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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS: Day 14

I will not give away results today, unless you are mentally tracking medals and can decipher what happened today from the leadership board at the end.  I will tell you, though, that the event President Putin (yes, that's him to the left...but not today) and Russia considered as crucial to ultimate success was in Men's Hockey.  Russia lost today and is out of the running for any medal.  This was a devastating day for most of Team Russia, save for one surprising success.  Team USA did okay.

Except, of course for curling, for we were eliminated three days ago.  That's the women's team to the right.  Have you noticed there is curling every day?  Well, almost, as competition began on February 10, nine days ago, and continues through February 21.  For curling fans, the Women's Gold Medal Game is tomorrow and the Men's on Friday. Curling kind of reminds me of baseball.

Aside from hockey fans, Women's Figure Skating will capture your attention tonight.  The extreme tension, incredible perfection, supreme beauty and uplifting music make for pure entertainment.  The short dance was today, with gold to be determined tomorrow after the free dance.  There were a couple of shocking falls, but Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu (left) fell twice in the Men's Free Dance and still won the gold.  The women are more precise, though, and even one crash and the medal will be gone.

I won't say any more except to indicate how young the women are, from top to bottom--Italy, 27, South Korea 23, Russia 19, USA 18, USA 15 and Russia 15:


Then, of course, Johnny Weir (30) and Tara Lipinski (31--who at the age of 15 won a Gold in this event exactly 16 years ago tomorrow):


Lipinski still holds the record as the youngest female to ever win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in an individual event.

Jimmy Fallon had a few choice statements about Sochi and some competitors, but bronze meal winner Steven Holcomb of the USA had a satisfying comeback as to who was really chicken.  Click on his name.

I'm a little offended @jimmyfallon. Seriously, how dare you assume I'm a teriyaki wing guy? I only eat Buffalo style.

  1. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
    Medal standings

           COUNTRY         GOLD            SILVER       BRONZE
    1
    Norway
    9
    4
    7
    20
    2
    Germany
    8
    3
    4
    15
    3
    United States
    7
    5
    11
    23
    4
    Russia
    6
    9
    7
    22
    5
    Netherlands
    6
    7
    9
    22
    6
    Switzerland
    6
    3
    1
    10
    7
    Canada
    5
    9
    4
    18
The USA now leads with 23 total medals.

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