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Farrington saves the day: Team USA's Day 5 recap
After Day 5 started off disappointingly with speed skater Shani Davis finishing off the podium in the men's 1000m, the day's final event brought the Americans a gold and bronze medal in the women's halfpipe. See how the Americans fared on Day 5 as they pulled within three of Norway in the medal count.
Snowboarding: Women's halfpipe
Going into the women’s halfpipe final on Wednesday, the Americans had experienced multiple disappointments, including Shaun White and Shani Davis not reaching the podium and a two-day gold medal drought. That all came to a glorious end for Team USA on Wednesday night, as Idaho-born Kaitlyn Farrington won the gold and teammate Kelly Clark took home the bronze.
The Salt Lake City resident edged out the defending Olympic champion, Australia’s Torah Bright, by a quarter of a point on her way to the gold medal. The U.S. just missed out on a podium sweep, with 2006 Olympic champion Hannah Teter placing fourth.
The victory gave the U.S. its third gold in Sochi, all coming in snowboarding (Sage Kotsenburg and Jamie Anderson in slopestyle).
PHOTOS: Kaitlyn Farrington wins halfpipe gold
Embedded owg_slideshow: Through the lens: Kaitlyn Farrington wins Olympic gold in women's halfpipe
Alpine Skiing: Women's downhill
For the first time in Olympic history two Alpine skiers tied for the gold medal. Slovenia’s Tina Maze and her Swiss rival, Dominique Gisin, both finished with the exact same time and as a result were both awarded a gold medal. Switzerland’s Lara Gut took the bronze, finishing only 0.1 seconds behind the gold medal duo.
American Julia Mancuso finished eighth overall after crossing the finish line 0.99 seconds behind the winners. Mancuso will have to wait until the women’s super-G on Saturday for another shot at a medal. Fellow compatriots Laurenne Ross finished 11th, Stacey Cook ended up in 17th and Jacqueline Wiles came in 26th.
PHOTOS: Top images of Day 5
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Figure Skating: Pairs free program
The Russian figure skating revival continued with a gold and silver medal, respectively, for the Russian pairs teams of Tatyana Volosozhar/Maksim Trankov and Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov. Russia or the Soviet Union had a streak of gold in the pairs event for 12 straight Olympics, but failed to win a medal of any color in pairs at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The German team of Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, four-time world champions, took bronze.
The American pairs teams improved on the U.S.’s showing in Vancouver, but only slightly—Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir placed in 9th and Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay finished in 12th place. The solid performances and season’s best scores out of both teams still gave them reasons to be proud.
PHOTOS: Figure skating long program
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Speed Skating: Men's 1000m
American Shani Davis won the 1000m distance at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, and was bidding to become the first American man to win three Winter Olympic golds in an individual event. He had attempted to tune up for today’s event by competing in the 500m on Monday, but ultimately finished eighth in Wednesday's 1000m final at Adler Arena. Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands came in first.
Davis produced a time of 1:09.12 that placed him eighth, .73 of a second behind Groothuis. American, Brian Hansen, finished one spot behind Davis in ninth (1:09.21).
PHOTOS: Men's 1000m
Embedded owg_slideshow: Stefan Groothuis wins gold in the 1000m
Women's hockey: U.S. vs. Canada
The U.S. women’s team was able to bottle up Canada’s offensive attack for the first two periods of today's much-anticipated game, but their rivals pulled away in the final frame, ultimately winning 3-2. United States forward Hilary Knight gave her team a 1-0 lead, giving her a goal in every U.S. game so far (three in three contests). Anne Schelper scored a second goal with a little more than a minute left and Jessie Vetter made some big saves, but neither efforts were enough to secure a win.
This game was more about measuring the two team’s progress against each other than larger Olympic implications, as the two powers are expected to cruise past their semifinal matchups on Monday to the gold medal game and meet once again.
WATCH: Canada comeback decides game
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Germany’s Eric Frenzel powered through both the ski jumping and cross-country course to take home the gold in the Nordic combined individual normal hill. Frenzel, last year’s World Cup champion, began the 10-kilometer cross-country race with a six-second advantage over Japan’s Akito Watabe, who captured the silver medal. Norwegian Magnus Krog earned the bronze medal. American Billy Demong, a 2010 Olympic gold medal winner, finished 24th overall, ahead of fellow compatriot Bryan Fletcher, who finished 26th, and Todd Lodwick, who did not compete in the cross-country portion after finishing 34th in the ski jumping portion.
PHOTOS: Nordic combined individual normal hill
Embedded owg_slideshow: Eric Frenzel of Germany wins gold in the individual normal hill final
The U.S. women’s curling team, skipped by Erika Brown, suffered a 7-4 defeat at the hands of China, falling to a 0-4 record for the tournament. If the American team stands any chance to advance to the semi-finals they would most likely need to win all five remaining round-robin matches. The American team is in dead last, while both the Swiss and Canadian teams lead the pack at 3-0. The women’s team will attempt to win their first match tomorrow against Japan.
The U.S. men’s curling team led by John Shuster snapped their own losing streak after being defeated in the first two matches. The men’s team defeated Denmark 9-5, with five of their points coming from steals. The men will play Great Britain on Thursday morning.
PHOTOS: Day 5 Medal Ceremonies
Embedded owg_slideshow: Photos: Medal Ceremony on Day 5
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