Notes from the OlyMADMan – 14 Feb 2014 – Olympic Day #8

USA Yesterday at the Olympics

  • American men swept the medals in the men’s freestyle slopestyle event, an event new to the Winter Olympics. Joss Christensen won gold, Gus Kenworthy took silver, and Nick Goepper won the bronze medal. This was the 3rd medal sweep by the United States at the Winter Olympics, after the 1956 men’s figure skating, won by Hayes Alan Jenkins, followed by Ronnie Robertson and Jenkins’ brother, David; and the 2002 men’s snowboarding halfpipe, won by Ross Powers, with Danny Kass second, and JJ Thomas third.
  • The USA has swept the medals 150 times at the Summer Olympics, by way of contrast.
  • This was the 3rd medal sweep of the 2014 Winter Olympics, after the Dutch men speed skaters swept the 500 and 5,000 metres
  • In men’s biathlon 20 km, Lowell Bailey placed 8th, the best finish by an American biathlete at the Winter Olympics, male or female.

 

USA Today at the Olympics

  • Alpine Skiing Men Combined – USA has 2 wins – Bode Miller (2010) and Ted Ligety (2006), and 3 medals – Miller also winning silver in 2002. Other top 10s: Ligety (5th-2010), Will Brandenburg (10th-2010), Tommy Moe (5th-1994), Dick Durrance (10th-1936). USA 2 golds medals is equal most ever for an NOC, equal with Austria and Norway. USA ranks 4th all-time with 3 medals, trailing, in order, Austria (6), Norway (5), Switzerland (3). Durrance later became one of the key developers of Aspen as a ski resort, and he then moved to Alta, Utah and developed that ski resort.
  • Biathlon Women 15 km – best finish ever 14th by Joan Smith in 1994. Other top 20 finish was 17th by Jan Guetschow in 1994.
  • Cross-Country Skiing Men 15 km – best finish ever 6th by Bill Koch in 1976. Next best finish 12th by John Bauer in 2002. Other top 20 finishes: Sigurd Overby (19th-1924) (18 km), Bill Koch (16th-1980), Dan Simoneau (18th-1984), Patrick Weaver (16th-2002).
  • Figure Skating Men Singles – USA has 15 medals in this event, 3rd best event ever for USA at Winter Olympics, trailing men’s speedskating 500 metres (16), and women’s figure skating singles (23). USA has 7 gold medals in the event, most of any event for USA at Winter Olympics, equal to the same 2 events as above. USA leads medal table in this event both for gold medals and total medals. Dick Button won 2 gold medals in the event in 1948 and 1952. David Jenkins also won 2 medals, a bronze in 1956 and gold in 1960. Jenkins’ brother, Hayes Alan Jenkins, also won gold in 1956. Hayes Alan Jenkins later married Carol Heiss, 1960 women’s gold medalist. Heiss is also known for her starring role in the movie “Snow White and the Three Stooges.”
  • Freestyle Skiing Women Aerials – USA has one medal in this event, a gold by Nikki Stone in 1998. Other top 10 finishes: Tracy Evans (7th-1994), Lacy Schnoor (9th-2010), Ashley Caldwell (10th-2010).
  • Skeleton Women – Katie Uhlaender will be competing in her 3rd WOG (2002/2006/2014), equalling the record of Maya Pedersen (SUI) for most appearances in women’s skeleton. USA has won 2 medals, both in 2002, a gold by Tristan Gale and a silver by Lea Ann Parsley. Uhlaender’s father, Ted, played 8 seasons of Major League Baseball from 1965-72 with the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds.

 

This Day at the Olympics

400 Olympians were born

64 Olympians died

99 Olympic events were held

 

USA Births and Death on this Day at the Olympics

Born

Date Name Sport Years
14 Feb 1873 Allan Briggs SHO 1912
14 Feb 1874 Lou Handley SWI/WAP 1904
14 Feb 1885 John Jackson SHO 1912
14 Feb 1898 Walter Whalen ATH 1920
14 Feb 1899 Francis Chapin ART 1932
14 Feb 1905 Frank Hussey ATH 1924
14 Feb 1908 Gordon Smith ICH 1932-36
14 Feb 1910 Willard Schmidt BAS 1936
14 Feb 1912 Jimmy Urso BOX 1936
14 Feb 1915 Paul Austin ROW 1936
14 Feb 1929 Harry Sindle SAI 1960
14 Feb 1932 Pete Blair WRE 1956
14 Feb 1932 Karol Kennedy FSK 1948-52
14 Feb 1933 John Mashburn ATH 1956
14 Feb 1941 Earl Young ATH 1960
14 Feb 1942 Mike Manley ATH 1972
14 Feb 1947 David Higgins ROW 1968
14 Feb 1949 Joel Glucksman FEN 1984
14 Feb 1951 JoJo Starbuck FSK 1968-72
14 Feb 1952 James Busceme BOX 1972
14 Feb 1956 Howard Davis Jr. BOX 1976
14 Feb 1956 Valerie McClain-Ward ROW 1984
14 Feb 1959 John Frackelton ROW 1988
14 Feb 1961 Mark Whitehead CYC 1984
14 Feb 1963 John Marzano BSB 1984
14 Feb 1964 John Riley Jr. ROW 1992
14 Feb 1970 Sean Hill ICH 1992
14 Feb 1970 Elaine Youngs BVO/VOL 1996-08
14 Feb 1973 Deena Drossin-Kastor ATH 2000-08
14 Feb 1981 Kara Lawson BAS 2008
14 Feb 1982 Steve Kasprzyk ROW 2012
14 Feb 1983 Chris Estrada TMP 2008
14 Feb 1983 Sada Jacobson FEN 2004-08
14 Feb 1989 Callan Chythlook-Sifsof SNB 2010

