Medal Count 2014 Olympics: Updated Day 10 Tally and Day 11 Storylines to Watch

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Medal Count 2014 Olympics: Updated Day 10 Tally and Day 11 Storylines to Watch
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Day 10 at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi brought another change to the top of the tightly contested medal count.

The United States, behind the record-setting performance of Meryl Davis and Charlie White during the free dance portion of the ice dancing competition, and Russia are setting the pace, although the Netherlands is hot on the trail.

Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue of Canada won the silver medal in the ice dancing competition.

Nick McCarvel of NBC Olympics pointed out that Davis appeared relieved to help her country in the overarching contest that is the medal count:

Elsewhere, Russia and the United States both medaled in the two-man bobsled, with Alexander Zubkov taking home the gold and American Steven Holcomb capturing the bronze. 

While there was plenty of excitement in Day 10, Day 11 is sure to change the outlook of the medal standings. Here’s a look at the top storylines to watch.

 

Men’s Snowboard Cross Finals

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 18

Time: 2:15 a.m. ET, 11:15 a.m. Sochi time and 7:15 a.m. GMT

TV Broadcast: NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 7:15 a.m. GMT

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The men’s snowboard cross finals was supposed to take place during Day 10, but the event was postponed to Day 11 thanks to the fog in the mountains.

American Nate Holland seemed to be fine with the decision, as he told Rick Maese of the Washington Post: 

It’s an outdoor sport. This happens all the time. I’m more thankful they were able to postpone it a day. 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.

Holland is one of the favorites to land on the podium, although he will face stiff competition from the likes of Australia’s Alex Pullin and Austria’s Markus Schairer, who finished No. 1 and No. 2 at the 2013 World Championships.

The defending Olympic champion Seth Wescott did not even make the United States team, so this event is wide open and should produce some exciting results.

 

Women’s Giant Slalom

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 18

Time: 4 a.m. ET, 1 p.m. Sochi time and 9 a.m. GMT 

TV Broadcast: NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 9 a.m. GMT

Gero Breloer/Associated Press

 

The question at the women’s giant slalom is whether veteran Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden can take home an Olympic medal.

She has been to two Olympics and six World Championships but still doesn’t have a medal. That could very well change in Sochi for the competitor who leads the World Cup season standings with a number of impressive performances this season.

Don’t overlook Tina Maze of Slovenia, who has 13 World Cup victories in her career in the giant slalom and the silver medal from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She also won the gold in the downhill already in Sochi, so she has momentum on her side. 

Finally, Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany won the gold in Vancouver in this disciple and is a legitimate contender to defend her title.

 

Men’s Ski Halfpipe Final

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 18

Time: 12:30 p.m. ET, 9:30 p.m. Sochi time and 5:30 p.m. GMT 

TV Broadcast: NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 5:30 p.m. GMT

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The race at the skiing halfpipe may come down to a battle between Canada and the United States.

Canadian Mike Riddle topped the 2013 World Cup standings and is at the top of his game. However, American David Wise has been on an absolute tear since 2012.

He has won the Winter X Games twice, the Dew Tour Finals, the FIS World Championships, silver at Euro Winter X Games and multiple Grand Prix titles. He also won his sixth U.S. national title. 

Both have a chance to take home the gold in Sochi.

 

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