Sochi recap: Cross-country skiing, women’s 30k

We saw two races today — a three-way race between three Norwegians, then a race among everyone else. Norway had some frustration in these Olympics, but not today. Marit Bjoergen won her third gold medal of these Games. She’s tied for the women’s Winter Olympic career records with six golds and 10 medals. Date: 22-Feb Sport: Cross-country skiing Event: Women’s 30k freestyle mass start Medalists: Marit Bjoergen (Norway), Theresa Johaug (Norway), Kristin Stoermer Steira (Norway) SportsMyriad projections: Justyna Kowalczyk (Poland), Therese Johaug (Norway), Marit Bjoergen (Norway) How U.S. fared: Not the USA’s best event, but a couple of skiers were seeded … Continue reading Sochi recap: Cross-country skiing, women’s 30k

Sochi recap: Curling, men’s tiebreaker

The flashy pants of Norway are out of the Olympics, as Britain took a close decision with a tremendous shot. Date: 18-Feb Sport: Curling Event: Men’s tiebreaker (winner goes to semifinals) What happened: Norway started with the hammer, and they traded singles through the first four ends. Norway got two in the fifth, we got a couple of blanks, and Britain tied it in the eighth. Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud couldn’t quite clear out the British rocks in the ninth and was limited to one. That gave Britain the hammer and a 5-4 deficit heading into the 10th. Ulsrud’s team put … Continue reading Sochi recap: Curling, men’s tiebreaker

Sochi recap: Men’s ice hockey, Finland vs. Norway

In the Scandinavian matchup, Finland is undefeated against Norway. They kept it that way tonight with a blowout. Date: 14-Feb Sport: Men’s hockey Event: Finland vs. Norway Score: Finland 6, Norway 1 What happened: Finland came out firing as they scored two goals in a 1:05 span in the 1st. The Finns dominated play. After another goal with 2:30 left in the period, the Norwegians changed their goalie. In the second the Finns still dominated and scored two more goals on the backup goaltender, Lars Volden. The goals were from Korpikoski and Jokinen three minutes apart. In the third period Norway started off with a … Continue reading Sochi recap: Men’s ice hockey, Finland vs. Norway

Best/worst, Sochi medal projections vs. reality: Feb. 9

Norway is now projected NOT to break the USA’s record of 37 medals set in 2010. Wait, you say, doesn’t Norway lead the medal count? Yes. But Norway is already three medals behind the projected pace. The projections called for 39 medals. So if Norway wins every remaining projection (and no others), that’ll be 36. The USA still in line for 35 medals. The obvious disclaimer: It’s still early. A few ups and downs from Sunday, good news last: DOWN Germany (-3): Only one men’s luge medal? At least it was gold. Germany also missed out in speedskating and ski jumping. Norway … Continue reading Best/worst, Sochi medal projections vs. reality: Feb. 9

2014 medal projections: Final changes

Having gone through the last week of World Cup stuff, season standings and slopestyle accidents, the following medal projections have changed: Alpine skiing, men’s super-G: Patrick Küng (Switzerland) bronze, Christof Innerhofer (Italy) considered Alpine skiing, women’s giant slalom: Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (Sweden) gold, Tina Maze (Slovenia) considered Biathlon, men’s individual: Emil Hegle Svendsen (Norway) bronze, Andreas Birnbacher (Germany) considered Bobsled, two-man: Alexander Zubkov (Russia) bronze, Lyndon Rush (Canada) considered Freestyle skiing, women’s skicross: Marielle Thompson (Canada) bronze, Kelsey Serwa (Canada) considered Snowboard, men’s slopestyle: Staale Sandbech (Norway) silver, Max Parrot (Canada) bronze, Shaun White (USA) withdrew), Torstein Horgmo (Norway) injured Adding … Continue reading 2014 medal projections: Final changes