There are a number of headline events in Day 10 at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi that are sure to change the outlook of the medal count.
The men take the stage in snowboard cross, the ice dancing medals will be awarded and the two-man bobsled race sees its final runs. Every event is taking on added importance for the overarching competition that is the medal count as it becomes increasingly close at the top.
The Netherlands, which has proven dominant on the speedskating ice, Russia and the United States are setting the pace, but Norway and Canada are right in contention.
Let’s dig a bit deeper into some of the key events of Day 10 that will directly impact the medal count.
Key Day 10 Events
Ice Dancing Free Skate
It was a yet another display of pure dominance for Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White in the short dance portion of the ice dancing competition.
The pair took a commanding 2.58-point lead over training partners and friends Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada. Figure skating is a sport that often comes down to tenths of a point, so having an early cushion will certainly be critical for the Red, White and Blue.
It was such a great performance that Davis felt like she was in a dream, as she said in an interview after the race in comments that were passed along by The Associated Press (via ESPN.com): "I told Charlie in the middle of the program I felt like I was in a dream. It is such a surreal experience."
The American ice dancers have not lost in nearly two years and are the defending world champions. It would be a complete upset if they took home anything other than the gold, which would be the first for the United States in ice dancing.
It is also a tight race for the bronze between the French and the Russians.
Men’s Snowboard Cross
Snowboard cross is one of the most unpredictable sports in all of the Olympics.
For further proof of that, consider the fact that the defending gold medalist, Seth Wescott, did not even make the American team for Sochi.
Instead, Nate Holland will headline the team for the United States. Joining him are Nick Baumgartner, Trevor Jacob and Alex Deibold. Holland finished in fourth place in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and is on the short list for the podium.
His top competition will come in the form of Australia’s Alex Pullin and Austria’s Markus Schairer, who finished No. 1 and No. 2 at the 2013 World Championships.
Men’s Two-Man Bobsled
It doesn’t get much tighter than the men’s two-man bobsled after two runs. There is a mere .16 of a second separating second place from sixth place, although Russia’s Alexander Zubkov leads everyone by .32 of a second.
Defending World Cup champion and American Steven Holcomb is in third place heading into the final two runs. The United States hasn’t won a medal in two-man bobsled since 1952.
One person who will be cheering Holcomb on is actor William Shatner:
If Zubkov adds the gold medal to his resume, it would join a bronze from the 2006 Olympics in Torino and a four-man silver in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
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