The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, have commenced, with the buzz, atmosphere and sense of anticipation palpable along the coastline of the Black Sea.
A record 88 nations are slated to compete in this 22nd edition of the Winter Games, creating an unprecedented amount of globe-spanning interest in the sporting spectacle.
Given the time differences for those involved, it's difficult to keep up with all of the action. Thus, this is a complete tracker of every event and the medal winners for each one.
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Results information is courtesy of Sochi2014.com unless otherwise noted.
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Canada trounced Sweden on Day 16 to wrap up the 2014 Winter Games. The North Americans' 3-0 gold-medal-clinching win marks their second consecutive Olympic triumph in men's hockey and earns them their 10th gold of these Games.
Powered by Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, Canada were able to get past Henrik Lundqvist in the crease on three occasions. On the other end, netminder Carey Price continued his stellar tournament, stopping all 24 shots he faced to preserve Canada's second straight shutout.
Following their disappointing performance in Bolshoy Ice Dome, the Swedes settled for silver, their seventh in Sochi and 15th medal overall.
Finland secured bronze for the second straight Olympics after dismantling Team USA 5-0 in Day 15's bronze-medal game.
Gold: Alexander Legkov, Russia; 1:46:55.2
Silver: Maxim Vylegzhanin, Russia; 1:46:55.9
Bronze: Ilia Chernousov, Russia; 1:46:56.0
Russia swept the podium in the men's cross country 50-kilometer mass start on Day 16, earning three medals to put the hosts ahead in the overall medal count.
Alexander Legkov and compatriots Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov sprinted toward the finish along with Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby, making for a dramatic finish. While the top-four finishers crossed the line within one second of each other, the fifth place finisher was more than 14 seconds back.
Russia's incredible triumph in cross country not only marks their first gold medal in the sport at these Games, but ensures that the hosts will win the medal count, finishing with 13 golds, and 33 overall.
Gold: Russia; 3:40.60
Silver: Latvia; 3:40.69
Bronze: United States; 3:40.99
Russia were able to snag another gold medal on Day 16, beating out Latvia by a hair in the four-man bobsleigh at Sanki Sliding Center.
Led by Alexey Voevoda and Alexander Zubkov, who won gold in the two-man event earlier in these Games, the host nation capitalized on the lead it built on Saturday. The Russians posted a track-record time of 54.82 seconds in the opening heat and wouldn't look back.
Meanwhile, after running fifth in the first heat, Latvia would jump into second place with a blistering run in heat No. 2.
Team USA's top unit of Steven Holcomb, Steven Langton, Christopher Fogt and Curtis Tomasevicz finished less than a half of a second off the pace, posting the fourth-fastest times in heat Nos. 3 and 4.
Gold: Mario Matt, Austria; 1:41.84
Silver: Marcel Hirscher, Austria; 1:42.12
Bronze: Henrik Kristoffersen, Norway; 1:42.67
Mario Matt of Austria grabbed a nearly half-second lead after the first run and did enough in the second to hold on for gold. It's the first Olympic medal of the 34-year-old veteran's career despite prior success in the World Championships and on the World Cup circuit.
The major story coming out of the event was almost a major comeback by Matt's countryman, Marcel Hirscher. A top contender heading into the final alpine skiing competition of the Games, his first effort left a lot to be desired as he finished in ninth.
He bounced back in the second run and stood in gold-medal position heading into Matt's final run. He finished the course clean, relegating Hirscher to a very respectable silver finish. Henrik Kristoffersen joined the podium by winning bronze.
American star Ted Ligety was sixth after the first run but failed to finish the second.
Gold: Russia; 1:12:15.9
Silver: Germany; 1:12:19.4
Bronze: Austria; 1:12:45.7
Norway led for a large portion of the race, including the early stages of the final leg. However, an uncharacteristically poor performance from Emil Hegle Svendsen not only dropped the team from the top spot, but from a podium finish completely.
It opened the door for the chase countries to take advantage and it was host nation Russia that came out on top. Terrific skiing from Anton Shipulin during the final leg was the difference in what developed into a close race with Germany, which won silver.
Austria ended up getting bronze. Norway, after looking like the likely gold-medal winners, ended up finishing fourth, 54 seconds off the pace. Italy rounded out the top five.
Yes, you guessed it, another speedskating gold for the Netherlands. There were a total of 12 long-track events during the Games and Dutch skaters won gold in eight of them. While they were expected to do well heading into the Olympics, that's astounding dominance.
This time it was the trio of Jorien ter Mors, Marrit Leenstra and Ireen Wust winning the women's team pursuit. They set an Olympic record in the A final to beat an overmatched Polish squad, which gets silver, by more than seven seconds.
Host nation Russia won the B final over Japan to win the bronze medal. A large surge across all sports has allowed the Russians to put themselves in great shape in terms of finishing the Sochi Games with the most total medals.
Silver: South Korea
Once the dust settles following the closing ceremony on Sunday there's a good chance the lasting impact from the Games is Netherlands' long-track speedskating dominance. Of the 11 gold medals handed out in the discipline so far, it has won seven of them.
The team of Jan Blokhuijsen, Sven Kramer and Koen Verweij set an Olympic record in the A final to defeat South Korea by more than three seconds. It was another sublime performance from a group that's been virtually unstoppable on the ice.
In the B final, which was for the bronze medal, it was Poland taking down Canada. It actually trailed for a majority of the race but really picked up the pace over the final five laps to overtake the Canadians and earn a spot on the podium.
Gold: Vic Wild, Russia
Silver: Zan Kosir, Slovenia
Bronze: Benjamin Karl, Austria
Vic Wild of Russia captured his second gold medal of the Games. He previously won the giant slalom competition and now backed it up with the parallel slalom triumph. He beat Zan Kosir of Slovenia in the big final.
Wild was up by just over one-tenth of a second after the first race and finished the final race with almost the same exact edge. It wasn't as dominant of a performance as the giant slalom, but the result was the same in the end, a gold medal.
In the small final for bronze it was Benjamin Karl of Austria easing past Aaron March of Italy. Although it was a close battle heading into the second race, March fell during that final run and it allowed Karl to cruise onto the podium.
Gold: Julia Dujmovits, Austria
Silver: Anke Karstens, Germany
Bronze: Amelie Kober, Germany
The big final featured Julia Dujmovits of Austria facing off with Anke Karstens of Germany. Karstens had a lead of seventh-tenths heading into the second race, but the Austrian made up the difference and narrowly won at the line.
In the small final for the bronze medal it was Amelie Kober of Germany picking up the win. While Corinna Boccacini of Italy was able to cut the gap after falling behind in the first race, she couldn't complete the comeback like Dujmovits did in the big final.
Both finals were decided by less than two-tenths of a second.
Gold: Marit Bjoergen, Norway; 1:11:05.2
Silver: Therese Johaug, Norway; 1:11:07.8
Bronze: Kristin Stoermer Steira, Norway; 1:11:28.8
Marit Bjoergen headlined a podium sweep for Norway as she won her third gold medal of this year's Games and sixth overall. She's also won three silvers and a bronze to make her one of the most decorated winter Olympians.
It was the second medal of the Olympics for Therese Johaug, who had previously captured bronze in the classical race. She was in striking distance with Bjoergen throughout and even held the lead a few times, but didn't have the final push necessary to win.
Kristin Stoermer Steira was also right in the mix for most of the race before falling off the pace late. She was still able to hold on to capture her second Olympic medal, though. She finished just under 24 seconds off the lead pace. Fourth place didn't cross the line until nearly a minute later.
Gold: Russia; 6:42.100
Silver: United States; 6:42.371
Bronze: China; 6:48.341
The Russian team of Victor An, Semen Elistratov, Vladimir Grigorev and Ruslan Zakharov was nothing short of outstanding in the final. It set a new Olympic record in the event and needed every bit of that in order to outrace the Americans.
Even though the United States team came up a couple tenths short, the J.R. Celski-led group will be happy to earn a medal after the country's speedskating woes throughout the Games. If Russia wasn't virtually perfect, it would have been gold.
China edged the Netherlands and Kazakhstan for the bronze. The race for third wasn't as close as the race for gold, but the Chinese and Dutch skaters were still separated by less than a second. It illustrates the overall competitiveness of the sport.
Gold: Seung-Hi Park, South Korea; 1:30.761
Silver: Kexin Fan, China; 1:30.811
Bronze: Suk Hee Shim, South Korea; 1:31.027
South Korea continued its strong showing on the women's short track with two more medals. Seung-Hi Park earned her second gold of the Games by beating Kexin Fan by five hundredths of a second in a typically exciting short-track race.
Like Park, Suk Hee Shim was also a part of the South Korean women's team that finished atop the podium in the 3,000-meter relay. This time around she did enough to earn the bronze and was less than a half second off the pace.
Jessica Smith of the United States was the other skater in the women's final, and the only one who doesn't reach the podium. She stayed with the pack throughout, but simply didn't have the final push necessary to get a medal.
Gold: Victor An, Russia; 41.312
Silver: Dajing Wu, China; 41.516
Bronze: Charle Cournoyer, Canada; 41.617
Victor An continued his outstanding Olympic performance for the host nation with his third short-track speedskating medal. It's the second gold of that group after previously winning the 1,000 meters. He won bronze in the 1,500 meters.
He edged out Dajing Wu of China and Charle Cournoyer in the four-man final heat that developed into a three-man race after Wenhao Liang dropped off the pace. The top three were separated by just three-tenths of a second at the line.
