Sochi Olympics Liveblog, Day 5

Today, snowboarding women take on the worst halfpipe on the face of the earth.

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Tons of stuff going on in day five of the Sochi Olympics. American skier Julia Mancuso, who won the downhill portion of the super-combined, earning a bronze medal overall, is a favorite to medal in the alpine skiing downhill today.

Elsewhere, Shani Davis has the chance to tie the American record for most career speed skating medals if he earns one in the men's 1000m. Men's hockey also gets its start, though neither the U.S. or Russia are playing, so you'll have to wait a bit longer for that rivalry to heat up.

The real story though will probably be the women's snowboard halfpipe competition. The halfpipe is already controversial; seemingly less a halfpipe and more of a hellish crater of snow and ice from which no man or woman can emerge unscathed. Will the American favorite Kelly Clark achieve what Shaun White could not?


12:30 p.m.: RESULTS: The Germans won the double luge because the Germans win everything in luge.

11:05 a.m.: RESULTS: Two quick updates from this morning. Stefan Groothuis won Gold in the Men's 1000m Speed Skating race. (American Shani Davis finished eighth.) And Eric Frenzel of Germany won the Nordic Combined. (That's ski jumping, plus a 10K Cross Country race.)

Currently underway: Pairs Figure Skating free skate and the double luge finals. Canada also beat the U.S. in Women's Ice Hockey this morning, but it's just a preliminary round so no need to panic yet, Yankees.

7:29 a.m.: U.S. snowboarder Arielle Gold dislocated her shoulder during a training session  and won't compete during the halfpipe event, according to NBC.

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6:27 a.m.: Switzerland's Dominique Gisin and Slovenia's Tina Maze tied for the gold medal in the women's downhill skiing event, a rare occasion in the Olympics and a first for this sport. Switzerland nabbed another medal with athlete Lara Gut, who got the bronze. Julia Mancuso, for the record, came in 8th place.


Here's the medal count as we head into day five.

Wednesday’s Schedule of Events (All listed times are Eastern):

Curling Men's Prelims: 12 a.m.

Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill: 2 a.m.

Women's Ice Hockey, Switzerland vs. Finland: 3 a.m.

Nordic Combined Men's Individual Normal Hill: 4:30 a.m.

Nordic Combined Men's Individual 10 km: 7:30 a.m.

Curling Women's Prelims: 5 a.m.

Snowboard Women's Halfpipe Qualifying: 5 a.m.

Snowboard Women's Halfpipe Semifinal: 10 a.m.

Snowboard Women's Halfpipe Final: 12:30 p.m.

Women's Ice Hockey, USA vs. Canada: 7:30 a.m.

Speed Skating Men's 1000m: 9 a.m.

Luge Doubles: 9:15 a.m.

Figure Skating Pairs Free Skate: 10:45 a.m.

Men's Ice Hockey, Czech Republic vs. Sweden: 12 p.m.

Men's Ice Hockey, Latvia vs. Switzerland: 12 p.m.

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