Are You Ready?

This is the quote I liked to use to describe the biggest event of Day 10: "It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll!"

Day 10: 21 February - The Hard Road

Before I commence on what the quote means, let's talk about the men's combined alpine skiing event!  (Insert chorus of 'yay's.)  American Bode Miller added to the multiplying number of medals Team USA had with a time of 2:44.92 and won his first Olympic gold.  Croatia's Ivica Kostelic came in second with silver with 2:45.25 and bronze was wrapped up by Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland at 2:45.32. 

In the men's mass start biathlon the Europeans took over in the process of handing out medals.  Russia came in first with Evgeny Ustyugov's time of 35:35.7.  In second came Martin Fourcade (France) at 35:46.2 and rounding up with the bronze was Pavol Hurajt, Slovakian, at 35:52.3.  The women's mass start saw Germany start and end the medal awarding.  Magdalena Neuner (35:19.6) got the gold, Olga Zaitseva (of Russia) won the silver at 35:25.1, and bronze was given to Simone Hauswald of Germany at 35:26.9.

Germany continued its dominance in the two-man bobsleigh.  Germany claimed gold and silver with the pair of André Lange & Kevin Kuske (3:26.65) winning gold and Thomas Florschütz & Richard Adjei (3:26.87) taking silver.  Bronze was snatched up by Russian pair Alexandr Zubkov & Alexey Voyevoda at 3:27.51.

At the men's ski cross up in North Vancouver, Swiss Michael Schmid took gold while Austria's Andreas Matt and Norway's Audun Gronvold took silver and bronze respectively.

Closer to sea-level in Richmond, Dutch speed skater Ireen Würst took gold at the women's 1500 metres event with a time of 1:56.89.  Martina Sáblíková of the Czech Republic took bronze with a time of 1:57.96.  The one to come between the two Europeans was Kristina Groves of the Great White North (Canada) at 1:57.14, fighting to "own the podium"!

But all that medal winning and ice events were overshadowed by Team Canada's 3-5 loss to Team USA in men's hockey.  The loss put Canada on the harder path to the finals, but you have to earn your cake before you can eat it.

Link to Kristina Groves's silver medal.

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