The Pressure Is Rising

Day 15 was highlighted by being so close and controversy.  But not everything is bad news.  You just have to see that glass as half-full!

Day 15: 26 February - So Close and Controversies

On the hill was the women's slalom.  The event had probably some of the worse weather conditions for the athletes.  How was the weather?  Somewhat typical Vancouver mountains during El Niño: foggy, snowy, and warmBut the event would still go on.  Maria Riesch of Germany would go on to win her second gold of the 2010 Winter games with her time of 1:42.89.  Austria's Marlies Schild came in second and won silver with a booking a 1:43.32 time.  Completing the medal awarding, bronze was given to Sárka Záhrobská of the Czech Republic and her 1:43.90 time.

Next was the men's biathlon relay.  Norway continued to show how good they were on the powder with a gold from the team of Halvard Hanevold, Tarjei Bo, Emil Hegle Svendsen, and Ole Einar Bjorndalen and a time of 1:21:38.1.  Silver was awarded to Simon Eder, Daniel Mesotitsch, Dominik Landertinger, and Christoph Sumann of Austria, crossing the line at 1:22:16.7.  Finally, bronze went to the Russian team of Ivan Tcherezov, Anton Shipulin, Maxim Tchoudov, and Evgeny Ustyugov at 1:22:16.9.

For a little dose of controversy we move to the men's 500 metre short track.  Sure, Canada's Charles Hamelin won gold at 40.981, yes South Korea's Sung Si Bak got silver at 41.340, and definitely Canada won bronze via François-Louis Tremblay and his time of 46.366.  But Apolo Ohno (USA) getting disqualified stirred a lot of murmurs.  Ohno was DQed because he had cause the crash of Tremblay, getting just a bite of his skate.  In speed skating and in short track things happen so quickly and even the smallest of touches can throw one off.

But in the women's 1000 metre, drama was not found.  China took gold at 1:29.213 by Wang Meng.  USA took another medal (silver this time) from Katherine Reutter at 1:29.324.  Park Seung Hi of South Korea concluded the medals, winning the bronze at 1:29.379.

Sticking to the track theme, the men's 5000 metre relay saw Canada take home a medal.  To make up for the disqualification, Apolo Ohno helped make up for it with help from other speed skaters, J.R. Celski, Travis Jayner, and Jordan Malone to win bronze with their time of 6:44.498.  South Korea came in second with a silver at 6:44.446 thanks to the team of Kwak Yoon Gy, Lee Ho Suk, Lee Jung Su, and Sung Si Bak.  Finally and complete golden, Canada came in with a golden time of 6:44.224.  Let us thank the team of Charles Hamelin, François Hamelin, Olivier Jean, François-Louis Tremblay, and alternate Guillaume Bastille.

What was left was the women.  The women's snowboarding parallel giant slalom saw some Europeans dominate in the usually North American dominated event.  Netherlands came in first with the golden Nicolien Sauerbreij, Russia won silver thanks to Yekaterina Ilyukhina, and the bronze was won by Austria's Marion Kreiner.

The final event of the day was women's golden curling sheet.  Bronze was earlier won by China (Wang Bingyu, Liu Yin, Yue Qingshuang, Sun Yue, and alternate Yu Xinna).  But who would win silver and gold?

In the final game of the women event, the score ended a close one at 6-7 - for Sweden.  Canada had lost the golden medal to the Swedes, but wouldn't kill themselves over it.  Despite not getting the gold, we have the team of Cheryl Bernard, Susan O'Connor, Carolyn Darbyshire, Cori Bartel, and alternate Kristie Moore to thank for representing Canada so well.  The golden Swedish team was Anette Norberg, Cecilla Östlund, Sara Carlsson, and Liselotta Lennartsson.

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