Medal Count 2014 Olympics: Updated Day 11 Tally and Day 12 Storylines to Watch

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IFebruary 18, 2014

United States' Ted Ligety makes a turn in the downhill portion of the men's supercombined at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
Alessandro Trovati/Associated Press

With a gold medal from David Wise in the men's ski halfpipe and a bronze from Alex Deibold's in the men's snowboard cross finals on Day 11 of the Sochi Games, Team USA is tied with the Netherlands atop the medal counter at 20. 

Ten of those medals are of the bronze variety, which is more bronze than the Netherlands or any other country. Not that the Americans should be complaining, but I'm sure they'd prefer to be leading the pack in golds. 

Adding to the feeling of disappointment for Team USA is that Day 11 saw other top medal performers underachieve. 

Mikaela Shiffrin was the biggest surprise of the day. She entered the women's alpine skiing event as a serious contender for gold and left with a fifth-place finish. 

The interesting factor here is that there are still five action-packed days of competition left and more opportunities for Americans to live up to their expectations or be suffocated by them. 

Have a look at the medal count for the games and the medal results from Day 11, and then I'll take a look at the top storylines to watch, from an American perspective, for Day 12. 

2014 Winter Olympics Medal Results - Day 11
Alpine SkiingWomen's Giant SlalomTina Maze (SLO)Anna Fenninger (AUT)Viktoria Rebensburg (GER)
BiathlonMen's 15km Mass StartEmil Hegle Svendsen (NOR)Martin Fourcade (FRA)Ondrej Moravec (CZE)
Freestyle SkiingMen's Ski HalfpipeDavid Wise (USA)Mike Riddle (CAN)Kevin Rolland (FRA)
Nordic CombinedMen's Individual Large HillJoergen Graabak (NOR)Magnus Hovdal Moan (NOR)Fabian Riessle (GER)
Short-Track SpeedskatingLadies' 3,000m RelayKoreaCanadaItaly
SnowboardingMen's Snowboard CrossPierre Vaultier (FRA)Nikolay Olyunin (RUS)Alex Deibold (USA)
Long-Track SpeedskatingMen's 10,000mJorrit Bergsma (NED)Sven Kramer (NED)Bob de Jong (NED)


Can Williams and Meyers hold onto their lead in bobsleigh? 

Dita Alangkara/Associated Press

Sure, summer Olympian transplant Lolo Jones was getting all the pre-Olympic hype for her switch to bobsled in her quest to land a medal, but it is another Olympic transplant that will steal the headlines leaving Sochi.

Pittsburgh Magazine provides details on her switch to snow: 

Lauryn Williams, a two-time sprint medalist in the Summer Olympics, has lent her powerful push skills to Elana Meyers and the two raced out to a strong lead.  

The pair lead the pack after Day 11's two runs. There will be two more runs on Wednesday before the gold is awarded. 

The Americans made it down the Sanki Sliding Center track in 1 minute, 54.89 seconds combined for their two Tuesday runs.

That is good enough to give them a 0.23-second lead over Canada's Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse. Team USA also sits in third with Aja Evans and Jamie Greubel just 0.56 seconds back of the leaders. 

No other team is within a second of the lead. 

Williams and Meyers' lead is far from insurmountable, but should they race clean, that lead should be enough to ensure they aren't overtaken.


Can Ted Ligety continue Team USA's Alpine resurgence?

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 14:  Ted Ligety of the United States competes during the Alpine Skiing Men's Super Combined Downhill on day 7 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Clive R
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Team USA got off to a rough start on the slopes.

Until Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht both received medals this past Sunday in the Super G, Team USA had a single medal from the downhill events. The double medal in that event planted the seed for this squad to pull out a successful Sochi trip after a dismal start. 

Ted Ligety can help finish that job in the giant slalom. He is the reigning World Cup champion in the event, and the most accomplished skier in the field. 

But Ligety has also contributed to the American alpine disappointment, as the Boston Globe points out: 

Ligety has the chance to earn not just Team USA's first gold in an alpine event from these Olympics, but the first American gold ever in the giant slalom. 


Can Team USA earn a surprise medal in speedskating?

Matt Dunham/Associated Press

I think it's fair to say that the American speedskaters have been the biggest disappointments. This team entered Sochi with several gold-medal favorites and have come up empty-handed. 

Now there are just the team competitions and women's 5,000-meter left on the long-track Olympic schedule. The 5,000 final will be on Day 12. 

Team USA has Maria Lamb in the field, but she is not expected to be a medal threat. 

Chances are, it will be Ireen Wust of the Netherlands and Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic battling it out for the gold, and Lamb finishing well below in the results.

Still, in an Olympics where the top speedskaters underwhelmed, perhaps a lesser-known athlete will overachieve?