The top American hope in the event, J.R. Celski, finished sixth as the second-place finisher in the B final. It was the latest of numerous disappointing results for the United States on the speedskating tracks with competition winding down in Sochi.
Gold: Mikaela Shiffrin, United States; 1:44.54
Silver: Marlies Schild, Austria; 1:45.07
Bronze: Kathrin Zettel, Austria; 1:45.35
Mikaela Shiffrin showed nerves of steel to hold onto her lead after the first run to capture gold in the women's slalom. The 18-year-old American had a close call during her second run, but held on and had a big enough edge to remain in first place.
Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel of Austria were both outside the top five following the first round before fighting back to get medals. They posted the best two individual run times, but they weren't enough to overcome Shiffrin's lead.
Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch and Slovenia's Tina Maze were both within striking distance of the eventual champion after one run. Neither one delivered their best performance in the second round, however, and finished off the podium.
Gold: Ukraine; 1:10:02.5
Silver: Russia; 1:10:28.9
Bronze: Norway; 1:10:40.1
Ukraine won just one medal during the women's individual biathlon events, a bronze by Vita Semerenko in the sprint, but things went much better in the relay.
Juliya Dzhyma gave the Ukrainian team the lead during the second leg thanks to an efficient shooting performance and it never trailed again. The lead eventually reached nearly a minute before Russia fought back within seven seconds to put some pressure on down the stretch, but it wasn't enough.
The host nation finished second. Its shooting was actually the best of any team in the competition, but it couldn't keep up with Ukraine during the skiing portions and that's what ended up making the difference in the end.
Norway, which has enjoyed a very successful Olympics in the biathlon, earned the bronze. Fanny Welle-Strand Horn struggled during the first leg, putting the team in a 50-second hole and the other three athletes couldn't make it back up but did enough to reach the podium.
The United States was in fourth place after the first leg, but faded to a seventh-place finish.
Silver: Great Britain
Any questions about which country sent the best curlers to Sochi were answered in an emphatic way over the past two days. One day after the Canadian women led by Jennifer Jones won gold their counterparts on the men's side matched the feat.
Brad Jacobs' group crushed Great Britain in the final by a score of 9-3. Canada scored two points in the opening end, added three more two ends later and never looked back as skip David Murdoch and his British team failed to match the Canadian shot-making.
In the bronze-medal match, it was Sweden knocking off China by a more competitive 6-4 score. The Swedes pulled out a point in the final regulation end to tie the score at four before earning two points and the victory in an extra end.
Gold: Marielle Thompson, Canada
Silver: Kelsey Serwa, Canada
Bronze: Anna Holmlund, Sweden
Marielle Thompson followed Canada women's tremendous hockey triumph with a well-deserved victory in this year's ski cross event.
The confident winner sailed through a busy day with real confidence and looked to be getting stronger with each race. She overcame the threat of teammate Kelsey Serwa and Sweden's Anna Holmlund in the medal run, who grabbed silver and bronze respectively.
Thompson thrust herself into the lead as the race entered its latter half, but the descent forced the three chasing riders into a congested battle. Six-time world champion Ophelie David lost her footing as the contest came to a close, providing Holmlund with the chance to grab a medal.
While David will be disappointed to have missed out, there's no denying Thompson's consistency gave her the edge. Riders such as Georgia Simmerling and Anna Woerner were escorted off the track in a day of heavy falls, but the eventual winner remained unfazed to capture Canada's eighth gold of the Games.
Silver: United States
After one of the greatest women’s gold medal games in Olympic history, it was Team Canada that beat Team USA in the first women's overtime game ever in the Winter Games by a score of 3-2 on Thursday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia.
Canada’s Marie-Philip Poulin scored the game-winning goal just eight minutes and 10 seconds into the sudden death period while her team was on a five-on-three power play. Poulin also scored the game-tying goal in the third period.
After losing to the Canadians in the group stage and taking the early lead in the third period of the championship game, Team USA was forced to settle for a silver medal.
Switzerland also beat Sweden, 4-3, in an exciting bronze medal game earlier in the day, but all of the headlines have been stolen by this epic gold medal battle.
Gold: Maddie Bowman. United States, 89.00
Silver: Marie Martinod, France, 85.40
Bronze: Ayana Onozuka, Japan, 83.20
The ladies freestyle skiing halfpipe event concluded on Thursday with a wild run to the final. American superstar Maddie Bowman won the gold medal in the event after posting an impressive score of 89.00.
Marie Martinod of France won the silver medal with score of 85.40, and Team Japan’s Ayana Onozuka took home the bronze medal with a score of 83.20.
Fellow American Brita Sigourney was in a position to contend on the final day, but a tough fall in the first run threw off her pacing and she was not able to recover with an impressive enough second run. She finished sixth.
Gold: Adelina Sotnikova, Russia, 224.59
Silver: Yuna Kim, South Korea, 219.11
Bronze: Carolina Kostner, Italy, 216.73
The 2014 Winter Olympics figure skating competitions have been fierce, but few events were as exciting as the final battle for the ladies gold, silver and bronze medals.
In front of the home crowd, it was Adelina Sotnikova of Russia that brought home the gold medal with an incredible combined score of 224.59. Sotnikova scored a score of 74.64 in the short program and brought home the gold with a score of 149.95 in the free skate.
South Korean legend Yuna Kim won the silver medal with a score of 219.11, and Italian Carolina Kostner won the bronze with a score of 216.73.
American favorite Gracie Gold finished in fourth place with a score of 205.53, and Russian favorite Julia Lipnitskaia rounded out the top five with a score of 200.57.
The Nordic combined events featured the intense action of ski jumping mixed with the unique challenges of cross country skiing. The team version of this event is even more exciting.
While Norway struggled early in the individual events, the team portion of the Nordic combined has offered the nation a chance at redemption.
Germany dominated the jumping portion of the event, finishing with 481.7 points. Austria finished second and Norway started the cross country race in third.
The battle for the win in the cross country portion of the event required a photo finish, but it was the Norwegians that won the gold medal with a time of 47:13.5. That was just 0.3 seconds better than Germany’s second-place time of 47:13.8.
Team USA finished sixth with a time of 49:35.1.
Bronze: Great Britain
In a great final battle for the gold medal, the Canadian women were able to hold off the Swedish team by a score of 6-3. While Team Canada was favored in this matchup, Team Sweden proved to be a worthy adversary and pushed the gold medalists to their limit.
Canada’s lead Dawn McEwen, second Jill Officer, third Kaitlyn Lawes and skip Jennifer Jones made it clear throughout the group portion of the tournament that they were the team to beat, and only got stronger as the elimination portion of the tournament went on.
In the bronze medal game, It all came down to the very last stone as this year's British women became the youngest team ever to win a curling medal at the Winter Olympics, boasting an average age of just 23.
Eve Muirhead made the decisive finish in the 10th end, pushing Switzerland out of arm's reach as a 6-5 victory was sealed for Great Britain right at the death.
The Britons weren't always in control of a fixture that was sometimes lacking in entertainment value, but ultimately came good as the drama unfolded at Sochi's Ice Cube Curling Centre.
Gold: Jean Frederic Chapuis, France
Silver: Arnaud Bovolenta, France
Bronze: Jonathan Midol, France
Brady Leman was unable to break up the French cohesion that formed in the final of Sochi's men's ski cross final, helpless but to watch as Jean Frederic Chapuis sealed the gold, followed closely by countrymen Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol, in that order.
Canadian Leman was unfortunate to find himself up against a trio of such talented freestylers, and the knuckles and bumps of the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park didn't seem to bother France's bastions.
The French trio boosted its nation's medal-table hopes dramatically by shutting out any opposition from claiming a top-three finish, raising the French tally to 14 overall.
Gold: Canada-1, 3:50.61
Silver: USA-1, 3:50.71
Bronze: USA-2, 3:51.61
Team USA came into the women’s two man bobsled competition as serious contenders to take home the gold medal, but it was Canada-1’s Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse that stole the show with an impressive time of three minutes and 50.61 seconds.
This was the second gold medal for the tandem of Humphries and Moyse.
USA-1’s Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams led the event after each of the first three heats, but Canada-1 had a great fourth heat and stole the victory. USA-2’s team of Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans finished in third and captured the bronze medal.
The polarizing American team of Lolo Jones and Jazmine Fenlator in USA-3 were unable to make much of a mark in their first Winter Games, finishing in 11th.
Silver: Czech Republic
Norway had struggled to make an impact at the 2014 Winter Olympics, but the team was able to capture the gold medal in the mixed biathlon relay event and help legendary skier Ole Einar Bjoerndalen win his record-breaking 13th Olympic medal.
Bjoerndalen told ESPN about his achievement:
It's fantastic, I never imagined this would happen. Bjoern is still my big hero ... He gave me a lot of motivation. Now I have the same gold as him, and that's cool. It's difficult to realize during the championships what has happened because you try to focus on the races. It will only sink in after the Olympics.
While the Czech Republic team deserves immense credit for winning the silver and Italy deserves credit for winning the bronze, the focus of this event was the resurgence of the Norwegians and the accomplishment of Bjoerndalen.
Gold: Martina Sablíkova, Czech Republic, 6:51.54
Silver: Ireen Wust, Netherlands, 6:54.28
Bronze: Carien Kleibeuker, Netherlands, 6:55.66
While the Netherlands have dominated the speedskating portion of the 2014 Winter Olympics, it was Martina Sablíkova of the Czech Republic that stole the show in the women’s 5,000 meters race on Wednesday.
Sablíkova’s time of 6:51.54 was 2.74 seconds faster than second place.
