After 10 days of events at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the United States remains in the top five in medal count. Currently Team USA is tied for first place with the Netherlands with a total of 20 medals. The U.S. has won six gold medals, four silver and ten bronze which includes last night’s third place finish by the U.S. men’s two-man bobsled team.
Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton made Olympic history when they won the bronze. The United States has not medaled in the two-man bobsledding event since 1952 when Stanley Benham and Patrick Martin won the silver. Holcomb piloted the USA-1 bobsled designed by BMW despite having injured his calf on Sunday. Monday’s win is his second historic win for Team USA, he broke the U.S. medal drought win he won the gold in the four-man bobsled event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
While the Olympic dream came true for Langton and Holcomb, other notable U.S. athletes will leave the games disappointed. Lindsey Jacobellis regarded as one of the world’s best snowboarders came so close to the gold. Jacobellis had performed well in the first two qualifying heats on Sunday, however in the semi-final a cruel twist of fate would dash her Olympic dream. At the start of the heat Jacobellis took control and was in the lead and only two turns from the finish that would advance her to the medal event. Some have reported that the pressures or her lack of mental and physical preparedness caused her to fall just seconds from a first place finish. It would be the second consecutive time she’d miss her chance at a medal.
I’ll probably win my next event... Timing. I’ve just had bad timing.
- Lindsey Jacobellis, NBCOlympics.com
Another popular snowboarder also failed to meet the expectations the world put on his shoulders. Nicknamed the Flying Tomato, U.S. snowboarder Shaun White caused shockwaves among his fans when he failed to qualify. White who no longer sports his signature long red tresses stuck out in the men’s halfpipe which just goes to prove; there are no guaranteed wins at the Olympic Games.
You can watch all the action of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi on the NBC networks and online at nbcolympics.com.