Surprising results have been a common occurrence in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but Day 4 brought some of the most astonishing outcomes thus far.
It was a day of firsts for Team USA, as Devin Logan claimed silver in the first-ever women's ski slopestyle event and Erin Hamlin took home the first medal ever for the U.S. in women's single luge with her bronze.
Those were the ups, but there were certainly downs. Kikkan Randall, the favorite in the women's cross-country individual sprint, failed to get past the quarterfinals and denied Team USA of their first medal in the sport once again.
Then there was the failure in a sport the Americans have typically dominated—men's snowboarding halfpipe.
Not only did Shaun White fail to win his third straight gold medal in the event, no American snowboarder stood on the podium for the first time since the sport was introduced on the Olympic stage back in 1998.
But there was plenty of success on Day 3. Iouri Podladtchikov of Switzerland won his first gold medal after three Olympics in the halfpipe competition and Carina Vogt of Germany claimed the first-ever women's ski jumping final.
With Day 3 coming to a close, here is a look at the medal count and the biggest storylines to watch in Day 4.
Can Julia Mancuso Add to Her Collection?
Julia Mancuso has already been on the podium in Sochi, but her accomplishments thus far show that she is a serious contender moving forward.
After taking home the silver in the downhill event in 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Mancuso might be primed to win her fifth Olympic medal in three Games during her career.
Brian Pinelli of Around the Rings spoke with Mancuso following the event:
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
After seeing Mancuso's success in the slalom, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports believes it might have been foreshadowing for the downhill 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
With Mancuso proving that she's still riding at a high level at 29 years old, she looks like a huge story in this Olympics. But with obstacles in her way like Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany and Lara Gut of Switzerland, it might be a tough test for the American to win a gold.
Shani Davis Looking to Melt the Ice
Shani Davis is expecting to do on the ice what White couldn't do on the snow: Become the first American to win his third gold medal in consecutive games.
After placing 24th in the 500-meter race on Day 3, Davis is putting a lot of stock in the 1,000-meter competition, one of his best events. The three-time Olympian even said so himself on Twitter following his loss on Monday:
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
said it before, saying it again: best is yet to come!!!— Shani Davis (@ShaniDavis) February 10, 2014
But with Michel Mulder also competing in the event after winning the 500-meter race along with a cast of Dutch speed skaters that are looking to continue their dominance on the ice, Davis will have his hands full on Day 5.
The American already has two golds in the 1,000-meter and will be looking to prove that he still has the endurance left in his tank to pull out a third. The stage will be set, but hopefully Davis can live up to the hype once again for Team USA.
Team USA Set to Bounce Back in Halfpipe
After not one American stood on the podium in the men's halfpipe event, the women will look to put two on the stage in Day 5.
With Kelly Clark as the favorite and Arielle Gold nipping at her heels, both could come away with medals in the halfpipe event. Clark has a gold medal from 2002 and a bronze from 2010 but is hoping to add to that collection on Wednesday in Sochi.
Thanks to having plenty of Olympics experience, Clark is no longer fazed by the bright lights. With a wealth of knowledge about her skills and the stage itself, Clark is ready to prove herself once again, according to Pat Graham of the Associated Press:
There's a big difference between having potential and being prepared. I've been in the Olympics before where I had a lot of potential but I haven't necessarily been prepared. They've been stressful and they've been intense and I've been disappointed. So I worked really hard to get my own personal level really high.
This is 95 percent physical and five percent mental. But if you allow that five percent mental, it can completely erase that 95 percent of prep work.
With the mental aspect aside, the 30-year-old will have to contend with a deep field that includes Gold, Australian Torah Bright and fellow American Hannah Teter.
After seeing disappointment on the halfpipe during Day 4, the fifth day of competition could more than make up for that with the women hitting the snow.
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