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The Den Mother’s Olympic Recap: Day 6

Thursday, February 18, 2010, 11:39 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

I hope our German friends enjoyed their day as medal leaders. Yesterday, the United States took back the top spot by winning two medals in each of three events.

Lindsey Vonn and teammate Julia Mancuso kicked off the festivities by finishing one-two in the women’s downhill, proving that Vonn either has a high tolerance for pain or is just really stubborn. She was more than a half second faster than Mancuso, who in turn led the bronze medalist, Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl, by 0.9 seconds. It was a fast course that caused three wipeouts that, fortunately, weren’t as bad as they looked. Interesting note about Goergl: her mother, Traudl Hecher, was also an alpine skier who won Olympic bronze in 1960 (Squaw Valley) and 1964 (Innsbruck).

Next up for Team USA was the men’s 1000m speed skating, in which Shani Davis successfully defended his 2006 gold medal and Chad Hedrick won bronze. Sandwiched between them was South Korean Tae-Bum Mo. Both Davis and Hedrick will compete in the 1500m this weekend. After a public disagreement four years ago when Davis pulled out of the team pursuit event, the teammates have apparently buried the hatchet, at least for the cameras.

Then this evening, under the lights, Shaun White schooled his competition to win the men’s halfpipe gold in a performance that lived up to all the hype. I don’t like snowboarding, but even I could appreciate the almost gravity-defying hang time White seemed to achieve. His teammate, New Hampshire native Scotty Lago, who won the bronze.

Speaking of New Englanders, WHDH-TV in Boston reported late last night that Red Sox chairman Tom Werner has invited moguls champ Hannah Kearney to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Red Sox game during the opening series against Yankees game.

US women's curlingIn other news, the U.S. men’s and women’s curling teams continue to struggle, losing close matches (is that the correct term?) yesterday. There is still plenty of competition left, but at some point they might consider winning something.

Since there are many other countries competing, I should mention that Russia had a pretty good day, picking up gold and silver in men’s cross country sprint classic. Also winning gold were Norway (women’s cross country sprint classic), Austria (men’s double luge), and China (women’s 500m short track speed skating). Currently behind the United States in the medal count is Germany (10), France (7), and Canada (6).

The Vancouver 2010 web site has more details about results, medals, and schedules.

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