Saturday, February 20, 2010

Olympics Report: US Claims Men's Figure Skating Gold, Bodie Takes Silver in Men's Super G

The United States has a new first to boast; the first gold medal in men's figure skating in 22 years.  American Evan Lysacek beat out Russian defending gold medalist Yevgeny Plushenko to claim the gold medal in men's singles figure skating, America's first gold in the event since Brian Boitano won gold at the 1988 Calgary games.  Yevgeny Plushenko won silver, while Japan's Daisuke Takahashi claimed the bronze.

Men's Singles Figure Skating Final Standings (Top 20)
1.  Evan Lysacek (USA), gold medalist
2.  Yevgeny Plushenko (RUS), silver medalist
3.  Daisuke Takahashi (JPN), bronze medalist
4.  Stephane Lambiel (SUI)
5.  Patrick Chan (CAN)
6.  Johnny Weir (USA)
7.  Nobunari Oda (JPN)
8.  Takahiko Kozuka (JPN)
9.  Jeremy Abbot (USA)
10.  Michal Brezina (CZE)
11.  Denis Ten (KAZ)
12.  Florent Amodio (FRA)
13.  Artem Borodulin (RUS)
14.  Javier Fernandez (ESP)
15.  Adrian Schultheiss (SWE)
16.  Brian Joubert (FRA)
17.  Kevin Van Der Perren (BEL)
18.  Samuel Contesti (ITA)
19.  Tomas Verner (CZE)
20.  Paolo Bacchini (ITA)

In the men's super giant slalom, Bodie Miller improved on his bronze medal win in the men's downhill by winning the silver medal.  Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal took the gold medal, and American Andrew Weibrecht took the bronze.

Men's Super Giant Slalom Final Standings (Top Ten)
1.  Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR), gold medalist
2.  Bode Miller (USA), silver medalist
3.  Andrew Weibrecht (USA), bronze medalist
4.  Werner Heel (ITA)
5.  Erik Guay (CAN)
6.  Christof Innerhofer (ITA)
7.  Patrick Staudacher (ITA)
8.  Carlo Janka (SUI)
9.  Tobias Gruenenfelder (SUI)
10.  Didier Cuche (SUI)

Events were also contested in skeleton.

Women's Skeleton Final Standings (Top 15)
1.  Amy Williams (GBR), gold medalist
2.  Kerstin Szymkowiak (GER), silver medalist
3.  Anja Huber (GER), bronze medalist
4.  Noelle Pikus-Pace (USA)
5.  Mellisa Hollingsworth (CAN)
6.  Shelley Rudman (GBR)
7.  Amy Gough (CAN)
8.  Marion Trott (GER)
9.  Maya Pederson (SUI)
10.  Emma Lincoln-Smith (AUS)
11.  Katie Uhlaender (USA)
12.  Melissa Hoar (AUS)
13.  Michelle Kelly (CAN)
14.  Tionette Stoddard (NZL)
15.  Costanza Zanoletti (ITA)

Men's Skeleton Final Standings (Top 15)
1.  Jon Montgomery (CAN), gold medalist
2.  Martins Dukurs (LAT), silver medalist
3.  Aleksandr Tretiyakov (RUS), bronze medalist
4.  Tomass Dukurs (LAT)
5.  Zach Lund (USA)
6.  Kristan Bromley (GBR)
7.  Frank Rommel (GER)
8.  Matthias Guggenberger (AUT)
9.  Jeff Pain (CAN)
10.  Sandro Stielicke (GER)
11.  Ben Sandford (NZL)
12.  Sergei Chudinov
13.  Michi Halilovic (GER)
14.  Eric Bernotas (USA)
15.  Gregory Saint-Genies (FRA)

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