Team USA made history in Sochi again, but it wasn’t who the whole world suspected who did it. Team America sucks at Curling, and as of this very second, Johnny Quinn has made his way through Sochi today without being impeded by those pesky doors and elevators. Let’s break down Tuesday’s Olympic action from Sochi.
For the uninitiated, curling is a winter pursuit in which two teams of four compete to guide their polished granite stones into a target of four concentric circles. The goal is to get the stones close to the center. Someone should let the Americans in on this apparently well-guarded secret. The men and women of the United States have combined to go 0-5 in this year’s Games, and have looked pretty dismal in doing so. America is historically futile in the sport, notching only one medal ever, compared to Sweden and Canada who are both two-time defending champions.
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Another winter event that America has historically failed in is the death defying Luge. Americans have traditionally excelled in events with more traditional athletic prowess. Speed skating, downhill skiing, even figure skating. For whatever reason, Germany, Switzerland and other European countries are much more skilled at sliding down a sheet of ice at crazy fast speeds. But that all changed in Sochi! New York native Erin Hamlin had some really nice runs, and ended up good enough for America’s first ever luge medal. Hamlin managed to stay at the heels of German sliders Natalie Geisenberger and Tatjana Huefner, but eventually had to settle for the bronze.
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Oh, and by the way, Shaun White’s reign as the world’s best snowboarder has ended with a thud. After qualifying with the top spot in the first run, the Flying Tomato still had his work cut out to grab the gold. His first run of the finals was lackluster, missing on at least one trick, and almost completely losing it on another. With the proverbial target on his back, the world gave its all against White and the favored Americans. Iouri Podladchikov of Switzerland and a pair of Japanese boarders were all that stood in the way of White and a third consecutive Halfpipe Gold. White was the final competitor of the event and needed a 92.6 to reach the podium, but fell short by a couple points. White’s YOLO Flip didn’t match the technical execution of Podladchikov’s, and that proved to be the difference in the finals.
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Wednesday should prove to be an exciting day in Sochi. Figure Skating continues with the Mixed Pairs. The Americans have two chances to find the smiling side of the curling scoreboard with the men facing Denmark and the women squaring off against China. American flag bearer Todd Lodwick looks to add to his medal count tomorrow in Nordic Combined. Shani Davis chases another gold in the Men’s 1000 Meter Speedskate. In what could be the highlight of the Games up to this point, Team USA faces off against Canada in women’s hockey. If you think I’m kidding, check out the clip below of the last time these two skated against each other.These teams genuinely hate each other. If we are lucky, we will be treated to another hotly contested match, in what is almost assuredly a Gold Medal preview.
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