The silver medal was won by Ireen Wust of the Netherlands after she skated a very impressive time of 6:54.28. The Dutch dominance continued as Carien Kleibeuker amassed a very fast time of 6:55.66.
Whether it’s men or women, the Netherlands have utterly dominated the sport of speedskating.
The Nordic dominance of the cross country events continued on Wednesday as Norway, Finland and Sweden all managed to take home medals in the women’s team sprint classic finals.
The Norwegian team of Marit Bjoergen and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg utterly dominated the field in this event, and managed to put up an impressive time of 16:04.05, over nine seconds ahead of the silver medalists.
Finland’s Kerttu Niskanen and Aino-Kaisa Saarinen finished in second, and Sweden’s Ida Ingemarsdotter and Stina Nilsson managed to win the bronze medal. Team USA’s Kikkan Randall and Sophie Caldwell finished eighth with a time of 16:48.08.
Team Finland’s Iivo Niskanen and Sami Jauhojaervi stole the show on the men’s side of this event, taking home the gold medal with a time of 23:14.89. The two men ran a near-perfect race and were able to achieve their Olympic dream.
The Russian team made a rush for the top prize, but the duo of Maxim Vylegzhanin and Nikita Kriukov was forced to go home with the silver medal, just under a second off the gold medal pace.
The Swedish team comprised of Emil Joensson and Teodor Peterson won the bronze, and Team USA’s Bjornsen and Simeon Hamilton finished eighth overall.
Gold: Ted Ligety, United States
Silver: Steve Missillier, France
Bronze: Alexis Pinturault, France
Team USA has struck gold in the men’s Alpine skiing giant slalom.
American skier Ted Ligety was heralded as a serious medal contender in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and he lived up to the expectations with an incredible time of two minutes and 45.29 seconds to secure the gold medal.
While Team USA stole the gold medal, the French group of skiers including Steve Missillier and Alexis Pinturault managed to win the silver and bronze medals respectively.
They were 0.48 seconds and 0.64 seconds behind Ligety’s gold medal pace respectively.
Gold: Vic Wild, Russia
Silver: Nevin Galmarini, Switzerland
Bronze: Zan Kosir, Slovenia
Just as the women’s parallel giant slalom was a great test of speed and mental fortitude, the men’s snowboarding event was just as exciting and featured close battles for the gold and for the bronze.
Vic Wild of Russia was able to win the gold medal, but it wasn’t until after Nevin Galmarini of Switzerland forced him to his limit. Wild lost the first run by 0.54 seconds, but managed to take the first place by 2.14 seconds.
The bronze medal matchup was more one-sided, though, as Zan Kosir of Slovenia beat German skier Patrick Bussler in both runs.
Gold: Patrizia Kummer, Switzerland
Silver: Tomoka Takeuchi, Japan
Bronze: Alena Zavarzina, Russia
In one of the most unique events of the 2014 Winter Games, the women’s parallel giant slalom featured the fastest snowboarders in the world going head-to-head.
The gold medal runs featured Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland stealing the show and the gold medal by beating Tomoka Takeuchi of Japan. Takeuchi won the first run by 0.30 seconds, but it was Kummer that took the second run by 7.32 seconds and took first prize.
Alena Zavarzina of Russia lost in the first bronze medal run by just 0.01 seconds to Ina Meschik, but Zavarzina managed to take home the medal by winning the second run by 0.82 seconds.
Gold: David Wise, United States, 92.00
Silver: Mike Riddle, Canada, 90.60
Bronze: Kevin Rolland, France, 88.60
Team USA has done well in the halfpipe events at the 2014 Winter Olympics, but it was David Wise that stole the show in the men's freestyle skiing classification and brought home the gold medal with an impressive score of 92.00.
Wise showcased why he was considered one of the best in the sport coming into the Games.
The rest of the competitors didn’t go without a fight, though, as Canadian star Mike Riddle had a great second run and scored a 90.60. The score was just 1.4 points off the gold medal run.
Kevin Rolland of France won the bronze with a score of 88.60.
Gold: Jorrit Bergsma, Netherlands, 12:44.45
Silver: Sven Kramer, Netherlands, 12:49.02
Bronze: Bob de Jong, Netherlands, 13:07.19
The Netherlands has dominated the speedskating events at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the streak continued in the men’s 10,000 meters when the nation managed to take home all three medals in the event.
While the Netherlands will be excited about the finish regardless, it was Jorrit Bergsma that stole the show and set an Olympic record with an incredible time of 12 minutes and 44.45 seconds to win the gold medal.
Sven Kramer was looking for redemption after losing his gold medal in 2010 on a disqualification, but was forced to settle for a second place finish and a bronze medal with a time of 12:49.02.
Bob de Jong finished the clean sweep for the Netherlands with a strong third-place finish, amassing a time of 13:07.19.
Americans Emery Lehman and Patrick Meek finished 10th and 11th respectively.
Gold: Joergen Graabak, Norway
Silver: Magnus Hovdal Moan, Norway
Bronze: Fabian Riessle, Germany
In one of the most unique events of the 2014 Winter Olympics, it was Norway’s Joergen Graabak that won the gold medal in the Nordic combined individual large hill classification.
Graabak had the sixth-best jump of the day (118.4 points), but stole the show on the cross country course, finishing first with a time of 22 minutes and 45.5 seconds.
Norway has struggled in the skiing events to the surprise of many, but the nation dominated Tuesday as Magnus Hovdal Moan also managed to finish in second.
Moan was seventh in the jumping portion of the event (117.8), but moved into second place during the race, just 0.6 seconds behind the gold medalist. Fabian Riessle of Germany finished third and took home the bronze medal.
Team USA’s best finisher was Taylor Fletcher in 20th. He had the 35th-best jump (95.8), but managed a strong run in the cross country event (22:31.6).
Gold: South Korea, 4:09.498
Silver: Canada, 4:10.641
Bronze: Italy, 4:14.014
The short track speed skating events from the 2014 Winter Olympics have been exciting, but few have the non-stop action that the ladies’ 3,000 meters relay race possesses.
This year featured the South Korean team stealing the show and winning the gold medal with a time of four minutes and 9.498 seconds. The team consisted of talented skaters Shim Sukhee, Park Seunghi, Kim Alang, Cho Ha-Ri and Kong Sangjeong.
Team Canada took home the silver medal with a time of 4:10.641 and consisted of skaters Marie-Eve Drolet, Jessica Hewitt, Valerie Maltais and Marianne St-Gelais.
The Italians took home the bronze with a time of 4:14.014 with a team made up of Lucia Peretti, Arianna Fontana, Elena Viviani and Martina Valcepina.
Gold: Tina Maze, Slovenia, 2:36.87
Silver: Anna Fenninger, Austria, 2:36.94
Bronze: Viktoria Rebensburg, Germany, 2:37.14
The battle for the gold medal in the Alpine skiing ladies giant slalom was as fierce as most expected, but it was Tina Maze of Slovenia that finished in first place with an impressive combined time of two minutes and 36.87 seconds.
Maze beat silver medalist Anna Fenninger of Austria by just 0.07 seconds (2:36.94) and bronze medal winner Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany by 0.27 seconds.
The times from top to bottom were ultra competitive.
Team USA’s best finisher was Mikaela Shiffrin who ended up fifth overall with a time of 2:37.37, just 0.5 seconds off Maze’s gold medal pace.
Gold: Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway, 42:29.1
Silver: Martin Fourcade, France, 42:29.1
Bronze: Ondrej Moravec, Czech Republic, 42:42.9
In one of the most exciting events of the 2014 Winter Olympics, it was Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway that beat Martin Fourcade of France in a wild photo finish in the men’s mass start biathlon to win the gold medal.
Both Svendsen and Fourcade amassed a time of 42 minutes and 29.1 seconds, and the outcome was forced to go to a photo finish. Svendsen had the lead heading toward the finish line, but a late surge in the final stretch, a premature celebration from the gold medalist and a reach at the line from Fourcade almost resulted in the biggest shocker of the Games.
Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic had a great run as well, finishing in third and bringing home the bronze medal with a respectable time of 42:42.9.
Team USA’s best performance was from Lowell Bailey. The American finished in 23rd with a time of 45:19.2.
Gold: Pierre Vaultier, France
Silver: Nikolay Olyunin, Russia
Bronze: Alex Deibold, USA
Despite the best attempts at an upset from Russian home favourite Nikolay Olyunin, Pierre Vaultier surged down Sochi's Rosa Khutor Extreme Park course to give France their third gold medal of these Winter Games on Tuesday (Feb. 18).
The men's snowboard cross was postponed from an original date of Monday due to the fog, but the weather relented just enough for the Frenchman to etch his name further into this sport's history.
Olyunin would ultimately have to settle for a runners-up spot, while Team USA's Alex Deibold claimed the bronze medal.
Vaultier's victory is incredible when one considers the 26-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament barely two months ago, but as the biggest name in his trade, experience and wisdom rightfully won out in the end.
Gold: Germany, 1,041.1 points
Silver: Austria, 1,038.4 points
Bronze: Japan, 1,024.9 points
The perpetual dominance Austrian men had in men's team ski jumping ended on Monday at the 2014 Sochi Games, as Germany edged out Austria with 1,041.1 points to win the gold medal in the final round.
According to the Associated Press (via the Los Angeles Times), Austria hadn't lost a large hill team event since the 2005 world championships and had won gold at the previous two Winter Games. Monday signaled a changing of the guard in that sense.
