The 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia are in a time zone nine hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. The following are highlights of what those sleeping may have missed Sunday morning., Feb. 9.
Anderson nabs another slopestyle gold for U.S.
A day after snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg picked up America’s first gold medal of the Games, Team USA made it a slopestyle sweep with Jamie Anderson finishing first on the women’s side. It’s a good start to the snowboarding events for the United States despite superstar Shaun White pulling out of the slopestyle earlier in the week to focus on the halfpipe.
Anderson’s victory -- she recorded a score of 95.25 to finish ahead of Finnish silver medalist Enni Rukajarvi -- allowed the U.S. to match Norway as the only nation with two golds in the early days of the Games.
Great Brittain’s Jenny Jones scored her country’s first medal in a snow sport, capturing the bronze.
Miller misses out on downhill medal stand
Team USA didn’t do as well in the men’s downhill skiing finals with the Americans failing to medal. Travis Ganong finished in fifth for the United States, 0.3 seconds off the bronze medal pace, while veteran superstar Bode Miller came in eighth in his fifth Olympics. Austria’s Matthias Mayer won gold in a time of 2:06.23 and Italy’s Christof Innrhofer won silver while Norway’s hot start to the Games continued with Kjetil Jansrud earning a bronze.
Switzerland picks up cross country gold
Swiss skier Dario Cologna gave his homeland its first medal of the Games, taking the 2x15 KM skiathlon gold, crossing the finish line 0.4 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Marcus Hellner. Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby got the bronze while host Russia just missed adding to its medal count with Maxim Vylegzhanin and Illa Chernousov finishing fourth and fifth.
Drug testing controversy
As team figure skating continues today, Canadians aren’t happy with the way drug tests have been handled. According to CBC, Canadian officials think their athletes have been subjected to too many tests with seven of 17 skaters tested so far. Canada’s high performance director Mike Slipchuk told the network he’s “never seen anyone tested before on the day of a competition,” but Kaetlyn Osmond was subject to a test just hours before taking the ice for her short program. Canada heads into the final day of the event in silver medal position, but face a stiff challenge in catching the host Russians, who lead the event by six points.
So far, Norway winning medal count
The Norwegians, tied with the United States for the lead with two golds, have racked up six total medals to lead all nations. Team USA, Canada and The Netherlands all have three total medals.