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Olympic Roundup: Norway Racks Up Medals, Johnny Quinn Escapes The Bathroom

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02/10/2014 10:49 am
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Olympic Roundup: Norway Racks Up Medals, Johnny Quinn Escapes The Bathroom
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Sean Strehle

Sports Correspondent

In case you were busy Sunday night watching The Walking Dead or the Beatles Tribute, here’s the recap on what you missed on the first two official days of the Winter Games. Sochi was home to an action-packed weekend that saw Russia snag its first gold of the Games, the US capture two gold medals of its own, and an American bobsledder make headlines off the ice. In what has been a continuing theme from Sochi, the hotel amenities have lacked a little something according to various media accounts. Add American bobsledder Johnny Quinn to the list of Sochi visitors disappointed in the conditions there. After finishing in the shower, he found he was locked inside his bathroom. Quinn resorted to what any other bobsledder under distress would do: rely on his training, and bust that door down! According to Quinn’s Twitter account, he used his “bobsled push training” to set himself free. Judging by the picture below, that door may not have needed the strength of an Olympian to destroy that.
Via Johnny Quinn's Twitter Via @JohnnyQuinnUSA Twitter
The early events of the weekend heavily favored the Scandinavian countries which propelled Norway to an early lead in the medal count. Norway took down medals in cross-country skiing and the biathalon. The Netherlands is known for many things. Tulips being one of them. Really fast ice skaters is another. Ireen Wust won the 3000 Meters on Sunday, while countryman Sven Kramer captured gold in the 5000 Meters. Netherlands swept the medals on the men’s side. The Americans had a pretty good weekend, racking up four medals. Thank the American snowboarders for the first two Gold Medals of the Winter Games, as Sage Kotsenberg took gold for the men on Saturday and Jamie Anderson represented the American women. Hannah Kearney picked up the bronze in Women’s Moguls. The American Team grabbed the bronze in the Team Skate program, highlighted by great performances from Olympics newcomer Gracie Gold and veteran dancers, Meryl Davis and Charlie White. The Russians earned their first Gold of the games in the Team Skate program. Their performance was a bounce back from the Vancouver games, and showed off its newest prodigy skater Yulia Lipnitskaya. Still ten days away, the individual figure skating events should be a compelling showdown between Lipnitskaya and Gracie Gold. In other events to keep an eye on in the near future….
  • Bode Miller finished 8th in the Alpine downhill on Sunday. He was bidding to join Apollo Anton Ono as one of the most decorated winter Olympians ever, but will have to wait for his other events to achieve history.
  • The US Women won their first game of the Games against Finland. Keep an eye on the odds-on favorite Americans as they look to a Finals matchup against the Canadian squad on the final Sunday of the Fames.
  • Day 3 of the Sochi Games features plenty of Curling action, with the USA Women going against Switzerland, and the Men facing Norway. The Women hockey team faces off against Switzerland as well.
  • Shani Davis begins his Olympic campaign as Short-Track Speedskating gets underway.
  • Julia Mancuso sees action as America’s best chance of medalling in the Women’s Super Combined skiing.

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