Another day of the 2014 Winter Olympics is in the books, and the events of an action-packed Thursday had plenty of people talking.
It's no secret that Sochi, Russia, had come under fire before the Olympics began for a myriad of problems. Since the opening ceremony, though, all of the negative chatter has taken a backseat to the positive storylines that are emerging during competition.
New stars are rising while the veterans enjoy their precious time left in the spotlight. It's a great reminder as to why the Olympics are such a special event.
And with the Winter Games nearing the halfway point, some of the more prominent and popular events are starting to commence.
Here are some of the best reactions to Day 6's biggest developments.
One of the biggest winners on the day was the Netherlands, who once again cleaned up in speedskating. Irene Wust earned silver in the women's 1,000-meters, while Margot Boer took home bronze. That bumps the Dutch up to 12 medals for the Olympics, which is their highest output of all time, per Simon Gleave:
All-time record number of medals for the Netherlands at a Winter Olympics now, beating the 11 in 1998. Still 10 days of competition to go!— Simon Gleave (@SimonGleave) February 13, 2014
American skier Gus Kenworthy made news when he said he wanted to adopt some of the stray puppies roaming around Sochi and tweeted out pictures of himself holding said puppies. Of course, that was just one of two goals he wanted to accomplish at the Winter Olympics, winning a medal being the other, per Turner Sports' Rachel Nichols:
Slopestyle skier @GusKenworthy told his friend: "Dude, I just want to leave with a medal & some puppies." He's got a silver...halfway there— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 13, 2014
Kenworthy was one of three American skiers to medal in the men's ski slopestyle, as the U.S. swept the podium, per the U.S. Olympic Team:
The United States also had a good day on the hockey rink, brushing aside Slovakia 7-1 in the men's preliminary round. One of the standout performers was Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche, who finished with two goals.
Stastny took to Twitter after the game to commend his teammates:
The U.S. had a bit of an advantage, as well. The 28-year-old admitted that he had grown up around the Slovak language, as both his parents and grandparents are Slovakian, per Yahoo! Sports:
"Both of my parents are Slovakian, my grandparents speak it." Stastny leads U.S. rout of Hall of Fame dad’s homeland. http://t.co/9AyWXGDg4C— Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) February 13, 2014
One of the biggest stories of the day was Evgeni Plushenko's withdrawal from the men's figure skating short program. The 31-year-old bowed out due to injury and promptly retired, per Barry Wilner of the Associated Press.
Naturally, with such a decorated athlete walking away from the sport, social media was abuzz.
Andrew Das of The New York Times reported exactly what happened leading up to Plushenko withdrawing:
Plushenko came out for warmups, but clearly hurt himself on a triple, stumbled and that's it. It's over. Arena is dead silent.— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) February 13, 2014
It was a rather undignified and subdued end to the career of one of the biggest names in men's figure skating, per Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun:
Plushenko skates to judges' panel, withdraws for medical reasons. Holds hands up to acknowledge crowd, skates slowly off. #shocker— Cam Cole (@rcamcole) February 13, 2014
As Johnny Weir said on the NBC broadcast, you can only push the human body so much:
Weir, on Plushenko: "This is just, I believe, his body saying no."— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) February 13, 2014
Even with Plushenko out of the picture, the men's short program provided plenty of excitement, mostly because of Yuzuru Hanyu's otherworldly performance. The 19-year-old posted a 101.45, which broke the world record, per Christine Brennan of USA Today:
Hanyu breaks his own WR w/ 101.45 points. He will be almost impossible to beat for gold, barring, well, any of stuff that happened earlier.— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) February 13, 2014
As CBSSports.com's Will Brinson said, we might as well hand Hanyu the gold for the next decade or so:
Yuzuru Hanyu first man to ever bust 100 points in a short program. Dude's winning every gold medal for the next 12 years— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) February 13, 2014
Patrick Chan entered the event as a major favorite, but his score of 97.52 was a bit underwhelming, and Brennan argued that it shouldn't have even been that high:
Chan gets 97.52. Too high. Ah, these judges, they just can't stop loving this guy. Within 4 points of Hanyu, who was much better.— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) February 13, 2014
The men's free skate is just one of many storylines to follow on Friday. It will be yet another great day of Olympic action, which should once again spark various reactions and opinions on social media.