Germany were represented by Severin Freund, Marinus Kraus, Andreas Wank and Andreas Wellinger. It was Freund who took the final leap for his team to give them the win by 2.7 points, as the quartet was ecstatic as the results were announced at RusSki Gorki Jumping Center.
The bronze winner was Japan. Its team scored 1,024.9 points and consisted of Daiki Ito, Noriaki Kasai, Reruhi Shimizu and Taku Takeuchi
Gold: Meryl Davis and Charlie White, USA, 195.52
Silver: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Canada, 190.99
Bronze: Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov, Russia, 183.48
To say the figure skating pairs lived up to the hype in the ice dance on Monday would be a massive understatement. Longtime rivals from the USA and Canada battled to the end, but the American tandem of Meryl Davis and Charlie White emerged victorious with the gold to cap off an amazing free dance program.
Davis and White scored a world-record 195.52 total points in the ice dance competition, eclipsing the standard set by Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada just minutes before them. As well as Virtue and Moir skated, the victors extended the lead they had after setting a world record on Sunday's short program.
The Michigan natives capped off the event as the last pairing to take the ice, thriving under the pressure and avenging Virtue and Moir winning the gold in this event at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
Right after Virtue and Moir laid down an amazing routine, though, Russia's own Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov rocked the Iceberg Skating Palace with a brilliant display of their own—good enough to garner bronze honors.
Gold: Alexey Voevoda and Alexander Zubkov, Russia, 3:45.39
Silver: Alex Baumann and Beau Hefti, Switzerland, 3:46.05
Bronze: Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton, USA, 3:46.27
Host Russia claimed another 2014 Winter Olympic gold medal at Sanki Sliding Center on Monday, courtesy of the swift two-man bobsleigh team of Alexey Voevoda and Alexander Zubkov.
The tandem managed a total time of 3:45.39 across four heats, setting track records in the first and third heats before hanging on for a wire-to-wire triumph with a Heat 4 time of 56.49. It had to be extra special, since they finished third in 2010 in Vancouver and came out on top at home in Sochi.
Switzerland's Alex Baumann and Beau Hefti had a respectable showing in securing the silver, while Americans Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton rounded out the pairings on the podium.
Gold: Anton Kushnir, Belarus, 134.50
Silver: David Morris, Australia, 110.41
Bronze: Zongyang Jia, China, 95.06
The second gold medal of the day for Belarus came from Anton Kushnir, whose run of 134.50 was good enough to best David Morris for gold in the men's aerial freestyle skiing finals on Monday at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
NBC Olympics producer Jason Stahl noted how Kushnir's score was the highest of any run in the men's aerials, which essentially locked him in for a spot on the podium:
Anton Kushnir's score of 134.50 is the highest of any skier in any round in men's #aerials. He's in first and is guaranteed a medal.— Jason Stahl (@stahl_jason) February 17, 2014
This had to be a relief for Kushnir, who had come up empty in the hardware department in two previous Olympic appearances but secured the gold on this occasion. Adding to the significnae is the fact that Alla Tsuper won gold in the ladies' aerials on Friday, completing a fitting Belarus sweep.
Morris had a respectable showing, but it wasn't near enough to match Kushnir's extraordinary efforts that got him the top prize. China's Zongyang Jia settled for the bronze to add to his country's medal count.
Gold: Darya Domracheva, Belarus, 35:25.6
Silver: Gabriela Soukalova, Czech Republic, 35:45.8
Bronze: Tiril Eckhoff, Norway, 35:52.9
Belarus' Darya Domracheva continued her amazing run at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Monday, winning her third individual gold medal in the women's 12.5-kilometer mass start biathlon. She became the first woman to win three biathlon events in a single Olympics.
In spite of that amazing accomplishment, Domracheva didn't feel she'd done anything too special after it was over, per Douglas Gelevan of CBC Montreal:
Triple gold medalist Darya Domracheva "I don't feel like I did something special maybe I will feel it later" pic.twitter.com/aDidrF6XiM— Douglas Gelevan (@DGelevan) February 17, 2014
The margin of victory was impressive—over 20 seconds—but silver medalist Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic beat her nearest competition in bronze winner Tiril Eckhoff by more than seven seconds.
It was clear that Domracheva was in a class of her own, though. That's been the case throughout these Winter Games, as she's established herself as the most decorated Olympian in her country's history.
Gold: Jorien Ter Mors, Netherlands, 1:53.51
Silver: Irene Wust, Netherlands, 1:54.09
Bronze: Lotte Van Beek, Netherlands, 1:54.54
The Dutch dominance in speedskating continued on Sunday, as the Netherlands occupied all three spots on the podium. Jorien Ter Mors set an Olympic record with a time of 1:53.51 in winning the ladies' 1,500-meter speedskating event.
Irene Wust was the defending champion in this competition, and she'd already won another gold and silver before this race began at the Sochi Games. The record-breaking performance by her compatriot caused Wust to settle for silver this time around, giving her three medals in 2014.
Finishing in fourth was Marrit Leenstra—also from the Netherlands—who was in position to win the bronze until Lotte Van Beek beat her by 1.86 seconds as part of the 18th and final pairing of the competition.
Gold: Sweden, 1:28:42.0
Silver: Russia, 1:29:03.3
Bronze: France, 1:29:13.9
For the second Winter Olympics in a row, Sweden managed to reign supreme in the men's 4x10-kilometer cross-country skiing relay event on Sunday at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center. Marcus Hellner finished the job for the victors, whose team of four featured three medalists from this year's Sochi Games in Hellner, Johan Olsson and Daniel Richardsson.
The first two legs of the race were classic style, while the final two were freestyle. Lars Nelson got Sweden off to a fine start by edging out Finland, a formidable team that faded to sixth down the stretch.
Hosting nation Russia was represented well during the demanding test but were no match for the Swedes, finishing over 27 minutes behind the pace. Russia placed second on the final two legs, but couldn't overcome Dmitriy Japarov's eighth-place finish in the opening leg.
France settled for bronze and remained firmly entrenched in third position throughout most of the competition except for a brief drop to fourth when the second leg concluded.
Gold: Eva Samkova, Czech Republic.
Silver: Dominique Maltais, Canada.
Bronze: Chloe Trespeuch, France.
The most exciting and dangerous Olympic event came to its conclusion as the new superstar of women's snowboarding took the gold medal in the cross discipline.
20-year-old Czech Republic athlete Eva Samkova destroyed the field to take he place on top of the winner's rostrum as she proved she is the hottest rider in the world today.
Canada's legendary Dominique Maltais, a two times Olympic medalist and former X Games champion, finished in second place to claim the silver medal.
A surprise came as France claimed the bronze with Chloe Trespeuch holding on to third place in a dramatic race.
The event sees the birth of Samkova's inevitable reign in Snowboard Cross as the young athlete looks likely to dominate the sport for years to come.
Gold: Kjetil Jansrud, Norway; 1:18.14
Silver: Andrew Weibrecht, U.S.A; 1:18.44
Joint Bronze: Jan Hudec, Canada and Bode Miller, U.S.A; 1:18.67
Norway's imperious Kjetil Jansrud captured his second medal of these games as he raced to the gold medal in difficult conditions at Sochi 2014.
Jansrud clocked a time of 1:18.14, some three tenths of a second faster than second place Andrew Weibrecht of the U.S.A.
The bronze was shared by Canada's Jan Hudec and veteran American skiier Bode Miller, as they finished in a dead heat in 1:18.67.
The podium placing for Miller made him the oldest alpine skiing medal winner in history, after what has been a challenging year for the athlete.
Course conditions made the news after complaints previously from the female Super G racers forced Sochi officials to bring the start of the race forward by one hour.
Gold: Kamil Stoch, Poland; 278.7
Silver: Noriaki Kasai, Japan; 277.4
Bronze: Peter Prevc, Slovenia; 274.8
After winning the gold in the normal hill event earlier in the Games, Kamil Stoch was able to match that performance in the large hill. He posted nearly identical scores in the two disciplines (278 and 278.7) and both times it was good enough for first place.
He was joined on the podium by Noriaki Kasai of Japan. His presence in the top three is amazing because the 41-year-old veteran last earned an Olympic medal in 1994. Then he was part of a Japanese ski jumping team that captured silver.
Peter Prevc wrapped up the top three and, like Stoch, was making his second podium appearance of the Games. He won silver in the large hill, but was actually closer in score to the Polish star this time around. The future is bright for the 21-year-old rising star.
Gold: Alexander Tretiakov, Russia; 3:44.29
Silver: Martin Dukurs, Latvia; 3:45.10
Bronze: Matthew Antoine, United States; 3:47.26
Alexander Tretiakov of Russia ended the final two heats of skeleton competition with a sizable advantage over the field. All he needed was a pair of clean runs on Saturday to earn another gold for the host nation, and he delivered.
The same could have been said in relation to Latvia's Martins Dukurs in terms of the silver. He would have needed a major mistake from Tretiakov to move into gold-medal position. It didn't happen, but he held on for second place.
Matthew Antoine of the United States came in third. Paired with the silver from Noelle Pikus-Pace on the women's side, it was a successful couple of days on the skeleton track for the Americans. John Daly also had podium hopes, but faltered on the final run.
Gold: Zbigniew Brodka, Poland; 1:45.006
Silver: Koen Verweij, Netherlands; 1:45.009
Bronze: Denny Morrison, Canada; 1:45.22
Another thrilling speedskating race that was decided by fractions of a second. This time, the numbers had to get dragged out to the thousandths in order to determine a winner between Zbigniew Brodka and Koen Verweij.