 

Died

Date Name Sport Years
14 Feb 1929 Tom Burke ATH 1896
14 Feb 1943 Oscar Friede TOW 1904
14 Feb 1944 Ted Kara BOX 1936
14 Feb 1980 Frank Holmes ATH 1908
14 Feb 1989 Duncan Gregg ROW 1932
14 Feb 1992 Gene Venzke ATH 1936
14 Feb 1999 Raymond Thompson SWI 1932
14 Feb 2003 Fritz Pollard ATH 1936

 

Previous USA Olympic Medalists on This Day

Medalist Sport X Event Medal Date
Andi Mead-Lawrence ASK F GS Gold 14 Feb 1952
Terry McDermott SSK M 500 m Silver 14 Feb 1968
Bonnie Blair SSK F 1000 m Gold 14 Feb 1992
Timothy Goebel FSK M Singles Bronze 14 Feb 2002
Ted Ligety ASK M Combined Gold 14 Feb 2006
Bryon Wilson FRS M Moguls Bronze 14 Feb 2010
Johnny Spillane NCO M Normal Silver 14 Feb 2010

 

Medal Standings after Day #7

Day #8 – 13 Feb 2014 G S B Total Rank (US)
Nation G S B TM
Norway 4 3 6 13 1
Netherlands 4 3 5 12 2
United States 4 2 6 12 3
Russia 2 5 4 11 4
Germany 7 2 1 10 5
Canada 4 4 2 10 6
Austria 1 4 - 5 7
Sweden - 4 1 5 8
Switzerland 3 - 1 4 9
France 2 - 2 4 10
Slovenia 1 1 2 4 11
China 2 1 - 3 12
Czech Republic - 2 1 3 =13
Japan - 2 1 3 =13
Italy - 2 1 3 =13
Poland 2 - - 2 16
Korea 1 - 1 2 17
Latvia - - 2 2 18
Belarus 1 - - 1 =19
Slovakia 1 - - 1 =19
Finland - 1 - 1 =21
Australia - 1 - 1 =21
Great Britain - - 1 1 =23
Ukraine - - 1 1 =23
Totals (38 events) 39 37 38 114
Day #7 – 18 Feb 2010 G S B Total Rank (US)
United States 6 5 7 18 1
Germany 4 4 3 11 2
Norway 3 3 2 8 3
Canada 3 3 1 7 4
France 2 1 4 7 5
Korea 3 2 - 5 6
Austria 1 2 2 5 7
Switzerland 3 - 1 4 8
China 2 1 1 4 9
Russia 1 2 1 4 10
Italy - 1 3 4 11
Sweden 2 - 1 3 12
Netherlands 1 1 1 3 13
Japan - 1 2 3 14
Australia 1 1 - 2 =15
Slovakia 1 1 - 2 =15
Czech Republic 1 - 1 2 17
Poland - 2 - 2 18
Belarus - 1 1 2 19
Estonia - 1 - 1 =20
Finland - 1 - 1 =20
Kazakhstan - 1 - 1 =20
Latvia - 1 - 1 =20
Croatia - - 1 1 =24
Slovenia - - 1 1 =24
Totals (34 events) 34 35 33 102
Day #7 – 16 Feb 2006 G S B Total Rank (US)
Norway 1 6 6 13 1
Russia 5 2 4 11 2
Germany 5 4 1 10 3
United States 6 2 1 9 4
Canada 1 3 4 8 5
Austria 3 2 1 6 6
China 1 2 3 6 7
Italy 2 - 3 5 8
Finland - 2 3 5 9
Sweden 2 1 1 4 10
France 2 - 2 4 11
Netherlands 1 2 1 4 =12
Switzerland 1 2 1 4 =12
Korea 1 1 1 3 14
Estonia 2 - - 2 15
Australia 1 - - 1 16
Bulgaria - 1 - 1 =17
Croatia - 1 - 1 =17
Czech Republic - 1 - 1 =17
Great Britain - 1 - 1 =17
Slovakia - 1 - 1 =17
Latvia - - 1 1 =22
Ukraine - - 1 1 =22
Totals (34 events) 34 34 34 102
Day #7 – 14 Feb 2002 G S B Total Rank (US)
Germany 4 7 4 15 1
Norway 7 3 1 11 2
United States 3 5 3 11 3
Austria 2 2 6 10 4
Russia 2 2 2 6 5
Finland 2 1 1 4 =6
Italy 2 1 1 4 =6
Switzerland 2 - 1 3 8
France 1 1 1 3 9
Sweden - - 3 3 10
Korea 1 1 - 2 =11
Netherlands 1 1 - 2 =11
Canada 1 - 1 2 =13
Estonia 1 - 1 2 =13
Japan - 1 1 2 =15
Poland - 1 1 2 =15
Croatia 1 - - 1 17
Czech Republic - 1 - 1 18
Bulgaria - - 1 1 =19
China - - 1 1 =19
Totals (28 events) 30 27 29 86
Day #7 – 13 Feb 1998 G S B Total Rank (US)
Germany 5 4 4 13 1
Norway 4 6 3 13 2
Austria 1 2 6 9 3
Russia 4 3 - 7 4
United States 2 1 3 6 5
Finland 2 1 2 5 6
Netherlands 1 2 1 4 7
Italy - 3 1 4 8
Japan 2 1 - 3 9
Canada 1 1 1 3 10
France 2 - - 2 11
Switzerland 1 - 1 2 12
Czech Republic - 1 1 2 13
Bulgaria 1 - - 1 14
Ukraine - 1 - 1 15
Belgium - - 1 1 =16
Belarus - - 1 1 =16
Kazakhstan - - 1 1 =16
Totals (26 events) 26 26 26 78

 

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