Monday Myriad, March 17: St. Patrick’s delay

The Monday Myriad is a day late, and not just because we have so much to wrap up from the end of the Paralympics and the Alpine ski season.

Best and worst …

Best U.S. Paralympic day: A sweep in snowboardcross, Heath Calhoun’s first medal, bronze for Dancing with the Stars cast member Amy Purdy and a total of eight medals. (OlympicTalk recap | TeamUSA video)

Best comeback (in one day): Canada’s Brian McKeever was bidding to do an Olympic/Paralympic double on home snow in 2010, but he was omitted from the start lists. He held a gracious interview session with me and a few other journalists. In Sochi, the visually impaired cross-country skier fell early in the 1k sprint final but charged back for the win.

Best comeback (in a few weeks): The USA’s Shani Davis and Heather Richardson had a rough time in Sochi but finished strong World Cup seasons with the overall titles.

Best short-track performance: J.R. Celski won the 3,000 meters and finished second in the overall standings at short-track speedskating’s World Championships, while Jessica Smith took a bronze in the women’s 3,000.

Best first: Lowell Bailey reached a World Cup biathlon podium for the first time, taking third in Finland.

Most consistent athletes:

https://twitter.com/ESPNOlympics/status/445195940035432448

Best finish (past weekend): Ted Ligety needed a win and some luck to take that giant slalom globe.

Best finish (upcoming): Hannah Kearney won a dual moguls event to take a five-point lead in the World Cup standings over Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe heading into the finals this weekend.

Best U.S. summer sport result: Gwen Jorgensen and Katie Hursey finished 1-2 in a World Cup triathlon event.

Best diplomacy: 

Most versatile athlete: The USA’s Tatyana McFadden swept all four major marathons last year in her wheelchair. This year, she’s a silver medalist in the cross-country skiing sprint.

Best ski finish: Watch Norway’s Mariann Marthinsen battle McFadden in the sprint final. (Same link)

Worst ski finish: Like Lindsey Vonn last year, Maria Höfl-Riesch had her season-ending injury and loud reaction captured on video.

Worst media slam: Veronica Campbell-Brown is angry that drug-testing cost her a few months of her career. It’s the media’s fault, apparently.

Worst of the worst: The stomach bug that left me unconscious most of Monday. Hence the delay.

Best events this week: The women’s curling World Championships continue (see YouTube for some live broadcasts), as does the chess World Championship Candidates tournament. Anand’s back!

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