Day 3 of the 2014 Winter Olympics is all wrapped up, meaning there are a few new winners and a sizable crowd of non-medalists.
There is no shame in placing fourth or even last, but coming up a split-second short in the quadrennial games is a crushing blow.
Still, the winners write history, and the 15 medalists in Sochi on Monday entered their names into Olympic lore for good. Here's a look at the updated medal count, followed by a breakdown of the events and their biggest stars.
Alpine Skiing: Women's Super Combined
Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch dominated on the slalom and seized gold in the super combined. With that, she is fast ascending the list of legendary athletes at the Winter Olympics.
It was the sixth Olympic race of her career, and her third gold medal. Only Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway and Janica Kostelic of Croatia have ever won Alpine gold four times.
Hoefl-Riesch has a strong chance to fare well in the downhill event on Wednesday, but she does not appear to be feeling any pressure. Per ESPN.com, she sounded downright lackadaisical when asked about the possibility of making history with a fourth gold: "I don't think about records so much. If it happens, it's great. I'm not looking on this."
Nicole Hosp of Austria finished 0.4 seconds slower and took silver, while American Julia Mancuso placed third.
Speedskating: Men's 500-Meters
The Netherlands have been mercilessly dominating the rest of the world, at least in speedskating.
Michel Mulder finished 0.01 seconds ahead of teammate Jan Smeekens to eke out gold. Crazier still, Ronald Mulder—Michel's identical twin brother—earned the bronze to complete the sweep. Their success echoes that of Canadian sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, who won gold and silver in women's moguls on Saturday.
That was just the latest in a lopsided Games for the country's speedskaters, who have simply been irrepressible. On Day 1 of the Olympics, three Dutch skaters swept the medals in the men's 5,000-meters, with Sven Kramer setting a new Olympic record in front of countrymen Jan Blokhuijsen and Jorrit Bergsma.
More Dutch speedskaters will be back on the track at 7:45 a.m. ET on Tuesday for the ladies' 500-meters.
|Complete List of Day 3 Medalists|
|Freestyle Skiing||Men's Moguls||Gold||Alex Bilodeau||Canada|
|Freestyle Skiing||Men's Moguls||Silver||Mikael Kingsbury||Canada|
|Freestyle Skiing||Men's Moguls||Bronze||Alexandr Smyshlyaev||Russia|
|Alpine Skiing||Women's Super Combined||Gold||Maria Hoefl-Riesch||Germany|
|Alpine Skiing||Women's Super Combined||SIlver||Nicole Hosp||Austria|
|Alpine Skiing||Women's Super Combined||Bronze||Julia Mancuso||United States|
|Biathlon||Men's 12.5-km Pursuit||Gold||Martin Fourcade||France|
|Biathlon||Men's 12.5-km Pursuit||Silver||Ondrej Moravec||Czech Rep.|
|Biathlon||Men's 12.5-km Pursuit||Bronze||Jean-Guillaume Beatrix||France|
|Speedskating||Men's 500-Meters||Gold||Michel Mulder||Netherlands|
|Speedskating||Men's 500-Meters||Silver||Jan Smeekens||Netherlands|
|Speedskating||Men's 500-Meters||Bronze||Ronald Mulder||Netherlands|
|Short-Track SS||Men's 1,500-Meters||Gold||Charles Hamelin||Canada|
|Short-Track SS||Men's 1,500-Meters||Silver||Han Tianyu||China|
|Short-Track SS||Men's 1,500-Meters||Bronze||Victor An||Russia|
Biathlon: Men's 12.5-Kilometer Pursuit
France delivered a surprisingly powerful showing in the men's biathlon, and keeping the Russians off the medal stand was just the latest disappointment for the head of Russia's biathlon union—billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who is the owner of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.
Frenchmen claimed two of the three available medals in the event, with Martin Fourcade winning gold and Jean-Guillaume Beatrix managing bronze. Ondrej Moravec from the Czech Republic took silver.
Biathlon is a major sport in Russia, and each missed medal is seen as a setback. Meanwhile, for the United States, it is the only sport in which the country has never won a medal.
Short-Track Speedskating: Men's 1,500-Meters
Charles Hamelin used a bold strategy late in the final to slingshot ahead and claim the lead before holding off his competition and earning gold.
China's Han Tianyu and Victor An of Russia won silver and bronze respectively. American John Celski placed fourth, though he was more than a half-second behind the top three.
It's no wonder Hamelin took the top honor, because judging by the tattoo on his back he is some sort of Olympic cyborg.
Freestyle Skiing: Men's Moguls
Three Canadian skiers cracked the final six in moguls, leading to their fellow citizens back home hoping for a medal sweep a la the Dutch speedskaters.
Alex Bilodeau and Mikael Kingsbury delighted Canada by taking gold and silver, but their teammate Marc Gagnon could not triplicate the success and finished fourth behind Russian Alexandr Smyshlyaev to wrap up Day 3.
|Complete List of Gold Medalists Through Day 3|
|Freestyle Skiing||Men's Moguls||Alex Bilodeau||Canada|
|Alpine Skiing||Women's Super Combined||Maria Hoefl-Riesch||Germany|
|Biathlon||Men's 12.5-km Pursuit||Martin Fourcade||France|
|Speedskating||Men's 500-Meters||Michel Mulder||Netherlands|
|Short-Track SS||Men's 1,500-Meters||Charles Hamelin||Canada|
|Alpine Skiing||Men's Downhill||Matthias Mayer||Austria|
|Biathlon||Women's 7.5-km Sprint||Anastazia Kuzmina||Slovakia|
|Figure Skating||Team Event||Team Russia||Russia|
|Luge||Men's Singles||Felix Loch||Germany|
|Snowboarding||Women's Slopestyle||Jamie Anderson||United States|
|Speedskating||Women's 3,000-Meters||Ireen Wust||Netherlands|
|Cross-Country Skiing||Men's Skiathlon||Dario Cologna||Switzerland|
|Ski Jumping||Men's Individual Normal Hill||Kamil Stoch||Poland|
|Biathlon||Men's 10-km Sprint||Ole Einar Bjoerndalen||Norway|
|Snowboarding||Men's Slopestyle||Sage Kotsenburg||United States|
|Speedskating||Men's 5,000-Meters||Sven Kramer||Netherlands|
|Freestyle Skiing||Women's Moguls||Justine Dufour-Lapointe||Canada|
|Cross-Country Skiing||Women's Skiathlon||Marit Bjoergen||Norway|
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