It turned out the Poland skater had crossed the line three one-thousandths of a second quicker to earn the gold medal. That's extreme even when you consider the fact most of the races are being decided by less than a second to begin with.
Verweij was forced to accept silver. While it's still a terrific result, and his first career Olympic medal, it has to be disappointing to come so close to the top of podium and not get it.
Denny Morrison came in third, but by the first-second time standards was well off the pace at two-tenths of a second behind. The top American was Brian Hansen in seventh. Shani Davis finished 11th.
Gold: Victor An, Russia; 1:25.325
Silver: Vladimir Grigorev, Russia; 1.25.399
Bronze: Sjinkie Knegt, Netherlands; 1.25.611
It was a productive 1,000-meter short-track race for the host nation. Russia earned each of the top two spots on the podium. Its two skaters were joined by one from the Netherlands, which has been dominant in speedskating events so far.
Victor An won the race by seven one-hundredths of a second over countryman Vladimir Grigorev. It's the second medal of the Games for An. He previously reached the podium by finishing third in the 1,500 meters.
Grigorev finished second and was followed by Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands. It was the first Olympic medal for both skaters.
No Americans reached the final.
Gold: Yang Zhou, China; 2:19.140
Silver: Suk Hee Shim, South Korea; 2:19.239
Bronze: Arianna Fontana, Italy; 2:19.416
As you'd expect, the women's short-track speedskating 1,500-meter race was very competitive. Four of the five skaters in the final finished around a half second apart, making for a mad dash to the finish in order to reach the podium.
Yang Zhou won that mad dash to win gold. It's the third medal of her Olympic career, all of which are gold, with the previous two coming in Vancouver. Aside from the 1,500, she's also enjoyed plenty of success in the 3,000-meter relay.
Suk Hee Shim and Arianna Fontana rounded out the podium finishers. It marks the second medal of the Olympics for Fontana, who previously finished second in the 500 meters. She is now the proud owner of four medals from the Games.
Emily Scott of the United States reached the final but finished a distant fifth.
Gold: Sweden; 53:02.7
Silver: Finland; 53:03.2
Bronze: Germany; 53:03.6
This race illustrated one of the best things about the Olympic Games. Three teams that were racing for nearly as hour across four different skiers still managed to finish within one second of each other for the three podium spots. That's nothing short of amazing.
Sweden ended up capturing the gold with the team of Anna Haag, Ida Ingemarsdotter, Charlotte Kalla and Emma Wiken. They were the only group that never fell below third and that consistency paid off in the end.
Finland checked in second and Germany came in third. Finland was ninth after the first leg and eventually worked up to first, but fell back during the final leg. Germany was never in gold-medal position, but managed to earn bronze.
France came in fourth, but it was 45 seconds off the gold pace.
Gold: Anna Fenninger, Austria; 1:25.52
Silver: Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany; 1:25.07
Bronze: Nicole Hosp, Austria; 1:25.18
Anna Fenninger blew away the competition to capture her first Olympic medal, a gold, in the women's Super-G. She won the event by more than half of a second over a decorated group of fellow contenders. It continues her upward trend evident during the last two World Cup campaigns.
The next four skiers were separated by just over two-tenths of a second. That illustrates both how impressive Fenninger's performance was as well as the small margin for error on the Olympic stage. One small mistake makes a major difference.
Maria Hoefl-Riesch ended up in silver-medal position. She adds that to her gold in the combined competition to make for a very successful Olympics so far. She won two gold medals in the Vancouver Games four years ago.
Nicole Hosp of Austria rounded out the podium. The top American finisher was Julia Mancuso, who finished eighth.
Gold: Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan; 280.09
Silver: Patrick Chan, Canada; 275.62
Bronze: Denis Ten, Kazakhstan; 255.10
Yuzuru Hanyu started off the competition by setting a world record for the best short program of all time with a score of 101.45. He barely slowed down in his free skate and finished with the best score once again to end with a gold medal.
Patrick Chan finished with a disappointing silver after coming into the week as the overwhelming favorite. The Canadian won the last three world championships, but a couple of mistakes caused a difference of more than four points behind himself and Hanyu.
Of course, these two were well ahead of the third-place finisher Denis Ten, who somehow reached the podium despite not being part of the final group of six. He entered the day in ninth place but put together a great free skate to earn the first figure skating medal in Kazakhstan history.
American Jason Brown had a chance to finish in third as the final competitor, but a few slips caused him to drop down to ninth.
Gold: Alla Tsuper, Belarus; 98.01
Silver: Mengtao Xu, China; 83.50
Bronze: Lydia Lassila, Australia; 72.12
Alla Tsuper showcased great consistency and came through with a big jump when she needed it the most to win her first career gold medal.
The 34-year-old Belarusian has competed in every Olympics since 1998 but had never medaled. However, she had the best jump in the first and third final to ensure her place on top of the podium.
Megtao Xu had the best overall jump in the second final, earning a score of 101.08. Unfortunately, her final score of 83.50 was only enough for a silver. Lydia Lassila grabbed the bronze medal on the hardest jump of the final round, scoring a degree of difficulty of 4.425.
American Emily Cook reached the second final but her score of 64.50 left her to finish in eighth place.
Gold: Elizabeth Yarnold, Great Britain; 3:52.89
Silver: Noelle Pikus-Pace, United States; 3:53.86
Bronze: Elena Nikitina, Russia; 3:54.30
Elizabeth Yarnold led after all four runs in the competition to come away with a gold medal for Great Britain. The 25-year-old athlete set a track record with her first run and then broke it herself in her third run.
By the time she started her final time down the track, she had almost a full second to spare, helping her win the gold medal with ease.
Noelle Pikus-Pace also completed a great week to earn a silver medal after coming in fourth four years ago. Elena Nikitina narrowly earned the bronze despite a final run that ranked 12th in the competition. American Katie Uhlaender finished just 0.04 seconds out of a medal.
Gold: Darya Domracheva, Belarus; 43:19.6
Silver: Selina Gasparin, Switzerland; 44:35.3
Bronze: Nadezhda Skardino, Belarus; 44:57.8
A great performance in the skiing portion of the biathlon helped Darya Domracheva win her second gold medal of the Olympics.
The Belarusian suffered one penalty due to a missed shot in the first standing station, but she was excellent otherwise and defeated everyone else in the field by more than one minute.
Selina Gasparin came through with a surprising second-place finish thanks to a perfect 20-for-20 in the shooting portion of the race. Nadezhda Skardino was also flawless with her shooting and finished with the bronze medal.
Hannah Dreissigacker finished in 23rd place, the highest of four Americans in the competition.
Gold: Sandro Viletta, Switzerland; 2:45.20
Silver: Ivica Kostelic, Croatia; 2:45.54
Bronze: Christof Innerhofer, Italy; 2:45.67
After only finishing in 14th place in the down hills race, Sandro Viletta put up an incredible time in the slalom to secure the first gold medal for Switzerland in the super combined competition.
This was certainly a surprising finish in a competitive field after Viletta finished in just 14th place four years ago in Vancouver. However, the beauty of the Olympics is that anyone involved can come away with a gold medal.
Ivica Kostelic earned the silver for Croatia after finishing just 0.34 seconds behind the leader. Christof Innerhofer will bring home the bronze for Italy. Kjetil Jansrud—who led the race after the downhill—narrowly missed out on medaling and ended in fourth.
American Bode Miller could not defend his title after winning the event in 2010. He finished in sixth place, while Jared Goldberg ended in 11th and Ted Ligety took 12th.
Gold: Dario Cologna, Switzerland; 38:29.7
Silver: Johan Olsson, Sweden; 38:58.2
Bronze: Daniel Richardsson, Sweden; 39:08.5
After winning the 15-kilometer classic in 2010, Dario Cologna defended his title with a dominant run through the grueling course. This is the third gold medal for the Swiss star, who also won the skiathlon earlier in the week.
Most impressively, Cologna suffered a torn ligament in his ankle in November but recovered to secure a gold in his best event.
Sweden rounded out the podium with a silver medal from Johan Olsson and a bronze from Daniel Richardsson. Iivo Niskanen of Finland appeared to be in position for a medal, but a late push by Richardsson knocked him out of contention by two tenths of a second.
Noah Hoffman was the top American finisher in 31st place with Erik Bjornsen not far behind in 38th.
Gold: Germany, 2:45.649
Silver: Russia, 2:46.679
Bronze: Latvia, 2:47.295
The German’s domination of the luge events continued on Thursday when the nation brought home the gold medal in the Team Relay event with an impressive time of 2:45.649.
Team Russia stunned the field and stole the silver medal with a time of 2:46.679, and Latvia brought home the bronze with a time of 2:47.295.
The American team led by Erin Hamlin finished sixth overall with a time of 2:47.555.
Gold: Martin Fourcade, France, 49:31.7
Silver: Erik Lesser, Germany, 49:43.9
Bronze: Evgeniy Garanichev, Russia, 50:06.2
France’s Martin Fourcade was widely considered one of the best biathlon skiers in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but he has utterly dominated the field regardless of the length of the races.
After winning the gold medal in the men’s 12.5 kilometer pursuit, Fourcade followed it up with an incredible time of 49:31.7 during the individual 20 kilometer race and brought home yet another gold medal.
Erik Lesser of Germany brought home the silver medal with a time of 49:43.9, and Russian star Evgeniy Garanichev took the bronze in front of a raucous home crowd with a time of 50:06.2.
American Lowell Bailey was the best finisher from team USA, managing an eighth place finish, just 1:25.7 off Fourcade’s gold medal run.
