Another day of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics is in the books, and there was—as always—plenty of action and a number of medals handed out on Day 9.
For those who missed any of the action, here is a look back on the day’s events along with some of the best reactions from the Twitterverse about what went down in Sochi on Sunday.
Before we get to the tweets, here’s how the standings look entering the last week of the winter festivities:
And here are the medals that were handed out on Day 9:
|Event||Gold Medal||Silver Medal||Bronze Medal|
|Men's Super-G||Kjetil Jansrud (NOR)||Andrew Weibrecht (USA)||Jan Hudec (CAN) and Bode Miller (USA)|
|Ladies' Snowboard Cross Final||Eva Samkova (CZE)||Dominique Maltais (CAN)||Chloe Trespeuch (FRA)|
|Men's 4x10 km Relay||Sweden||Russia||France|
|Ladies' 1500-meter Speedskating||Jorien Ter Mors (NED)||Ireen Wust (NED)||Lotte Van Beek (NED)|
The Netherlands maintained its place atop the medal count. It remains to be seen whether it can hold on and leave the Sochi Games with more medals than any other country, but this has been an amazing Winter Olympics for the Netherlands regardless. Evan Doherty of Yahoo! Sports agrees:
Team Netherlands remained in first place thanks to another clean sweep of a speedskating event—this time the ladies’ final.
Not only did they claim all the medals, but fourth place also went to a Dutch athlete, which further demonstrates their complete dominance of the event. According to Willie Cornblatt of NBC Sports, their dominance was quite a rare feat:
First-place Jorien Ter Mors took the gold medal in style, breaking the Olympic record in the process:
The clean sweep was the Netherlands’ third of the Olympics, marking an impressive achievement that has never been done:
Netherlands first nation ever with 3 medal sweeps at one Winter Olympics— Bill Mallon (@bambam1729) February 16, 2014
Nick Zaccardi of NBC Sports threw out a surprising stat that illustrates just how phenomenal the Dutch speedskating team has been:
The Netherlands speed skating team would co-lead the overall medal count at 16 on its own.— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) February 16, 2014
The Dutch's dominance of speedskating wasn’t too shocking given their history of success in the event, but there were some surprises elsewhere on Sunday, including the results of the ladies’ snowboard cross finals.
Lindsey Jacobellis was widely considered to be one of the favorites to bring home the gold, but she—yet again—came up short on the Olympic stage.
The American star had opened up a sizable lead but a fall ultimately cost her a shot at a medal:
Wow. Lindsey Jacobellis had a huge lead in the semifinal, but fell late in the run, and will not be advancing for a chance at a medal— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 16, 2014
Unfortunately, this type of performance on the sport’s biggest stage has come to define her, as Lindsay Jones of USA Today indicated with this interesting cross-sport comparison:
Is Lindsey Jacobellis snowboarding's Tony Romo? Teammate: "People are so ready to see her fail. That's terrible." http://t.co/OPKXLqwBJf— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 16, 2014
It wasn’t all disappointing results for the U.S. squad, however. There were two medals that went the Americans’ way in the men’s super-G final:
It was a particularly memorable day for Bode Miller, who became the oldest medal-winner in history of the alpine skiing events but was also very emotional when remembering his younger brother, who tragically passed away in 2013.
Miller’s emotion and pain was evident as his thoughts went to his brother, and he thanked his fans for their support:
Thanks for all the support, today was one of the most emotional days of my life. I miss my brother.— Bode Miller (@MillerBode) February 16, 2014
While there were two American medals in the super-G final, perhaps the best American performance of the day was one that didn’t earn a medal…yet. Meryl Davis and Charlie White continued their dominant ice dancing form with a world-record performance in the short dance segment of the event:
They’ll look to build on that momentum in the free dance section, but after Sunday they already have plenty to be happy about.
Still, Team USA has seen various top names disappoint thus far in Sochi, so nothing is a given. Despite jumping out to an early lead and being in commanding position, Davis and White will need to remain focused in order to secure gold.
With 22 athletes earning medals and four more events in the books, it was a memorable Day 9 in Sochi. It’s unfortunate that the Games are already nearing their end, but there is still plenty of action to catch and many unforgettable moments that are going to unfold in the last week of the Olympics.