USA Yesterday at the Olympics
- The biggest news was likely Erin Hamlin winning a bronze medal in the luge singles. No USA woman had ever won a medal in luge at the Olympics, with the previous best 4th by Courtney Zablocki in 2006.
- In women’s women’s freestyle skiing slopestyle Devon Logan won a silver medal. This event was new to the Olympics.
- Sophie Caldwell made the final of the women’s cross-country sprint and finished 6th, the best ever finish by a USA woman in Olympic cross-country skiing. Medal favorite Kikkan Randall had what the French refer to in the Tour de France as “un jour sans” and failed to make the semi-finals, placing 18th.
USA Today at the Olympics
- Alpine Skiing Women’s Downhill – USA has won 7 medals in this event, 3rd all-time, trailing Austria (16) and Switzerland (9). USA has won 1 gold medal in the event – Lindsey Vonn in 2010. The first medal won by the USA in downhill was a silver medal in 1960 by Penny Pitou. Julia Mancuso is back after a silver medal in this event in 2010 behind Vonn. USA has had two top 10s in the event thrice – 2010 with Vonn and Mancuso, 2006 with Mancuso (7) and Vonn (=8), and 1980 with Heidi Preuss (4) and Cindy Nelson (=7). Last medal before 2010 was Picabo Street, a silver in 1994.
- Figure Skating Mixed Pairs – USA has won 6 medals in this event, =4th all-time with Russia, trailing the Soviet Union (12), Germany (7), and Canada (7). The USA has never won a gold medal in pairs. The silver medals won (3) were by Beatrix Loughran and Sherwin Badger in 1932, Karol and Peter Kennedy in 1952, and Kitty and Peter Carruthers in 1984. Our last medal in this event was a bronze in 1988 by Jill Watson and Peter Oppegard.
- Luge Men’s Doubles – USA has won 4 medals in this event, 2 silvers and 2 bronzes. In both 1998 and 2002 we won silver and bronze for our 4 medals. Since then we had an 8th by Preston Griffall / Dan Joye in 2006 and a 6th by Christian Niccum / Dan Joye in 2010. USA is =5th for most medals with the former West Germany, trailing, in order, the former East Germany (GDR) (8), and Austria, Germany, and Italy with 7 medals.
- Nordic Combined Men’s Individual Normal Hill – Comes off an awesome performance at Vancouver in Nordic Combined with a silver medal in this event by Johnny Spillane, with Todd Lodwick placing 4th, and Billy Demong 6th. That was the first medal ever won by the United States in Nordic Combined, but 11 days later, Demong won gold and Spillane silver on the large hill individual event. This is technically only the second time this event has been held, as the Nordic combined individual events were changed in 2010 to a normal hill and a large hill event. Previously the skiiers/jumpers had contested an individual event (on normal hill) and sprint event (on large hill), but there were other differences than just the hills.
- Snowboarding Women’s Halfpipe – Event has been held 4 times and the US has won half (6) of the available medals (12), and half of the gold medals (2 of 4). The golds were by Kelly Clark in 2002 and Hannah Teter in 2006. In 2010 Teter and Clark returned to win a silver (Teter) and bronze (Clark). They are the only 2 women to win 2 medals in this event. In 2006, USA also went 1-2 in the event with Teter winning and Gretchen Bleiler 2nd.
- Speed Skating Men’s 1,000 metres – The USA has won this event half of the time it has been held – 5/10. USA has won 8 medals, with Netherlands and Soviet Union 2nd with 5 medals. Shani Davis has won this event in both 2006 and 2010 and is favored to win again. If he wins, he joins three women who have won the same event 3 consecutive times at the WOG – 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). See notes below on possible records to be set by Davis.
If Shani Davis Wins the Men’s 1,000 m Speed Skating …
- 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.
- He becomes the first male speed skater to win gold medals at 3 consecutive Winter Olympics, not just in the same event. Among women this has been done by Blair and Pechstein, German Anni Freisinger-Postma (2002-10), and Dutchwoman Ireen Wüst (2006-14).
- 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 Davis would be tied for 10th overall in all Olympic events, and tied for 3rd overall in individual Olympic 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 won gold medals at 3 consecutive WOG.
