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After Day 15 of the Winter Olympic Games, we know that the American and Canadian hockey teams will face off in the gold medal event. Sunday's game will be a rematch of the 2002 Olympic face-off between the two teams, which Canada won 5-2. On Friday, USA beat Finland by a decisive 6-1 score, and Canada held off Slovakia for a 3-2 win.
Elsewhere in Vancouver, Apolo Ohno was disqualified after a crash in the short-track medal event. Canada won gold and silver medals in the event.
The women's curling medal event ended in heartbreak for the Canadians, as they lost to Sweden 7-6. Canada had multiple chances to win the match on a single slide, but fell short.
Lindsey Vonn was denied another Olympic medal after she suffered a DNF in the women's slalom event. Maria Riesch of Germany won the gold.
South Korea's Kim Yu-Na won gold in women's figure skating, and Canadian Joanie Rochette took the bronze.
Nicolien Sauerbriej finished with the gold medal in the women's parallel giant slalom event.
Fred Roggins is a good sportscaster and he's probably a nice guy to boot, but he messed up here.
Day 14 belonged to Kim Yu-Na. The 19-year old from South Korea turned in a world-record on her way to winning gold in Women's Figure Skating, turning the competition into a one-woman show. Canadian Joannie Rochette gave a courageous performance for the bronze medal. America was left off the podium for the first time since 1964.
Two powers met for the gold medal in women's hockey, and it was Canada coming out on top, blanking the United States 2-0 for their third straight Olympic title. Earlier in the day, Finland beat Sweden for the bronze.
History was made in Nordic Combined when Bill Demong won the Individual Long Hill/10km, giving America its first ever gold in Nordic Combined since the Olympic inception of the sport in 1924. Teammate Johnny Spillane finished second, winning his third silver of the games.
The Women's Giant Slalom finally finished their weather-interrupted competition with the second run Thursday morning. In a surprise, the gold medal went to Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg, who won by just 0.04 seconds. Julia Mancuso finished eighth, and took time afterward to downplay and tensions between her and Lindsey Vonn. Speaking of her teammate, Vonn will indeed ski in Friday's Slalom, the final event of women's alpine, despite her broken pinkie.
The Curling medal game matchups have been determined. On the women's side, Sweden will be facing Canada for the gold, while China and Switzerland will play for bronze. Meanwhile, in the men's bracket, it's the Swedish and the Swiss facing off for bronze, and Norway (and their pants) against the juggernaut Canada in the gold medal game on Friday.
Norway won gold in the Women's Cross Country 4x5km Relay with a dominating performance ... American Jeret "Speedy" Peterson landed his "Hurricane," but it was only good enough for silver in Men's Aerials.
Men's Hockey quarterfinals took center stage Wednesday at the Olympics. Team USA got two goals from Zach Parise in a 2-0 win over Switzerland, America's first shutout since the 2002 games. Next up for the Americans: the winner of Finland-Czech Republic. Good news, by the way: that U.S. game on Friday will be shown live, in ALL time zones.
In the second quarterfinal, Canada reasserted their dominance with a dismantling of Russia, 7-3. The host country gets the winner of Sweden-Slovakia in the semifinals on Friday.
Women's Alpine Skiing brought with it some disastrous results on Wednesday in the Giant Slalom. First, Lindsey Vonn crashed hard, breaking her right pinkie and eliminating her from contention. As a result of her fall, teammate Julia Mancuso, who was next on the course, had her first run flagged and was forced to go back to the top and start over. The restart clearly affected her, because she is currently in 18th place after the first run. The second run was postponed to Thursday because of heavy fog.
The United States won a couple of bronze medals Wednesday night, in both Women's Bobsled and Women's Short Track 3000m relay. In bobsled, the USA 2 sled finished third behind a pair of Canadian teams, while in Short Track, the U.S. team was awarded bronze after the South Korean team was disqualified.
