The second day of the 22nd Olympic Winter Games is underway with eight gold medals on the line. Between the luge, men's downhill skiing , and women's speedskating, Sunday will be a high velocity day of sport with a number of intriguing plot lines. Following Sage Kotsenburg's big win yesterday, will the Americans sweep the inaugural slopestyle event? After winning two of the three training runs, can Bode Miller snatch the men's downhill gold medal in his final Olympic quest? Can you imagine anything more intense than the Russian and German women's hockey teams doing battle on the ice in Sochi?
Throughout the day, we'll be updating our live blog as the games unfold. Consult the schedule of events below, check out our breakdown of the results, and enjoy more in-depth stories from The Wire's ongoing Olympics coverage. For a look back at yesterday's wild and wintry first day, check out our live blog from day one.
5:11 p.m.: The second day of competition at Sochi is in the books. Here are the top ten countries in the medal count:
4:54 p.m.: RESULT: Poland has leapt onto the Sochi medal board with a first-place finish in the ski jump by Kamil Stoch.
Meanwhile, Swiss jumper Simon Ammann, who won both ski jump events in Vancouver in 2010 and was aiming for a record fifth title, didn't crack the top ten.
We were hoping some good footage of Stoch's jump would emerge and one Polish fan did not disappoint. Without further ado, Sochi meet ski jump meet R. Kelly.
3:15 p.m.: RESULT: We're still in the preliminary rounds of women's hockey, but earlier today, Sweden beat Japan (1-0) and Russia beat Germany (4-1) before a raucous Sochi crowd. With all this emphasis on #SochiProblems, maybe more consideration should be given to the Sochi volunteers, who never seem at loss for odd tasks.
2:02 p.m.: RESULT: Sometimes, the winners are lugers. Take Felix Loch for example. The 24-year-old German luger won his second straight gold medal in the men's singles luge, easily outsliding the competition. Here's what he looked like on his run:
A very honorable mention goes to 40-year-old Armin Zoeggeler of Italy who won his sixth(!) Olympic medal for luging, snagging the bronze this year. That's one medal across six different Winter Games.
As we noted earlier this week, Americans tend to fare badly in the luge and Germans tend to do well. This year was no different. The top American finisher was Chris Mazdzer, who placed 13th. But if you've ever been curious to know what it actually feels like to luge at high speeds, Mazdzer uploaded a point-of-view video of himself in a Sochi practice run earlier this week.
1:41 p.m.: Figure skater Evgeni Plushenko, who helped lead Russia to gold today, is a polarizing figure. Both beloved and maligned for his age, his histrionics, his ego (he once designed himself a platinum medal for the love of God), and his tendency to injury easily, Plushenko was considered a "gamble" by the Russian squad in Sochi this year. His hero status is now secure:
The president congratulates Plushenko (AP photo) pic.twitter.com/LaK7GmNyv4— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) February 9, 2014
Here is another one of Plushenko's best moments (h/t Lindsay Gibbs) as a spokesman for Chupa Chups Russian lollipops:
1:12 p.m.: The men's singles luge and the men's ski jump are the only contests left to be settled today. Here is an updated medal count.
11:57 a.m.: RESULT: The Russians have clinched their first gold medal in the first-ever team figure skating competition. Evgeni Pluschenko and Yulia Lipnitskayan delivered strong enough performances to render the third discipline (freedance) moot. It looks like the Americans will finish with a bronze medal.
NBCSN ignoring it thus far, but team figure skating results are set: Russia gold, Canada silver, USA bronze.— Tim Warsinskey (@TimsTakeCLE) February 9, 2014
NBC might be waiting on Cuyahoga County before they call it.
11:29 a.m.: RESULT: Slovakia jumped into the medal mix after Anastasiya Kuzmina defended her title in the women's 7.5-kilometer biathlon sprint. How fast was she?Russian skiier Olga Vilukhina, the silver medalist, finished 20 seconds after Kuzmina did. In yesterday's men's biathlon, the top five finishers all reached the end within ten seconds of each other.
10:20 a.m.: RESULT: Swiss cross-country skiier Dario Cologna, who may have one of the best names in this year's Olympics, has scored the gold in the men's 30-kilometer skiathlon. His countryman and fellow Olympian Roger Federer gave him a warm shoutout:
9:14 a.m.: RESULT: How long would it take you to skate about two miles? If you're aspiring for Olympic gold, the answer is four minutes flat. That's how it long it took Dutch skater Ireen Wüst to skate the 3000-meter race this morning. After winning gold in 2006 in Turin, Wüst finished seventh in 2010. She responded today by ousting Czech Martina Sablikova, her rival and the defending champion.
Next weekend, Wüst will skate again as she tries to defend her gold medal in the 1500-meter race.
8:44 a.m.: RESULT: The Americans did sweep the first-ever slopestyling events after California-born Jamie Anderson managed what's being described as a "flawless" run (the best of her two scores was 95.25 out of 100).
If you haven't had your morning coffee yet, here's a readymade jolt from Anderson on the slope:
In related news, British snowboarder Jenny Jones finished with the bronze, giving Britain its very first snow medal in the 90 years of the Winter Games. Jones had previously worked as a maid at a ski resort.
3:40 a.m.: RESULT: Austria's Matthias Mayer of Austria nabs the gold medal by .06 seconds in an upset. For perspective, the difference in time between first place and seventh place was .49 seconds.
3:28 a.m.: Bode Miller strikes out after going wide in the middle of the course.
"A dejected Bode Miller reflects on the final downhill run of his Olympic career." (CNN) pic.twitter.com/DMnNkBDfp9— Rebecca L. Stollman (@rlstollman) February 9, 2014
Here's a look at the Olympic medal count at the start of the second day:
Sunday's Scheduled Events (All listed times are Eastern):
Alpine Skiing Men’s Downhill: 2:00 a.m.
Biathlon Women’s 7.5 km Sprint: 9:30 a.m.
Cross-Country Men’s Skiathlon 15 km Classic + 15 km Free: 5:00 a.m.
Figure Skating Team Men Free Skating: 10:00 a.m.
Figure Skating Team Ladies Free Skating: 11:05 a.m.
Figure Skating Team Pairs Free Skating: 12:10 p.m.
Ice Hockey Women’s Preliminary Group B, SWE vs. JPN: 3:00 a.m.
Ice Hockey Women’s Preliminary Group B, RUS vs. GER: 8:00 a.m.
Luge Men’s Singles Run 3: 9:30 a.m.
Luge Men’s Singles Run 4: 11:30 a.m.
Ski Jumping Men’s Normal Hill Individual First Round: 12:30 p.m.
Ski Jumping Men’s Normal Hill Individual Final Round: 1:35 p.m.
Snowboard Ladies’ Slopestyle Semifinals: 1:30 a.m.
Snowboard Ladies’ Slopestyle Finals: 4:15 a.m.
Speedskating Ladies’ 3000 m: 6:30 a.m.
Television listings can be found here.
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