Day 10 at the 2014 Winter Olympics featured plenty of surprises and breakthrough performances.
Team USA won two medals Monday, earning bronze in the two-man bobsleigh and picking up the U.S.'s first-ever gold in ice dancing. Meryl Davis and Charlie White were able to fend off reigning Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada en route to victory.
In addition to bobsleigh and figure skating, medals were awarded in women's biathlon, men's freestyle skiing and men's ski jumping.
Meanwhile, foggy conditions forced officials to cancel men's snowboard cross seeding. According to NBC Gold Zone on Twitter, the action will pick back up around 10:30 a.m. local time (1:30 a.m. ET) on Tuesday morning.
Men's snowboard cross is rescheduled for 1:30 AM ET on Tuesday. Seeding runs are canceled, they'll start at qtrfinal in order of FIS points.— NBC Gold Zone (@NBC_GoldZone) February 17, 2014
With plenty to dissect from Day 10, let's get you up to speed on anything you may have missed.
|Biathlon||Women's 12.5km Mass Start||Darya Domracheva (BLR)||Gabriela Soukalova (CZE)||Tiril Eckhoff (NOR)|
|Bobsleigh||2-Man||Alexey Voevoda and Alexander Zubkov (RUS)||Alex Baumann and Beat Hefti (SUI)||Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton (USA)|
|Figure Skating||Ice Dancing||Meryl Davis and Charlie White (USA)||Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (CAN)||Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov (RUS)|
|Freestyle Skiing||Men's Aerials||Anton Kushnir (BLR)||David Morris (AUS)||Zongyang Jia (CHN)|
|Ski Jumping||Men's Team||Germany||Austria||Japan|
Davis, White Shine in Ice Dance
Davis and White secured the U.S.'s fifth gold medal of these Olympic Games on Day 10, scoring 116.63 in Monday's free dance competition to finish with a total score of 195.52, per USA Today's Christine Brennan:
Davis and White have won the USA's first ice dance Olympic gold medal ever. Won in a landslide, by nearly 5 points.— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) February 17, 2014
The Americans' top competition, Canada's gold-medal-winning pair of Virtue and Moir, were forced to settle for silver, while Russia's Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov scored 110.44 in the free dance to maintain bronze-medal position.
With the reality just starting to set in for Davis and White, the initial reaction to their triumph has been one of pure shock, according to Davis, via USA Today's Nancy Armour:
It hasn't sunk in yet. Not even close. We feel like maybe it will take seeing our families and friends for it to really sink it. We were saying that we prepared so well for what it was we wanted to put onto the ice that we don't even know how to react now. We were so focused on the event that now that it's over we're like, "Where do we go? What do we do?"
Although the 2014 Winter Olympics are effectively over for Davis and White, they certainly won't be leaving Sochi dissatisfied. In addition to their unprecedented ice dancing gold, the talented pair played a huge role in the U.S.'s bronze medal in the team competition.
It remains to be seen whether the two longtime partners will be back to defend their gold in 2018, but regardless, they've put together an awfully impressive Olympic resume that now includes three total medals and the U.S.'s first-ever ice dancing gold.
2-Man Bobsleigh Thrills
The host nation had plenty to cheer for at the Sanki Sliding Center in Sochi on Monday, as the Russian tandem of Alexey Voevoda and Alexander Zubkov locked up gold in the two-man bobsleigh competition, finishing 0.66 seconds ahead of Swiss silver medalists Alex Baumann and Beat Hefti.
As former Olympian Colin Bryce points out, Voevoda and Zubkov will have another shot at gold in the four-man competition this coming weekend:
Voevoda and Zubkov nail the gold in 2 man bobsleigh. Third time lucky for them. An historic double in the 4 man?! pic.twitter.com/WT2f7TTWoD— Colin Bryce (@GiantsLiveWSM) February 17, 2014
Meanwhile, Team USA's top unit of Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton finished just 0.88 seconds back to bring home another medal for the Stars and Stripes. Team USA's other two pairs would finish 12th and 13th, respectively, roughly two seconds back of the gold-medal-winning pace.
The women will compete in bobsleigh Tuesday and Wednesday before a two-day break in action. Bobsleigh is scheduled to wrap up on Saturday and Sunday with the four-man competition.
Germany Lands Olympics-Leading 8th Gold in Ski Jumping
Although Germany trails in the overall medal count through the first 10 days in Sochi, it did manage to snag another gold on Day 10, dominating the competition in the men's team ski jumping final.
#Sochi2014 Germany became the first NOC to win the team event in ski jumping three times at the Olympic Winter Games.— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaGold) February 17, 2014
The German team of Severin Freund, Marinus Kraus, Andreas Wank and Andreas Wellinger held off Austria and Japan, who earned silver and bronze, respectively. Despite only edging Austria by 0.2 points in Round 2, the Germans were able to lock up gold by nearly three points thanks to an impressive showing in Round 1.
For Wank, who took home silver in the team event in Vancouver four years ago, all that's left to do is party hard, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com): "I've got silver and now gold. I think it was really close competition...now we will make a big party."
Germany's eighth gold medal gives it three more than any other nation heading into Day 11.
However, the performance of 41-year-old Noriaki Kasai was arguably the top ski jumping storyline on Day 10. The seven-time Olympian anchored the Japanese team and picked up his second medal of these Games.
Ahh! Noriaki Kasai crying on the tv. So touching. Led his team to a team bronze and solo silver at Sochi at 41 years old. #skijumping— HIMANSHU KUMAR (@HIMANSHU) February 17, 2014
Unfortunately for Team USA, the American squad of Peter Frenette, Nicholas Fairall, Anders Johnson and Nick Alexander was unable to qualify for the eight-team final, instead finishing 10th among the dozen teams in Round 1.
The disappointing effort wasn't at all surprising, though, as the U.S. has struggled to keep pace with the globe's top ski jumping nations. While Americans have had success competing in other Nordic combined events, the team competition has never been a highlight of Team USA's run at the Winter Games.
Based on this year's performance, American fans are likely to have even lower expectations in 2018.
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