Women's hockey likely to stay part of Winter Olympics

The 2014 Sochi Olympics continued late Tuesday night with events carrying into Wednesday morning, while most in the U.S. were sleeping. Sochi is nine hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
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Women’s hockey will survive
Thus far, the United States and Canada have continued their utter dominance of women’s hockey, but even with results such as Team USA’s 9-0 victory against Switzerland taken into account, these Games have been more competitive all around. Because of that, the IOC says it is “very pleased” with the quality of play in Sochi and the sport is likely to continue to be a part of future Winter Olympics. The US and Canada have won every Olympic gold and world championship of the past two decades and the lack of parity had led the IOC to threaten pull the sport unless the rest of the world showed progress.

USA, Canada name goalies
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick will start Team USA’s first men’s hockey game against Slovakia when the tournament begins Thursday. Quick was on the U.S. roster in Vancouver four years ago, but as the No. 3 goalie didn’t see the ice. Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price will get the call in Game 1 for Canada with Vancouver star Roberto Luongo likely starting the second game.

Tie goes to Switzerland, Slovenia
The first gold-medal tie of the Games was awarded in women’s Alpine skiing with Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin and Slovenia’s Tina Maze each finishing the downhill in 1:41.57. Switzerland also got the bronze with Lara Gut finishing 0.1 seconds behind the winners. American Julia Mancuso, a favorite to at least win a medal, if not gold, finished a disappointing eighth, nearly a full second behind Gisin and Maze.

American woman looks for halfpipe gold
A day after the United States, including two-time defending champion Shaun White, were shockingly shut out of the hardware in snowboarding’s men’s halfpipe, another American favorite, Kelly Clark, will look to avoid an upset Wednesday morning. Clark qualified No. 1 in the first heat with an impressive score of 95.00. The finals begin later today.

Norway back on top of medal count
With four golds, three silver and four bronze, Norway’s outstanding Olympics continue with the 11 total medals leading all nations. Canada has nine medals, including four gold and the Netherlands have eight total, including three gold. Germany has just five total medals, but four are gold. Disappointing snowboarding results have contributed to the United States sitting with seven total medals and just two gold.

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