Germany picked up two gold medals on Day 5 of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, but it is Norway that remains atop the standings with a total of 12 medals after Wednesday's action.
Norway took home just one medal on the day, a bronze via Magnus Krog in the Nordic combined, but it was enough to stay on top:
As expected, other countries are beginning to emerge with medals, but the usual suspects continue to line the leaderboard. Canada and the Netherlands are tied at 10 total in a chase to catch Norway.
In what should not be a shock, the wide world of social media had strong opinions and reactions about the events and standings.
The biggest headline of the day was produced by the women's downhill alpine skiing event, which awarded two gold medals after Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland tied with a time of 1:41.57.
ESPN detailed the historic moment:
Slovenia's Tina Maze & Switzerland's Dominique Gisin tied for downhill gold today, the 1st tie for gold in Olympic alpine skiing history.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 12, 2014
The result truly speaks to how close the sport can be, as Maze herself illustrated to reporters afterwards, via Christopher Clarey of The New York Times:
Tina Maze "It's incredible in our sport how small the distances are. I think that's the challenge of our sport. The hundredths count" #sochi— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) February 12, 2014
Another major moment that captured the imagination of the social medial landscape was when the United States blew away the field in the ladies' halfpipe event.
Kaitlyn Farrington stole the gold medal with a best score of 91.75, while Kelly Clark was right behind with a bronze-medal performance after her 90.75. Those two get the spotlight, but right behind Clark was Hannah Teter of the United States, too.
After the impressive run from Farrington, ESPN's Jeremy Schaap joked about her nickname:
Kaitlyn Farrington's from Idaho. Does that make her the Flying Potato?— Jeremy Schaap (@JeremySchaap) February 12, 2014
The gold also brings up an interesting point for the United States overall, as Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan points out:
The United States now has three gold medals in the Sochi Games. All of them are in snowboarding.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 12, 2014
While Farrington gets the major headlines, it is Clark who remains the most dominant women's rider of all for the U.S., as the team's Twitter details:
While on the topic of a country dominating a specific event, one has to point out that the Netherlands took home a gold and bronze in the men's 1,000-meter speedskating event thanks to Stefan Groothuis and Michel Mulder, respectively.
Right To Play International CEO and former speedskater Johann Koss took to Twitter to celebrate:
Unfortunately, the biggest story to come out of the event is obviously Shani Davis' failure to win a third consecutive medal. According to a quote captured by Dan Wolken of USA Today, Davis simply failed to execute what he practiced:
Shani Davis said he had a good gameplan, but only executed 40 percent of it. He'd have to watch the film. I've heard quotes like that before— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) February 12, 2014
Davis joins an ever-growing list of U.S. favorites who have disappointed in Sochi, as Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel explains:
With Shani Davis, Shaun White and Bode Miller disappointing, get set for an avalanche of American-men-are-failing stories.— Dave Hyde (@davehydesports) February 12, 2014
The above is far from the end of the history that was written on Day 5, though.
As expected, Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov took home the gold medal in the pairs figure skating event thanks to a total score of 236.86—a mark more than 18 points better than the second-place finishers.
With the stunning display, Volosozhar and Trankov became the first pair to win gold for the host country in the event in quite a long time, as Infostrada Sports points out:
#Sochi2014 Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov became the first skaters to win Olympic gold in the pairs event on home ice in 78 years.— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaGold) February 12, 2014
The event also made for some entertaining commentary, as Bleacher Report's Dan Levy captures:
Online British announcer during the US figure skating pairs program, "I was just hoping the name of the music, Skyfall, wasn't an omen."— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) February 12, 2014
Despite all the positivity throughout the proceedings, perhaps no athlete who made a podium appearance was more thrilled than Germany's Eric Frenzel, who won gold in the Nordic combined 10-kilometer race, via USA Today:
All things considered, Twitter once again proves it has its hand firmly on the pulse of every happening in the Games and can act as quite the recap should one miss a broadcast or stream.
Expect more of the same as the events in Sochi continue.