The second Monday of the 2014 Winter Olympics saw the Americans pick up their first-ever gold in ice dance, the host country take the top spot in the two-man bobsled and Belarus give a massive boost to its Olympics by picking up two gold medals.
It was another action-packed day at the Olympics, but once again, Mother Nature was a factor.
Sochi has been battling warm weather and fog. It was the fog that interfered with action on Monday.
As NBC Gold Zone reported, men's snowboard cross seeding was postponed and rescheduled:
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
Enough about events that didn't happen, we have medals to discuss.
|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|
Day 10 Recap
Davis and White Make American History
It certainly wasn't a surprise that Meryl Davis and Charlie White became the first American duo to ever take gold in ice dance. They have been dominating the sport, and they set a world record in the short program.
Davis and White dazzled in the short program to earn their record score of 78.89. At that point, as USA Today's Christine Brennan alludes to, the gold was all but theirs.
Defending gold medalists, and rivals with Davis and White, Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were within striking distance at least. They posted a score of 76.33 in the short program.
This left them in firm control of the event heading into Monday's skate. USA Today's Christine Brennan highlighted the advantage the free skate gave them:
However, as has become the case, the Canadians couldn't keep up with Davis and White
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 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 championships.
Despite all of this sitting in favor of Davis and White, the dynamic duo were still in a state of shock after their win. Davis, via Armour (h/t the Des Moines Register), had this to say following the gold:
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?"
You do whatever you want, Davis. You are an Olympic gold medalist.
Belarus' Golden Day
Belarus doesn't always win medals, but when it does, it prefers they are gold. It is the most interesting country in the world.
Belarus now has six medals in these Olympics, and five of them are gold. On Monday, the Eastern European country saw Anton Kushnir take the gold medal in men's aerials and Darya Domracheva take the gold in the women's 12.5-kilometer mass start.
Kushnir was spectacular and won the gold by a wide margin. His aerial exploits had him post a score of 134.5 on his final jump. It was a worthy score for his five-twisting jump and paved the way for him to beat Australia's David Morris by more than 24 points.
With Belarus' Alla Tsuper taking gold in this event for the women on Friday, Belarus rules the aerials' roost.
Meanwhile, biathloner Domracheva is having an amazing Olympics. Entering Monday, she had already taken gold in the women's 10-kilometer pursuit and 15-kilometer individual races. Now she can add the 12.5-kilometer mass start to her golden resume.
She is the first three-time gold medalist at these games.
Domracheva didn't seem to be all that impressed with her own success. Eric Willemsen of the Associated Press passed along this quote from the amazing Olympian: "Maybe it's strange, but I don't feel like I've done something special. I just tried to enjoy myself and I did my race with a laugh. But for sure, it's amazing."
Clearly, Domracheva is in a league of her own.
Russia Takes Gold in Bobsled
The two-man sleighs zoomed down the Sanki Sliding Center in Sochi on Monday, and no sled slid faster than the one controlled by the Russian tandem of Alexey Voevoda and Alexander Zubkov.
The pair edged out Swiss silver medalists Alex Baumann and Beat Hefti by 0.66 seconds.
That margin is literally a blink of an eye, but it is a decent margin of victory in a bobsled race.
Meanwhile, the Americans had a solid run with their top sleigh. Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton took the bronze by finishing just 0.88 seconds off of the gold-medal time.
Holcomb won the gold in Vancouver 2010 in the four-man sled. He now has a bronze to add to his impressive resume.