Thursday, February 22, 2018

XXIII Olympic Winter Games, Pyeongchang 2018 (Day 14)

1. Norway 13 gold, 12 silver, 10 bronze
2. Germany 13, 7, 5
3. Canada 9, 7, 8
4. United States 8, 7, 6
5. Netherlands 7, 6, 4
6. Sweden 5, 5, 0
7. France 5, 4, 6
8. Austria 5, 2, 6
9. South Korea 4, 4, 3
10. Switzerland 3, 6, 2
11. Japan 3, 5, 3
12. Italy 3, 2, 5
13. Belarus 2, 1, 0
14. China 1, 6, 2
15. Czech Republic 1, 2, 3
16. Slovakia 1, 2, 0
17. Great Britain 1, 0, 3
18. Poland 1, 0, 1
T19. Hungary 1, 0, 0
T19. Ukraine 1, 0, 0
21. Australia 0, 2, 1
22. Slovenia 0, 1, 0
23. Finland 0, 0, 4
T24. New Zealand 0, 0, 2
T24. Spain 0, 0, 2
T26. Kazakhstan 0, 0, 1
T26. Latvia 0, 0, 1
T26. Liechtenstein 0, 0, 1
T29. Albania 0, 0, 0
T29. Andorra 0, 0, 0
T29. Argentina 0, 0, 0
T29. Azerbaijan 0, 0, 0
T29. Belgium 0, 0, 0
T29. Bermuda 0, 0, 0
T29. Bolivia 0, 0, 0
T29. Bosnia and Herzegovina 0, 0, 0
T29. Brazil 0, 0, 0
T29. Bulgaria 0, 0, 0
T29. Chile 0, 0, 0
T29. Chinese Taipei 0, 0, 0
T29. Colombia 0, 0, 0
T29. Croatia 0, 0, 0
T29. Cyprus 0, 0, 0
T29. Denmark 0, 0, 0
T29. Ecuador 0, 0, 0
T29. Eritrea 0, 0, 0
T29. Estonia 0, 0, 0
T29. Georgia 0, 0, 0
T29. Ghana 0, 0, 0
T29. Greece 0, 0, 0
T29. Hong Kong 0, 0, 0
T29. Iceland 0, 0, 0
T29. India 0, 0, 0
T29. Iran 0, 0, 0
T29. Ireland 0, 0, 0
T29. Israel 0, 0, 0
T29. Jamaica 0, 0, 0
T29. Kenya 0, 0, 0
T29. Kosovo 0, 0, 0
T29. Kyrgyzstan 0, 0, 0
T29. Lebanon 0, 0, 0
T29. Lithuania 0, 0, 0
T29. Luxembourg 0, 0, 0
T29. Macedonia 0, 0, 0
T29. Madagascar 0, 0, 0
T29. Malaysia 0, 0, 0
T29. Malta 0, 0, 0
T29. Mexico 0, 0, 0
T29. Moldova 0, 0, 0
T29. Monaco 0, 0, 0
T29. Mongolia 0, 0, 0
T29. Montenegro 0, 0, 0
T29. Morocco 0, 0, 0
T29. Nigeria 0, 0, 0
T29. North Korea 0, 0, 0
T29. Pakistan 0, 0, 0
T29. Philippines 0, 0, 0
T29. Portugal 0, 0, 0
T29. Puerto Rico 0, 0, 0
T29. Romania 0, 0, 0
T29. San Marino 0, 0, 0
T29. Serbia 0, 0, 0
T29. Singapore 0, 0, 0
T29. South Africa 0, 0, 0
T29. Thailand 0, 0, 0
T29. East Timor 0, 0, 0
T29. Togo 0, 0, 0
T29. Tonga 0, 0, 0
T29. Turkey 0, 0, 0
T29. Uzbekistan 0, 0, 0 

Previous reports:
-- XXIII Olympic Winter Games, Pyeongchang 2018 (Day 5)

14 comments:

  1. "He's on lead pace as he enters the home stretch!"

    If Lexington Tom Hammond's days at the figs mike did have to come to an end, speed skating was a fitting pasture to put him out to. His perky, in-the-absolute-moment delivery honed in all of his horse-racing work really works here. Remember how Pat Summerall's famous "Montana ... Rice ... touchdown ..." calls had a tone of inevitability and confirmation to them? Tom Hammond's voice has an open-endeded to it that alwasys seems to be saying, "Well, we know what we expect to happen, but anything can happen in sports on a given day."

