There wasn't a packed slate of medal competitions on Day 9 of the 2014 Winter Olympics, but still with four events concluding and a number of other ones getting closer to crunch time, the action is heating up in Sochi.
The Netherlands closed out on top of the medal count with 17 by the end of Day 9, largely due to their sweeping of the podium in women's 1,500-meter speedskating. But Russia also made a surge up the count by tying it up with the United States in second place with 16 medals heading into Day 10.
Let's take a look at all of the Day 9 medal winners in order of how they happened, the updated medal count and a breakdown of the day's most exciting action.
|Men's Alpine Skiing, Super G||Kjetil Jansrud (NOR)||Andrew Weibrecht (USA)||Bode Miller (USA), Jan Hudec (CAN)*|
|Women's Snowboard Cross||Eva Samkova (CZE)||Dominique Maltais (CAN)||Chloe Trespeuch (FRA)|
|Cross Country, Men's 4x10-km Relay||Sweden||Russia||France|
|Speedskating, Women's 1500 Meters||Jorien ter Mors (NED)||Ireen Wust (NED)||Lotte van Beek (NED)|
Norway's Kjetil Jansrud took gold in the men's super-G medal round Sunday, but the Americans took home the storylines by getting onto the podium twice.
USA's Andrew Weibrecht finished .30 seconds back of Jansrud for the silver medal, and fellow American Bode Miller followed him up with a bronze that almost didn't happen. Canada skier Jan Hudec tied Olympian great Miller's time of one minute, 18.67 seconds.
Because of the tie, both participants were awarded bronze medals. Canada wasn't about to argue with the co-medal, however, as it was the country's first men's Alpine skiing podium finish since the 1984 Games.
And the U.S. weren't exactly upset with their double-finish on the podium by the end of the event—one that nearly mirrored their finish in the 2010 Vancouver Games per a U.S. Olympic Team tweet:
The medal for Miller also did much to validate his legendary Olympic career. As this tweet from Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch notes, he's on the short list of all-time Winter Olympic greats:
Bode Miller's six Winter Olympic medals are equal to Bonnie Blair. The only American to win more at Winter Games: Apolo Anton Ohno (eight).— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) February 16, 2014
While a gold would have been preferred for Weibrecht and Miller, getting two Americans on the podium was a win in just about every way possible for the United States.
It was also a huge boost for the U.S. Olympic team in general, who are desperately trying to keep their quest of winning the medal count alive.
Women's Snowboard Cross
Budding star Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic burst onto the scene with a dominating gold-medal run in the women's snowboard cross.
But for the Americans, the event will be remembered for something that happened before the final round. Team USA gold-medal contender Lindsey Jacobellis fell in her semifinal heat while leading, and it knocked her out of the final round as she was unable to compete in the medal round:
The 2014 shortcoming was a rough spell of deja vu for Jacobellis. She failed to make the medal round in 2010 after sliding off the course in the semifinal round and was disqualified.
But for Samkova, Canada's Dominique Maltais and France's Chloe Trespeuch, the women's snowboard cross ended in a podium finish.
Maelle Ricker of Canada didn't finish on the podium after winning gold in 2010, but she was replaced by Maltais who became the second woman all time to notch multiple medals in the event (bronze, 2006).
Women's Speedskating, 1,500-meter
In an otherwise quiet day for the Netherlands Olympic team, the Dutch dominantly swept the podium in the women's speedskating 1,500-meter medal round—doing so in record-breaking fashion.
Gold-medal winner Jorien ter Mors skated to a world-record Olympic time of 1:53.51. That broke the previous record from 2002 by more than half a second.
Ireen Wurst took home the silver and nearly broke the old world record herself, finishing seven hundredths of a second slower than the then-Olympic time. There was a gap of nearly half a second between her and bronze-medal winner Lotte van Beek—another Dutch skater.
Of course, as if the Netherlands getting the top three spots weren't impressive enough, a Dutch skater also finished in fourth. So if one of the top three finishers had gotten disqualified for whatever reason, the podium sweep still would have been intact.