Winter Olympics Day 5 Results: Germany Takes Over Medal Lead, And Curling Begins

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.

 

More: SB Nation’s full coverage of the Winter Olympics and the 2010 Winter Olympics Medal Count Tracker.

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