Surprise In Sochi?

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So far the United States are tied with Norway for the medal lead with 13.  Not a surprise is the medal count, but it’s who won those medals. Many of the medal winners are the ones we thought were going to stand on the podium.  I recently talked about Bode Miller, Shaun White, Lindsay Vonn, and Evan Lysacek. Miller and White each had disappointing finishes in their respected events. White finished 4th in the Halfpipe. Miller finished 8th in Downhill and 7th in the Super Combined Slalom. Injuries have sidelined both Vonn and Lysacek. We have definitely missed their production out on the white stuff.

The US curling teams didn’t do as good as we had hoped. The men are currently sitting tied for 6th with a 2-4 record. The women are rounded out the bottom tied for 9th with a 1-5 record.

But the lack of production from our big stars hasn’t stopped the 31-year-old mother, Noelle Pikus-Pace, from Utah to bring home the silver medal in the women’s Skeleton. This sport is one of the most dangerous. It involves laying on your belly on a sled about six inches about the ground going close to 80 mph. With her head being so close to the ice, I would be so scared. Noelle is such an inspiration. She broke her leg before Vancouver four years ago, but finished 4th. This year in Sochi, she’ll be heading home a lot happier with her result.  The US hockey team defeated Slovakia 7-1 and will take on Russia tomorrow morning.

I feel that the weather has played a big part in the results. The fact that it has snowed in our area more than it has there, is nuts. I even heard there is a beach resort near there? I might have to look into that.

I really wonder why basketball isn’t in the Winter Olympics. This really baffles me and makes me wonder the reasoning for that. With only nine days left, I’m still hoping on the USA to win the medal count again, and I think we can do it throughout this adversity.

-RV

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