Things heat up on day 11 of these Olympics (and not in the bad way that's been plaguing these games).
The day starts off bright and early with a curling tie-breaker between Norway and Great Britain. It's got all the usual excitement of curling with the added tension of a tie-breaker. Sure to be a real barnburner.
Elsewhere, there's the Snowboard Cross finals, which should have happened yesterday, but were postponed due to heavy fog. There are four Americans competing, but none of them are 2010 Vancouver champion Seth Westcott, so the title is up in the air.
The women's ice hockey medal race is also underway, with matches to determine 7th place and 5th place happening today. The American and Canadian teams don't face off for the gold until Thursday. Men's hockey, finished with group play, now gets to the playoff portion of the games.
1:33 p.m.: RESULTS: American David Wise, the first athlete to qualify for the U.S. team, won the gold medal in the halfpipe skiing event. Canadian Mike Riddle earned the silver, and Kevin Rolland, of France, took the bronze. Wise's win is historic for the U.S. team:
Wise has made headlines over the past few months for being a family man -- the 23-year-old has a toddler with his wife -- becoming both a media darling and favorite leading up to the event.
10:55 a.m.: One more note about the Dutch dominance. The country now has 20 total medals, more than any other nation in 2014. The 19 speed skating medals alone would tie them for the overall Olympic lead with the United States and Russia. (Their 6 golds still trails Germany's 8.)
10:45 a.m.: RESULTS: It's another speed skating sweep for the Netherlands, as they take all 3 spots on the podium in the 10,000m. It's their 19 medal in just 9 events, and four even sweep. World-record holder Sven Kramer (who had the top time, but was disqualified in 2010, for skating in the wrong lane) faded late and finished second, but his countryman Jorrit Bergsma set a new Olympic record in winning gold. Bob de Jong finished third.
8:00 a.m.: What's happening now? At 8:00 Eastern we have the men's 10,000m speed skating race (that Norway has already conceded to the Dutch) and in non-medal action, Russia's men's ice hockey team is up against Norway for the chance to go the quarterfinals. The only other medal to be awarded today is freestyle skiing halfpipe, at 12:30 p.m.
7:45 a.m.: RESULTS: A couple more early morning results to tell you about, Norway has snagged another gold medal in biathlon, with Emil Hegle Svendsen winning the Men's 15km race. He barely edged out France's Martin Fourcade in a furious sprint to the finish, while Ondrej Moravec of Czech Republic took bronze. They got two more medals in Nordic Combined (Large Hill/10km), with Joergen Graabak and Magnus Hovdal Moan getting Gold and Silver. (Fabian Riessle of Germany was third.)
Meanwhile, in short track speed skating, Korea beat out Canada and Italy to take Gold in the 3,000m relay.
6:43 a.m.: RESULTS: Slovenia's Tina Maze nabbed the gold medal in the women's giant slalom event, beating out Austria's Anna Fenninger, who got the silver, and defending champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, who came in third. This is Maze's second gold medal in the Winter Olympics, so far.
3:07 a.m.: RESULTS: France has taken the gold in the men's snowboard cross final. Russia's Nikolay Olyunin took silver and American Alex Deibold took home the bronze (after a wild finish in his semifinal heat)
Here's the medal count as we head into the final stretch of these games.
Tuesday's Schedule of Events (All listed times are Eastern):
Curling Men's Tie-breaker, Norway vs. Great Britain: 12 a.m.
Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom, Run 1 of 2: 12:30 a.m.
Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom, Run 2 of 2: 4 a.m.
Men's Snowboard Cross 1/8 Finals: 1:30 a.m.
Men's Snowboard Cross Quarterfinals: 1:45 a.m.
Men's Snowboard Cross Semifinals: 2 a.m.
Men's Snowboard Cross Finals: 2:15 a.m.
Men's Hockey, Slovenia vs. Austria: 3 a.m.
Women's Hockey, Germany vs. Japan: 3 a.m.
Speed Skating Women's 1,000m Heats: 4:30 a.m.
Nordic Combined Individual Large Hill Ski Jumping: 4:30 a.m.
Nordic Combined Individual Large Hill Cross-Country: 7 a.m.
Speed Skating Men's 500m Heats: 5:15 a.m.
Biathlon Men's 15km Mass Start: 5:30 a.m.
Speed Skating Women's 3,000m Relay Finals: 5:55 a.m.
Women's Hockey, Finland vs. Russia: 7:30 a.m.
Men's Hockey, Russia vs. Norway: 7:30 a.m.
Speed Skating Men's 10,000m: 8 a.m.
Freestyle Skiing Men's Ski Halfpipe Qualifying: 8:45 a.m.
Freestyle Skiing Men's Ski Halfpipe Final: 12:30 p.m.
Bobsled Women's Run 1 of 4: 10:15 a.m.
Bobsled Women's Run 2 of 4: 11:15 a.m.
Men's Hockey, Switzerland vs. Latvia: 12 p.m.
Men's Hockey, Czech Republic vs. Slovakia: 12 p.m.
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