In crazy, gravity-defying sports, Australian Lydia Lassila ("The Flying Kangaroo" -- is that really her nickname?) took home gold in Women's Aerials, edging out a pair of Chinese skiers who took silver and bronze.
Day 12 began where most days at Vancouver have started: on the slopes of Whistler. Tuesday was the Men's Giant Slalom, and it was the first Alpine event in these Olympics in which an American has not medaled. A pre-race U.S. favorite, Ted Ligety, managed just a ninth-place finish, while Bode Miller missed a gate on his first run and failed to finish.
In Men's Speed Skating, Holland's Sven Kramer raced out to the fastest time in the 10,000m Tuesday afternoon, blowing everyone else away by a full four seconds. And then he was disqualified. Kramer, the world record holder and three-time world champion in the event, turned in the fastest time, but failed to switch lanes after the midway point of the race, and as a result, was disqualified. He was a tad bit upset after the race.
The United States claimed their second silver medal of the Nordic Combined competition at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday afternoon, finishing behind Austria in the 4x5-kilometer relay at Whistler Olympic Park. Before Vancouver, America had never won a Nordic Combined medal in the Olympics; now, in just a 10-day span, they have won two silvers.
Women's Figure Skating began competition with the Short Program, which was dominated by South Korea's Kim Yu-Na, who set a new high score record. A pair of Americans sit in fifth and sixth, within striking distance for a medal on Thursday night in the Free Skate.
Men's Hockey had some sense of order restored to it on Tuesday when Canada routed Germany, 8-2. Their reward: a quarterfinal match-up with Russia. In the other early game, Switzerland needed a shootout to survive Belarus, and will now play the No. 1 seed Team USA. (By the way, it's looking like NBC is planning to tape delay the men's hockey gold medal game on the West Coast on Sunday afternoon. Yep.)
For the American teams, Curling came to a merciful end on Tuesday. The Men leave Vancouver with 2-7 record and in last place, while the Women were 2-6 when this was written (and losing 7-3 after six ends). The Men's Canadian team finished round robin play 9-0; the Women were well on their way to a 8-1 mark late Tuesday night.
Elsewhere in Vancouver on Tuesday: Russia won Women's Biathlon 4x6km Relay, beating France and Germany ... The first ever Women's Ski Cross medal went to Canada's Ashleigh McIvor, who battled both the course and a snowstorm ... After the first two runs (of four), USA2 is second in Women's Bobsled; they slide for a medal Wednesday night.
History was made on the ice rink Monday. Well, Ice Dance history was made at least. Canada's team of Virtue and Moir became the first ever North American team to win gold in ice dancing at the Olympics, holding of Americans Davis and White, who took home the silver medal.
In Women's Hockey, Team USA advance to its third gold medal final, routing Sweden, 9-1. On Thursday, the Americans will face the Canadian women in the gold medal match. The host country advanced with their 5-0 win over Finland Monday night.
The Austrians flew their way to gold in the Ski Jumping Team competition, defending their win in the 2006 Games, led by 20-year old Gregor Schlierenzauer, who soared a record 146.5m in the final jump.
In Cross-Country Skiing Team Sprints, Norway won men's gold, and Germany took home gold in the women's event.
On the Curling sheets, it was another disappointing day for the U.S. teams. The men were officially eliminated with a 5-3 loss to the powerhouse Canadian team. Meanwhile, the women, who had an off day Monday, are just 2-5, with two games remaining.
The highlight of Day 10 in Vancouver came at night. It was not the second coming of the Miracle on Ice (or anything even remotely close to it) but Team USA did beat Canada, 5-3, led by a pair of Brian Rafalski goals. Canada now has to play an extra game in qualification, while the U.S. receives a bye, and what should be an easier quarterfinal game. Read plenty more at SB Nation's game stream.
In the third men's alpine skiing event of the Winter Games, American Bode Miller won his third medal. And in Sunday's Super Combined, it was his first ever Olympic gold. Miller was in seventh place after the morning's downhill run, but then vaulted himself atop the medal stand with one of the fastest slalom runs. Bode's total of five career Olympics medals is two more than any other U.S. skier.
