Yesterday at the Olympics
The big news was Julia Mancuso winning her 4th Alpine skiing medal with a bronze medal in the women’s combined, after leading thru the downhill phase of the event. Mancuso set the following Olympic statistical bests in winning this 4th medal:
- Mancuso became the 5th USA female to win 4 Winter Olympic medals (Cathy Turner, Dianne Holum, Angelo Ruggiero, Jenny Schmidgall-Potter) – trailonly only Bonnie Blair with 6
- Her 4 Olympic medals is the best ever by USA woman in Alpine skiing – next best is 2
- Mancuso trails only Bode Miller’s 5 among USA men/women in Alpine skiing
- She moves her to =5th all-time Alpine skiing for women for most medals
- She moves her to =9th all-time Alpine skiing for men/women for most medals
- Mancuso becomes the 4th female to win a full set of medals (G/S/B) in Alpine skiing
- She becomes the 12th man/woman to win a full set of medals (G/S/B) in Alpine skiing
- She is the 9th USA woman to win a full set of medals (G/S/B) in the WOG
- She is the 13th USA men/women to win a full set of medals (G/S/B) in the WOG
USA Today at the Olympics
- Curling – Women – vs. Russia – record vs. them is 2-1, defeated them 6-4 in 2010 in most recent match; vs. Great Britain – record vs. them is 2-2, defeated them 6-5 in 2010 in most recent match
- Curling – Men – vs. China – record vs. them is 0-1 – lost to them 11-5 in 2010
- Snowboarding – Men’s Halfpipe – Shaun White going for 3rd consecutive gold medal – if he wins, becomes only 4th Winter Olympian, and 2nd American, to win same individual event 3 consecutive times: Sonja Henie – 1928-36 women’s FSK singles; Bonnie Blair – 1988-94 women’s SSK 500 m; Claudia Pechstein – 1994-98 women’s SSK 5,000 m. USA has won 8 of the 12 medals awarded in this event – twice as much as all other countries combined. USA has won 3 of the 4 gold medals (White – 2006/10, Ross Powers – 2002), other was Gian Simmen (SUI) in 1998. See much more below on Shaun White.
- Speed Skating – Women’s 500 – USA has won equal most medals all-time in this event – 10, along with the former Soviet Union, who will likely not be improving their record any time soon. USA has won 5 of 14 golds in this event – no other nation with more than 2. USA golds by Anne Henning (1972), Sheila Young (1976), Bonnie Blair (1988-94). Blair one of only 3 Winter Olympians to win same individual event 3 consecutive times (see above under Shaun White). However, we are in a medal slump in the event since we have not had one since Blair in 1994 – however, the Soviet Union’s slump is predicted to last longer.
- Cross-country Skiing – Men’s Sprint – event only held since 2002 – our best finish is 16th by Andy Newell in 2006. Best finish in 2010 29th by Simi Hamilton
- Cross-country Skiing – Women’s Sprint – event only held since 2002 – our best finish is 8th by Kikkan Randall in 2010. She was also 9th in 2006. She won a silver in the event at the 2009 World Championships. She won 5 World Cup events last year. She is far better in freestyle sprint than classical sprint, and the Sochi women’s sprint is being held in freestyle. See more below on Erin Hamlin.
- Luge – Women’s Singles – USA has never won a medal – our best finish 4th by Courtney Zablocki in 2006. See more below on Erin Hamlin, who is in 3rd place after 2 runs. Here are all our top 8 finishes:
2006 Courtney Zablocki 4
1992 Cammy Myler 5
2002 Becky Wilczak 5
1988 Bonny Warner 6
1998 Erin Warren 6
1998 Cammy Myler 7
1998 Bethany Calcaterra-McMahon 8
2002 Ashley Hayden 8
- Ski Jumping – Women’s Normal Hill – new event so little history. World Championships held for women since 2009. USA has won 2 of those – 2009 Lindsay Van and 2013 Sarah Hendrickson. Van and Hendrickson both on US team, but Hendrickson coming back from ACL reconstruction last spring. Has not jumped competitively since then, however, it is enough time to recover but not certain what level she will be at competitively (the orthopaedist in me).
