Disappointing Downhill for Mancuso 2/12/14
February 12, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — There was a tie for the gold in the women's downhill at the Olympics. Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland crossed the finish line with identical times. The bronze went to Gisin's teammate, Lara Gut.
On another warm day in the mountains outside of Sochi, Maze and Gisin finished the 1.69 mile course in 1 minute, 41.57 seconds. American Julia Mancuso was a disappointing eighth.
The last tie in Olympic Alpine skiing happened in men's super-G at the 1998 Nagano (nah-GUH'-noh) Games in Japan.
The best American finish in the Nordic combined individual normal hill event was 24th by Billy Demong of Park City, Utah. Germany's Eric Frenzel was the winner.
The U.S. and Canada are facing off today in women's hockey. Playing in Group A of the round-robin tournament each team is unbeaten in two games. The U.S. team has scored 12 goals while allowing one, while the Canadians have eight goals and none given up.
The U.S. women's curling team is close to being eliminated. They were beaten by China today 7-4, which pretty much means they will need to win all five of their remaining round-robin games to stand a chance of reaching the semifinals.
When the U.S. begins play in the men's hockey tournament later in the week, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings will start the first game against Slovakia in goal. He got the nod over Ryan Miller and Jimmy Howard. Miller helped the Americans win silver and was the Most Valuable Player of the hockey tournament at the 2010 Olympics when Quick was the No. 3 goalie.
For the Canadians, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens will start in goal against Norway on Thursday with Roberto Luongo getting the call on Friday against Austria.
And in case you have been wondering what a gold medal is worth, it depends on what country you are from. A gold medal winner from Kazakhstan will get $250,000 from his homeland, while in the U.S. we are paying our gold medal winners $25,000. Some countries, like Norway, Britain and Sweden, still offer no prize for bringing home a medal.