Notes from the OlyMADMan – 9 Feb 2014 – Olympic Day #3

Yesterday at the Olympics

  • American Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics, winning the men’s snowboarding slopestyle event. This made Kotsenburg the fourth American to win the first gold medal at a Winter Olympics. Charlie Jewtraw won the first Winter Olympic event ever held, the speed skating 500 metres at Chamonix in 1924. In 1932, Jack Shea won the same event to open the Lake Placid Olympics, winning that race shortly after taking the Oath of the Athletes at the Opening Ceremony. And in 1952 Andi Mead-Lawrence won the women’s giant slalom in Alpine skiing, the first gold medal won at the Oslo Winter Olympics.
  • Hannah Kearney won a bronze medal in women’s freestyle moguls, her second Olympic medal in the event, having won a gold medal in 2010. Kearney’s two Olympic medals in freestyle skiing ties her with Shannon Bahrke for the most medals won by an American in freestyle skiing.
  • Kearney trailed Canadians Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, who became the 6th siblings to finish 1-2 in an individual event at the Winter Olympics. See http://olympstats.com/2014/02/08/siblings-going-1-2-in-winter-olympic-individual-events/ for more details.
  • Jessica Diggins placed 8th in the women’s cross-country skiathlon, equalling the best ever finish by an American woman in Olympic cross-country skiing individual event. Kikkan Randall also finished 8th in the sprint at Vancouver.
  • Tim Burke placed 19th in the men’s biathlon 10 km, the second best finish ever by an American in that event, after Jeremy Teela placed 9th in 2010.
  • Ole Einar Bjørndalen won the men’s biathlon 10 km event, giving him 12 Olympic medals and 7 gold medals. This ties Bjorndalen with Norwegian Bjørn Dæhlie who won 12 medals in cross-country skiing. It also moves Bjørndalen to #2 all-time in gold medals won, trailing only Dæhlie’s 8. Bjørndalen also became the oldest Winter Olympic gold medalist in an individual event, at age 40 years, 12 days.

Today at the Olympics

  • Medals today for the USA – look for Bode Miller in men’s Alpine downhill, who has been at the top of his recent form in the past few weeks. The USA figure skating team is in 3rd in the team trophy competition, and has a good shot to win a bronze medal, with silver a long shot, and gold seemingly out of the question. Those are probably two best shots at a medal for Sunday.

This Day at the Olympics

320 Olympians were born

75 Olympians died

69 Olympic events were held

USA Births and Death on this Day at the Olympics

Date Name Sport Years
9 Feb 1868 Joseph Charles TEN 1904
9 Feb 1872 Charles Klauder ART 1928-32
9 Feb 1888 Alexander Kruse ART 1932
9 Feb 1894 Moose Goheen ICH 1920
9 Feb 1908 Jackie Fields BOX 1924
9 Feb 1927 Ruth Topalian GYM 1952
9 Feb 1936 Robert Bartholomew WLT 1968
9 Feb 1943 Jim King BAS 1968
9 Feb 1947 Francie Kraker ATH 1968-72
9 Feb 1949 Lyle Nelson BIA 1976-88
9 Feb 1950 Butch Keaser WRE 1976
9 Feb 1950 Greg Losey MOP 1984
9 Feb 1956 Phil Ford BAS 1976
9 Feb 1959 Greg Morava HAN 1984
9 Feb 1964 Antonio McKay ATH 1984-88
9 Feb 1966 Arlene Limas TKW 1988
9 Feb 1967 Chris Kappler EQU 2004
9 Feb 1967 Venus Lacey BAS 1996
9 Feb 1979 Brenda Taylor ATH 2004
9 Feb 1980 Lauren McFall SYN 2004
9 Feb 1987 Henry Cejudo WRE 2008
9 Feb 1988 Chelsea Hayes ATH 2012
Date Name Sport Years
9 Feb 1904 Mary Abbott GOL 1900
9 Feb 1968 Ed Moore ROW 1920
9 Feb 1969 John Schereschewsky AFB 1932
9 Feb 1975 Ed Jennings ROW 1924-32
9 Feb 1991 Henry Oehler HAN 1936
9 Feb 1992 Joseph Shimmon WRE 1920
9 Feb 1995 Muriel Guggolz FEN 1932
9 Feb 1997 Edward Bennett ROW 1936
9 Feb 1997 Taylor Drysdale SWI 1936
9 Feb 2000 Lenore Kight-Wingard SWI 1932-36
9 Feb 2012 Bob Baker ICH 1948
9 Feb 2012 Peggy Crowe SSK 1976

