Day 2 of the 2014 Winter Games from Sochi will soon to be in the books, and like the opening act before it, the events so far were thrilling and saw the best athletes put on awe-inspiring performances en route to podium appearances.
While it is too early to predict which country will end up on top when the Games are complete, Norway and the Netherlands continue strong showings with the United States also an obvious contender.
Here is an up-to-date look at the medal count followed by a breakdown of the Day 2 events.
Men's Downhill Alpine Skiing
|4||NOR||Aksel Lund Svindal||2:06.52||+0.29|
Austria's Matthias Mayer was the story of the day as he posted a blazing time of two minutes and 6.23 seconds to lead the pack in men's downhill, just six seconds ahead of Italy's Christof Innerhofer.
Mayer stole the spotlight from the United States' Bode Miller, who won two out of three training sessions and was the heavy favorite. Mayer's own brother thought Miller would win the event, according to CNN's Chris Eldergill:
Talk about overcoming the odds.
For Miller, he will have to wait until other events in these Games, as Charles Robinson of Yahoo! points out:
Bode Miller's flameout in downhill is a disappointment, but it wasn't his likely medal event. Super-G and super combined will be best shots.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) February 9, 2014
Norway's Kjetil Jansrud won the bronze with a 2:06.33 mark, continuing the country's strong showing in the infancy of the games.
|Rank||Country||Name||Score (Run1)||Rank (Run 1)||Score (Run 2)||Rank (Run 2)||Best Score|
The sweep is complete.
One day after Sage Kotsenburg posted a stunning 93.50 score to win the men's slopestyle event, Jamie Anderson scored an 80.75 in the women's event to take home the gold, completing the American sweep in the slopestyle events in Sochi.
It was a tense competition, as Anderson's second run scored a 95.25 but needed two remaining riders to fall for her to claim gold.
They did. Anderson's reaction explains the drama well enough, via Rachel Axon of USA Today:
I was really passionate and determined to come out here and do my best and do everything I can to be my strongest and most grounded, calm self, even with the hype of everything on the outside world. It just feels out of control. I can't even explain what I'm processing right now.
Finland's Enni Rukajarvi and Great Britain's Jenny Jones won silver and bronze, respectively.
Cross-Country Men' Skiathlon
|1||SUI||Dario Cologna||36:04.9 (13)||30.9 (=15)||31:39.6 (2)||1:08:15.4||0.0|
|2||SWE||Marcus Hellner||36:03.1 (=9)||31.3 (=23)||31:41.4 (3)||1:08:15.8||+0.4|
|3||NOR||Martin Johnsrud Sundby||35:59.2 (1)||31.2 (=19)||31:46.4 (5)||1:08:16.8||+1.4|
|4||RUS||Maxim Vylegzhanin||36:01.1 (5)||31.8 (29)||31:44.0 (4)||1:08:16.9||+1.5|
|5||RUS||Ilia Chernousov||36:12.8 (18)||39.5 (65)||31:36.7 (1)||1:08:29.0||+13.6|
|6||FRA||Jean Marc Gaillard||36:03.1 (=9)||31.5 (=26)||31:55.2 (7)||1:08:29.8||+14.4|
|7||SWE||Daniel Richardsson||35:59.5 (2)||29.6 (4)||32:02.6 (9)||1:08:31.7||+16.3|
|8||AUT||Johannes Duerr||36:04.0 (11)||32.2 (=36)||31:55.8 (8)||1:08:32.0||+16.6|
|9||FRA||Maurice Manificat||36:07.6 (16)||32.0 (=33)||31:54.0 (6)||1:08:33.6||+18.2|
|10||SWE||Lars Nelson||36:00.2 (3)||31.2 (=19)||32:06.3 (10)||1:08:37.7||+22.3|
After more than an hour into the event, Dario Cologna of Switzerland crossed the finish line first in the men's skiathlon.
Cologna responded well to the long test of endurance after an ankle injury earlier in the season, and wound up nabbing gold just four tenths of a second before Sweden's Marcus Hellner could claim the top prize.
Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway took bronze, but not without controversy. According to ESPN, the Russian team unsuccessfully protested the finish after claiming Maxim Vylegzhanin was impeded during the final sprint.
