Norway is re-establishing its Winter Games dominance.
The Norwegians have tallied the most Winter Olympics medals of all time, but after grabbing just two golds in 2006 and then finishing fourth on the medal table in 2010, it seemed as though they were beginning to slip.
Not so fast.
With two more gold-medal performances on Tuesday, Norway is back, tied with Canada and Germany for the lead in 2014 gold medals, while safely ahead of Canada in the overall count by two.
This is where things start to get interesting, though.
Eight of Norway's 11 total medals have come via cross-country skiing or the biathlon, and on Day 5, both of those events will take a break.
Will Norway be able to hold onto its lead in Sochi on Wednesday? Here's a look at an updated tally as the day's 18 medals are handed out:
Note: You can click here for a complete look at Day 5's schedule and results, courtesy of Sochi2014.com.
After a brief reprieve following the team event, figure skating returned to our lives on Tuesday with the short program portion of the pairs event. Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, who also won the pairs short program during the team event, put on an absolute show, setting a world record in the process, via NBCOlympics.com's Nick McCarvel:
It's unlikely anyone is going to catch that dominant pair, but Germany's team of Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy isn't far behind after notching a score of 79.64.
While the Americans have little chance of standing on the podium in that event—Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir are in ninth after the short program—they enter as the favorite in several others on Wednesday.
Veteran Julia Mancuso had the best time during the downhill portion of the women's super-combined on Monday. Now that she only has to focus on downhill, she's a strong bet to follow in Lindsey Vonn's footsteps and take home gold.
"I know I can really be fast in the downhill," Mancuso said, via USA Today's David Leon Moore. "I know how to be fast."
During the ladies' halfpipe event, the podium could very well be painted red, white and blue. Hannah Teter and Kelly Clark won silver and bronze in 2010, while 17-year-old Arielle Gold won her last name at the 2013 World Championships.
That being said, the American men—especially Shaun White—were expected to be all over the podium in this same event, but less-than-optimal conditions on the halfpipe led to a shocking zero medals.
Teter has made her concerns about that same issue very apparent:
Australian Torah Bright, who won gold at the Vancouver Games, will be right in the mix with the American trio, but if we learned anything on Tuesday with this event, it's to expect the unexpected.
Finally, we head to the oval for the men's 1,000-meter race, where speedskater Shani Davis is unarguably the strongest American favorite on the day. After wins in this same event in 2006 and 2010, he has a chance to do what White couldn't and become the first American man to win the same event in three consecutive Winter Games.
Davis has nothing to lose—he could fail to win a medal and still go down as one of the best speedskaters ever—and seems ready to make history:
The American faces a stacked field, though, as countryman Brian Hansen, Netherlands' Michel Mulder (who already won gold in the 500), South Korea's Mo Tae-Bum and Kazakhstan's Denis Kuzin are all strong competitors.
Other medal events on Wednesday are the luge doubles and the men's Nordic combined.
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