; since then, Canada has won all three gold medals. Sweden (which is the third-most successful team in Olympic women's hockey history, with a silver and bronze medal) and Switzerland (which has never medaled) will play Thursday for bronze, and the gold-medal game will take place after that.

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  21. CNBC is laying down the late-afternoon curling love.

    It's the last day of round-robin games in Sochi. The Teams USA were both already eliminated from medals competition, and "Freddy Ballgame" Roggin just informed us that both suffered lop-sided losses to close out their tournaments.

    So, instead of replaying those losses, CNBC is showing us a China-Switzerland women's match. The loser of this match is finished in Sochi; the winner might get a tie-breaker game with Japan for the last slot in the women's medals tournament.

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  22. Meryl Davis, a 27-year-old from West Bloomfield Township, Mich., and Charlie White, a 26-year-old from Royal Oak, Mich., have won Team USA's first-ever gold medal in ice dancing. I am exhausted from fretting for them over the last two days, but the fretting worked--they had to execute near-perfect performances to hold off Vancouver 2010 gold-medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, and, indeed, they recorded Olympic-record scores in both their short and free dances. The Canadians, who were also just outstanding, won silver, and a Russian couple earned bronze.

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  23. Medals table:

    1. Germany 8 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze
    2. Russian Federation 5, 7, 6
    3. Netherlands 5, 5, 7
    4. United States 5, 4, 9
    5. Norway 5, 3, 7
    6. Switzerland 5, 2, 1
    7. Belarus 5, 0, 1
    8. Canada 4, 7, 4
    9. Poland 4, 0, 0
    10. China 3, 2, 1
    11. Sweden 2, 5, 2
    12. Austria 2, 5, 1
    13. France 2, 0, 4
    14. Japan 1, 3, 2
    15. Czech Republic 1, 3, 1
    16. Slovenia 1, 1, 3
    17. South Korea 1, 1, 1
    18. Great Britain 1, 0, 1
    19. Slovakia 1, 0, 0
    20. Italy 0, 2, 3
    21. Australia 0, 2, 1
    22. Finland 0, 2, 0
    23. Latvia 0, 1, 2
    24. Croatia 0, 1, 0
    25. Kazakhstan 0, 0, 1
    25. Ukraine 0, 0, 1

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