- Davis would also become only the 2nd American to win gold medals at 3 consecutive WOG, joining Bonne Blair, as noted above.
This Day at the Olympics
343 Olympians were born
68 Olympians died
85 Olympic events were held
USA Births and Death on this Day at the Olympics
|12 Feb 1870||Jay Graham||SHO||1912|
|12 Feb 1874||Ed Marsh||ROW||1900|
|12 Feb 1882||Gus Wester||WRE||1904|
|12 Feb 1885||Horace Ramey||ATH||1908|
|12 Feb 1893||Edward Knourek||ATH||1920|
|12 Feb 1898||Roy Harris||ART||1936|
|12 Feb 1916||Walter Bietila||SKJ||1936-48|
|12 Feb 1917||William Johnson||SKE||1948|
|12 Feb 1921||Albie Axelrod||FEN||1952-68|
|12 Feb 1922||Ray Sorensen||GYM||1948|
|12 Feb 1927||Charles Davis||SHO||1972|
|12 Feb 1934||Bill Russell||BAS||1956|
|12 Feb 1937||Charlie Dumas||ATH||1956-60|
|12 Feb 1950||Louis Self||BOX||1972|
|12 Feb 1955||Robin Backhaus||SWI||1972|
|12 Feb 1958||Pam Page||ATH||1984|
|12 Feb 1959||Andrew Weaver||CYC||1984|
|12 Feb 1964||Sam Graddy||ATH||1984|
|12 Feb 1964||Anna Seaton||ROW||1988-92|
|12 Feb 1967||Aaron Pollock||ROW||1992|
|12 Feb 1968||Carrie Steinseifer||SWI||1984|
|12 Feb 1971||Michelle Collins||ATH||2000|
|12 Feb 1971||Vernon Forrest||BOX||1992|
|12 Feb 1975||Jason Rosener||ASK||1998|
|12 Feb 1982||Steve Nyman||ASK||2006-10|
|12 Feb 1984||Peter Vanderkaay||SWI||2004-12|
|12 Feb 1991||Sarah Scherer||SHO||2012|
|12 Feb 1943||Claude Jameson||FTB||1904|
|12 Feb 1969||Louis Weintz||CYC||1908|
|12 Feb 1975||Ralph Fabri||ART||1936|
|12 Feb 1976||Charles Daggs||ATH||1920|
|12 Feb 1977||Carl Hallsthammar||ART||1932|
|12 Feb 1991||Robert Livermore Jr.||ASK||1936|
Previous USA Olympic Medalists on this Day
|USA Team||FSK||X||Pairs||Silver||12 Feb 1932|
|Dianne Holum||SSK||F||3000 m||Silver||12 Feb 1972|
|Peter Mueller||SSK||M||1000 m||Gold||12 Feb 1976|
|USA Team||FSK||X||Pairs||Silver||12 Feb 1984|
|Ross Powers||SNB||M||Halfpipe||Bronze||12 Feb 1998|
|Shannon Dunn||SNB||F||Halfpipe||Bronze||12 Feb 1998|
|Travis Mayer||FRS||M||Moguls||Silver||12 Feb 2002|
|Casey FitzRandolph||SSK||M||500 m||Gold||12 Feb 2002|
|Kip Carpenter||SSK||M||500 m||Bronze||12 Feb 2002|
|Shaun White||SNB||M||Halfpipe||Gold||12 Feb 2006|
|Danny Kass||SNB||M||Halfpipe||Silver||12 Feb 2006|
Medal Standings after Day …
|Day #5 – 11 Feb 2014||Gold||Silver||Bronze||Total||Rank (US)|
|Total (26 events)||26||26||26||78|
|Day #5 – 16 Feb 2010||Gold||Silver||Bronze||Total||Rank (US)|
|Totals (20 events)||20||20||20||60|
|Day #5 – 14 Feb 2006||Gold||Silver||Bronze||Total||Rank (US)|
|Totals (22 events)||22||22||22||66|
|Day #5 – 12 Feb 2002||Gold||Silver||Bronze||Total||Rank (US)|
|Totals (18 events)||19||18||19||56|
|Day #5 – 11 Feb 1998||Gold||Silver||Bronze||Total||Rank (US)|
|Totals (18 events)||18||18||18||54|