Previous USA Winter Olympic Medals on This Day

Medalist Sport X Event Medal Date
USA Team BOB M Two Gold 9 Feb 1932
USA Team BOB M Two Bronze 9 Feb 1932
Jenny Fish SSK F 500 m Silver 9 Feb 1968
Dianne Holum SSK F 500 m Silver 9 Feb 1968
Mary Meyers SSK F 500 m Silver 9 Feb 1968
Dianne Holum SSK F 1500 m Gold 9 Feb 1972
USA Team FSK X Dance Bronze 9 Feb 1976
Shannon Bahrke FRS F Moguls Silver 9 Feb 2002
Derek Parra SSK M 5K Silver 9 Feb 2002

Events Finishing Today

  • Alpine Skiing – Men’s Downhill
  • Biathlon – Women’s 7.5 km
  • Cross-Country Skiing – Men’s Skiathlon
  • Figure Skating – Mixed Team Trophy
  • Luge – Men’s Singles
  • Ski Jumping – Men’s Normal Hill Individual
  • Snowboarding – Women’s Slopestyle
  • Speed Skating – Women’s 3,000 metres

Medal Standings after Day #2

Day #2 – 8 Feb 2014 Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank (US)
Norway 2 1 1 4 1
Canada 1 1 1 3 =2
The Netherlands 1 1 1 3 =2
United States 1 - 1 2 4
Austria - 1 - 1 =5
Sweden - 1 - 1 =5
Czechoslovakia - - 1 1 7
Totals (5 events) 5 5 5 15
Day #2 – 13 Feb 2010 Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank (US)
United States 1 1 2 4 1
Republic of Korea 1 1 - 2 2
The Netherlands 1 - - 1 =3
Switzerland 1 - - 1 =3
Slovakia 1 - - 1 =3
Canada - 1 - 1 =6
Germany - 1 - 1 =6
Poland - 1 - 1 =6
Austria - - 1 1 =9
France - - 1 1 =9
Russian Federation - - 1 1 =9
Totals (5 events) 5 5 5 15
Day #2 – 11 Feb 2006 Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank (US)
Norway - 2 2 4 1
Germany 2 - - 2 2
Canada 1 - - 1 =3
United States 1 - - 1 =3
Austria - 1 - 1 =5
The Netherlands - 1 - 1 =5
France - - 1 1 =7
Italy - - 1 1 =7
Totals (4 events) 4 4 4 12
Day #2 – 9 Feb 2002 Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank (US)
Austria 1 1 - 2 1
Norway 1 - 1 2 2
United States - 2 - 2 3
Italy 1 - - 1 =4
The Netherlands 1 - - 1 =4
Czech Republic - 1 - 1 6
Germany - - 1 1 =7
Japan - - 1 1 =7
Russian Federation - - 1 1 =7
Totals (4 events) 4 4 4 12
Day #2 – 8 Feb 1998 Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank (US)
The Netherlands 1 1 - 2 =1
Russian Federation 1 1 - 2 =1
Canada 1 - - 1 3
Italy - 1 - 1 4
Belgium - - 1 1 =5
Norway - - 1 1 =5
Switzerland - - 1 1 =5
Totals (3 events) 3 3 3 9

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