Wednesday, February 14, 2018

XXIII Olympic Winter Games, Pyeongchang 2018 (Day 6)

1. Germany 7 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze
2. Netherlands 5, 4, 2
3. United States 4, 1, 2
4. Norway 3, 5, 3
5. Canada 3, 4, 3
6. France 2, 1, 2
7. Austria 2, 1, 1
8. Sweden 2, 1, 0
9. Italy 1, 1, 1
10. South Korea 1, 0, 1
11. Japan 0, 4, 3
T12. Australia 0, 1, 1
T12. Czech Republic 0, 1, 1
T14. China 0, 1, 0
T14. Slovakia 0, 1, 0
T14. Switzerland 0, 1, 0
17. Finland 0, 0, 2
18. Kazakhstan 0, 0, 1

Previous reports:

-- I Olympic Winter Games, Chamonix 1924
-- II Olympic Winter Games, Saint Moritz 1928

-- VIII Olympic Winter Games, Squaw Valley 1960
-- XII Olympic Winter Games, Innsbruck 1976 
-- XVII Olympic Winter Games, Lillehammer 1994
-- XXII Olympic Winter Games, Sochi 2014

-- XXIII Olympic Winter Games, Pyeongchang 2018 (Preface)
-- XXIII Olympic Winter Games, Pyeongchang 2018 (Introduction/Day 0)
-- XXIII Olympic Winter Games, Pyeongchang 2018 (Day 1)
-- XXIII Olympic Winter Games, Pyeongchang 2018 (Day 2)
-- XXIII Olympic Winter Games, Pyeongchang 2018 (Day 3)


  1. There have been 471 medals awarded in cross-country skiing in the Winter Olympics (or maybe 475, depending on whether super Wikipedia's all-time list has been updated after today's 10-kilometer women's race). Norway has won about a fifth of them. Norway, Finland and Sweden have combined for about half. Total up the Soviet Union, plus the old "Unified Team" and the post-dissolution states, and you get another quarter of the all-time medals in cross-country skiing.

  2. With 1.6 of her 10 kilometers to go today in Pyeongchang, Jessica Diggins of Afton, Minnesota, was on pace to score Team USA's second, a bronze. But in those last few minutes of racing, she faded a bit and came in 3.3 seconds behind the Finnish and Norwegian skiiers who tied for third.

    1. She told NBC Sports Network after the race that she had just about passed out on her last climb, that she was heartbroken but happy with her strategy and effort and that she was proud to compete so closely with such great athletes. Good for Jessica Diggins. Good for Jessica Diggins's parents.


    That's fantastic. She was in second when I went to bed last night; yet another horrible, horrible school shooting happened in the United States yesterday, and I just couldn't get into the Olympics at all. The numbers aren't comparable, of course, but we're living in school-shootings Black Death in the United States during my adult lifetime. We haven't figured out anything; we have no clue how to solve it; we're clueless and scared and tied up in our underwear in fights with each other over best guesses, and I and about a zillion other people around the country are about to send our children off to schools with a much, much shakier feeling than any of our parents sent us to school when we were the same age. We are in bad shape. Nobody loves this country more than I do--no one--and we will eventually get better, but I'm not sure I'd move here if were you. I mean, you know your deal better than certainly I ever could, and I would welcome you, but it's bad when you don't feel real good about sending your child off to school. I don't.

    But I am glad that Mikaela Shiffrin won. Good for her.

  4. Anyway, back to the cross-country race, the medals in the women's 10km went to 27-year-old Ragnhild Haga of Holter, Nannestad, Norway (gold); 30-year-old Charlotte Kalla of Tärendö, Norrbotten, Sweden (silver), and 37-year-old Marit Bjørgen of Trondheim, Norway, and 27-year-old Krista Pärmäkoski of Ikaalinen, Finland (bronze). And then Diggins, 26, was fifth--3.3 seconds out of third, 14.6 seconds ahead of sixth.

  5. Lively 2-1 victory for the Czech Republic over the homestanding South Koreans in men's hockey.

  6. Back to the speedskatingdrome for tape-delayed Tom Hammond of Lexington and the arduous men's 10,000 meters. Jorrit Bergsma of the Netherlands broke the Olympic record in the race with a time of 12 minutes, 41.98 seconds, and then, about 15 minutes later, Ted-Jan Bloemen of Canada came across the finish and broke it again. So those were your silver and gold medals; the bronze went to Nicola Tumolero of Italy.

  7. You might notice that none of these names are Sven Kramer. He came in sixth. I'm sure no one after the race was so "stupid" to ask him if he could say his name, his country and what he just won there.

  8. By the way, Bergsma is the husband of American speed-skater Heather (née) Richardson.