Day 3 of the 2014 Winter Olympics was yet another one filled with great competition and quite a few surprises in Sochi.
Though the Games are just three days in, a few countries are beginning to set themselves apart from others and quite a few are still in search of their first medal.
With the third day finally coming to a close, here is a look at the total medal count:
For the U.S., the results were varied as J.R. Celski failed to medal in his first race in Sochi and Shani Davis did the same, falling all the way to 24th in his first event of the Games.
While the speedskating results were underwhelming, Julia Mancuso did pull out a bronze for the Americans in the super combined slalom.
As for the rest of the competitions, here are the full results and how each country ended with their final medal count after Day 3.
Women's Super Combined Slalom
|Rank||Name||Country||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany may have stolen the gold, but she wasn't able to stop Julia Mancuso of the U.S. from making history.
The 29-year-old was appearing in her third Winter Olympics and set a new mark for a Team USA member with her bronze medal, according to Brian Pinelli of Around the Rings:
Mancuso on being 1st U.S. skier to medal at 3 consec. Olympics,"It's cool, If I can keep the Olympics as my thing, I'm really proud of that"— Brian Pinelli (@Brian_Pinelli) February 10, 2014
While Mancuso came up just short in the super combined event, she still has other chances to earn her second gold after claiming one in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Giant Slalom.
Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports that Mancuso has a chance to earn another medal for Team USA and add a fifth medal to her collection in the downhill skiing competition:
Julia Mancuso gets bronze in super combined. The slalom was a far tougher run than I thought. She should be amped for Wednesday's downhill.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) February 10, 2014
Men's 12.5-Kilometer Biathlon Pursuit
|2||8||Czech Republic||Ondrej Moravec||0:15||0||34:02.7|
|3||14||France||Jean Guillaume Beatrix||0:39||1||34:12.8|
|4||1||Norway||Ole Einar Bjoerndalen||0:00||3||34:14.5|
The French contingent came away with two of its total medals in the 12.5-kilometer pursuit competition as Martin Fourcade and Jean Guillaume Beatrix finished with a gold and bronze, respectively.
Though both competitors finished with penalties during the pursuit, each had a good enough time to overcome Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway, who started with the No. 1 bib.
Bjoerndalen's three penalties played a huge part as he finished just 1.7 seconds shy of Beatrix for the bronze medal. Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic slid in with the silver medal after finishing over 10 seconds ahead of Beatrix, but 14 seconds behind Fourcade.
Men's Short Track 1,500-Meter Speedskating Final
This was the beginning of a disappointing day for the U.S. in speed skating.
Celski came into the 2014 Winter Olympics with hopes of replacing Apolo Anton Ohno as the face of the Americans on the ice. Unfortunately, his failure to medal set the stage for yet another Canadian gold medal, as Charles Hamelin beat out Tianyu Han of China and Victor An of Russia, who claimed the silver and bronze, respectively.
While he was clearly distraught by the outcome, Celski knows he has several other chances to medal coming up, according to Gary Mihoces of USA Today:
"I came out here and gave it my best and unfortunately came up a little short," Celski said. "But I have three more events to go out there to compete in. So there may be some medals in the future."
With the 500-meter, 1,000-meter and 5,00-meter relay events still left for the 23-year-old, his chances to rebound look pretty likely.
But the 1,500-meter event was the same one that Celski earned a bronze in back in 2010, so he will need to prove he can medal in one of the other competitions to live up to the hype. With a bronze in the 5,000-meter relay in 2010, he might have to depend on the team event for his medal in 2014.
Men's 500-Meter Speedskating Final
|Rank||Country||Name||Race 1||Race 2||Total|
|4||Korea||Tae Bum Mo||34.84||34.85||69.69|
Not only did three skaters from the Netherlands win medals in the 500-meter competition, but two of them were also related.
Claiming the gold and bronze medals in the 500-meter race were twin brothers Michel and Ronald Mulder, with fellow countryman Jan Smeekens sandwiched in between for the silver.
Infostrada Sports reports the duo marks the second time that twins have made it to the medal podium:
#Sochi2014 Michel & Ronald Mulder are the second twins on the same individual podium at the Winter Games after Phil & Steven Mahre in 1984— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaGold) February 10, 2014
This wasn't exactly Shani Davis' strong suit, but a 24th-place finish is still a bit surprising.
The two-time defending gold medalist for the U.S. has become known for his speed on the ice, but not necessarily his agility off the starting block. Despite his struggles in the opening event, Davis tweeted about his expectations moving forward:
said it before, saying it again: best is yet to come!!!— Shani Davis (@ShaniDavis) February 10, 2014
should mention that my big Olympic races are on wednesday (1000) & saturday (1500)!! that's speedskating, for you new followers :)— Shani Davis (@ShaniDavis) February 9, 2014
With Davis medaling in both the 1,000-meter and 1,500-meter races in the past two Olympics—gold in the 1,000 and silver in the 1,500—it does appear his best is yet to come.
And in order for America to stake claim to the top of the medal tally, it will need Davis to find much more success moving forward.
Men's Moguls Final
The Canadians were looking to dominate the men's moguls competition much like their female counterparts did in the women's portion of the Games.
After putting through the top three skiers into the third final race, Canadian Alex Bilodeau defeated teammate Mikael Kingsbury. Russian Alexandr Smyshlyaev crashed the Canadian party with the bronze medal.
Former Olympic skiier and current NBC analyst Jeremy Bloom congratulated the defending gold medalist after his moguls run:
Congrats to the first ever back-to-back Freestyle Olympic Gold Medalist @ABilodeau_ski From Canada!!— Jeremy Bloom (@JeremyBloom11) February 10, 2014
The closest American in the event was Patrick Deneen, who put together a valiant effort just to make the third leg of the competition. His run had a lot of speed, but the technical scores from the judges wouldn't put Deneen on the podium.
Smyshlyaev was the clear crowd favorite in the competition and performed well in front of the host country fans. Bloom tweeted about the crowd getting behind the skier, who came in with the No. 5 bib:
Russian Alex Smyshlyaev guaranteed a medal.. crowd going crazy!— Jeremy Bloom (@JeremyBloom11) February 10, 2014
While the Canadians dominated the moguls competition yet again, the effort from the Russian once again proves that the fans have given their athletes a huge boost throughout the Games.
With the competition on Day 3 officially coming to a close, Canada now holds the overall medal lead thanks to earning four in the moguls events.
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