Gold: Hong Zhang, China, 1:14.02
Silver: Ireen Wust, Netherlands, 1:14.69
Bronze: Margot Boer, Netherlands, 1:14.90
The men’s 1,000 meters race on Wednesday was an intense battle that featured a surprise star leaving with the gold medal, and the same can now be said for the women.
With an incredible time of 1:14.02, Chinese star Hong Zhang stole the show and first place with a stunning run. She just beat out Ireen Wust of the Netherlands, who finished just .67 seconds behind with a time of 1:14.69.
Fellow Netherlands representative Margot Boer took home the bronze with a time of 1:14.90.
American stars Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe finished eighth and ninth respectively.
Gold: Jianrou Li, China, 45.263
Silver: Arianna Fontana, Italy, 51.250
Bronze: Seung-Hi Park, South Korea, 54.207
The short track speedskating events kicked off Wednesday with a vengeance, and it was the women’s 500 meters that started the show.
The field was one of the toughest in the sport, but Jianrou Li of China made it clear that she is one of the most talented skaters in the world. The gold medal was impressive for Li, but her time of 45.263 was as much of an achievement as the medal.
Italian star Arianna Fontana brought home the silver medal for her nation with a time of 51.250, and South Korean Seung-Hi Park took the bronze with a time of 54.207.
Gold: Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland, 28:17.8
Silver: Charlotte Kalla, Sweden, 28:36.2
Bronze: Therese Johaug, Norway, 28:46.1
The women’s 10 kilometer classic cross country race was another intense battle on the cross country course, but Polish star Justyna Kowalczyk was able to win the gold medal with an impressive time of 28:17.8.
Kowalczyk was clearly the strongest competitor in the field, beating second place finisher Charlotte Kalla of Sweden by 18.4 seconds. Kalla’s time of 28:36.2 was still worthy of the silver medal, though.
Therese Johaug of Norway won the bronze medal with a time of 28:46.1.
The best performance from an American was Sadie Bjornsen, who managed to finish in 18th with a time of 29:59.7. That was 1:41.9 off the gold medal pace.
Gold: Joss Christensen, 95.80
Silver: Gus Kenworthy, 93.60
Bronze: Nicholas Goepper, 92.40
Team USA cleaned up in the men's slopestyle final, capturing all three medals in an excellent showing for those wearing stars and stripes.
Joss Christensen finished top of the pile with a best run of 95.80. The 22-year-old placed himself well ahead of the competition with a stunning first run and had been crowned winner by the time he reappeared for his second.
Just to hammer home his dominance, Christensen's second run score of 93.80 also toppled the rest of the competition. Gus Kenworthy and Nicholas Goepper followed their countryman's lead to wrap up a trio of medals that pushes USA to 12 overall, including four golds.
Bobby Brown posted the most disappointing result for Team USA and failed to overcome his nerves in ninth place.
Elsewhere, Austria's Andreas Haatveit narrowly missed out on a medal. He finished just 0.60 below Goepper and will be ruing a missed opportunity in the aftermath of the event.
James Woods from Great Britain performed admirably in fifth, an excellent result considering his recent hip problems, as reported by The Telegraph. Despite a brave showing from the Englishman, he wasn't destined to overpower a day of American dominance on the slopes.
Gold: Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, Russia, 236.86
Silver: Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, Russia, 218.68
Bronze: Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, Germany, 215.78
The Russians are once again a dominant force in figure staking.
The host of the 2014 Olympics had its focus on the performance of all the figure skaters at the Games, but the pair events were one of the most important. After years of dominance, the nation had struggled lately.
That was until Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov proved that they were the best team in the Olympics and managed to score an incredible 236.86 combined score to win the gold medal for Russia.
The other Russian duo of Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov won the silver medal with a combined score of 218.68. While the German team of Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy had a great performance and took the bronze, this was all about the Russians.
Volosozhar and Trankov are the king and queen of pairs figure skating.
Gold: Kaitlyn Farrington, United States, 91.75
Silver: Torah Bright, Australia, 91.50
Bronze: Kelly Clark, United States, 90.75
Team USA’s men’s team failed to make its mark in the snowboarding halfpipe event, but the women put the national team on their shoulders and did the Americans proud.
Not only did Kelly Clark finish in third with a best trick score of 90.75 (took home the bronze), but fan favorite Kaitlyn Farrington stunned the world and managed to win the gold medal with an impressive score of 91.75.
That was only .25 points more than eventual silver medalist and Australian star Torah Bright.
Men's snowboarder Shaun White disappointed in his attempt to win his third straight gold medal, but Team USA found its new star in women’s snowboarder Farrington after a stellar performance when it mattered most.
Gold: Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, Germany, 1:38.933
Silver: Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger, Austria, 1:39.455
Bronze: Andris Sics and Juris Sics, Latvia, 1:39.790
The luge events are some of the fastest fans will witness during the Olympic Games, and the doubles luge is an even faster race. With so much raw speed and danger, the luge has become a fan favorite.
At the 2014 Sochi Games, it was the German duo of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt that stole the show with a combined time of 1:38.933.
To show how tight the competition was this year, the silver-medal-winning team from Austria, Andreas and Wolfgang Linger, managed a combined time of 1:39.455.
That’s a difference of 0.522 seconds.
The Latvian pair of Andris and Juris Sics brought home the bronze with a time of 1:39.790.
Gold: Stefan Groothuis, Netherlands, 1:08.39
Silver: Denny Morrison, Canada, 1:08.43
Bronze: Michel Mulder, Netherlands, 1:08.74
While Team USA’s hopes were squarely on the shoulders of the American duo of Shani Davis (defending gold medalist) and Brian Hansen, neither man was able to live up to the expectations.
Davis and Hansen finished eighth and ninth respectively.
The biggest winner of Wednesday’s event was Netherlands speedskater Stefan Groothuis. After the country failed to accomplish its lofty goals iduring the 2010 Vancouver Games, it refocused on the Sochi Games and has hit its mark.
Not only did Groothuis win gold with an impressive time of 1:08.39, but 500 meters goal medalist and fellow countryman Michel Mulder stole the bronze medal with a time of 1:08.74.
Canadian star Denny Morrison put together one of the best runs of his career at a key moment and brought home the Silver medal. As well as Team Canada performed, the poor performance from Team USA leaves many questions to be answered over the next four years.
Gold: Eric Frenzel, Germany, 23:50.2
Silver: Akito Watabe, Japan, 23:54.4
Bronze: Magnus Krog, Norway, 23:58.3
The cross country skiing and ski jumping events at the 2014 Winter Olympics have been incredibly exciting, and the Nordic combined individual downhill lived up to the expectations set yesterday during the finals of the other events.
While Norway dominated Tuesday’s events, it was German star Eric Frenzel that stole the show on Wednesday and won the gold medal with an impressive time of 23:50.2. Frenzel used his elite speed in the race and elite jumping ability to hold Japanese skier Akito Watabe at bay toward the end of this race, and Watabe was forced to settle for silver with a time of 23:54.4.
Norwegian skier Magnus Krog managed to bring home a bronze medal for the dominant cross country nation with a time of 23:58.3, but it was the German Frenzel that stole the show in this event.
Gold: Dominique Gisin, Switzerland, 1:41:57
Gold: Tina Maze, Slovenia, 1:41.57
Bronze: Lara Gut, Switzerland, 1:41.67
The Women's Downhill event finished in a dramatic dead heat as both Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze shared the gold medal at Sochi 2014.
Both skiers clocked a strong time of 1:41.57, edging out one of the race favourites, Lara Gut by 0.10 of a second.
American racer Julia Mancuso was looking to continue her excellent games with another medal, to add to the bronze she earned in the Super Combined event, but she could only finish a disappointing eighth place, after a less than perfect run.
Super Combined winner, Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, disappointed as she placed in 13th position, well off the pace of medalists.
It was the first time in history that the Women's Downhill gold has been shared, but both competitors deserve their accolades after two sensational efforts on the course.
Gold: Carina Vogt, Germany, 247.4 points
Silver: Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, Austria, 246.2
Bronze: Coline Mattel, France, 245.2
The 2014 Winter Olympics were the first Games that featured the women’s individual ski jumping on the normal hill, and the inaugural event did not disappoint hardcore jumping fans or casual enthusiasts just opened up to the event this season.
While there was hope the Americans would be able to win a medal in the event that they advocated so hard to bring to the Olympics, it was German star Carina Vogt that stole the show and the gold medal with an impressive 247.4 points.
Austrian star Daniela Iraschko-Stolz had one of the best performances of her career with a final score of 246.2 and brought home the silver medal. Coline Mattel of France brought home the bronze medal as well.
Team USA’s Jessica Jerome and Lindsey Van finished 10th and 15th respectively.
Gold: Iouri Podladtchikov, Switzerland, 94.75
Silver: Ayumu Hirano, Japan, 93.50
Bronze: Taku Hiraoka, Japan, 92.25
American star Shaun White failed to win his third straight gold medal in men’s snowboarding halfpipe after finishing fourth with a best score of 90.25.
While White came into the Games with hopes of winning two gold medals, Team USA’s biggest star failed to medal at all. This is a devastating performance for the American star.
White may not have lived up to the expectations placed on him, Swiss star Iouri Podladtchikov once again showcased why he is regarded as the top snowboarder in the world. His best score of 94.75 was flat-out amazing and his performance stole the show on Tuesday.
The Japanese duo of Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka took home the silver and bronze respectively, and the duo made an emphatic statement that Japan was going to be a force in the sport of snowboarding.
