With the 2014 Winter Olympics entering the final week, more medals were handed out on Day 10. Fog caused some problems on the slopes of Krasnaya Polyana, but the rest of the events went ahead as scheduled. We get you caught up on all the results from Monday and examine the new medal tally.
The United States and Russia have each claimed 18 medals and five gold, slightly ahead of the Netherlands' 17 medals that were all thanks to speedskating. Germany continues to enjoy a comfortable lead with eight gold despite claiming only 13 medals in total, but there are six more days of action left to catch up.
Biathlon: Women's 12.5-Kilometer Mass Start
Darya Domracheva took gold for Belarus, followed by the Czech Republic's Gabriela Soukalova and Norwegian Tiril Eckhoff.
They were fortunate to get the event in, as the men's 15-kilometer mass start was postponed again until Tuesday due to fog.
The men's snowboard cross was also postponed for the same reason. As American boarder Nate Holland stated via ESPN.com, the conditions were severe enough to impact the competition considerably.
"This fog, it's super dense up there. It's the Olympics. We want to have the best rider win and not have anything screwy," he said.
French biathlete Martin Fourcade, who has two golds in Sochi in the men's pursuit and individual events, tweeted in French that he was heading back to bed and would see everyone on Tuesday for the rescheduled event.
After the first day of the two-man bobsledding event, Russia led the pack with a U.S. pair in third place. The Jamaican bobsled team was dead last after two runs, though they improved to second-to-last when the Serbian team failed to complete the third run.
After all four runs were in the books, Russians Alexander Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda held on for gold. Swiss pair Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann took the silver, and Americans Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton rounded out the medals with bronze. It was the first medal in the two-man event for the United States since 1952.
As USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt observed, the rest of the field watched Russian pilot Zubkov "nail the intricacies of the 17-curve, 4,921-feet track—with uphill sections—at the Sanki Sliding Center on Monday." Not only that, but the result wasn't even close at the top:
No one was catching Zubkov on this track—possibly foreshadowing the four-man event this weekend—and he won the first two-man gold for Russia since the Soviet Union dissolved. Zubkov had a four-run time of 3:45.39, 0.66 seconds ahead of silver-medalist Beat Hefti of Switzerland. He set a track record in the third heat in 56.08 seconds, breaking the mark he set one day earlier.
The four-man bobsleigh event is set for 4:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.
Monday wrapped up the slate of round-robin qualification matches. On the men's side, Canada is now set to face China in Wednesday's semifinal. Sweden will go against the winner of Tuesday's tiebreaker session between Norway and Great Britain.
The women's semifinal round is locked in with Great Britain taking on Canada, and Sweden clashing against Switzerland.
Figure Skating: Ice Dance
The battle of American ice-dancing titans Meryl Davis and Charlie White against 2010 gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada raged on in Day 10's action.
The Canadians were leading during the short dance on Sunday, but they were supplanted from first as soon as the scores rolled in for Davis and White. With Monday's free dance, it offered a chance at Olympic redemption for the Americans.
Unsurprisingly, Virtue and Moir led and pack when Davis and White took the ice. Several graceful minutes later, the American team watched as their gold-medal score was posted, and the pair seemed more relieved than elated to claim first place.
They also helped the U.S. skaters to a bronze in the first-ever team event, but it was gold or bust in the ice dance event for Davis and White, and they made good on their goal. Virtue and Moir settled for silver; Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov won bronze for Russia.
Freestyle Skiing: Men's Aerials
Aerials is an event similar to ski jumping, except the ramp is banked sharply upwards on the end to send competitors sailing into the air for a mind-bending combination of spins and flips.
American Mac Bohonnon advanced to the final 12, but that group included three competitors each from China and Belarus. With such a numbers advantage, it's no surprise that Anton Kushnir won gold for Belarus. The only Australian in the event, David Morris, took silver, and Zongyang Jia salvaged bronze for the Chinese.
Women's Ice Hockey
The U.S. women's team zoomed past Sweden, 6-1, to vault them back into the gold-medal game. The Americans put up a stunning 70 shots on goal against Sweden. They will face Canada once again to decide gold on Thursday after the 2010 gold-medal team skated by the Swiss 3-1.
The U.S. team has looked indomitable behind strong play from scorers like Amanda Kessel, sister of Team USA and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel. The Americans failed to score a goal in the 2010 gold-medal game on Canadian soil, but they are unlikely to be blanked on Thursday after unleashing a barrage of shots against a very competent Swedish team.
The bronze-medal game also takes place on Thursday between Switzerland and the Swedes, and based on their showing in the semifinal round, the Swiss squad is positioned well after grinding for the full 60 minutes against Canada.
Ski Jumping: Men's Team
The Germans edged Austria on the strength of Severin Freund's final jump. Poland's Kamil Stoch claimed gold in both the men's normal hill individual and the large hill event, but the Polish team failed to medal. They finished fourth behind Japan, which boasts 41-year-old Noriaki Kasai who incredibly is jumping in his seventh Olympiad.
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