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SOCHI DAILY NEWS: Monday Feb. 17

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2014-02-17 04:29
 

Call it destiny, coming on the 30th anniversary of Bill Johnson’s fabled downhill gold. Call it improbable – it really was. But the double medals in the men’s super G Sunday lifted the spirits of Team USA from the mountains to the coast. Veteran Bode Miller, earning his sixth career medal and placing him in prestigious company behind legendary Kjetil Andre Aamodt’s eight. And Andrew Weibrecht – War Horse – earning back-to-back Olympic super G medals. It was déjà vu all over again from the magical day at Whistler four years ago.

ALPINE

  • Andrew Weibrecht took silver and Bode Miller tied for bronze in the men's Olympic super G at Rosa Khutor.
  • After taking the lead out of the number 13 start, Miller watched in wonderment as teammate Weibrecht put down a breathtaking run out of the 29th start position to claim silver behind Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud. Miller tied for bronze with Jan Hudec of Canada.
  • Miller now has six Olympic medals, trailing Apolo Anton Ohno's eight among U.S. winter Olympians.
  • Miller is also the oldest medalist in Olympic alpine skiing at 36 years 127 days.
  • Weibrecht becomes the fourth American male (Miller, Phil Mahre, Tommy Moe) with two or more medals in Olympic alpine skiing.
  • That makes back-to-back Olympic super G medals for Weibrecht after his bronze in 2010. He has never been on the podium at a World Cup or World Championships. His best World Cup finishes were two 10th place results, one in 2007 and one 2011, both of which occurred at Beaver Creek.
  • Sunday’s super G was the final alpine speed race of the 2014 Sochi Games.
  • The women are up next, racing giant slalom on Tuesday Feb. 18.

CROSS COUNTRY

  • Team USA came up from the back of the pack after a rough start Sunday to finish 11th in the men’s 4x10k relay event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
  • Andy Newell kicked off of the relay with the first classic leg, but blew up on the final climb. He used his last reserves to complete his leg, and Team USA was 15th at the first exchange.
  • Erik Bjornsen took the second classic leg and began the chase, gaining two positions before he passed off the race to Noah Hoffman for the first freestyle leg. Hoffman skated up to 10th in the third 10k before the final exchange, when Simi Hamilton took the final freestyle 10k and finished off the relay in 11th.
  • Next up are the men’s and women’s classic team sprints scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 19.

FREESKIING

  • The men’s halfpipe skiing team is preparing for its sport’s Olympic debut on Tuesday Feb. 18.
  • After a training break on Saturday, the athletes were back in the pipe Sunday night reporting good conditions.

FREESTYLE

  • FIS Rookie of the Year Mac Bohonnon will be the lone U.S. athlete in Monday night’s aerials.

NORDIC COMBINED

  • Nordic combined continues training for the large hill event Tuesday.

SKI JUMPING

  • Ski jumping wraps up Monday night with the large hill team event.

SNOWBOARDING

  • Faye Gulini rode to fourth after a heartbreaking crash forced Lindsey Jacobellis out of the big final and into seventh on Sunday at snowboardcross.
  • Jacobellis took a dominating win in her quarterfinal heat, and in the semifinal she had to navigate a fair amount of traffic before pulling out into the lead.
  • She amassed a huge lead, but she wasn't set up properly for a series of small rollers and got bucked. Unfortunately, it was in one of the course’s flattest sections so there was no way for her to get her speed back.
  • In the small final, Jacobellis dominated again for an easy win to take seventh.
  • The 2006 Olympic silver medalist has had an amazing comeback from two consecutive knee injuries, spending two years out of competition, enduring surgery and then training at the USSA Center of Excellence to get back into competition form.
  • Gulini quietly worked her way through quarterfinals and was third in semis. In finals she was caught behind the pack but methodically worked her way up to fourth. The field was well strung out behind Czech rider Eva Samkova, the event’s gold medalist, so Gulini had very little chance of advancing into the top three.
  • Canada’s Dominique Maltais took the silver medal with France’s Chloe Trespeuch earning bronze.
  • Unfortunately, Team USA snowboarder Jackie Hernandez suffered a concussion when she crashed off a jump during the seeding round. She was treated at the venue medical tent and released. She withdrew from the competition.
  • The men are in action Monday with Nick Baumgartner, Alex Deibold, Nate Holland and Trevor Jacob.

LIVE STREAM

Throughout the Games, every skiing and snowboarding event will be streamed LIVE on Stream.NBCOlympics.com and via the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app (iPhone/iPad | Android).

NBC Live Streaming Schedule (all times EST)
3:12 a.m. – Men’s snowboardcross finals
10:30 a.m. – Men’s aerials finals
11:22 a.m. – Men’s team ski jumping