Day 1 of the 2014 Winter Olympics is officially in the books, and although the event is only a few days old, plenty of medals were handed out on Saturday in Sochi, Russia.
Fans in the United States got swept up in men's snowboard slopestyle, as Sage Kotsenburg brought home gold, being the first American to do so in these Olympics, per Sochi 2014:
Kotsenburg was joined by Hannah Kearney—the other American to earn a medal with her third-place finish in women's moguls. However, the 2010 gold medalist couldn't hide her dissatisfaction on Twitter:
Bronze feels at lot like a broken heart.— Hannah Kearney (@HK_Ski) February 8, 2014
In better news, I contributed to the #TeamUSA medal count, I am healthy, and I believe that everything happens for a reason.— Hannah Kearney (@HK_Ski) February 8, 2014
In the grander scheme of things, Norway and the Netherlands were the big winners on the day.
The Norwegians top the medal count, having picked up four medals on Saturday, while the Dutch are right on their heels, with three.
Here's a look at the medal tally after Day 1:
Speaking of the Netherlands, it swept the men's 5,000 meters in speedskating. Sven Kramer won gold, Jan Blokhuijsen earned silver and Jorrit Bergsma took home gold. Kramer, in particular, was very impressive, as he set an Olympic record with a time of six minutes and 10.76 seconds.
As you'd expect from an Olympic champion, Kramer wasn't at a loss for confidence, per Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post. He said, "I was the only man who could lose this race."
When you're the best at what you do, you're entitled to be a bit brash.
Some of the events to take note of from Saturday are those under the team figure skating umbrella—ice dance short dance, ladies' short program and pairs free skating. Those results all go toward the final tally, which will determine which countries earn medals.
Through four events, Russia is on top, with 47 points. Canada and the U.S. round out the top three. Italy is knocking on the door as well, only three points back from the United States. Although the Russians are likely to run away from the competition, it will be a fun race to see who can earn silver and bronze.
In what was an action-packed Saturday, here are the final results.
|Gold||Ole Einar Bjoerndalen||Norway||24:33.5|
|Bronze||Jaroslav Soukup||Czech Republic||24:39.2|
|1||Meryl Davis and Charlie White||United States||75.98||10|
|2||Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir||Canada||72.98||9|
|3||Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev||Russia||70.27||8|
|4||Nathalie Pechlat and Fabian Bourzat||France||69.15||7|
|5||Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte||Italy||64.92||6|
|6||Nelli Zhiganshina and Alexander Gazsi||Germany||58.04||5|
|7||Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland||Great Britain||52.93||4|
|8||Cathy Reed and Chris Reed||Japan||52.00||3|
|9||Siobhan Heekin-Canedy and Dmitri Dun||Ukraine||49.19||2|
|10||Xintong Huang and Xun Zheng||China||47.88||1|
|4||Ashley Wagner||United States||63.10||7|
|6||Mae Berenice Meite||France||55.45||5|
|10||Jenna McCorkell||Great Britain||50.09||1|
|1||Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov||Russia||135.09||10|
|2||Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch||Canada||129.74||9|
|3||Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek||Italy||120.82||8|
|4||Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir||United States||117.94||7|
|5||Narumi Takahashi and Ryuichi Kihara||Japan||86.33||6|
|Bronze||Hannah Kearney||United States||21.49|
|Team A||Score||Team B|
Full results for the first run of men's singles can be viewed here.
Full results for the second run of men's singles can be viewed here.
Full results for the men's normal hill individual qualifying round can be viewed here.
|Gold||Sage Kotsenburg||United States||93.50|
|Gold||Sven Kramer||Netherlands||6:10.76 (OR)|