The exciting final round was the perfect culmination of an exciting Winter Olympics for the sport of snowboarding. Podladtchikov’s performance in the finals was the icing on the cake.
Gold: Sang-Hwa Lee, South Korea, 74.70 seconds
Silver: Olga Fatkulina, Russia, 75.06
Bronze: Margot Boer, Netherlands, 75.48
The 500 meter sprint on the speed skating track is one of the most exciting races of the entire Olympics, and the women’s classification featured a fierce battle between the best competitors in the world.
South Korean star and gold medal favorite Sang-Hwa Lee lived up to the expectations and won the event with an Olympic record time of 74.70 seconds. She was far and away the class of the field.
Russian star Olga Fatkulina fed off the home crowd interaction and managed an impressive second place run with a time of 75.06. Margot Boer of the Netherlands finished third with a time of 75.48.
American Heather Richardson finished in eighth place.
Gold: Darya Domracheva, Belarus, 29:30.7
Silver: Tora Berger, Norway, 30:08.3
Bronze: Teja Gregorin, Slovenia, 30:12.7
While there are many events that casual Winter Olympics fans come to enjoy without ever seeing before, few are as interesting as the women’s pursuit biathlon. Not only did these women complete the cross country course, but each had to also shot their rifles with accuracy at the target range.
This is one of the most unique sports in the Winter Games.
Near-perfect race for Domracheva: 95% hit rate, best ski time, best isolated pursuit time, highest bib No for a Olympic pursuit winner (m/w)— real biathlon (@realbiathlon) February 11, 2014
With a wide-open field, it was Belarusian star Darya Domracheva that dominated the field my almost 40 seconds, with a time of 29:30.7. Norway’s Tora Berger managed a second-place finish with a time of 30:08.3.
Slovenia’s Teja Gregorin made a late run and took home the bronze with a time of 30:12.7.
Gold: Ola Vigen Hattestad, Norway, 3:38.39
Silver: Teodor Peterson, Sweden, 3:39.61
Bronze: Emil Joensson, Sweden, 3:58.13
While the women’s race was an amazing battle for the top three spot, the men’s cross country final was a chaos-filled event that was one of the wildest events fans of the sport could have imagined.
After Ola Vigen Hattestad and Teodor Peterson hoped out to an early lead, a major crash took down three of the six competitors and allowed last-place racer Emil Joensson to move back into title consideration and take home the bronze medal.
The battle between Hattestad and Peterson for the gold was fierce, but with a major crash in the final race, this will always be remembered as the wildest medal race of the Olympics.
Gold: Maiken Caspersen Falla, Norway, 2:35.49
Silver: Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg, Norway, 2:35.87
Bronze: Vesna Fabjan, Slovenia, 2:35.89
In one of the most exciting final races of the cross country skiing events, the women helped steal the show with a fierce battle that was dominated by Team Norway.
Norwegian star Maiken Caspersen Falla managed to run a very impressive time of 2:35.49 and won the gold medal in the event. Norway’s dominance of the cross country events continued as Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg brought home the silver with a time of 2:35.87.
Slovenian racer Vesna Fabjan was right on the heels of the other women at the finish line, and took home the bronze with an impressive time of 2:35.89. American star Sophie Caldwell crashed during the finals and finished sixth.
Gold: Dara Howell, Canada, 94.20
Silver: Devin Logan, United States, 85.40
Bronze: Kim Lamarre, Canada, 85.00
The introduction of the slopestyle event in snowboarding has stolen many of the headlines leading into the games, but the women’s ski slopestyle was one fo the most exciting events of the games thus far.
Team Canada was the favorite to dominate the event, and the nation did not disappoint. Not only did Dara Howell win the gold medal with an impressive score of 94.20, but Canadian teammate Kim Lamarre also managed a great run, finishing third with a final score of 85.00.
Team USA’s hopes of a gold medal did not come to fruition, but American star Devin Logan managed to bring home the silver medal with an impressive score of 85.40.
With an almost 10-point difference between first and second, it was clear on Tuesday that Howell was the cream of the women’s ski slopestyle crop.
Gold: Alex Bilodeau, Canada, 26.31
Silver: Mikael Kingsbury, Canada, 24.71
Bronze: Alexandr Smyshlyaev, Russia, 24.34
The country continued a strong Winter Olympics effort overall in the men's moguls skiing final, as Alex Bilodeau and Mikael Kingsbury will take home respective gold and silver medals to their home and native land.
With the triumph, Bilodeau became the first freestyle skier to win back-to-back gold medals in Winter Games history, adding to his triumph in Vancouver in 2010, per former Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom:
Congrats to the first ever back-to-back Freestyle Olympic Gold Medalist @ABilodeau_ski From Canada!!— Jeremy Bloom (@JeremyBloom11) February 10, 2014
The local crowd was treated to some sensational form from Alexandr Smyshlyaev, though, as the Russian captured the bronze medal and helped thwart a Canadian sweep at the podium.
That would have happened if not for Smyshlyaev's score of 24.34, which was good enough to edge out Montreal-born 22-year-old Marc-Antoine Gagnon (23.35).
Gold: Michel Mulder, Netherlands, 69.312
Silver: Jan Smeekens, Netherlands, 69.324
Bronze: Ronald Mulder, Netherlands, 69.46
The finish of the men's 500-meter speedskating event may turn out to be the tightest in the entire 2014 Winter Games.
Yet another Dutch triumvirate occupied the podium, just as was the case in the 5,000 meters, but the margin between gold and silver was slimmer than a sliver.
It initially appeared that Jan Smeekens crossed the finish in the exact time necessary to secure the gold medal. Smeekens was skating along the ice after his dash to the finish, overcome with emotion. However, an adjustment was made to the time, causing Michel Mulder to ascend to the top by .01 of a second.
That overshadowed a potential storyline featuring Ronald Mulder, who finished with the bronze, joining his brother as a one-two punch at the top of the competition.
The twins still made substantial history, though, per Infostrada Sports:
#Sochi2014 Michel & Ronald Mulder are the second twins on the same individual podium at the Winter Games after Phil & Steven Mahre in 1984— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaGold) February 10, 2014
American Shani Davis was expected to give the USA at least some hope, but he wound up in 24th position. Davis will look to bounce back in the 1,000 meters, where he is the two-time defending champion.
Gold: Martin Fourcade, France, 33:48.6
Silver: Ondrej Moravec, Czech Republic, 34:02.7
Bronze: Jean Guillaume Beatrix, France, 34:12.8
The French got their first medal of the 2014 Winter Games in style, as 25-year-old Martin Fourcade roared to the gold medal in the 12.5-km pursuit on Monday.
Fourcade denied 10-km sprint biathlon champion Ole Einar Bjoerndalen his 13th career medal, as the 40-year-old Norwegian legend finished fourth after beginning the event with the advantage.
Another France native qualified for the podium, as Jean Guillaume Beatrix staged an impressive turnaround after starting out in 14th position. Over the last 2.5 kilometers, Beatrix went from ninth position to capturing the bronze.
Ondrej Moravec hadn't obtained a medal in two previous Olympic appearances for the Czech Republic, but he made his country proud in securing a silver in this tough event. His big move from sixth to second came between the 10- and 10.1-km marks of the competition.
Gold: Charles Hamelin, Canada, 2:14.985
Silver: Tianyu Han, China, 2:15.055
Bronze: Victor An, Russia, 2:15.062
Having won the gold medal in the 500-meter short-track event in the previous Winter Games, Canada's Charles Hamelin showed off his versatility on the ice Monday. Hamelin won the gold in the men's 1,500-meter short-track dash in Iceberg Skating Palace for his fourth career Olympic medal.
With three more trips to the podium, Hamelin would become the most decorated Olympian in his country's history, according to the Canadian Press (via CBC.ca).
A great finish saw Tianyu Han of China edge out Russia's Victor An for the silver by a matter of milliseconds, while the USA's J.R. Celski finished just off the podium in fourth with a time of 2:15.624.
Gold: Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany, 2:34.62
Silver: Nicole Hosp, Austria, 2:35.02
Bronze: Julia Mancuso, USA, 2:35.15
After standing fifth overall after the downhill run, Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch stormed back in the slalom to capture the gold medal in the women's super-combined Alpine skiing event on Monday at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center.
Hoefl-Riesch won this event in the 2010 Vancouver Games.
The USA's Julia Mancuso posted the best time in the downhill and looked to have an inside track toward the gold medal, but she faded to 13th in the field in the slalom. Mancuso still managed a bronze, which is her fourth career medal in the Winter Games.
Nicole Hosp of Austria staged her own impressive recovery. With an eighth-place finish in the downhill, Hosp fared better in the slalom to take home the silver.
Gold: Kamil Stoch, Poland, 278.0
Silver: Peter Prevc, Slovenia, 265.3
Bronze: Anders Bardal, Norway, 264.1
Following up his remarkable 2013 World Cup season, Kamil Stoch of Poland easily bettered the field on the normal hill, winning the gold medal by more than 12 points over the competition.
He logged the two longest jumps of the day to finish with a final score of 278.0.
Peter Prevc of Slovenia had a couple of excellent jumps to earn the silver medal, while Anders Bardal of Norway rounded out the top three with two fine jumps of his own.
However, nobody could come close to competing with Stoch, who will also be favored to win on the big hill later in the Games.
Gold: Felix Loch, Germany, 3:27.526
Silver: Albert Demchenko, Russia, 3:28.002
Bronze: Armin Zoeggeler, Italy, 3:28.797
Germany's Felix Loch easily won his second straight gold medal in the men's luge singles event over Russia's Albert Demchenko.
