Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Update

This update is coming to you a little late because I will admit, I have a day job. The bills have to get paid, you know?

So if you just want the skinny, we sit in the second slot on the medal table with nine medals to Norway's 11. They top us with two more bronze medals than we do.

If you want the details, continue onwards my friend!

In the women's 10 km biathlon pursuit, Belarus claimed their first gold medal of games (and their second gold medal in any winter Olympic games) by the means of Darya Domracheva and her time of 29:30.7. Norway's Tora Berger came in nearly 40 seconds behind her competitor to win the silver. Teja Gregorin of Slovenia rounded up the podium with her time of 30:12.7

Sticking to the skis, both the men's and ladies' cross-country sprint took place earlier today. In both sprints, Norway stole the gold! Let's talk about the ladies since, well, ladies first! Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg won gold and silver (respectively) for their nation, with Slovenia's Vesna Fabjan picking up a bronze .05 of a second behind Oestberg. In the men's cross-country event, Ola Vigen Hattestad of Norway took the gold in the time of 3:28.35. Sweden took both the silver and bronze through the efforts of Teodor Peterson and Emil Joensson.

Now I don't know about you, but at 2:00 in the morning I had many people posting Facebook statuses about Canada winning yet another gold medal. If you didn't get much more information than that, then I'll tell you who won it and in what event. In yet another new event, Canada glows atop the podium. Which newly introduced event? The ladies ski slopestyle! And who won the first gold to be awarded of this event? Young Dara Howell blew her competition away with a score of 94.20, while her fellow Canadian competitor, Kim Lemarre, won bronze with a score of 85. USA's Devin Logan came in between the two with a score of 85.40.

After four runs, the women's luge singles gave out the medals. Germany stood in the top two positions of the podium with their two ladies finishing in times 1.2 seconds apart. Natalie Geisenberger came in first with a finish of 3:19.768 while her fellow German, Tatiana Huefner, came in at 3:20.907. USA's Erin Hamlin slid into the bronze position with a time of 3:21.145.

The German's continued to win the gold today with another one of their ladies winning the ladies' normal hill individual ski jump event. Germany can thank Carina Vogt for another gold medal. Austria's Daniela Iraschko-Stolz took silver while Coline Mattel of France took home the bronze.

So this next little bit may come as a bit of a surprise to some. In the men's snowboard halfpipe event, two Japanese names and a Swiss took over the podium. If you follow this sport and you haven't figured it out yet, Shaun White did not win a medal in this year's event. The names you need to recognise are Iouri Podladtchikov of Switzerland, and Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka of Japan took silver and bronze respectively. The three medallists won with scores in the mid-low nineties; Shaun White placed fourth with a score of 90.25. That's two points behind Hiraoka.

After two races, South Korea's Lee Sang Hwa won gold in the ladies' 500 m speed skating race. She finished with a time of 74.7. Russia showed appreciation to their silver medal winner, Olga Fatkulina, and her time of 75.06. And where were the Dutch in this speed skating event? Don't fret! Margot Boer came in third.

Four other events took place today that didn't have their medal games: men's and women's curling, women's ice hockey, and pairs figure skating short program. Group B of women's hockey saw Russia defeat Japan 2-1 and Sweden get a big confidence boost with a solid 4-0 shut-out win over Germany.

In pairs figure skating, twenty pairs took to the ice, but only sixteen continue. Russia makes it to the free program with all three of their pairs continuing, but Canada makes it with all four of their duos in the free! Now I am going to list the sixteen pairs continuing on, so feel free to skip this bit to the final update.

The sixteen pairs continuing in starting order:
  1. USA: Felica Zhang/Nathan Bartholomay
  2. Canada: Paige Lawrence/Rudi Swiegers
  3. Italy: Nicole Della Monica/Matteo Guarise
  4. Israel: Andrea Davidovich/Evgeni Krasnopolski (fun fact: this is Israel's first winter Olympic appearance)
  5. Italy: Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek
  6. USA: Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir
  7. France: Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres
  8. Germany: Maylin Wende/Daniel Wende (spending their first year of marriage competing)
  9. Canada: Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford
  10. Canada: Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch
  11. Russia: Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov
  12. China: Peng Cheng/Zhang Hao (For the Chinese, it's family name first, then given name)
  13. Russia: Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov
  14. Russia: Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov
  15. China: Pang Qing/Tong Jian
  16. Germany: Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy
The men's curling team only played one game of the round robins today because of yesterday them playing two. The ladies, on the other hand, played two matches of the round robins today. Norway's men's team snuck past the Russians to take a 9-8 win; Canada dropped yet another match, this time to Sweden in a 6-7 loss; China defeated the US in a sweeping 9-4 win; and Great Britain won one in a 7-6 win over Germany.

In the first women's session of today, South Korea handed Japan a huge loss in a 12-7 win for the future Olympic holders! While the Russian men aren't winning, the women are. Russia won 9-7 over the USA. Switzerland took a content 7-6 win over Denmark, and Canada saw another win in Jennifer Jones and her team as they defeated Sweden 9-3.

The third session of this year's games saw some more big wins. Switzerland remain undefeated (like Canada) with a 8-6 win over South Korea. Russia was handed their loss from China in a 5-7 defeat. Japan got their feet under them with a 8-3 win over Denmark. Great Britain took a huge win over the USA. What was the score? 12-3!

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