Just a few more days remain in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but the action hasn't slowed down. In fact, Day 11 of the Sochi Games handed out the second-most medals in one day with seven events resulting in a podium visit for the athletes involved.
With so many medals to go around, the intensity on Tuesday showed as several representatives of their countries tried to add to their medal count.
Here is a look at the current medal count:
With Day 11 finally coming to a close, here is a breakdown of every event and the medal winners of each.
|Alpine Skiing||Women's Giant Slalom||Tina Maze (SLO)||Anna Fenninger (AUT)||Viktoria Rebensburg (GER)|
|Biathlon||Men's 15-Kilometer Mass Start||Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR)||Martin Fourcade (FRA)||Ondrej Moravec (CZE)|
|Nordic Combined||Individual Gunderson LH/10-Kilometer Cross-Country||Joergen Graabak (NOR)||Magnus Hovdal Moan (NOR)||Fabian Reissle (GER)|
|Short Track||Ladies' 3,000-Meter Relay Finals||South Korea||Canada||Italy|
|Snowboard||Men's Snowboard Cross Finals||Pierre Vaultier (FRA)||Nikolay Olyunin (RUS)||Alex Deibold (USA)|
|Speedskating||Men's 10,000-Meter Final||Jorrit Bergsma (NED)||Sven Kramer (NED)||Bob De Jong (NED)|
|Freestyle Skiing||Men's Halfpipe Final||David Wise (USA)||Mike Riddle (CAN)||Kevin Rolland (FRA)|
Women's Giant Slalom
Leading up to the 2014 Olympics, Tina Maze of Slovenia had always been second fiddle in alpine skiing with two silver medals in Vancouver.
That has all changed in Sochi. Maze has not only been on the podium in two events thus far, but she has also claimed gold in both the downhill and giant slalom competitions.
The conditions weren't perfect for Maze, but she was happy with her performance and attributed her success to another Slovenian team, via David Leon Moore of USA Today:
It was a great day for me. As you can see, the weather is playing games with us today. But the slope is in really good condition. It was possible to ski fast today.
It was a great day for all Olympic teams from Slovenia. I was watching the hockey between the runs, the (Slovenian) guys were playing so good. They gave me the will to show more.
Along with Maze, Anna Fenninger of Austria also added her second medal with a silver in the event after claiming a gold in the super-G race. Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg, who took home a gold in 2010, placed on the podium again with a bronze-medal finish.
While it wasn't a great day for the Americans, Mikaela Shiffrin proved why so many had faith in the young Olympian coming in. The 18-year-old skier had a good first showing as she finished fifth in the giant slalom.
Though she didn't medal, Shiffrin spoke about her day and gave hope for the future of alpine skiing for the U.S., per Moore:
I wanted a gold, but I think this was meant to happen. I believe I wasn't going to win my first World Cup slalom until I was ready, because if I won it a minute early I wouldn't be able to continue to win. I think it's the same with GS. I was really thinking that my first GS win would be at the Olympics, and that would be such a cool thing to accomplish. But it's something I accept. I got fifth today. There are four girls who skied better that I did.
This is something I can learn from, and the next Olympics I go to, I'm sure as heck not getting fifth.
Shiffrin has a chance to continue her success in the coming years before 2018 rolls around, and at 18 years old she has quite a few years ahead of her to get that elusive medal.
There might not be a medal around her neck for now, but Team USA hopes there will be quite a few for the young skier following the 2018 Games.
Biathlon: Men's 15-Kilometer Mass Start
Martin Fourcade has dominated the 2014 Olympics in the biathlon event, but he was denied on Day 11 by a Norwegian who hadn't medaled thus far in the Games.
Emil Hegle Svendsen has been in the top 10 in every biathlon race thus far, but wasn't able to repeat the same success that he enjoyed in Vancouver with two golds and a silver. He was finally able to turn around his fortunes with a win on Tuesday over the French biathlete.
Fourcade was in search of his third straight gold in this Olympics, but will have to settle for a silver medal. It's not the top prize, but Team USA would certainly take that result if possible.
With just two events remaining for the men to compete in—both relays—there could be another medal in either of these men, but it will have to come in a team competition rather than an individual one.
Men's Snowboard Cross Finals
The Americans reached the podium in the men's snowboard cross finals, but it certainly wasn't the one they were hoping for.
Pierre Vaultier of France and Nikolay Olyunin of Russia controlled the final race throughout, but Alex Deibold of the U.S. slid in for a third-place finish to take home the bronze.
No disrespect to Vaultier or Olyunin, who deserved their spots atop the podium, but Deibold was a fan favorite coming into the event and his hard work paid off. Close friend and fellow bronze-medalist Kelly Clark congratulated Deibold:
The 27-year-old American was a wax tech for years before getting his opportunity and earned a medal in an event where his veteran teammates faltered.
