Day 3 of the 2014 Winter Olympics was one of the wildest thus far, and the excitement surrounding the results and the updated medal count has fans from every nation ready to see where their country sits in the standings.
With several interesting women’s hockey games, key medals handed out in speedskating and a plethora of other exciting moments, the start to this year’s Olympic Games has lived up to the expectations.
Here is the latest medal count and the biggest winners from Day 3.
Updated Medal Count
Women’s Hockey Takes Center Stage
The women’s hockey tournament has been one of the highlights of the Winter Olympics thus far, and Team USA and Team Canada made it clear that they are the cream of the crop at this year’s game.
The American team dominated Switzerland to open up Day 3 by a final score of 9-0 and proved that the team’s elite depth and speed will be the ultimate difference-maker as the competition continues to stiffen.
The Canadian team stole the show in the second game of the day by beating Finland 3-0. While Team Canada struggled offensively until the latter stages of the game, the willingness to grind the win out is a good sign for the rest of the tournament.
93.7 JR FM Vancouver commented on the women’s victory:
As if the excitement surrounding the women’s competition couldn’t get any higher, Team USA will take on Team Canada on Wednesday in the most exciting matchup of the group stage. This game will do wonders for the mainstream notoriety of women’s hockey.
The Netherlands Dominate 500-Meter Speedskating
The Netherlands have struggled in speedskating over the years despite the overall success in the history of the sport. Those issues ended in 2014 as the country absolutely dominated the 500-meter races.
Not only did Michel Mulder win the gold medal in the event with a combined time of 69.312 seconds, but countryman Jan Smeeken also finished second with a time of 69.324, and Mulder’s brother Ronald brought home third place with a time of 69.46.
Michel Mulder spoke about the win with the Associated Press, via Fox Sports:
“I didn't really realize what time I needed. In the past, I have lost races by one-hundredths a few times. It was so unbelievable. Now, Olympic champion.”
With the king and queen of the Netherlands in attendance for much of the speedskating competition, the athletes that shone brightest in the men’s 500 meters proved that the hype around their team was worthy.
*Stats and information via Sochi2014.com.