In what was basically a must-win game for the Men's U.S. Curling team, they lost, 4-2, to Great Britain. The Americans are now just 2-5, and all but eliminated for contention for the medal round.
Ski Cross made its Olympic debut Sunday, with Switzerland's Michael Schmid taking home the gold. The sport is equal parts snowboard cross, moto-cross and insanity. It is four skiers at a time racing down a moto-cross course, and officially described as an event with "turns in a variety of types and sizes, flat sections and traverses, as well as rolls, banks and ridge."
Elsewhere, Russia held off Czech Republic, 4-2, in men's hockey ... Germany took both gold and silver in the Women's Biathlon 12km ... Russia's Evgeny Ustyugov took the gold in the Men's Biathlon 15km ... Germany won gold and silver in Men's Two-Man Bobsled, with USA's best team finishing sixth ... In Women's Speed Skating 1500m, Holland's Ireen Wust took gold, her third career Olympic medal.
After 10 days of competition, the United States is still the big leader in both the overall medal count and total gold medals, with 24 and seven, respectively. Another medal and America will tie their performance at the 2006 Games in Turin.
At the end of Saturday, the United States is still leading all countries with a whopping 23 medals, with Germany and Norway a distant second and third, respectively. For the full tally, check out SB Nation’s medal tracker.
Shani Davis was the favorite coming into the 1500m speed skating finals, but Mark Tiutert of the Netherlands won the Gold, marking the second straight Olympics that Davis has had to settle for the silver.
Sweden dominated the 30K cross-country skiing event that, when you think about it, might be the most hellish event in all of sports, including both Olympics, all major sports, and all combat sports. All those athletes got nothin’ on the guy willing to shuffle on skis for 30 kilometers.
And finally, Lindsey Vonn finished with a bronze medal in the Women’s Super G competition, as she was upstaged Austria’s Andrea Fischbacher, who took home gold.
By the end of Friday, the eighth day of the Vancouver Olympic Games, the United States still possessed its lead in the medal count. America now holds 20 total medals (six gold, six silver, and six bronze) and is well on its way to surpassing the 25-medal effort in 2006. For the full tally, check out our medal tracker.
After losing their first four matches, the USA curling team decided to bench skip John Shuster. The move paid off for the Americans, who finally notched their first win with a 4-3 triumph over France.
In the men's Super G competition, America's own Bode Miller took home the silver. Once again, Miller was denied his first ever Olympic gold medal, this time by Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal.
Men's and women's skeleton concluded with medal rounds. In the women's event, Great Britain won its first medal of the Games when Amy Williams earned the gold. And in the men's event, Canada's Jon Montgomery won the gold after holding off the Latvian brothers, Martins and Tomass Dukurs. And we were reminded once again that skeleton looks absolutely terrifying. Which is probably why it's called "skeleton." "Ghost," "witch," and "vampire" would also have been suitable names.
There were weird NyQuil advertisements.
Sweden's hockey team avoided a huge upset at the hands of Belarus.
Ice dancing at the 2010 Games has officially commenced.
And finally, we learned that the father of a USA skier once ran one of the largest drug cartels in American history.
Follow along with SB Nation as we enter Day 9 of the Games, and explore our Winter Olympics section to keep up with everything that's going on in Vancouver.
Evan Lysacek was the start of the show in Vancouver on Day 7. The American upset the might Russian and defending gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko in Men's Figure Skating with the best routine of his life. "It was definitely my best, and that's what I came here to do," Lysacek said.
American Julia Mancuso won her second silver medal in two days with an impressive showing in Thursday's Women's Super Combined. Lindsey Vonn, who was the event's leader after the downhill portion, clipped a gate in the slalom and crashed, ending her hopes of a second medal (for now, at least).
The American's success on the halfpipe continued Thursday night, with Hannah Teter wining silver and Kelly Clark taking the bronze. But the real story was Australia's Torah Bright rallying back after a fall on her first run in the finals to win the gold medal.