Deibold himself spoke about all the sacrifices he had to endure to make it to the podium:
Thank you to everyone who has supported me, I wouldn't be here with out you. All that hard work & sacrifice was totally worth it. #grateful— Alex Deibold (@adeibold) February 18, 2014
While there was a lot made of the situation regarding Bode Miller's post-race interview that brought him to tears following his medal run in alpine skiing, Deibold also had a close relationship with Chelone Miller.
Jeremy Schaap of ESPN reports that Deibold won the medal in Chelone Miller's honor:
Alex Deibold dedicates his bronze medal to his good friend Chelone Miller, Bode's late brother.— Jeremy Schaap (@JeremySchaap) February 18, 2014
The future of Deibold in snowboard cross could still very well be a bright one following his great run in Sochi. Though he's already 27, his hard work could continue to pay off for America in the coming years.
With his success finally coming on the biggest stage in the sport, Deibold could certainly hang up his board and call it a career as one of the best in the sport in his final event. It will be interesting to see if Deibold ultimately calls it quits or continues his triumphant story into the 2018 Games.
Short-Track Speedskating: Ladies' 3,000-Meter Relay Finals
In a nail-biting finish, South Korea claimed the gold medal in the 3,000-meter relay finals by pulling away at the end.
The South Koreans won by just over a second in the short-track finals with Canada taking home the silver and Italy claiming the bronze.
In an event that lasted just over four minutes, the strong run by South Korea helped add to their medal count. The win earned them their fourth medal and second gold in Sochi.
Nordic Combined: Individual Gunderson LH/10-Kilometer, Cross Country
Norway stole the show on the Nordic combined stage as two members of their Olympic team took the top spots in the event.
Joergen Graabak won the gold with teammate Magnus Hovdal Moan placing just behind him with the silver. German Fabian Riessle finished on the podium to give his country another medal in the event.
Graabak's finish at the front was a bit of a surprise, but his sprint toward the end in the final 100 meters of the race solidified his spot at the top. The 22-year-old Norwegian skier spoke about his victory following the grueling event, according to the Associated Press via The Los Angeles Times:
“It's pretty obvious how I feel,” Graabak said. “It's a bit surreal. I will need time to enjoy the moment. My tactic was to ski well and hopefully to stay with the top guys.”
Graabak more than stayed with the top guys as he took home the gold medal. And at just 22, the Norwegian standout has a bright future ahead of him in the sport.
With the team gunderson event still to come and Norway showing brilliance in the individual events, expect them to finish on the podium moving forward as well.
Speedskating: Men's 10,000-Meter
The speedskating events in Sochi are beginning to look a lot like the Netherlands' Olympic trials with nearly every Dutch athlete reaching the podium on the ice.
It was yet another sweep for the Dutch as Jorrit Bergsma stole the gold away from Netherlands favorite Sven Kramer and fellow countryman Bob De Jong.
Not only did the win in speedskating give the Netherlands the lead on the medal tally at the time, but it also gave them an incredible 19 medals in the sport alone, as Dan Wolken of USA Today reports:
That's now 20 medals at the Olympics for the Dutch - 19 in speed skating, one in short track. Amazing.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) February 18, 2014
Bergsma needed an Olympic-record time to defeat Kramer, and he got it. His time of 12:44.45 for the event shattered the record and gave him the top spot on the podium.
The absurd amount of success doesn't end here for the Dutch, though. The ladies' 5,000-meter event and team pursuit competitions are still on the schedule for these Games, which could result in a total of five more possible medals for the country.
Freestyle Skiing: Men's Halfpipe Final
It certainly wasn't a loaded American field in the final like Team USA expected coming in, but David Wise made sure he represented his country at the top of the podium with another impressive performance in the men's halfpipe final.
NBC Sports broke the news immediately after the results went final with Wise taking the gold:
Skyler Wilder of NBC Olympics also provides a look at all of the medal winners:
Though the result was what Wise expected, two other Team USA members met a completely different fate. Neither Torin Yater-Wallace nor Lyman Currier, two other Americans expected to finish on the podium, didn't make it past the qualifying round.
Yater-Wallace and Currier finished with scores of 39.00 and 12.60 to place 26th and 28th out of 29 participants, respectively. While he didn't make it through to the final, Yater-Wallace congratulated his fellow skiers on advancing:
Then the night just got worse for Yater-Wallace as he returned to his room to find more "Sochi Problems":
And now I'm locked out of my room....👍 pic.twitter.com/G9a2ASNhgf— Torin Yater-Wallace (@TorinWallace) February 18, 2014
Will Maddie Bowman win gold?
With Wise being at the top of the free skiing halfpipe world for now, Team USA is in very good hands. And that success won't stop with the men's halfpipe.
Maddie Bowman leads the field in the women's halfpipe set to begin on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. The American could be joined by a familiar face in Devin Logan, who already has a silver medal in the women's skiing slopestyle event and excels at both events.
Logan celebrated her birthday on Monday and could come away with two medals around her neck alongside Wise and possibly Bowman when all is complete in the halfpipe events.
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