Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: Biggest Surprises of Day 8

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Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: Biggest Surprises of Day 8
David J. Phillip/Associated Press

With Day 8 officially in the books, the thick of the competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics crosses the halfway point.

Eight days down, eight to go.

If it's halftime in Sochi, certain members of Team USA could probably use a pep talk, as more disappointing performances in speedskating and skiing paced Saturday's action.

Perhaps someone on the American squad can channel his or her inner Herb Brooks?

On the other hand, some parts of the United States delegation are flying high after the American men's hockey team trumped Russia in a shootout.

Somehow, despite a few setbacks, Team USA's 14 medals are good enough for a second-place tie with the Netherlands in the overall medal count, just one back of Russia's 15.  

Ah yes, and there were surprises. Here are the biggest ones from Day 8.

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