Shani Davis scores silver in 1,500
More medals – but no gold – for Shani Davis, Lindsey Vonn and Apolo Anton Ohno.
One couldn’t "man up," one "backed off the gas pedal" and one had to "crank it up" to make history.
Ohno’s bronze in the 1,000-meter short-track final broke a tie with Bonnie Blair as the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian. Ohno has seven career medals, including a silver in the 1,500 from earlier in these games. His medals are the most of any short-track skater.
Lee Jung-su of
Ohno appeared relieved as he crossed the finish line, having skated near the back of the pack early in the nine-lap race. Ohno briefly moved up to second, then dropped to last with three laps to go, forcing his rally near the end.
"When I moved up into second place, in my head I thought that the race was mine and I felt great," he said. "Then I slipped and lost all my speed again. I saw everybody flying by me and I’m like, ‘Oh boy, there’s not a lot of time. I’m going to have to kind of crank it up."’
Davis won silver in 1,500-meter speedskating for the second straight Olympics to go with the two consecutive golds he’s earned in the 1,000.
His expected duel with fellow American Chad Hedrick – an unexpected bronze medalist in the 1,000 – never materialized. Hedrick faded on his last lap and was sixth in a race won by Mark Tuitert of the
"I just couldn’t man up and do it," Davis said. "I wasn’t strong enough for the victory."
Vonn settled for bronze in the super-G.
Tuitert, skating in the third pair from the end, posted a time of 1 minute, 45.57 seconds, then watched nervously as it stood up.
Davis, the world record holder at this distance, went last but had to settle for silver in 1:46.10. Havard Bokko of
Tuitert came in ranked only fifth on the World Cup circuit at this distance.
"It all came together in this race," he said.
In the 1,500 in Turin,
"It’s the second time in a row that Shani and I have gotten this race stolen from us," Hedrick said. "We go in as heavy favorites each time, and it is some special skater every time that comes in."
Vonn conceded she let up at the end – and it cost her.
While many of the favorites struggled with a sharp right turn midway down, Vonn made it through that section without a problem. She then lost nearly half a second on the bottom section.
"Once I got past those difficult sections, I kind of backed off the gas pedal," Vonn said. "I felt like I just didn’t ski as aggressively as I could have, and I think that’s where I lost the race."
The Austrians, who won 14 Alpine medals including four golds in Turin, had gotten off to a slow start. Elisabeth Goergl’s bronze in the downhill had been their only medal. Fischbacher was reduced to tears after placing fourth in the downhill, finishing 0.03 seconds behind Goergl.
"At first I was really sad," Fischbacher said. "Then I was just saying, ‘OK, maybe I make it in the super-G."’
Her coach, Juergen Kriechbaum, set the super-G course according to International Ski Federation rules that rotate the job to correspond with the higher-ranked super-G skiers. Fischbacher navigated her way down Franz’s Run in 1 minute, 20.14 seconds. Maze was 0.49 behind, and Vonn was 0.74 back.
Vonn had already wrapped up the season-long World Cup super-G title by winning three of the five races so far; Fischbacher was third in the event standings.
On Saturday, she was denied a sweep of the speed events. Depending on how her bruised right shin holds up, the American still has two events remaining in Vancouver – giant slalom and slalom.
Zhou Yang of
Zhou breezed to the finish line in 2 minutes, 16.993 seconds, well ahead of Lee Eun-byul of
American Katherine Reutter finished fourth.
Ammann put down the best jump in both rounds. He used his disputed bindings again, beating four Austrians who weren’t happy about his equipment.
Polish veteran Adam Malysz took silver, and 20-year-old Austrian Gregor Schlierenzauer earned bronze – the exact same finish as in the normal hill jump a week ago.
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He was timed in 1 hour, 15 minutes, 11.4 seconds.
Lange completed his two runs down the menacing Whistler Sliding Center track in 1 minute, 43.31 seconds. The three-time gold medalist and longtime brakeman Kevin Kuske led by 0.11 seconds over countrymen Thomas Florschuetz and Richard Adjei.
American Steve Holcomb was in fourth place, just 0.12 from medal contention.
There were four crashes on the first day of bobsled competition, including one involving
Both American teams are on winning streaks after rough starts.
The women have won two straight matches after opening 0-3. Debbie McCormick’s U.S. team beat Britain 6-5 in an extra 11th end.
The men also won in an extra end, beating
The finals for women’s freestyle aerials will be missing defending champion Evelyn Leu of
Leu fell on her second of two jumps in the qualifying round and did not make the final 12. Alla Tsuper of
No American had advanced past qualifying since 1998. This time, three made it to the Wednesday’s final: Emily Cook, Lacy Schnoor and 16-year-old Ashley Caldwell.
Romano Lemm scored 2:28 into overtime to lift
Marian Hossa scored early in the second period, helping
Thousands of mourners flocked to the yard of Nodar Kumaritashvili’s family for a traditional funeral in Bakuriani,
"I wanted to throw a wedding feast for you," he said. "Instead, we have a funeral."
The 21-year-old luger died in a crash hours before the opening ceremony. He is to be buried in the cemetery of a tiny church in the snowy Alpine village.