Day 3 of the 2014 Winter Olympics is nearly finished, outside of a few events, but the medal competitions have officially come to a close for the day.
With several changes at the top of the medal tally, here is a look at the leaderboard after Day 3 of the Winter Games:
The Canadians jumped to the top of the medal count thanks to another dominant performance in the moguls event, claiming a gold and silver medal in the men's competition.
While Canada once again ruled the moguls, there has been no more of an outstanding team effort in the Olympics than the Netherlands in the 500 meter long-track speedskating competition.
The Netherlands took all three places on the podium as the Mulder twins of Michel and Ronald claimed the gold and bronze, respectively, and Jan Smeekens took home the silver.
After a full day of grueling events and several medals being handed out, here is a look at each competition and a breakdown of the results.
Women's Super Combined Slalom
The lone event that the Americans medaled in came early on as Julia Mancuso claimed a bronze medal in the women's super combined slalom.
Though she finished behind Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany and Nicole Hosp of Austria, Mancuso was humbled by the win and tweeted her excitement following the event:
Without Vonn in the Winter Olympics, it is clearly time for Mancuso to shine on the world's biggest stage for the sport of skiing.
After already putting a bronze around her neck, Mancuso will have other opportunities in the giant slalom and downhill—events she's already won medals in during the 2006 and 2010 Games.
Mancuso is excited about the success she's already enjoyed in 2014, according to David Leon Moore of USA Today:
It's pretty cool. Skiing and growing up with Lindsey [Vonn]—who's just amazing on the World Cup and breaking records left and right there—to have something that I can break records in at the same time is fun and exciting for me.
It's a totally different thing, but these are great accomplishments that I'm really proud of. I feel like in our own ways we have such strengths, and it's cool to be a part of that.
If Mancuso can find a way to claim another medal or two in her final events this week for the Americans, she could help thrust Team USA back atop the leaderboard.
Men's 12.5 Kilometer Biathlon Pursuit
France hasn't experienced the same amount of success as a few other countries in the Winter Games thus far, but a strong finish in the biathlon pursuit certainly helped its chances at climbing to the top.
Martin Fourcade claimed a silver medal in the last Olympics and was sensational on Day 3 to win the gold for his country. Fourcade was followed by Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic and fellow countryman Jean Guillaume Beatrix who won the silver and bronze, respectively.
Fourcade proved that he still has what it takes to win at the highest level despite the fact that he was the No. 6 bib in the race.
Men's Short-Track 1500 Meter Speedskating Final
One of the biggest upsets of the day came on the ice as J.R. Celski failed to medal in his first event of the 2014 Games.
Rather than Celski winning a medal, Charles Hamelin of Canada claimed the first gold of the day for his country in what would prove to be a huge day for the Canadians.
Losing by just fractions of a second in the final, Celski had contact with another skater three laps from the finish and couldn't recover to earn the win.
Celski explained what happened during the loss, according to Gary Mihoces of USA Today:
I went up, I think. with eight (laps) to go and pushed myself in first [...] but then the race was slow enough to where people kept moving up and up. And unfortunately I was in a bad position in one of the corners and kind of got bumped and lost my momentum.
But with several events left to go including the 500 and 1000 meter individual events along with the 5000 meter relay, Celski has other opportunities to redeem himself on the world stage.
Men's 500 Meter Speedskating Final
It wasn't a good day for Americans and it didn't get much better in the men's 500 meter speedskating final.
First let's look at the big winners, also known as the Netherlands. The Dutch swept all three spots on the podium, with the aforementioned Mulder twins stealing the spotlight.
Despite the success the brothers had on the ice on Day 3, Michel Mulder said he was hoping for more, according to Paul Newberry of the Associated Press:
It is a dream, of course, to come here, me and my twin brother. It would be the perfect scenario to be 1-2, but together on the podium is amazing.
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.
As for Davis, the result of placing 24th actually wasn't perceived as a negative for the two-time gold and two-time silver medalist.
The American speedskater known for his speed and endurance late in races tweeted his thoughts and said Team USA fans shouldn't be upset with the result:
With his best yet to come in the 1000 meter and 1500 meter long-track events, Davis will certainly look to put the U.S. back at the top of the medal leaderboard with his brilliance on the ice.
Men's Moguls Final
Though Canada wasn't able to exert its dominance in the men's slopestyle event as expected, there was no question which country ruled the moguls skiing events.
After two Canadians won both the gold and silver in the women's moguls competition on Day 2, the men went out and swept the top two spots in their portion.
While Alexandr Smyshlyaev of Russia was able to make the podium with the bronze medal and Mikael Kingsbury claimed the silver, it was Alex Bilodeau that stole the show with his second gold medal in Olympic competition.
Jeremy Bloom of NBC reports the Canadian made history with his win:
Bilodeau's win helped to secure the third gold in the Olympics for Canada, but Kingsbury's second-place finish was also crucial as it put the country at the top of the medal tally.
With the Canadians bouncing back after a few early disappointments on the snow, it appears they might just be experiencing a resurgence that could keep them at the top for the remainder of the Olympics.
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