Warm weather in the mountains greets racers in Sochi
This is about the most decorated women's alpine skier in U.S. history, and it's not about Lindsey Vonn.
Julia Mancuso now has four Olympic medals (one gold, two silver, one bronze) after finishing third in the super combined at Rhosa Khutor. Mancuso took the downhill lead and battled through the slalom for the bronze medal. Maria Riesch of Germany won the gold; Nicole Hosp of Austria took silver.
With a World Cup season-best seventh place to say Mancuso enjoys the biggest stage in winter sports is an understatement.
Elsewhere today...J.R. Celski finished fourth in the 1500m race in short track speedskating at the Iceberg Skating Palace Monday afternoon. Charles Hamelin of Canada took gold.
Yesterday....Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the ice dance free program and Team USA took the bronze medal as the team figure skating event concluded in Sochi's Coastal Cluster Sunday evening.
A milestone with a local connection, saw Norway's Marit Bjoergen win gold in the cross country skiathlon. It was Bjoergen's fourth Olympic gold, making her the most successful Olympic athlete in the country's history. The skier surpassed the three Olympic gold achieved by figure skater Sonja Henie.
Last night the men's luge race concluded with 24 year old Felix Loch of Germany winning his second straight gold medal. Loch defeated two competitors in their 40s. Albert Demchenko, 42, before his home fans, picked up silver, while 40 year old Armin Zoeggeler of Italy, race to the bronze.
For Zoeggeler it was his sixth consecutive Olympic medal (two gold, one silver, three bronze), making him the sport's most decorated athlete. He'll race in this week's team relay, and will try to retire with seventh Olympic medal.
Finally, the U.S. women's hockey team, after opening with a 3-1 victory over Finland, has defeated Switzerland 9-0. Amanda Kessel, Monique Lamoureuxand Kendall Coyne each scored twice for the U.S.
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