Olympics: U.S. Captures Sixth Gold; Dutch Still Dominating Speed Skating
The U.S. continued its dominance of the new action sports events at the Winter Olympics Tuesday, while the Netherlands swept yet another speed skating podium.
David Wise won the inaugural ski halfpipe gold for the U.S., scoring a 92.00 on his first run in sloppy conditions. The three-time reigning Winter X Games champ fell on his second run and had to wait to see if the last rider and top qualifier, World Cup leader Justin Dorey of Canada, who fell on his first run, could best his score in the best-of-two format. Dorey stumbled again, locking up the gold for Wise, silver for Canada's Mike Riddle (90.60) and bronze for France's Kevin Rolland (88.60).
The gold is the U.S.' sixth of the Games and the 20th medal overall. Five of the golds and 11 of the 20 medals have come from freestyle skiing and snowboarding, with the U.S. taking four of the five new action sports events contested so far.
Earlier in the day, Alex Deibold, who worked as a wax tech in Vancouver, added to the U.S. tally by taking bronze in snowboard cross. France's Pierre Vaultier won and Russia's Nikolay Olyunin was second.
The U.S. is tied with the Netherlands in the overall medal count after the Dutch swept its fourth speed skating event in Sochi. Jorrit Bergsma took the 10,000 meters in an Olympic record time of 12:44.45, easily trumping Sven Kramer (12:49.02) and Bob de Jong (13:07.19). Kramer was infamously disqualified in Vancouver after finishing first for failing to change lanes on bad instructions from his coach.
In a photo finish, Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen won the 15-kilometer mass start, but nearly allowed France's Martin Fourcade to overtake him at the line by raising his arms in the air. Both clocked in at in 42:29.1, but a photo finish showed Svendsen won by the narrowest of ski tips. Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic was 13.8 behind.
Slovenia's Tina Maze won her second gold of the Games - and her country's second Winter Olympics gold ever - in the giant slalom in 2:36.87. Austria's Anna Fenninger took silver (2:36.94) and Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg grabbed bronze (2:37.14).
South Korea won the women's 3,000-meter short track relay in 4:09.498 over Canada (4:10.641) and Italy (4:14.014).
Norway's Joergen Graaback (23:27.5) and Magnus Moan (23:28.1) went 1-2 in the Nordic combined individual large hill, with Germany's Fabian Riessle (23:29.1) in third.
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