Shaun White Facts – Just in Case
If Shaun White wins the snowboarding men’s halfpipe …
- He wins his 3rd consecutive gold medal in the event, only done at the Winter Olympics previously by Sonja Henie (women’s figure skating 1928-36), Bonnie Blair (women’s speed skating 500 metres 1988-94), and Claudia Pechstein (women’s speed skating 5,000 metres 1994-2002). All were in individual events.
- Nine athletes have won the same event 4 or more times at the Summer Olympics, but in individual events, only Al Oerter (athletics discus throw 1956-68) and Carl Lewis (athletics long jump 1984-96) have done so (using very strict criteria). 48 athletes have won the same event 3 times at the Summer Olympics, so White would be tied for 10th overall in all events, and tied for 3rd overall in individual events.
- Among US athletes, only Bonnie Blair has won 3 consecutive gold medals in the same event at the WOG, and it was in an individual event. As noted above, at the SOG, Oerter and Lewis have won the same individual event 4 times consecutively. US athletes have won 3 consecutive golds in the same event 15 times at the SOG, with Michael Phelps doing it 4 times in London. Of these 6 occurred in individual events, twice by Phelps in London (100 fly, 200 IM).
- At the WOG, two athletes have won gold medals at 5 consecutive Games – Claudia Pechstein (GER-SSK) and Georg Hackl (GER-LUG). Seven athletes have won gold medals at 4 consecutive WOG, but only 2 men – Aleksandr Tikhonov (URS-BIA) and Gillis Grafström (SWE-FSK) (counting his win in 1920). 14 men and 12 women have gold medals at 3 consecutive WOG.
- White would also become only the 2nd American to win gold medals at 3 consecutive WOG, joining Bonne Blair, as noted above.
- White would become the first snowboarder to win 3 gold medals at the Winter Olympics. He is currently tied with 2 gold medals with Seth Wescott (USA) and Philipp Schoch (SUI).
- If he wins any medal, White would also become the first snowboarder to win 3 medals at the Winter Olympics. He is currently tied with 2 medals with 7 other athletes, 4 men and 3 women. Of this group, 6 Americans (of the 8) have won 2 medals in Olympic snowboarding – White, Wescott, Hannah Teter, Ross Powers, Kelly Clark, and Danny Kass.
- If he wins gold, he becomes the 4th oldest gold medalist in snowboarding at the WOG, and the 3rd oldest USA gold medalist – trailing Seth Wescott x2.
- If he wins any medal, White becomes the oldest male medalist in men’s snowboarding halfpipe. He will be 27-161 tomorrow. The current oldest is Finland’s Markku Koski at 24-120 in 2006. White would also be the oldest gold medalist, if he wins, obviously, surpassing his own record when he was 23-167 in 2010.
Erin Hamlin Facts – Just in Case
Erin Hamlin is 3rd after the first 2 runs of the women’s singles luge. If Hamlin wins a medal in women’s singles luge …
- She becomes the 1st American woman to win a medal in luge
- She becomes the 6th American to win a medal in luge, after 5 men, as follows: Mark Grimmette – 1998 doubles bronze; 2002 doubles silver. Clay Ives – 2002 doubles bronze. Brian Martin – 1998 doubles bronze; 2002 doubles silver. Gordy Sheer – 1998 doubles silver. Chris Thorpe – 1998 doubles silver; 2002 doubles.
- She becomes the 1st American to win a medal in singles luge.
- All of the above hold true for North America – no Canadian has ever medalled in luge.
- She would become the 5th oldest female Olympic medalist in luge.
Kikkan Randall Facts – Just in Case
If Kikkan Randall wins a medal in CCS women’s sprint …
- She becomes the 1st American woman to win a medal in cross-country skiing at the Winter Olympics.
- She becomes the 2nd American to win a medal in cross-country skiing, after Bill Koch, who won a silver medal in the 30 km in 1976.
- She becomes the 7th American to win a medal in a Nordic skiing event, also including Anders Haugen, who won a bronze medal in ski jumping in 1924, sorta, and the 4 medals in 2010 combined. Haugen famously did not win his medal until 1974. The bronze was originally given to Norwegian Thorleif Haug. In 1974, Norwegian sports historian Jakob Vaage was looking at the original results and realized there had been a statistical error, and the bronze medal should have gone to Anders Haugen, who had been born in Norway. Haugen was given the bronze medal at a ceremony in Oslo by Thorleif Haug’s daughter.
