Gold for the U.S. in Ice Dancing and a Bronze in Men's Bobsled 2/17/14
SOCHI, Russia — The American duo of Meryl Davis and Charlie White of West Bloomfield, Mich., won the gold medal in ice dancing. It marks the first time an American team has won the event. Four years ago they took the silver in Vancouver.
This year they finished in front of the team from Canada that won the gold four-years ago, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (moyer). The Americans won with a score of 116.63 points compared to 114.66 for the Canadians. A team from Russia was third.
American's Madison Chock and Evan Bates were eighth while sibling teammates Maia (MY'-uh) and Alex Shibutani (shih-boo-TAH'-nee) were ninth.
The U.S. two-man bobsled team of Steven Holcomb of Park City, Utah, and Steve Langton of Melrose, Mass., won the bronze medal. Their time of 3:46.27 was 0.88 off the gold medal winning performance of the Russian duo.
The U.S.A.-2 sled finished 12th in the competition with U.S.A-3 13th.
Following those results Russia and the U.S. are tied for the overall medal lead with 18. The Russians have five gold, seven silver and six bronze while the Americans have won five gold, four silver and nine bronze.
— The U.S. women's hockey team has advanced to the gold medal game at the Sochi (SOH'-chee) Olympics with a 6-1 semifinal win over Sweden. They will play long-time rivals Canada, which beat Switzerland in the semifinals 3-1.
Canada, the three-time defending gold medalists, is headed to its fifth consecutive gold medal game in the Olympics. The North Americans have met for three of the previous four Olympic championships since women's hockey was added to the Winter Games in 1998 with Canada holding a 3-1 edge in gold medal games. The Canadians also beat the U.S. in the round-robin of the Sochi Games last week.
In their win the Americans peppered the Swiss goal with 70 shots, one shy of the women's Olympic record of 71 as set by the U.S. against China in 2002.
Megan Bozek (BOH'-zehk), Kendall Coyne and Brianna Decker each had a goal and two assists for the U.S.
The gold medal game will take place Thursday.
— To nobody's surprise the U.S./Russia men's hockey game drew good TV ratings. NBC Sports Network says 4.1 million people in the United States watched the Americans' dramatic 3-2 victory, a record number for a hockey game on the channel.
When the game went to a shootout, 6.4 million people tuned in to watch T.J. Oshie score four times to lead Team USA to the win.
— The debate in Russia continues about the controversial "non-goal" in the U.S. men's hockey win over the host nation. It was in the third period with the score tied at 2 when a Russian goal was disallowed when officials ruled that the net had come loose from the ice before the goal was scored. Demonstrators gathered near the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on Monday to protest the call. The protesters, organized by the Kremlin party's youth group, donned Russian hockey jerseys and shouted, "Make soap out of the ref!"
Wielding a banner with a photograph of the American referee, the protesters used a cheese grater to grate soap into buckets.
Russian president Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) has taken the high-road, at least publically, by saying, "Even if the judge was wrong, we mustn't stick labels on anybody." ''We can't forget that sport takes courage, but also luck."
— Remember that broken Olympic ring during the Opening Ceremony. Russia's deputy prime minister say that it will be fixed in time for Sunday's Closing Ceremony. The glitch happened early in the opening ceremony, when snowflakes expanded to form the interlocking rings, which is one of the most anticipated moments of any Olympic opener. Four of the rings unfolded perfectly, but the fifth remained a snowflake before show organizers sent them out of sight.