Setting two track records in the process, Loch utilized excellent technique throughout all four runs.
Demchenko's silver-medal performance proved to be his best in seven previous tries. The 42-year-old celebrated his accomplishment along with his fans, who chanted, "Four more years," in the hopes he'll keep training in preparation for the 2016 Winter Games.
Not to be outdone, Armin Zoeggeler's performance to earn the bronze was no less impressive. It was his sixth medal in six Winter Games, which is a record, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN).
Gold: Russia, 75 points
Silver: Canada, 65 points
Bronze: USA, 60 points
Russia's figure skating team picked quite the event to give the country its first gold of the 2014 Winter Olympics. A strong effort spanning over several days finally secured the coveted hardware.
The standout performer was 15-year-old Yulia Lipnitskaya, who won both the short dance and free dance ladies programs on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, securing 20 of Russia's winning total of 75 points.
Combine that with a great effort from 31-year-old Evgeni Plushenko, the winner of the men's free skating program and runner-up in the men's short, and Russia was a difficult and deep team to beat.
Canada was consistent throughout, registering five nine-point efforts in eight of the competitions to secure the silver medal.
The USA was able to land the bronze thanks to the dynamic tandem of Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Davis and White won both the short dance and free dance competitions, posting the highest score in the latter event in Winter Olympics history with a 114.34, per the USA Today's Christine Brennan.
For being a first-time competition in the Olympics, the team figure skating was a great success. Despite the individualistic nature of the sport, there was a sense of unprecedented camaraderie, which should see this event continue in the future.
Gold: Anastasiya Kuzmina, Slovakia, 21:06.8
Silver: Olga Vilukhina, Russia, 21:26.7
Bronze: Vita Semerenko, Ukraine, 21:28.5
Even when Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina secured a second straight Olympic gold medal in the women's 7.5-km sprint biathlon on Sunday, she initially couldn't take time to appreciate the accomplishment.
The above image is a strong indicator of just how tough it is to trek the arduous terrain at the Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center. Kuzmina finished well ahead of host Russia's silver medalist in Olga Vilukhina, winning by approximately 20 seconds.
Vita Semerenko represented Ukraine well with a bronze and a time of 21:28.5.
Gold: Ireen Wust, Netherlands, 4:00.34
Silver: Martina Sablikova, Czech Republic, 4:01.95
Bronze: Olga Graf, Russia, 4:03.47
The duel between the 2006 gold medalist in Ireen Wust and the Vancouver Games' reigning champion in Martina Sablikova lived up to the hype, but it was Wust who prevailed by a rather decisive margin in the end.
Wust was facing serious pressure when Sablikova went before her in the 12th of 14 pairings, needing to top the time of 4:01.95 in order to secure the gold in the 13th pair.
The 27-year-old did so and cemented her legacy as a truly distinguished Olympian in securing another gold in the 3,000-meters, adding to her 2010 Winter Games triumph in the 1,500-meters.
Another big story to emerge from this competition is that homeland contender Olga Graf came away with Russia's first medal of the Olympics. While the Russians have a strong hold on the team figure skating competition, this was a needed effort from Graf to get her host country on the medal board.
Gold: Dario Cologna, Switzerland, 1:08:15.4
Silver: Marcus Hellner, Sweden, 1:08:15.8
Bronze: Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Norway, 1:08:16.8
For such an intense test of endurance that took over an hour to complete, the finish to the men's skiathlon on Sunday was extremely close. Dario Cologna of Switzerland crossed the finish just four-tenths of a second ahead of Sweden's Marcus Hellner to win the gold medal after 30 long kilometers.
The triumph was especially noteworthy because Cologna pulled ahead at the end and just in front of the defending champion in Hellner. According to ESPN, Cologna had returned to competition just last month after undergoing surgery to repair an ankle ligament in November.
Cologna managed to overcome all of those obstacles to stand supreme atop the podium, but Russia's Maxim Vylegzhanin finished fourth and felt his dash to the finish was impeded. That caused the Russian lodge to protest.
However, the appeal was unsuccessful, and Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby maintained the bronze.
Gold: Jamie Anderson, USA, 95.25
Silver: Enni Rukajarvi, Finland, 92.50
Bronze: Jenny Jones, Great Britain, 87.25
The USA's Jamie Anderson won gold in the first-ever Olympic women's snowboarding slopestyle competition.
Enni Rukajarvi of Finland took home silver after two runs on the slopes, while Jenny Jones won Great Britain's first-ever medal on the snow in third.
Anderson's gold medal was the USA's second of the Games.
Gold: Matthias Mayer, Austria, 2:06.23
Silver: Christof Innerhofer, Italy, 2:06.29
Bronze: Kjetil Jansrud, Norway, 2:06.33
Austrian Matthias Mayer stormed to gold in his first Olympics as he won the men's downhill skiing.
Mayer held off Christof Innerhofer and Kjetil Jansrud to join his father, Helmut, who won a silver medal in the 1988 Calgary Olympics.
Pre-race favourites Bode Miller and Aksel Lund Svindal could not live up to expectations as they finished down the field in eighth and fourth, respectively.
Italian Innerhofer in silver and Norwegian Jansrud in bronze completed the podium positions. The gold is Austria's first of the Games.
Gold: Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Canada, 22.44
Silver: Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, Canada, 21.66
Bronze: Hannah Kearney, USA, 21.49
Moguls may not offer the straight-line, high-speed action some other skiing events do at the Winter Olympics, but they offer a hazardous test and are trying obstacles to navigate down the slope of a steep, slippery mountain.
It turned out to be not too much of a problem for sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, who finished with the gold and silver medals, respectively, notching scores of 22.44 and 21.66.
The USA's Hannah Kearney won this competition in Vancouver in 2010 but was beaten out by the 19-year-old junior and her older sister (22). This is a story that just about anyone can appreciate, as it's not every day siblings get to share the Olympic podium together.
Plus, this development gives Canada a big boost in the medal count, adding even more significance to the high class with which the Dufour-Lapointe sisters are representing their country.
Gold: Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Norway, 24:33.5
Silver: Dominik Landertinger, Austria, 24:34.8
Bronze: Jaroslav Soukup, Czech Republic, 24:39.2
With a quick rifle trigger finger and enough swiftness on the skis to still get it done, 40-year-old Ole Einar Bjoerndalen beat out a slew of younger foes to win the gold medal in the men's 10-kilometers sprint.
The ageless Norwegian continues to thrill as a biathlon champion, as this marked his seventh gold in the Winter Games and made him the oldest to capture such an accolade in Olympics history.
Dominik Landertinger, 26, got Austria its first medal in Sochi with a stellar performance and silver medal to show for it.
Rounding out the podium qualifiers was the Czech Republic's Jaroslav Soukup, a more seasoned veteran at age 31, but nowhere near the pace the gold medalist was setting. Russia's Anton Shipulin came in fourth to just miss out on a medal, while Tim Burke represented the top USA competitor in finishing 19th.
Gold: Sven Kramer, Netherlands, 6:10.76
Silver: Jan Blokhuijsen, Netherlands, 6:15.71
Bronze: Jorrit Bergsma, Netherlands, 6:16.66
Dutch domination serves as adequate alliteration to summarize what happened in the men's 5,000 meters speedskating event, but it wouldn't tell the entire story.
While the Netherlands occupied all three spots on the podium, the clear standout was Sven Kramer, who captured the top honor again after winning this competition at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
Kramer registered an Olympic-record time of six minutes, 10.76 seconds at Adler Arena Skating Center. The 27-year-old finished well ahead of his fellow Dutchmen in runner-up Jan Blokhuijsen (4.95 behind) and bronze winner Jorrit Bergsma (5.90 behind).
That dominance suggests the Netherlands will have several more skating medals before these Winter Games are through.
Gold: Marit Bjoergen, Norway, 38:33.6
Silver: Charlotte Kalla, Sweden, 38:35.4
Bronze: Heidi Weng, Norway, 38:46.8
As a standout performer with three gold medals, a sliver and a bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Games, it came as little surprise that cross-country skiing star Marit Bjoergen ascended to the top of the podium to begin her run at this year's Olympics.
The 33-year-old Norwegian managed to grind through a grueling course to live up to the hype as the prohibitive favorite.
A valiant effort until the end saw Sweden's Charlotte Kalla finish just 1.8 seconds behind Bjoergen's winning time of 38 minutes and 33.6 seconds as the two came down to the wire.
Another Norway native in Heidi Weng posted a time of 38:46.8 to capture the bronze, coming in 1.4 seconds ahead of her fellow countrywoman Therese Johaug.
Gold: Sage Kotsenburg, USA, 93.50
Silver: Staale Sandbech, Norway, 91.75
Bronze: Mark McMorris, Canada, 88.75
American snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg scored a 93.50 on the first of two runs in the men's slopestyle final, which turned out to be good enough for the first gold medal of the 2014 Winter Games.
Kostenburg, 20, took Rosa Khutor Extreme Park by storm with his opening run and held on for the surprising win. Although Mark McMorris finished with the bronze, his Canadian compatriot Max Parrot was a big favorite to take home the top prize and came up well sort.
Parrot scored an incredible 97.50 to lead qualifying on the course that USA's Shaun White opted not to ride, but he managed no better than a second-run 87.25 in the final to settle for fifth.
Joining Kostenberg and McMorris on the podium was Norway's Staale Sandbech, who finished with a second run of 91.75.