As temperatures drop across the United States, the action at the 2014 Winter Olympics is only beginning to heat up.
So far, a total of five days have elapsed since the opening ceremony, meaning the Olympics have almost reached the halfway point.
If you haven't been keeping track of the results and/or watching in general, there's still plenty of time left to enjoy the Winter Olympics. Most of the fun events haven't even started yet. You don't want to regret missing out and having to wait another four years.
Here's a look at the medal table after Wednesday's action, followed by three of the day's biggest developments.
|Medal Count after Day 5|
Day 5 Developments
Dutch Do Double in Men's 1,000m
The speed skating events are becoming a bit monotonous, not to say that's a bad thing. The Netherlands are going to win and that's the end of it. They added two more medals on Wednesday, with Stefan Groothuis earning gold in the men's 1,000m and Michel Mulder taking home bronze.
After the race, Groothuis couldn't hold back his emotions. "I almost started to cry, thinking: this is not happening," he said, per the Associated Press' Raf Casert (via ABCNews.com).
Those two medals make it a total of 10 for the Netherlands, accounting for all of their Olympic output and two-thirds of those handed out in speed skating events so far. Considering the relative size of the country, it's amazing that the Netherlands have produced so many talented skaters.
The Dutch have four entrants in tomorrow's women's 1,000m, so there's a good chance that they'll pad their total by the time Day 6 is over.
Kaitlyn Farrington Upends the Old Guard
You couldn't help but wonder if Wednesday was a changing of the guard in American snowboarding.
On one side, you had Kelly Clark, long the standard-bearer for women's snowboarding participating in her last Olympics. On the other was Kaitlyn Farrington, a 24-year-old who's one of the emerging stars on the circuit.
By the time all was said and done, it was Farrington who reigned supreme, winning gold. Clark would settle for bronze.
Reigning Olympic women's halfpipe champion Torah Bright won silver.
The finest of margins decided the outcome as Farrington's highest score of 91.75 was 0.25 points better than Bright and 1.0 point better than Clark.
Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar Remain the Best
The Russian pairs figure skating team of Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar could have at least added a bit of drama to Wednesday's competition. The tandem ran away with gold in the event, beating the next closest pair, Fedor Klimov and Ksenia Stolbova by 18.18 points.
Trankov and Volosozhar won both the free and short programs with relative ease, winning their second gold of the 2014 Olympics after Russia placed first in the team event.
Coming into Sochi, the Russian pair was the odds-on favorite to win. Trankov and Volosozhar were the reigning world champions and had won gold in the European Championships in each of the last three years.
Performing in front of a home crowd no doubt spurred the two on, per the Associated Press (via FoxSports.com):
"To win it here is more special than anything," Trankov said. "But there was pressure. We were nervous, very nervous. It was huge for us to skate in front of this audience in our country, but it was hard, and to do this makes us very happy now."
The Russians have looked great on the ice so far, so there's no telling how much more gold it will add to the medal cabinet.
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