- She becomes the 4th North American woman to win a medal in cross-country skiing, after Beckie Scott, Sara Renner, and Chandra Crawford, all Canadians who won their medals from 2002-06.
If Kikkan Randal wins gold in the women’s sprint …
- She becomes the 1st American to win a gold medal in cross-country skiing at the Winter Olympics.
- She becomes the 3rd North American (and NA woman) to win a gold medal in cross-country skiing, after Beckie Scott and Chandra Crawford, as above.
This Day at the Olympics
355 Olympians were born
57 Olympians died
79 Olympic events were held
USA Births and Death on this Day at the Olympics
|11 Feb 1871||Frederic Coudert||IOC||1937-48|
|11 Feb 1900||Tommy Hitchcock||POL||1924|
|11 Feb 1913||Don Fraser||CUR||1932|
|11 Feb 1919||Gretchen Fraser||ASK||1948|
|11 Feb 1931||Zoe Ann Olsen-Jensen||DIV||1948-52|
|11 Feb 1940||Cal Fowler||BAS||1968|
|11 Feb 1943||George Woods||ATH||1968-76|
|11 Feb 1945||Ken Walsh||SWI||1968|
|11 Feb 1948||Madeline Manning-Jackson||ATH||1968-76|
|11 Feb 1953||Andy Mill||ASK||1976-80|
|11 Feb 1961||Mary Docter||SSK||1980-92|
|11 Feb 1965||Mary O'Neill||FEN||1988-92|
|11 Feb 1965||John Tillman||ATH||1992|
|11 Feb 1970||Jason Scott||ROW||1996|
|11 Feb 1973||Shana Sundstrom||STK||1994|
|11 Feb 1974||Mike Peplinski||CUR||1998|
|11 Feb 1988||Doris Willette||FEN||2012|
|11 Feb 1962||Chuck Mellor||ATH||1920-24|
|11 Feb 1963||Karl Frederick||SHO||1920|
|11 Feb 1965||Peder Falstad||SKJ||1932|
|11 Feb 1983||Beatrice Fenton||ART||1932|
Previous USA Winter Olympic Medalists on This Day
|Leo Freisinger||SSK||M||500 m||Bronze||11 Feb 1936|
|Dianne Holum||SSK||F||1000 m||Bronze||11 Feb 1968|
|Barbara Cochran||ASK||F||Slalom||Gold||11 Feb 1972|
|Anne Henning||SSK||F||1000 m||Bronze||11 Feb 1972|
|Picabo Street||ASK||F||Super G||Gold||11 Feb 1998|
|Jonny Moseley||FRS||M||Moguls||Gold||11 Feb 1998|
|Ross Powers||SNB||M||Halfpipe||Gold||11 Feb 2002|
|Danny Kass||SNB||M||Halfpipe||Silver||11 Feb 2002|
|JJ Thomas||SNB||M||Halfpipe||Bronze||11 Feb 2002|
|Chad Hedrick||SSK||M||5000 m||Gold||11 Feb 2006|
Events Finishing Today
- Biathlon Women’s Pursuit
- Cross-Country Skiing Men’s Sprint
- Cross-Country Skiing Women’s Sprint
- Freestyle Skiing Women’s Slopestyle
- Luge Women’s Singles
- Ski Jumping Women’s Normal Hill
- Snowboarding Men’s Halfpipe
- Speed Skating Women’s 500 metres
Medal Standings after Day #4
|Day #4 – 10 Feb 2014||Gold||Silver||Bronze||Total||Rank (US)|
|Total (18 events)||18||18||18||54|
Of note, this is the first time Canada has ever led the NOC medal list on any day at the Olympics – Summer or Winter.
|Day #4 – 15 Feb 2010||Gold||Silver||Bronze||Total||Rank (US)|
|Totals (15 events)||15||15||15||45|
|Day #4 – 13 Feb 2006||Gold||Silver||Bronze||Total||Rank (US)|
|Totals (16 events)||16||16||16||48|
|Day #4 – 11 Feb 2002||Gold||Silver||Bronze||Total||Rank (US)|
|Totals (13 events)||14||13||14||41|
|Day #4 – 10 Feb 1998||Gold||Silver||Bronze||Total||Rank (US)|
|Totals (11 events)||11||11||11||33|