Notably absent were medals in speed skating. Wonder which sports award the most hardware? There are 36 medals granted to the top three in cross-country skiing and 33 Biathlon medals. The U.S. didn’t win any of those. Worse, not one American medaled in individual figure skating—something that hasn’t happened since 1936. No U.S. medals were earned in speed skating either, for the first time since 1984.
What is impressive? Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the first-ever U.S. gold in Ice Dancing with two flawless, pressure-ridden performances. The U.S. also won bronze in the figure skating team competition. In this new Olympic sport, one athlete, or pair, from each country skates in men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating and ice dance. However, these skaters perform the same routines they skate in the individual competitions. Solo. Ehhhh…how is that a team competition?
And finally, the one thing that ticked me off (amazingly, it has nothing to do with figure skating judging)... Viktor Ahn won three gold medals and a bronze in short track speed skating for Russia. What’s the problem, you ask? After all, Eric Heiden won an unprecedented five gold medals in 1980. The issue (at least for me) is that Ahn won three gold metals in 2006. For South Korea! I know, I know—people change citizenship all the time to compete in the games. Still, that doesn’t seem the same as competing for more than one country. What do you think? Should a person be allowed to compete for one country and then switch allegiance?
Author of Blue Ridge Fear, Artifact of Death, and The Secret Language of Leah Sinclair
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