Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: Team USA Highlights for Day 14

Brendan O'Meara@@BrendanOMearaFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2014

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In case you're still reeling from Thursday's U.S. vs. Canada women's hockey final, you're not alone. As if that weren't enough, the U.S. and Canada played again—this time it was the men's turn—in the semifinals. Some games feel like championships, even though they're not, and this one certainly did.

Check out the best and worst from Team USA and its commentators on Day 14 below.

Best Sportscaster Feud: Mike and Mike

The day started out hot on Mike & Mike in the Morning, with Greenberg blaming the ample-framed Mike Golic for the women's hockey loss the day before. 

And before Golic could curse the men's team, Greenberg tried to start a worldwide trend to #bangolic. 


Who's Your Daddy?: USA v. Canada

Remember when Pedro Martinez, the former Red Sox ace, said the Yankees were his "daddy"? Neither side of that rivalry has forgotten that. The same could be said for the United States and Canada, where the U.S. is Pedro and Canada is the Yankees. Canada 1, United States 0. 

The play was quick and the intensity rivaled anything you may see in the gold-medal game. When Canada's Jamie Benn scored in the second period, it put the pressure on the American's heading into the third period.


Halfway through the third period, it was still 1-0 Canada.  

And Mike Greenberg started to think about ways to renounce his citizenship, or his ties to Golic.

Canada owns the United States in hockey. The women showed it Thursday, and the men did too on Friday, outshooting the Americans, 37-31. The Canadians have all the swagger and, as a result, may have added a new citizen.


Best Rebound: Mikaela Shiffrin

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States in action during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Mikaela Shiffrin trounced the slalom field en route to winning the gold medal, the youngest U.S. alpine ski racer to do so. She was first after Run 1 with a time of 52.62. Her second run was faster, 51.92, but sixth overall. That didn't matter. She still finished 0.53 seconds ahead of Austria's Marlies Schild.

Shiffrin finished fifth in the giant slalom Tuesday, which, for her, was a mild disappointment as one of the favorites. In the GS she wasn't the favorite, but she was still expected to burn it up. Turns out she just needed to wait a few days. 

Shiffrin, the world's No. 1 skier in slalom, lived up to her reputation as an absolute monster. She was the defending world champion in slalom and blitzed down the hill like the summit was on fire... and nearly fell, which would've cost her and her country the gold medal. Shiffrin said afterward

It was a pretty crazy moment there. I went out of the start, and I was like, 'I'm going fast.' Then I went out of that flush and was like, 'I'm not gonna make it. I'm not gonna make it.' I threw on a hockey stop right there. That was a little bit tough. It scared me half to death.


Best David in a Goliath Situation: Jessica Smith vs. the World

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Let's come clean. Jessica Smith didn't win like the famed David once did, but Smith faced three Goliaths with nothing but a snowball in the women's 1,000-meter short-track final.

She was up against China's Kexin Fan and South Korea's Suk Hee Shim and Seung-Hi Park.

Seung-Hi won gold, Kexin silver and Suk Hee bronze. For Smith to be on the same rink with these three is a feat unto itself. They don't hand out medals to fourth, but she deserves one for skating with this group.


Biggest Short-Track Shortcoming: JR Celski fails in 500-meters

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21:  Victor An (R) of Russia and J.R. Celski of the United States compete in the Short Track Men's 5000m Relay A on day fourteen of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (
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J.R. Celski only qualified for the B Final in the men's 500-meter short-track, which is the children's table of the event.

The race suddenly blew open during qualifying a few days ago when Canada's Charles Hamelin bowed out by crashing into the pads. As a result, Russia's Viktor Ahn went on to win gold. 

As for Celski, there's always 2018 to try and wave the banner for U.S. short-track the way his idol Apolo Anton Ohno once did.


Biggest Shock: U.S. Wins Silver 5,000-Meter Relay

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The United States short-track 5,000 meter relay team, led by Celski, Eddy Alvarez, Chris Creveling and Jordan Malone, won the silver medal behind Viktor Ahn's Olympic-record setting Russian team. 

Individually, the United States hadn't fared well in short-track, but this relay squad put together a total effort that buoyed them to an unlikely medal.


Where America Stands

The U.S. remains in the lead with 27 medals and is second in gold medals with nine. Russia is right behind the Americans with 26 total medals while Norway leads in total golds with 10 gold medals. There are just two days remaining in the Sochi Games.