The U.S. Men's Hockey team pulled away from Norway late and won, 6-1, but they still have some work to do in these Winter Games. Meanwhile, the host country had a slightly more difficult day, needing a shootout to dispatch a feisty team from Switzerland.
Stop me if you've heard this one before: the U.S. Men's Curling team lost in extra ends when skip John Shuster was unable to deliver on the the final throw. Yep, happened again. The men, who won bronze in 2006, are now 0-4, and will need to win their final five games in round robin play just to even have a slim chance of advancing to the medal round.
Elsewhere, Christine Nesbitt won the Women's Speed Skating 1000m, giving Canada its third gold medal of the Games, and Norway continued its dominance in biathlon, picking up three more medals in the sport today.
Sorry, World, but Day 6 in Vancouver belonged to America.
The United States won three gold medals on Wednesday, something it has only done once before (Feb. 13 in the 2002 Games), and took home six medals overall, which is the most ever won in a single day in U.S. Olympic Winter Games history. Everyone together now:
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
First, Lindsey Vonn, who is a perfect combination of sweetheart and ice-carving machine bad ass, destroyed the rest of the field on her way to gold in Women's Downhill, bruised shin and all, becoming the first American ever to win gold in the event. Teammate Julia Mancuso nabbed the silver medal just for good measure.
Later in the day, Shani Davis set more Olympic history, becoming the first ever to successfully defend his gold medal in Men's Speed Skating 1000m, winning in a blistering 1:08.94. Americans also doubled up in this event, with Chad Hedrick taking the bronze, his fourth career Olympic medal.
Then under the lights, Shaun White showed just how much better he is than everyone else when he defended his gold in Men's Halfpipe. How good was White Wednesday night? He notched the highest score of the event ... on his victory lap. Fellow American Scott Lago picked up the bronze, giving the U.S. their sixth medal of the day.
Not all was gold for the Americans though. Both Curling teams lost again on Wednesday. The Men's squad is now 0-3, and is forcing us to photoshop "DERP" onto the shirt of skipper Jon Shuster.
Elsewhere in Vancouver, Norway's Marit Bjoergen won gold in Women's Cross-Country Sprint Classic, while Russians finished 1-2 in the Men's Sprint ... China's Meng Wang took gold in Women's Short Track Speed Skating 500m ... The Austrian team of Andreas and Wolfgang Linger won Men's Doubles' Luge (yes, it exists) ... Sweden shutout Germany in Men's Hockey group play ... Finland rolled past Belarus, 5-1.
And Stephen Colbert has officially arrived.
Day 5 at the 2010 Winter Olympics began with what else: a weather delay. At least this time though, Vancouver got creative: Tuesday's men's super combined was postponed because of too MUCH snow. So at least they're heading in the right direction. It will now be skied on Sunday, Feb. 21; men's giant slalom will be moved to Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Then, the highlight of the Winter Games begin, a sport so pure that not even Vancouver could mess it up: Curling. (In fact, everyone agrees this is some of the best ice the Olympics has seen in recent time.) Both the U.S. Men and Women got off to a disappointing start in round robin play, but both can rebound win a win in late-night action. Best part: there's another six hours of the soothing sport scheduled for Wednesday.
A sport with slightly more physical contact also got underway on Tuesday: Men's Hockey. Both the United States and Canada opened their round robin play with impressive wins. America downed Switzerland, 3-1, and Canada skated past Norway with ease, 8-0. In Women's Hockey, the U.S. team crushed Russia, 13-0.
In the prime time schedule Tuesday night, Men's Figure Skating, with one of its deepest fields in recent memory, opened with its Short Program. Defending gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko has the lead going into Thursday night's Free Skate, but he is ahead of American Evan Lysacek by just 0.55 points.
American Lindsey Jacobellis failed to qualify for the finals of Women's Snowboard Cross, an event won by Canada's Maelle Ricker.