While Sunby was given a written warning, he was also allowed to keep the bronze.
Women's 3,000-meter Speed Skating
|5||NED||Annouk Van Der Weijden||8||I||4:05.75||+5.41|
|7||NED||Antoinette De Jong||14||O||4:06.77||+6.43|
Sven Kramer took gold in the men's 5,000-meter event on Day 1, and on Day 2 it was Ireen Wust making the Netherlands proud with her 4:00.34 total mark to bring home the gold in the women's 3,000-meter speed skating event.
Wust expertly fended off Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic, who won gold in the same event in Vancouver.
Perhaps the biggest story of the day was Olga Graf, who brought in bronze and won the host country's first medal of the Games.
Women's Biathlon 7.5-kilometer Sprint
For the second time in as many Games, Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia blew away the field in the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint biathlon, with a time more than 19 seconds better than the rest of the field.
This was expected of Kuzmina, especially after the lofty expectations she placed on herself about a year before the event:
BBC Sport perfectly captured how tough the event is on contestants:
Olga Vilukhina secured Russia's second medal of the games with her silver finish, while Ukraine's Vita Semerenko picked up a bronze with her 21:28.5 mark.
Team Ice Dance Free Dance
As she did on Day 1, Russia's Yulia Lipnitskaya stole the show on Day 2, this time en route to giving her country a gold medal in the inaugural team skating event.
Lipnitskaya scored an astounding 141.51, which gave Russia 10 more points. The 15-year-old star held off America's Ashley Wagner on Day 1, but Gracie Gold was the victim this time around as her 129.38 mark was simply not enough to compete.
That is in no way meant to discredit Gold, who now has some serious momentum heading into the rest of the games, as Yahoo! Sports' Joe Lago illustrates:
Gracie Gold, showing no signs of nervousness in Olympic debut, scores season-best 129.38 in free skate of team competition. #Sochi2014— Joe Lago (@joelago) February 9, 2014
The individual ladies' events start on Feb. 20, where Gold and Lipnitskaya figure to build off the team events in what should be an epic showdown.
Men's Singles Luge
|Rank||Start Number||Name||Time*||Difference*||Rank*||Total Time/Differnce|
|1||39||GER||Felix Loch||51.764||0.000||1||3:27.526 0.000|
|2||38||RUS||Albert Demchenko||51.852||+0.088||2||3:28.002 +0.476|
|3||37||ITA||Armin Zoeggeler||51.994||+0.230||3||3:28.797 +1.271|
|4||35||GER||Andi Langenhan||52.095||+0.331||4||3:29.355 +1.829|
|5||36||RUS||Semen Pavlichenko||52.255||+0.491||14||3:29.436 +1.910|
|6||34||ITA||Dominik Fischnaller||52.203||+0.439||11||3:29.479 +1.953|
|7||33||RUS||Aleksander Peretyagin||52.161||+0.397||7||3:29.495 +1.969|
|8||32||AUT||Reinhard Egger||52.160||+0.396||6||3:29.506 +1.980|
|9||31||AUT||Wolfgang Kindl||52.218||+0.454||12||3:29.663 +2.137|
|10||30||LAT||Martins Rubenis||52.133||+0.369||5||3:29.697 +2.171|
*Run 4 results. Sochi2014.com.
Felix Loch was the youngest man to even win a gold in luge after his win in Vancouver, and he was back at in on Day 2 in Sochi.
Loch's four runs totaled a 3:27.526 time, which was enough so slip past Russia's Albert Demtschenko and his 3:28.002 mark. Immediately after his successful gold defense, Loch celebrated with his father, as NBC's R.J. Rico captures:
While he did not win gold, Demtschenko can be proud of getting his host country a third medal on the day and becoming the oldest man to win a luger medal in the Olympics. Italy's Armin Zoeggeler was close behind at 3:28.797 for bronze.
Men's Normal Hill
As expected, Poland's Kamil Stoch ran away with the ski jumping event on Day 2.
Stoch is the current large-hill World Champion, so his place atop the podium seemed all but assured. He scored 278.0, which was more than 12 points better than silver medalist Peter Prevc of Slovenia and bronze medalist Anders Bardal of Norway.
Stoch can further show his dominance in the sport when the team competitions take place on Feb. 17.