No opening ceremony hangovers, Canada aimed high on the first day. Pressure was multiplying, expectations were high, and the eyes set watching were many. Some Olympians were able to persevere through all the pressures and attention and some fell short. But this was all just a build-up to the grand finale.
Day 2: 13 February - A Day for Medals
The first medals were handed out on the second day of the Olympic games. The first medal to actual be awarded was for the men's normal hill individual ski jump. Simon Ammann of Switzerland won the event 2ith 276.5 points, 7 points ahead of the runner-up Adam Malysz of Poland and 8 points ahead of the bronze medalist Gregor Schlierenzauuer of Austria.
Just under 24 hours of the opening ceremony, Canada had already start piling the pressure on our Olympians. Jennifer Heil won the gold medal for the women's moguls in Turin 2006 and already the Canadian media were applying the pressure for Heil to win Canada's first gold on home soil. The women skiers did their runs down the bumpy hill and battered their knees and in the end Heil ended with the silver. Hannah Kearney of the USA ended up winning the first of many medals for her country while Shannon Bahrke of the USA won bronze.
Another event was the men's 1500 metre short track speed skating event. Lee Jung Su ended the distance with a time of 2:17.611 to win the gold medal, and - after a crash of two Korean teammates of Jung Su - Apolo Ohno and J.R. Celski of the USA won silver and bronze, finishing 2:17.976 and 2:18.053 respectively. This silver medal made Ohno the most decorated short-track speed skater in all of Olympic history, but he was to be so much more.
History was soon made for a European nation during these Wintergames. Slovakia won its first Winter Olympic gold medal with a golden finish in the women's biathalon where Anastasiya Kuzmina finished the relay with a time of 19:55.6, followed by Magdalena Neuner (GER) and Marie Dorin (FRN) winning silver and bronze respectively.
Another booking would go down in the Olympic history books. At the men's 5000 metres speed skating event, Sven Kramer (NETH) ended up beating the old record and replacing it with his own after finishing the race with a time of 6:14.60 (if you were curious, the previous record was 6:14.66). Lee Seung-Hoon of South Korea and Ivan Skobrev of Russia won silver and bronze. Kramer now holds both the Olympic and world record for this event (his world record is 6:03.32).
Too see the 1500 m speed skating race, follow this link.