The 2014 Sochi Olympics continued late Saturday night with events carrying into Sunday morning, while most in the U.S. were sleeping. Sochi is nine hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
Here’s a list of what fans may have missed:
Bode Miller finally gets a medal
After several disappointing results for the United States in Alpine Skiing, including veteran star Bode Miller failing to make the medal stand in his first two events, the Americans finally broke through in the Super G. Miller will go home from what will likely be his final Olympics with a bronze medal, while U.S. teammate Andrew Weibrecht earned the silver. Neither could top Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud, who took the gold with 1:18.4. It continues a tradition of dominance in the event for the Norwegians, who have won five of the eight gold medals awarded in Super G.
Americans, Russians subbing goalies for next games
After making enough saves to allow the United States to slip past Russia in men’s ice hockey during an epic shootout Saturday morning, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick will get a break in Team USA’s final qualifying round game versus Slovenia. Ryan Miller, the MVP of the Vancouver Games, will be back in the net today. Russia will make a similar move for its final preliminary round game against Slovakia. Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, who started the opener for the Russians, returns to the ice after taking much criticism from the Russian media in a 5-2 victory over Slovenia. Varlamov replaces Sergei Bobrovsky, who lost the shootout to the Americans.
Sweden wins cross country relay
The Swedish team of Emma Wikén, Ida Ingemarsdotter, Anna Haag, Charlotte Kalla earned gold medals in the women’s 4 X 5K cross country skiing relay. The Swedes finished in 53:02.7 to top Finland’s group of Krista Lahteenmaki, Kerttu Niskanen, Anne Kyllönen, Aino Kaisa Saarinen. Germany added to its medal total with Stefanie Boehler, Nicole Fessel, Denise Herrmann, Claudia Nystad taking the bronze.
No medals for USA in snowboardcross
Eva Samkova dominated the women’s snowboardcross, posting three easy victories to take gold for the Czech Republic. Canada’s Dominique Maltais won her second Olympic medal by taking silver and French rider Chloe Trespeuch took bronze. American favorite Lindsey Jacobellis suffered a fall in the semifinals and failed to medal.
US leads medal count, but Germany is golden
With 16 total medals, including four gold, four silver and eight bronze, the United States sat atop the medal count early Sunday morning. Host Russia is close behind with 15, including four gold and Norway, Canada and the Netherlands all had 14 total. Germany continued to post the most gold, winning seven times, and had 12 medals in all while five of Switzerland’s seven medals were gold.