The fifth day of the Sochi Games was certainly not one that most of Team USA will want to dwell on.
The team only won two medals all day, and both of them came in the same event. For the rest of the day, records stayed firmly in place and injuries took out competitors before they even had a chance to compete.
Here are the highs, lows and everything in between from an eventful, yet disappointing Wednesday.
Let's start with the positive: Kaitlyn Farrington.
Farrington won the gold medal in the women's snowboarding halfpipe on Wednesday. She took the top spot over her more accomplished peers—Australian Torah Bright, who won silver, and fellow American Kelly Clark, who won bronze.
Her second run was nearly flawless. She landed trick...
In the final competition of the day, the 24-year old gave Americans a reason to cheer and became an Olympic champion. That's what it's all about.
Veteran Kelly Clark won the gold in Salt Lake City, was fourth in Torino and earned a bronze in Vancouver. After all of that, the 30-year-old was the favorite heading into the snowboarding halfpipe in Sochi.
But, on her first run in the final, Clark had a terrible wipeout.
Luckily, the four-time Olympian was able to recover in time for her second run, and she ended up taking the bronze.
It wasn't the medal she had dreamed of, but three Olympic medals is a career that anyone should be proud of.
Arielle Gold, the 17-year-old snowboarding sensation, was expected by many to medal at these Games. Instead, she fell during a training run on Wednesday morning, dislocated her shoulder and couldn't even compete.
Terrible luck, but I'm sure the superstar-in-the-making will be back.
Speedskater Shani Davis came into these Games as the favorite to win the 1,000 meters for the third straight Olympics. A three-peat in the same event would have been a historic feat for the American, one that Shaun White failed to achieve on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, it didn't go well for Davis, either. He finished in eighth place.
As reported by CBS News, a disappointed Davis talked to the press afterward. "I just had a misfortunate race," he said. "I have to live with this the rest of my life."
Tough one. Just didn't have it today. But I also know strength comes from adversity. Just gotta reload for #1500 on sat.— Shani Davis (@ShaniDavis) February 12, 2014
And thanks everyone from everywhere who's had my back or cheered. Really moved by how much love is out there. Very grateful for that!— Shani Davis (@ShaniDavis) February 12, 2014
Davis has the 1,500 meters and team pursuit left. He has won silver in the last two Olympics in the 1,500, and another medal there would certainly take the sting off of his 1,000-meter defeat.
Most controversial goal
Team USA is favored to win the gold in women's hockey, but it is going to have to get through Canada first. In Wednesday's round-robin match, that didn't happen.
Canada won 3-2, but its second goal was rife with drama. The whistle seemed to blow before the puck went into the net.
Controversy in USA-Canada. Did the whistle blow? If it did, it's still a terrible call. Canada's about to get screwed. Ah, nevermind. Goal— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) February 12, 2014
Most seemed to agree that the goal should have counted, though it was definitely up for interpretation. But both Team USA and Team Canada will advance to the semifinals anyway, where they'll be favored to win and meet in the gold-medal match.
Should all go to plan, the U.S. team will have a chance for revenge.
Most gracious loser
Oh Julia Mancuso, you are just a delight. Mancuso came in a disappointing eighth in downhill, but she didn't let that get her too down.
Ahh! It happens! Not my day today- but pretty cool to see a tie for gold! #believeinUS still proud to represent my country in 8th!— Julia Mancuso (@JuliaMancuso) February 12, 2014
She spent a lot of the day on Twitter, cheering on other athletes across the Games.
Go @TorahBright !!! Nice quali run:)— Julia Mancuso (@JuliaMancuso) February 12, 2014
Way to capture the Olympic spirit, Julia!
Best Olympic debut in pairs figure skating
I'm just going to cop out and call this a tie.
Neither American pairs team medaled on Wednesday, but they both skated great programs and gave us all a lot of reasons to be excited about the future.
National champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir finished in ninth place and were so, so close to perfectly nailing their famous quad throw.
Meanwhile, Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay finished a very respectable 12th and completed their program without any falls.
The competition was just too far ahead of both teams today, but they did their country proud.
Most non-committal response
Shaun White was a good sport doing The Today Show on Wednesday morning after his devastating defeat in the halfpipe on Tuesday.
When asked the requisite question about whether he would be back in 2018, he was, well, not very convincing.
Appearing on TODAY, Shaun White was asked about whether he'll return for 2018 and try to go out on top: "I think so."— Roxanna Scott (@roxscott) February 12, 2014
It will be interesting to see what's next for White.
American snowboarder Hannah Teter finished in fourth place in halfpipe, looking up at two of her compatriots on the podium. Not an easy place to be.
But, she should find consolation in the fact that she did take the best selfie of the day. After qualifying for the final in the snowboarding halfpipe, Teter paused to take a selfie and make the rest of us jealous.
Overall, not a bad way to spend the day.
Most memorable photobomb
This might be my favorite thing that happened on Wednesday. As NBC's Randy Moss gave a report about American Nordic combined star Todd Lodwick, Lodwick came up behind him and nodded throughout.
Moss didn't realize what was happening until Lodwick tapped him on the shoulder at the end of the segment. A surprised Moss proceeded to pat Lodwick back on the exact bad shoulder he was just telling the viewers about.
The video won't embed, but trust me—it's worth a watch.
Best bets for Thursday
Speedskater Heather Richardson will be trying to bounce back from her disappointing showing in the 500 meters and get on the podium in the 1,000-meter race.
Rising star Nick Goepper will make his Olympic debut in the premiere of freestyle skiing slopestyle in the Games. He's a favorite to win a medal.
Meanwhile, both Jeremy Abbott and Jason Brown will take the ice in the men's short program. Both had falls in the team competition and will be looking for some redemption.
Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for Team USA.