Elsewhere in Vancouver: Germany took both gold and bronze in Women's Luge ... South Korea's Lee Sang-Hwa skated to a shocking win in the Women's Speed Skating 500m ... In Biathlon, Germany's Magdalena Neuner won gold in Women's 10km Pursuit and Bjorn Ferry of Sweden won the Men's 12.5km Pursuit.
After Day 5, Germany leads the overall medal count with nine, one more than the United States.
Alpine Skiing finally got underway on Monday after two delays because of slushy snow, with the Men's Downhill. American Bode Miller won bronze, while Switzerland's Didier Defago took home gold. In perhaps its worst display of broadcasting so far these games, NBC decided to show just roughly 38 minutes on the event (literally just six of the 64 skiers), hours after it had finished and the results were already plastered online. And all this after they introduced it as a "marquee event."
In Men's Snowboard Cross, Seth Wescott defended his gold medal from 2006 with a wild, come-from-behind win to overtake Canada's Mike Robertson.
A pair of historic medals were won in Cross-Country Skiing Monday afternoon, too. First, Sweden's Charlotte Kalla won gold in the Women's 10km Freestyle,, taking home her country's first medal of the 2010 Winter Games. Then later in the day, the men competed in the 15km Free, and Dario Cologna of Switzerland was the champion.
The Men's Speed Skating 500m proved that Vancouver is having problems with the weather indoors, too, when the Olympia Ice Resurfacer gouged the ice, resulting in a long delay (and ultimately led to American Shani Davis' decision to drop out after the first of two skates). Eventually, South Korea's Tae-Bum Mo claimed the gold.
In the main event of the night, Pairs Free Skate, China's team of Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao ended decades of Russian dominance in Pairs Figure Skating with their dramatic gold medal win.
History was made in two events on Day 3 of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
First, American Johnny Spillane captured silver in the Men's Nordic Combined (NH/10km), giving the United States its first medal ever in the sport. Amazingly, it was almost two medals, but fellow countryman Todd Lodwick missed a bronze by just 0.7 seconds.
Then at night, Alexandre Bilodeau gave Canada its first ever gold medal won while hosting an Olympic Games, with his win in Men's Moguls.
In Men's Luge, Germany's Felix Loch dominated the competition, recording the fastest times in all four runs on his way to the gold medal.
In prime time, Figure Skating got underway with the Pairs Short Program. The gold medal favorite, China's team of Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, wasted little time showing why they are expected to win when they skated first and recorded a new record score of 76.66. However, Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy ended the night with an equally impressive performance, and are just 0.7 points out of first heading into Monday night's Free Skate.
Elsewhere, France Vincent Jay won gold in the Men's Biathlon 10km Sprint, Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic won the Women's Speed Skating 3000m and the U.S. Women's Hockey team opened play with a 12-1 win over China.
After two full days of competition, the United States leads the overall medal count, while France leads the way with a pair of golds.
Here are the results from Day 2's medal rounds. Entering Sunday, the United States leads the Vancouver Winter Olympics with four medals (one gold, one silver, and two bronze). Canada has earned one silver medal.
Ski Jumping - Normal Hill Individual
Gold: Simon Ammann (Switzerland)
Silver: Adam Malysz (Poland)
Bronze: Gregor SChlierenzauer (Austria)
Biathlon - Women's 7.5 km Sprint
Gold: Anastazia Kuzmina (Slovakia)
Silver: Magdalene Neuner (Germany)
Bronze: Marie Dorin (France)
Short Track - Men's 1500 m Finals
Gold: Jung-Su Lee (South Korea)
Silver: Apolo Ohno (USA)
Bronze: J.R. Celski (USA)
Freestyle Skiing - Ladies' Moguls Final
Gold: Hannah Kearney (USA)
Silver: Jennifer Heil (Canada)
Bronze: Shannon Bahrke (USA)
Consider this you SB Nation StoryStream for daily updates, results and recaps. Because that is exactly what it is -- your one-stop shop for the day that was at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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