Day 9 of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi provided plenty of excitement once again. Four different events reached their conclusions on Sunday after the men's biathlon 15-kilometer mass start was rescheduled for Monday due to fog—and the overall medal count continues to shift.
The top countries continue to bolster their positions, as the Netherlands has taken the lead with 17 total medals, followed closely by the United States and Russia with 16 each.
Here's a look at how the overall medal count currently sits after Day 9:
Once the dust settled after Sunday's action, one thing is clear: These Games look to have a dramatic finish forthcoming.
Let's take a closer look at the medal winners from each event that took place on Day 9 of the Winter Olympics and give an overview of the highlights that took place.
Alpine Skiing: Men's Super-G
|Alpine Skiing: Men's Super-G Podium|
|Silver||Andrew Weibrecht||United States||1:18.44|
|Bronze||Bode Miller||United States||1:18.67|
For the second time in the 2014 Olympic Games, we witnessed a tie on the podium after an Alpine skiing event.
On Wednesday, Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland both took home gold medals in the women's downhill. On Sunday, we saw a similar outcome as Bode Miller of the United States and Jan Hudec of Canada tied with a score of 1:18.67 and each was awarded a bronze medal.
Miller described how he felt during the day's event during an interview with David Leon Moore of USA Today:
If it's not the most important race of my life, it's right there with it. I had a lot to show today. I put in a lot of work. This was a really hard year. It was a lot of effort coming back to get fit and get ready and just battle through what life throws at you sometimes. To come out and ski hard, it is almost therapeutic for me to be in these situations where I really have to test myself.
Miller wasn't the only American that fared well in the event, though. Andrew Weibrecht completed the course with a time of 1:18.44 and earned the silver medal.
However, the strong performance of Norway's Kjetil Jansrud stole the show after a blazing run of 1:18.14 earned him a decisive gold medal.
It was a bit of a disappointing day for Team USA's Ted Ligety. After being one of the favorites to reach the podium in this event, he faltered with a time of 1:19.48 and finished in 14th place.
Cross-Country Skiing: Men's Relay 4x10 Kilometers
|Cross-Country Skiing: Men's Relay 4x10km Podium|
Sweden's relay team absolutely dominated this event. They were able to at least hold a share of the lead through all four legs of the race. The team's impressive time of 1:28:42.0 blew away the field, as their closest competitors remained 27.3 seconds off the pace.
Russia took the silver medal with a time of 1:29:09.03. After falling to eighth place after the first leg of the relay, the Russians really turned it on. The team moved into fifth place after the second leg and second place after the third leg where they would remain.
France earned the bronze medal with a steady pace throughout the event. They remained in third place throughout most of the duration. The team did fall to fourth place behind the Czech Republic after the second leg, but was able to get back into position shortly after.
Team USA did not fare well here. After they finished the first leg in 15th place, there was simply too much ground to make up. They did improve over the remainder of the course, though, and finished in 11th position.
Snowboarding: Ladies' Snowboard Cross
|Snowboarding: Ladies' Snowboard Cross Podium|
|Gold||Eva Samkova||Czech Republic|
Snowboard cross is one of the most exciting, yet dangerous, events in the Winter Olympics. As expected, plenty of falls and crashes took place on Sunday—fortunately, after a scary incident when American Jacqueline Hernandez took a hard spill, it was announced that she had suffered a concussion but avoided any further serious injury.
Teammate Lindsey Jacobellis issued a statement to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com) regarding the injury:
It's always a big bummer when you see some of your friends go down and get injured and you never really know because you're kind of just sitting there. I try to zone out and focus on what I've got to do.
Speaking of Jacobellis, it was an unfortunate finish for her once again. As she entered Sochi trying to redeem herself from a fall that took away a gold medal in 2006 in Turin, disaster struck—she fell again and was eliminated from contention. She finished seventh overall.
Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic won the event, showing her dominance and emerging with her first Olympic medal. She was just able to edge out Canada's Dominique Maltais, who earned the silver medal, and Chloe Trespeuch, who earned the bronze.
Speedskating: Ladies' 1,500-Meter
|Speedskating: Ladies' 1,500-Meter Podium|
|Gold||Jorien Ter Mors||Netherlands||1:53.51|
|Bronze||Lotte Van Beek||Netherlands||1:54.54|
No surprise here: The Netherlands swept the skeedskating podium once again. The Dutch have been so impressive in the speedskating realm this year, simply leaving all competition in the dust.
For the second time this year, a Dutch speedskater set an Olympic record. First it was Sven Kramer in the men's 5,000-meter event. Now, it is Jorien ter Mors with an astonishing 1:53.1 in the ladies' 1,500-meter.
Her teammate Ireen Wust claimed the silver medal with a time of 1:54.09. She has been excellent over the Winter Games and has now claimed three medals in Sochi.
Rounding out the Netherlands' sweep was bronze medalist Lotte van Beek with a time of 1:54.54. She just edged out another Dutch skater Marrit Leenstra, who finished in fourth place.
American speedskater Heather Richardson failed to reach the podium, as she finished in seventh place with a time of 1:57.60—a full 4.09 seconds off of Ter Mors' Olympic record pace.
During an interview with Jeff Mills of the News & Record, Richardson attempted to stay positive heading into this event after a seventh-place finish in the 1,000-meter event:
There's not much I can complain about. I went out strong and just tried to keep up that speed. Unfortunately, I think I lost a little speed going to the outer (lane), and then I fought hard at the end. I'm going to stay positive. I finished that race pretty strong, and I need that going into the 1,500.
Unfortunately, things did not go her way on Sunday. She will skate again in the team pursuit competition on Saturday.
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