Day 8 was highlighted by a couple of skeletons, some tears, and a pitcher of golden beer.
Day 8: 19 February - A Beer For the Road
Before we go up to the track up at Whistler, there were a couple of events that involved a couple of pieces of wood on the feet. The men's Super-G alpine skiing event was happening and Norway won the gold. Aksel Lund Svindal finished the event with a total time of 1:30.34. The USA wrung up the rest of the medals with Bode Miller taking the silver (1:30.62) and Andrew Weibrecht stole bronze (1:30.65). Eighteen skiers failed to finish the race, making it only forty-five skiers finished the race. Take for example Sweden's Patrick Järbyn. Järbyn had a bad crash and suffered a concussion. He was quickly transferred to a hospital.
From alpine to cross-country, the women's 15 kilometre pursuit occurred. Norway continued their dominance on skis with Marit Bjorgen taking the gold with a time of 39:58.1. Sweden came in second with Anna Haag coming in just under 10 seconds later, and Justyna Kowalczyk took the bronze with a time of 40:07.04.
But now the skeletons. First up were the women. Although none of the medals went to Canadians, it was a Canadian that stole the story/show. Great Britain's Amy Williams took the gold with a collected time of 3:35.64. Germany's two skeleton women, Kerstin Szymkowiak and Anja Huber, took the silver and bronze medals (at 3:36.20 and 3:36.36). But that wasn't the story of the women's skeletons. Mellisa Hollingsworth of Canada failed to medal and finished at 5th place. After her run, her tear stained face warmed and touched the hearts of all Canadians when she apologised wholeheartedly for her "failure". A year later and Hollingsworth has piles and collections of letters telling her how she was a gold medalist despite not being first. And there was one special letter that warmed her heart that Canadians learned about during CTV's one-year-later special. A little girl named Margot wrote her a letter of Mellisa being her inspiration and made her a special medal because she was better than any other female skeleton Olympian.
Let's not end on a tearful note. Some beer anyone? For those who weren't offered such great privileges, the bronze went to Russia's Alexander Tretiakov with a 3:30.75 time. Silver was awarded to the Latvian Martins Dukurs and his time of 3:29.80. But the golden moment goes to the gold medalist Canadian Jon Montgomery and his golden time of 3:29.73. Montgomery went on a golden parade after his golden run and it was every ounce of golden glee as his run. During the parade Montgomery was offered a pint of beer along his run. That moment trademarked his face and personality which made him endearable to Canadians. Montgomery is one of my favourite Olympians (aside from the hockey teams and the curling team) at the tournament and even after he is still freakin' awesome!
Link to Montgomery's golden run (and smile)!