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.