Day two of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, which took place on Feb. 9, featured plenty of action by American athletes, who competed in a wide range of events from the first-ever medal round final of women's snowboard slopestyle to team figure skating to men's luge.
The day's biggest star of all was snowboarder Jamie Anderson, who captured the inaugural gold medal in women's slopestyle just a day after team USA's Sage Kotsenburg stunned the world by winning the men's event.
Also earning a medal in an event making its Olympic debut at the 2014 Games was the figure skating team, which claimed the bronze thanks to standout Feb. 9 performances by U.S. national champion Gracie Gold and world champion ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, whose free dance set a new world record with a sky-high score of 114.34.
Although the U.S. did not medal in most events, some athletes delivered noteworthy performances. In alpine skiing, Travis Ganong was the surprise U.S. standout in the men's downhill competition, which saw pre-event favorite Bode Miller finish a disappointing eighth after cloudy conditions affected his ability to see the course at Rosa Khutor. Although Ganong did not medal, he finished a solid fifth, trailing winner Matthias Mayer of Austria by just .41 and bronze medalist Kjetil Jansrud of Norway by .31. He tweeted excitement over this stellar time and what it will mean for his participation in the Feb. 16 super-g, writing "5th place in the Olympic Downhill today!!!! Fired up that was fun and oh so close to a medal!!!!! Building momentum for the SG!!! #teamusa #Sochi"
Long track speed skater Jilleanne Rookard finished 10th in the women's 3,000 meter distance, while Chris Mazdzer gave the U.S. its highest placement of the day in luge by finishing 13th in the men's individual final. In biathlon, Susan Dunklee came in 14th in the women's 7.5 km sprint, while Noah Hoffman posted the best finish in the men's cross country skiathlon by coming in 35th.
Day three action from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi begins at 9 PM Pacific time on Feb. 9 with the debut of curling.