Day 2 of the 2014 Winter Games from Sochi, Russia is in the books, and the total medal counts are shaping up as most would expect.
Norway and the Netherlands lead the pack, with the United States close behind:
As is the case with anything and everything, the world of social media had something to say about the final standings. This is especially the case for a global event such as the Olympics.
Of course, the small country of Norway was the main topic of discussion, with this amusing nugget of info from Dr Wallace J Nichols as the highlight:
Many were happy to see Canada high in the standings. Some, such as Devin Heroux of CBC, were quick to point out that the country is on an alarming pace when one compares it to its performance in 2010:
After Day 2 at 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada had 3 medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silvers. 4 medals after Day 2 in 2014: 1 Gold, 2 Silvers, 1 Bronze— Devin Heroux (@Devin_HerouxCBC) February 9, 2014
Heroux later added more detail:
A 4th medal for Canada today... some perspective: After day 2 in 2010 Canada had three medals. Won the overall standings. #cbc— Devin Heroux (@Devin_HerouxCBC) February 9, 2014
For a more lighthearted approach, Canadian Problems had this to say:
The day got started in surprise fashion, as Austria's Matthias Mayer—not the United States' Bode Miller—took home the men's downhill gold as CNN France points out:
Eight golds won on Super Sunday: Austria's Matthias Mayer kicked off Sunday's eight gold medal program in Soch... http://t.co/T8yWxwGnez— CNN France (@CNNFrancePR) February 9, 2014
The next surprise came from Russia's Olga Graf, who put the host country on the map with her bronze in speedskating. Russian president Vladimir Putin gave Graf lofty praise and emphasized his expectations for Russia's athletes in the medal standings moving forward, via Jim Bell of NBC:
Putin to Russia's first medal winner, Olga Graf "You’ve given millions of fans unforgettable moments of triumph and sincere happiness.." 1/2— Jim Bell (@jfb) February 9, 2014
"I’m confident that such success will fortify the spirit of our Russian Olympians and bring them additional strength and confidence.” 2/2— Jim Bell (@jfb) February 9, 2014
The United States got in on the action too, as they swept the field with golds in men and women's inaugural slopestyle events thanks to Sage Kotsenburg and Jamie Anderson, as BuzzFeed illustrates:
Perhaps the biggest story of the day was Russia pulling away with the inaugural team-skate medal, while Canada and the United States settled for silver and bronze, respectively, as Yahoo! Sports' Joe Lago details:
Davis/White beat Canada's Virtue/Moir to win ice dance free skate. Russia wins first-ever team competition. Canada 2nd, USA 3rd. #Sochi2014— Joe Lago (@joelago) February 9, 2014
Within that event, the story of both days in Sochi so far has been 15-year old Julia Lipnitskaia, who now has two first-place finishes to her name in the Games. Lago detailed her jaw-dropping performance in the ladies' free skate:
Russia's Julia Lipnitskaia scores a 141.51, season best, to easily beat Gracie Gold and win ladies free skate in team comp. #Sochi2014— Joe Lago (@joelago) February 9, 2014
The ominous presence of Putin was there for that medal-securing performance too, as Nick McCarvel of NBC Olympics points out:
McCarvel further elaborated on the team event, which had an obvious impact on the overall medal standings by the day's end:
Whirlwind night where Team USA wins bronze, but have to give nod to Russia: Wins 7 of 10 programs for thumping gold-medal victory #Sochi2014— Nick McCarvel (@NickMcCarvel) February 9, 2014
All things considered, it was an eventful day from Sochi and on social media around the globe. Interestingly enough, both are just getting started with the 2014 Games only in its infancy.