The 2014 Sochi Olympics continued late Tuesday night with events carrying into Wednesday morning, while most in the U.S. were sleeping. Sochi is nine hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
Here’s a list of what fans may have missed:
Miller injures knee, unsure about slalom
Bode Miller’s Olympics could be coming to a premature end after the American ski star tweaked his left knee during his first run of the giant slalom Wednesday morning. The knee, which has been surgically repaired, has given Miller trouble in the past and he’s unsure if he’ll return to competition for the slalom on Saturday. He was more than 2.5 seconds behind leader and U.S. teammate Ted Ligety when the injury knocked him out of the giant slalom.
Sweden moves into men’s hockey semis
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves to lead Sweden past Slovenia, 5-0, making the Swedes the first team to advance to the semifinals of the men’s hockey tournament. Despite losing stars Henrik Zetterberg, Daniel Sedin and Johan Franzen, Sweden is the only team to win all four of its games in regulation. The other favorites to win medals -- Russia, the United States and Canada -- were all scheduled to compete in quarterfinal games later today.
Lolo Jones faces more criticism
The United States No. 3 women’s bobsled team featuring former Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones sat in 11th place midway through the competition, prompting former US bobsledder Chuck Berkeley, who competed for the Americans in Vancouver in 2010, to take to Twitter criticising Jones’ selection to the team. Berkeley said Katie Eberling, who was left off the U.S. squad in favor of Jones, would have performed better in Sochi and Jones’ selection was a marketing ploy for Team USA. Darrin Steele, U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation CEO, said he stood by the team selections while speaking to the Associated Press early Wednesday morning.
USA, Netherlands continue to rack up medals
The United States and the Netherlands shared the lead with 20 total medals as a busy day in Sochi started Wednesday morning. Team USA had six gold, four silver and 10 bronze medals while the Netherlands, which dominated speed skating events, had six gold, six silver and eight bronze. Russia is not far behind with the host nation racking up 19 medals, five gold, eight silver and six bronze. Norway has 18 medals, including seven gold. The Norwegians trail only Germany in first-place finishes with the Germans racking up eight golds among 15 total medals.