SOCHI DAILY NEWS: Sunday Feb. 23
SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING HIGHLIGHTS
- 17 individual athletes won Olympic medal, matching record set in Vancouver.
- Eight individual athletes won gold, the most ever (previous best six in Vancouver).
- U.S. athletes won six of 12 medals, including three of four gold, in the new freeskiing events of halfpipe and slopestyle skiing, highlighted by a sweep of the men’s slopestyle medals and sweep of the men’s and women’s halfpipe skiing gold.
- U.S. athletes swept men’s and women’s gold in new event of slopestyle snowboarding.
- Bode Miller won his sixth Olympic medal, putting him second on all-time U.S. Winter Olympians list (Apolo Anton Ohno leads with eight) and second on all-time skiing list (Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway leads with eight).
- Julia Mancuso extended her record with the most Olympic medals by a U.S. woman skier or snowboarder now with four.
- Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest women’s slalom Olympic champion.
- The dramatic conclusion of alpine skiing featured an impressive 13th by Nolan Kasper to top the results for Team USA during an incredibly difficult nighttime slalom finale.
- Ted Ligety skied into sixth place in his first run and put forth a heroic effort to tame the wild course, but he missed a gate and went out halfway through his second run.
- Five of the top eight skiers did not finish their second run on the tight course set by Croatian legend Ante Kostelic. The warm temperatures softened the snow throughout the night, which became rutted, bumpy and unsupportable during the second run. The close gates and challenging snow were too difficult for many of the world’s top athletes.
- The men return to the World Cup circuit in Innsbruck Feb. 25 for a nations cup team event and then to Kvitfjell, Norway for two downhill races and a super G Feb. 28 – March 3.
- Liz Stephen led Team USA Saturday when she skied to 24th in a warm and sunny 30k mass start freestyle race, the final women’s cross country event.
- Team USA athletes held strong in the main pack during the first 8-10k, but they lost the pack after the first ski exchange and were not able to close the gap again.
- Three U.S. women finished within the top 30, including Holly Brooks and Kikkan Randall in 27th and 28th respectively. Jessie Diggins put down a solid effort to finish 40th.
- Coaches and athletes anticipated a softening course throughout the race and elected to swap out skis to match the deteriorating conditions. The snow remained surprisingly firm throughout, however, and the women that did not exchange accumulated a huge lead.
- Brian Gregg, Kris Freeman, Noah Hoffman and Torin Koos are set to race the 50k mass start freestyle event Sunday to wrap up the 2014 Games.
- Justin Reiter showed potential Saturday in the Olympic debut of snowboarding parallel slalom before he was disqualified in the seeding round, ending his chance for a medal.
- Reiter took a tight line and cut inside a gate during his first seeding run. The mistake was so minimal that Reiter did not realize it until he was in the start for his second seeding run, where he was told that he had been disqualified.
- The 2013 World Snowboard Championships silver medalist was named to the Olympic Team after scoring a World Cup podium in Sudelfeld, Germany in January, but has been working toward the Olympics since childhood.
Gold - Ted Ligety, giant slalom
Gold – Mikaela Shiffrin, slalom
Silver – Andrew Weibrecht, super G
Bronze – Julia Mancuso, super combined
Bronze – Bode Miller, super G
Gold – Joss Christensen, slopestyle
Gold – Maddie Bowman, halfpipe
Gold – David Wise, halfpipe
Silver – Gus Kenworthy, slopestyle
Silver – Devin Logan, slopestyle
Bronze – Nick Goepper, slopestyle
Bronze – Hannah Kearney, moguls
Gold – Jamie Anderson, slopestyle
Gold – Kaitlyn Farrington, halfpipe
Gold – Sage Kotsenburg, slopestyle
Bronze – Kelly Clark, halfpipe
Bronze – Alex Deibold, snowboardcross
Throughout the Games, every skiing and snowboarding event will be streamed LIVE on Stream.NBCOlympics.com and via the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app (iPhone/iPad | Android).
NBC Live Streaming Schedule (all times EST)
12:00 a.m. – Mens 50 km free mass start