Today at the Olympics: Disappointment for Miller, Ligety, a pair of US women in medal contention in skeleton
Each day throughout the Winter Olympics, we'll bring you a daily rundown on what to expect and a look at key story lines in Sochi.
What to watch today, Friday, Feb. 14
While you were sleeping (spoilers):
It was another disappointing finish for US men skiers Friday in the super-combined, as New Hampshire’s Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, Jared Goldberg, and Andrew Weinbrecht (did not finish), all finished out of medal contention. Miller, who was aiming for a defense of his combined gold medal in Vancouver four years ago, was 12th after the downhill portion of the combined, while Ligety was a distant 18th. Both skiers managed to grab third place during the slalom run, but were eventually bumped off the podium. Miller finished sixth overall, while Ligety 13th, one spot behind teammate Goldberg.
Switzerland's Sando Viletta (who finished 14th in the downhill, second in the slalom), won gold, while Croatia's Ivica Kostelic (seventh, third) and Italy's Chrstof Innerhofer (eighth, third), won silver and bronze, respectively.
You can catch the combined as part of NBC’s prime time coverage Friday night.
In cross country, Switzerland’s Dario Cologna won the gold medal. Concord, N.H.’s Kris Freeman finished 52nd with a time of 41:44.7.
In curling, the US men pulled off another victory with an 8-5 win over Germany early Friday morning. The US women, who pulled off a comeback victory over Japan on Thursday, were losing to Denmark, 9-2, as of 7:30 a.m.
In men’s ice hockey, Jaromir Jagr scored for the second straight game as the Czech Republic beat Latvia, 4-2.
Belmont’s Emily Cook is still seeking her first Olympic medal, something she’ll have a chance to accomplish during Friday’s women’s aerials. Teammate Ashley Caldwell, who reached the finals in Vancouver at the age of 16, will also compete (12:30 p.m., TV coverage begins at 3 p.m., NBC).
The third and fourth heats of women’s skeleton take place on Friday (NBC, primetime), with Americans Noelle Pikus-Pace (sitting in second place heading into the third heat) and Katie Uhlaender (fourth) in prime positions to secure medals.
While the US awaits its showdown with Russia Saturday, the Canadian men’s hockey team will play for the second straight day when it takes on Austria (Noon, USA Network). Sweden will also take on Switzerland (7:30 a.m., NBC Sports Network), and Norway will face Finland (Noon, MSNBC).
In men’s figure skating, even after his tumble in the short program on Thursday, American Jeremy Abbott still sits in ninth place heading into Friday’s free program (10 a.m., NBCSN).
Tweets from the athletes:
Bode Miller after his finish in the combined:
Really tough day of racing, congrats to viletta, kostelic, and innerhoffer on their medals. It was hard fought.— Bode Miller (@MillerBode) February 14, 2014
Slopestyle medalists Joss Christensen and Nick Goepper:
Wow. Still in shock right now. Today has been the craziest day ever! Definitely one I'll never forget. For you dad! pic.twitter.com/UmpsfB4HVj— Joss Christensen (@josschristensen) February 13, 2014
Just in case the women’s skeleton athlete forgot her final two heats Friday:
I had a reminder in my phone that just told me I need to compete in the Olympics today... LOL...in case I forget.— Noelle Pikus Pace (@noellepikuspace) February 14, 2014
Teammate Katie Uhlaender didn’t need the reminder:
Can't thank you all enough for the Support! Last two runs of the season coming up! #TeamUSA— Katie Uhlaender (@KatieU11) February 14, 2014
Vermonter Hannah Kearney’s, um, cool shirt:
Julia Mancuso cracked the code of the Sochi slogan:
Photo of the day:
Matthew Antoine of the U.S. speeds down the track during the men's skeleton event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor February 14, 2014. Picture taken using multiple exposure. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch