Thursday, February 18, 2010

Olympics Report: US Team Surges Back with Big Wins

Team USA had a productive day 6 of Olympic competition.  After a disappointing disqualification in the women's snowboard cross by Lindsey Jacabellis, the US snowboard team rocketed back with a gold medal win in the men's halfpipe by defending Torino gold medalist Shaun White, who landed his patented Double McTwist on the final run.  Finnish rider Peetu Piiroinen claimed the silver medal, while American Scotty Lago took bronze.  Excellent runs were also put together by first time Olympian Louie Vito of the United States, who finished fifth in the final standings.

Men's Halfpipe Final Standings (Top Ten)
1.  Shaun White (USA), gold medalist
2.  Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), silver medalist
3.  Scotty Lago (USA), bronze medalist
4.  Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI)
5.  Louie Vito (USA)
6.  Markku Koski (FIN)
7.  Justin Lamoureux (CAN)
8.  Kazuhiro Kokubo (JPN)
9.  Ryo Aono (JPN)
10.  Mathieu Crepel (FRA)

It was a big day for the women as well.  American Lindsey Vonn, despite a painful shin injury, not only completed the course but won her first Olympic gold medal in the women's downhill alpine skiing event.  Overcome with emotion, she could barely get an interview off with NBC, having to speak through tears of joy.  Teammate Julia Mancuso, gold medalist in the giant slalom event in Torino, won the silver medal in the crash filled event, and Elisabeth Gorgl of Austria claimed the bronze.

Women's Downhill Final Standings (Top 15)
1.  Lindsey Vonn (USA), gold medalist
2.  Julian Mancuso (USA), silver medalist
3.  Elisabeth Görgl (AUT), bronze medalist
4.  Andrea Fischbacher (AUT)
5.  Fabienne Suter (SUI)
6.  Britt Janyk (CAN)
7.  Marie Marchand-Arvier (FRA)
8.  Maria Riesch (GER)
9.  Lucia Recchia (ITA)
10.  Gina Stechert (GER)
11.  Stacey Cook (USA)
12.  Nadia Styger (SUI)
13.  Chemmy Alcott (GBR)
14.  Regina Mader (AUT)
15.  Carolina Ruiz Castillo (ESP)

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