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  2. Just in from the Gangneung Oval ...

    Mitchell Whitmore, a 28-year-old from Santa Ana, California, comes across in first place in the men's 1,000 meters!

    And then Nico Ihle, a 32-year-old from Chemnitz, Sachsen, Germany, comes across in first place in the men's 1,000 meters!

    And then Joey Mantia, a 32-year-old from Ocala, Florida, comes across in first place in the men's 1,000 meters!

    And then Kim Tae-yun, a 23-year-old from Seoul, South Korea, comes across in first place in the men's 1,000 meters!

    And then Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen, a 25-year-old from Bergen, Norway, comes across in first place in the men's 1,000 meters!

    But, finally, Kjeld Nuis, a 28-year-old from Leiden, Netherlands, comes across in first place in the men's 1,000 meters!

    And so it's Usain Bolt's buddy, Kjeld, who gets to unfurl the ol' (Dutch) red, white and blue over his head and lavish in the gold-medal love flowing down from the stands.

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  3. We're down to two speed-skating events to go at Pyeongchang 2018, and I'm pretty certain it's going to turn out that no sport has been so dominated by a single team this Olympics than has speed skating been dominated by the Netherlands. The Dutch have seven gold medals, four silver and three bronze in speed skating. Japan has gone 2-2-1; Norway, 2-1-1, and Canada, 1-1-0. No other team has won a gold.

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  4. Even still, it's not going to quite measure up to the Dutch dominance in the sport at Sochi 2014. There, the Netherlands came away 8-7-8. China, Czech Republic, Poland and South Korea nabbed one gold each. The Dutch might get both of the mass-start golds tomorrow (can't imagine they are not favored) and get to nine gold medals, but both of those races are new to the Olympic program. (I'm interested in getting Tom Hammond's takes on those, by the way; "mass-start" speed skating sounds like a very intriguing spectacle.)

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  5. Team USA has really picked up its speed-skating pace in Pyeongchang, by the way.

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  6. At Sochi 2014, the Americans won no medals. Here, we got a bronze--in women's team sprint. One of the U.S. competitors, Heather Richardson, married a Dutch skater (Jorrit Bergsma) in the interim, so maybe that was the trick.

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  7. Speed skating has been part of the Winter Olympics since their Chamonix 1924 start. Indeed, the sport was scheduled to be part of the Berlin 1916 Summer Games canceled for World War I.

    Here were the all-time medals leaders in speed skating entering Pyeongchang 2018:

    1. Netherlands 35 gold, 36 silver, 34 bronze
    2. United States 25, 22, 16
    3. Norway 25, 28, 27
    4. Germany 13, 15, 10
    5. Canada 8, 12, 15

    (Wikipedia still notes the old Soviet Union's totals. But ... you know.)

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  8. So it'd be great to Make American Speed Skating Great Again, and maybe the Heather Bergsma/Brittany Bowe/Mia Manganello/Caitlijn Schoetens bronze is, indeed, a harbinger of exactly that happening. Team USA performance at the Olympic speed skating (scroll down to the table at the bottom of this long list) is marked by periods of few or zero (Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956, Sarajevo 1984 and Sochi 2014) and bursts (five at Lake Placid 1932, six at Montreal 1976, eight at Lake Placid 1980, eight at Salt Lake City 2002 and seven at Turin 2006). Joey Cheek or Steve Sands was telling Tom Hammond about how US Speedskating is amid a big recruiting push for young athletes, so maybe we'll see some fruits of that at Beijing 2022 or some future games.

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  9. However it plays out, I hope and pray all of us--them, you, Tom Hammond and me--get to enjoy it together.

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  10. Canada and (surprise) Germany are facing off in a men's hockey semifinal now on NBC Sports Network. Earlier today, the Czech Republic lost the other semifinal, but ... you know ... here we go again.

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  11. Last Big NBC two-hour weekday-afternoon program of these Olympics ... getting the tape-delay party started with the men's biathlon relay ...

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  12. Lasts of these games coming left and right now ... last biathlon event ... Sweden, Norway and Germany take the medals ... Team USA's sixth ties for the country's best-ever finish in an Olympic biathlon event ... way to go, Lowell Bailey of Siler City, North Carolina, et al.

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