The 2014 Winter Olympics has been an excellent showcase of the preparation these athletes have put into their respective sports, and the results and medal count have fans from across the world eager for the latest updates.
With German Eric Frenzel dominating the Nordic combined individual event and the Canadian women taking down Team USA in ice hockey, Day 5 of the Games is proving to be one of the most exciting thus far.
Here are the latest medal standings and the biggest winners from Day 5.
Updated Medal Count
Biggest Storylines of Day 5
Eric Frenzel Dominates Nordic Combined Individual Normal Hill
One of the most interesting events of the 2014 Winter Olympics was the Nordic combined individual downhill. Not only does this sport feature the awe-inspiring aerial of the ski jump, but it also adds in the toughness of cross-country skiing.
German Eric Frenzel is the best athlete in the sport, dominating the world championship events over the last several years, and he once again proved he is the cream of the crop by taking home the gold medal with an impressive time of 23 minutes, 50.2 seconds.
Doordarshan News shared an amazing image of one of Frenzel’s jumps:
Frenzel led the group out of the gate with an incredible performance on the ski jump, scoring 131.5 points, which translated to an early lead in the cross country race. While Japanese skier Akito Watabe made a tough run for the top spot, Frenzel held on and brought home the gold.
This race and the German’s performance have only added to the excitement for the individual and team large-hill events still to come.
Team Canada Drops the Americans
The animosity between Team USA and Team Canada in the women’s ice hockey tournament is well documented. The two teams have met for the gold medal in three of the four Games in which the sport has been recognized, and the two squads are expected to meet once again in this year's gold-medal game.
These two teams hate each other. Former U.S. Olympian Jamie Hagerman Phinney told Steve Wulf of ESPN about the history of the rivalry:
One of my best friends in the world is Jennifer Botterill. We played together at Harvard and against me in Torino. When I was in the Canadian league for Brampton, I lived in a house with a bunch of Canadian players, and we were really close, even though I had to live in the basement.
That said, I still hate Canada. I'm a Red Sox fan, so I hate losing to the Yankees, but not nearly as much as losing to Canada. The other day, a fellow coach took the ice with a stick wrapped in Canadian-flag hockey tape. She thought it was funny. I did not.
The battle Wednesday was a game filled with missed calls and bad luck for the Americans.
The Canadians won the final matchup of group play, 3-2, but it didn’t come without plenty of controversy. Whether it was goals that shouldn’t have been allowed or missed penalties, Team USA was dealt a bad hand by the referees in this matchup.
While this was a hard loss for the Americans to swallow, there is no doubt that this defeat will give the team the desire to gain vengeance when it matters most. If these teams meet again in the Olympics, it will likely be for the gold medal.
This women’s tournament is just getting interesting.