Olympic weekend recap

Here’s what you missed from the weekend in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games: After the weekend’s results, Norway currently leads in total medals with seven—two golds, one silver and four bronze. The United States is in third behind the Netherlands with four—two gold and two bronze.

SATURDAY Men’s slopestyle The United States opened the Games with a first-place finish and a gold medal, making fans happy. Team USA’s Sage Kotsenburg finished first in men’s slopestyle with a best score of 93.50. The 20-year-old won the medal with a 1620 Japan Air Mute Grab, a trick he said afterward he’d never previously attempted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/sports/olympics/american-snowboarder-earns-first-gold-of-games.html Shaun White won the gold medal in Turin in the 2006 Games and in Vancouver in the 2010 Games. However, White won both golds in the halfpipe. He was going to participate in the slopestyle but bowed out on Wednesday. White plans to participate in the halfpipe on Feb. 11. Coming in second was Norway’s Staale Sandbech with a score of 91.75. He earned a silver medal. Canada’s Mark McMorris came in third, with a time of 88.75.

Women’s skiathlon In women’s skiathlon, the highest United States finish was eighth, with Jessica Diggins as the top American. Norway dominated the top of the women’s skiathlon, with three of the top five finishers hailing from the Land of the Midnight Sun. After the race, Diggins said, “This was one of the best races of my life.”  http://www.kare11.com/story/sports/olympics/2014/02/08/aftons-diggins-shines-in-olympic-debut/5317361/

Men’s 5000 meter speed skating In men’s 5000 meter speed skating, the Netherlands dominated the leaderboards. All three medals were given to Dutch athletes. Emery Lehman, a 17-year-old from Oak Park, Ill., was the highest placing American to finish in the men’s 5000 meter speed skating. He’s the youngest player on the United States’ speed skating team. Lehman finished 16th with a time of 6:29.94.

Men’s 10 kilometer sprint Team USA once again finished farther down the leaderboard on the men’s 10-kilometer sprint with Tim Burke, a 32-year-old from Paul Smiths, N.Y. His 19th-place finish in Sochi is an improvement over the 2010 Games in Vancouver, where he finished 47th with a time of 25:23.3.

Women’s moguls The women’s moguls were in the forefront of news on Saturday. The top two finishers are sisters from Canada, Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe. Just .78 separated their times. “When you see the name Dufour-Lapointe three times on the scoreboard, it feels like we dominated,” Chloe Dufour-Lapointe said. http://www.torontosun.com/2014/02/08/dufour-lapointe-sisters-finish-1-2-in-womens-moguls The third Dufour-Lapointe sister, Maxime, finished 12th in the event. The United States’ Hannah Kearney took third place, with a time of 21.49. In the last Winter Olympic Games, Kearney won gold in moguls.

SUNDAY Men’s downhill alpine skiing One of the favorites for the men’s downhill alpine skiing, USA’s Bode Miller, finished eighth, a disappointment for the 36-year-old. He had a time of 2:06.75. Miller earned a bronze medal in the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Winning gold was Mayer Matthias of Austria with a time of 2:06.23. American Travis Ganong finished fifth with 2:06.64.

Women’s slopestyle The United States took home another gold medal in the women’s slopestyle event, the first one in any Olympic Games. Jamie Anderson of Lake Tahoe, Fla., won with a score of 95.25. Anderson had won gold medals in four previous X Games before the 2014 Olympic Games. She said she didn’t eat anything Sunday before her event, due to nerves. http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/02/10/winter-olympics-jamie-anderson-gives-golden-sweep-snowboard-slopestyle/t1jSFuKUH0Uht70iLPiNIO/story.html Anderson was the favorite coming into the event. Six place was taken by Karly Shorr, an American from Truckee, Calif.

Men’s skiathlon In men’s skiathlon, the highest-finishing American was Noah Hoffman, who finished 35nd with a time of 1:11:28.1. The event ended up having a photo finish, with Switzerland’s Dario Cologna beating out Sweden’s Marcus Hellner by four tenths of a second.

Women’s 3000 meter speedskating In the women’s 3000 meter speedskating event, the United States’ Jilleanne Rookard, from Wyandotte, Mich., finished 10th, the highest of any American. She had a time of 4:10.02. Finishing first was the Netherlands’ Ireen Wuest, with a time of 4:00.34.

Women’s 7.5 kilometer sprint The home team was successful in the women’s 7.5 kilometer sprint. Russia’s Olga Vilukhina won the silver medal with a time of 21:26.7, but she was 19.9 seconds behind the gold medal winner, Slovakia’s Anastasiya Kuzmina. The top American finisher was Susan Dunklee, who ended in 14th with a time 21:48.3.

Men’s luge singles Similarly to the women’s 7.5 kilometer sprint, Russia also finished second in the luge men’s singles event. Albert Demchenko took home silver with a total time of 3:28.002, just under half a second behind Germany’s Felix Loch. The United States’ Christopher Mazdzer finished 13th with a total time of 3:29.954.

Team free figure skating In the first figure skating finals event of the Olympics, the United States took home a bronze in the team free dance. The team of Jeremy Abbott, Jason Brown, Marissa Castelli, Meryl Davis, Gracie Gold, Simon Shnapir, Ashley Wagner and Charlie White scored 60 points en route to a third-place finish, behind Russia and Canada. Russian President Vladimir Putin was in attendance to see his country’s victory. It was Russia’s first gold medal of the 2014 Winter Games. (HYPERLINK: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/sports/olympics/russia-wins-first-gold-in-sochi-in-team-figure-skating.html?hpw&rref=sports&_r=0

Men’s individual normal hill In the final event of the weekend, men’s individual normal hill, the United States had arguably its worst event of the Olympics. The top finisher from the United States was Nicholas Alexander, a 25-year-old from New Hampshire. He finished in 34th place in the event. Taking home the gold was Poland’s Kamil Stoch.

BSU at the Games is a freelance news agency operated by 41 student journalists reporting from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games through an immersive-learning program at Ball State University.


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