Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Olympics Report: Miller takes Bronze in Men's Downhill

The US men's skiers had a productive day on the slopes for the men's downhill, posting strong times.  Bode Miller capped it off with a bronze medal, after a disappointing Torino games.  Swiss skier Didier Defago took gold, Switzerland's first alpine gold since the 1988 Calgary games, and Norwegian Aksel Lung Svindal took the silver.

Men's Downhill Final Standings (Top Ten)
1.  Didier Defago (SUI), gold medalist
2.  Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR), silver medalist
3.  Bode Miller (USA), bronze medalist
4.  Mario Scheiber (AUT)
5.  Erik Guay (CAN)
6.  Didier Cuche (SUI)
7.  David Poisson
8.  Mario Büchel (LIE)
9.  Klaus Kroell (AUT)
10.  Michael Wolchhoffer (AUT)

The US snowboard team also came out on top, as defending gold medalist from Torino Seth Wescott claimed the gold again in Vancouver.  Canadian boarder Mike Robertson took the silver while French border Tony Ramoin took the bronze.

Men's Snowboard Cross Final Standings
1.  Seth Wescott (USA), gold medalist
2.  Mike Robertson (CAN), silver medalist
3.  Tony Ramoin (FRA), bronze medalist
4.  Nate Holland (USA)

Evens were also contested in cross-country skiing, figure skating, and speed skating.

Pairs Figure Skating Final Standings (Top Five)
1.  Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo (CHN), gold medalists
2.  Pang Qing & Tong Jian (CHN), silver medalists
3.  Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy (GER)
4.  Yuko Kavaguti & Aleksandr Smirnov (RUS)
5.  Zhang Dan & Zhang Hao (CHN)

Women's 10km Individual (Cross Country Skiing) Final Standings (Top Five)
1.  Charlotte Kalla (SWE), gold medalist
2.  Kristina Smigun (EST), silver medalist
3.  Marit Bjørgen (NOR), bronze medalist
4.  Anna Haag (SWE)
5.  Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)

Men's 15km Individual (Cross Country Skiing) Final Standings (Top Five)
1.  Dario Cologna (SUI), gold medalist
2.  Pietro Piller Cottrer (ITA), silver medalist
3.  Lukas Bauer (CZE), bronze medalist
4.  Marcus Hellner (SWE)
5.  Vincent Vittoz (FRA)

Men's 500m (Speed Skating) Final Standings (Top Five)
1.  Mo Tae-Bum (KOR), gold medalist
2.  Keiichiro Nagashima (JPN), silver medalist
3.  Joji Kato (JPN), bronze medalist
4.  Lee Kang-Seok (KOR)
5.  Mika Poutala (FIN)

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