Medal Count 2014 Olympics: Latest Reaction and Standings for Day 3 Results

Sean HojnackiFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2014

These three proved their mettle in the ladies' super combined.
These three proved their mettle in the ladies' super combined.Morry Gash/Associated Press

The deluge of Olympic action continued on Day 3 with medals being handed out in five different events at the 2014 Winter Olympics.       

There was a ton of action in curling and a pair of hockey gamesthe United States annihilated Switzerland 9-0, and the Canadians managed to slip three goals past superb Finnish netminder Noora Raty in the shutout winbut that was only the first stages of those events. The medals are what matter, though, and here you can catch up on all the winners and the current count.

The men's moguls champ in freestyle skiing is still pending, but here are all the results and reaction from Monday in Sochi. 


Alpine Skiing: Ladies' Super Combined

Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch won the third gold medal of her career in the event, which tests a variety of elements in a skier's repertoire. She will have a chance to collect more hardware with the downhill event on Wednesday and the super-G on Saturday. A fourth gold would tie her for the most in women's Alpine history.

Austrian Nicole Hosp took silver and continued a strong Games for her nation on the slopes after Matthias Mayer won gold in the men's downhill. 

Hoefl-Riesch and Mancuso bask in the glory after their medal-winning performances.
Hoefl-Riesch and Mancuso bask in the glory after their medal-winning performances.Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

Julia Mancuso of the United States claimed bronze, which was her fourth Olympic medal in Alpine skiing, twice as many as any other American woman has even won. Mancuso was visibly delighted after seeing she had placed third, and she admitted she did not think her performance was her best.

According to, Mancuso quipped, "I really thought I was blowing it in slalom." That is clearly an overly harsh assessment, as it was good enough to get her on the medal stand.


Biathlon: Men's 12.5-Kilometer Pursuit

You might not think a nearly eight-mile race on skis could be thrilling, but you would be wrong.

Canadian Jean-Philippe Le Guellec had the lead, but he stumbled and fell, producing a disappointing finish in 26th place. Apparently, that heartbreak caused him to punch a wall. 

Russia got shut out of the medals as France's Martin Fourcade won gold and his fellow countryman Jean Guillaume Beatrix wore bronze, earning France its first medals in Sochi. Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic fired his way to silver. 

Felipe Dana/Associated Press


Speedskating: Men's 500-Meters

It's a pretty good bet that most of the skaters in Sochi wish the contingent from the Netherlands had not shown up at all. The Dutch dominated the medals in the men's 500-meters, as Michel Mulder was golden, Johannes Smeekens stamped silver and Ronald Mulder followed his teammates with bronze. 

Michel and Ronald are identical twins, so they might very well have switched places when receiving their medals and no one ever would have known.

Can you spot the twins?
Can you spot the twins?Patrick Semansky/Associated Press/Associated Press

Smeekens finished with a combined time that was one-hundredth of a second out of the top spot, but with another Dutchman finishing first it surely lightened the blow of his narrow miss.

American Shani Davis, winner of four medals between the last two Olympics, finished 24th. He'll look to improve on his slow start with the 1,000-meters coming on Wednesday. 


Short-Track Speedskating: Men's 1,500-Meters

Canada's Charles Hamelin won the gold medal in the 1,500-meters, and it took some shrewd strategizing to do it. As the CBC phrased it, "Hamelin made a sneaky move in the latter half of the race, going out wide on a straightaway then cutting inside on a turn to jump from third to first."

Darron Cummings/Associated Press

Fortune favors the bold, and the move paid off at the crucial juncture. Hamelin detailed his golden decision to Scott Russell of the CBC, saying: "They wanted to keep their place and there was movement behind me. I decided to pass and go back to first."    

He held off China's Tianyu Han, who took the silver, with Russian Victor An bringing another bronze to the host nation.