For the past week, weather in Sochi has been warm —warmer, in fact, than it has been in much of the United States. On Monday, Olympic spectators watched heavy fog roll over the mountains. The weather caused delays in some events, while the rest of the Games shined on.
As of Tuesday, Day 11 of the Games, the U.S. and the Netherlands were tied for number of medals. Each country had 20 medals total, including six gold medals. For now, the Netherlands holds the first-place spot because the country has six silver medals over the U.S.’s four. But with five days left until the closing ceremonies, it remains anyone’s Olympics to win.
A Lifelong Dream
On Monday, Meryl Davis and Charlie White became the first Americans to win an ice dance gold medal. The pair has been skating together for 17 years. After the win, White told reporters, "That in itself justified 17 years of hard work.”
David and White were up against Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, of Canada. The Canadian ice skaters, who train in Detroit with the same coach as Davis and White, took gold in the 2010 Olympics and were considered the Americans’ biggest competitors. Virtue and Moir took home Silver. White says facing the competitive pair helped. "We wanted to fight for the best performance we could give and we did that,” White said. “You dream of this for so long, work so hard, and they worked hard, too.”
Over the weekend, Team U.S.A. also snagged a medal in the two-man bobsled for the first time in 62 years. Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton won bronze, even though Holcomb had a leg injury.
On the slopes, American skier Bode Miller’s hard work paid off as well. The 36-year-old tied for the bronze medal in the men’s Super G. This was Miller’s sixth career Olympic medal, the most won by any U.S. Alpine skier. Miller had an emotional interview following the win. "If it's not the most important race of my life, it's right there with it," Miller told USA Today. "I had a lot to show."
In women’s hockey, the U.S. and Canada won their respective semifinals and will face off for the gold medal on Thursday. On the men’s side, the biggest win for the U.S. came on February 15. The game wasn’t for a medal, but hockey fans were on the edge of their seats anyway. The U.S. faced off against Russia in a nail-biting shoot off. T.J. Oshie of Team U.S.A scored four times during the eight-round shootout but was humble about the victory. “The real American heroes are wearing camo,” he told reporters. “That’s not me.” The rival teams could meet again in Sochi during the gold- or bronze-medal match.
The closing ceremonies will be held Sunday, February 23. To follow the medal count, click here for TFK’s medal chart.