Day 10 of the 2014 Winter Olympics resulted in five new gold medals for winners, in a wide range of events that held final competitions on Monday in Sochi.
But if it weren't for a day of dense fog and inclement weather, another winner would have been crowned in the men's biathlon mass start race. Likewise, the men's snowboard cross seeding event was postponed until Tuesday.
"This is standard for snowboarding and ski events. Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate," American snowboard cross rider Nate Holland told Mattias Karen of the Associated Press.
Still, it was a fast-paced and high-flying day of action in Sochi. Here's a look at the Day 10 medalists and an updated total medal count.
|Women's Biathlon 12.5km Mass Start||Darya Domracheva (BLR)||Gabriela Soukalova (CZE)||Tiril Eckhoff (NOR)|
|Men's Bobsled Two-Man||Voevoda/Zubkov (RUS)||Baumann/Hefti (SUI)||Holcomb/Langton (USA)|
|Figure Skating Ice Dance||Davis/White (USA)||Moir/Virtue (CAN)||Ilinykh/Katsalapov (RUS)|
|Men's Freestyle Skiing Aerials||Anton Kushnir (BLR)||David Morris (AUS)||Zongyang Jia (CHN)|
|Men's Ski Jumping Team||Germany||Austria||Japan|
Meryl Davis and Charlie White Shine for USA
The longtime ice dance duo of Meryl Davis and Charlie White continued their ascent to the top of the sport on Monday, winning the first-ever gold medal for the United States in the competition.
Davis and White have been skating partners for 17 years, dating back to their grade school days in Michigan, as detailed by Joe Posnanski of NBC Sports. The pair has been building up to this moment for some time now, as they started to become a global force in 2011.
Following their victory, Davis and White joined U.S. Olympic team member Evan Bates for this rink-side photo.
Once again, Davis and White had to overcome their rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who took home the silver. As Nancy Armour of USA Today pointed out, the Americans have put together a string of success against their Canadian counterparts in recent competitions.
Davis and White finished second to Virtue and Moir four years ago in Vancouver, the start of a rivalry that's been the best thing going in figure skating. The training mates have been swapping spots atop the podium for the past four years, with the Canadians winning world titles in 2010 and 2012.
But the Americans have slowly pulled away from Virtue and Moir the past two years. Davis and White won their second world title last year, and topped the Canadians again at this year's Grand Prix final.
Add in a victory in the team competition, and Davis and White had beaten Virtue and Moir at every competition dating to the 2012 World Championship.
It also marks the second medal in any figure skating event for the Americans so far, who took bronze in the team event and have a couple of legit podium contenders in Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner in the women's singles competition, which begins on Friday.
Another American highlight on Monday took place in women's hockey, where Team USA routed Sweden 6-1 to punch its ticket to the gold medal game against Canada. Along with a strong men's team, the U.S. looks poised to bring home some hardware in hockey.
Darya Domracheva Wins Third Gold
No one can stop Belarusian biathloner Darya Domracheva.
On Monday, she became the first three-time gold-medalist of the Sochi Winter Games, with a victory in the women's 12.5km mass start event. Eric Willemsen of the Associated Press shared comment from the Domracheva, who didn't seem to be surprised by her immense sucess.
Without losing rhythm, the Belarusian eased to her third victory at the Sochi Games by winning the 12.5-kilometer mass start race on Monday, completing an unprecedented haul of three gold medals in women's biathlon at one Olympics.
"Maybe it's strange, but I don't feel like I've done something special," Domracheva said. "I just tried to enjoy myself and I did my race with a laugh. But for sure, it's amazing."
The 27-year-old also claimed gold medals in the women's 10-kilometer pursuit and 15-kilometer individual races earlier during the Winter Games. And while she's expected to compete in the upcoming biathlon mixed and team relay events, she and Belarus have stiff competition if they want to bring home any more gold.
Still, there's no doubting her dominance so far in Sochi.
RECORD! Darya Domracheva has become the first woman to win three biathlon titles at the same Olympics. http://t.co/WQfeR1FdsM— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) February 17, 2014
Domracheva wasn't the only athlete from Belarus to bring home a gold medal on Monday, as Anton Kushnir easily won the men's freestyle skiing aerial competition with a score of 134.5.
Germany Extends Lead in Gold Medal Count
While Germany might not be leading in the total medal count, no one has claimed as many golds as Germany (with eight) through 10 days of action.
It's actually not even close, as there is a six-way tie for second place in terms of gold medals, with the United States, Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Belarus and Norway each having five.
On Monday, Germany took the gold in the men's team ski jumping competition to cap off the Day 10 action.
Germany win men's team competition http://t.co/soeZY3LZFN— Reuters Sports (@ReutersSports) February 17, 2014
The German quartet of Severin Freund, Marinus Kraus, Andreas Wank and Andreas Wellinger combined for a score of 1041.1, barely edging out second-place Austria (1038.4).