Sochi Olympics Biathlon Men

Sochi Olympic Daily Recap & Medal Count: Day 3

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After earning a record-tying 12th Olympic medal with a 10km sprint gold on Saturday, Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (pictured) made his first attempt in Sochi to become the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time.

But the “Biathlon King” will have to wait a little bit longer to make it happen after finishing fourth in the men’s 12.5km pursuit that was won by France’s Martin Fourcade.

Only 1.7 seconds separated Bjoerndalen from that coveted 13th medal, but he stayed steady and calm despite the near-miss. For now, the hunt continues…

Canada celebrated a pair of golds this afternoon. Short track skater Charles Hamelin won the 1500m while American hope J.R. Celski finished fourth, and at the end of the day, Alex Bilodeau became the first Olympic freestyle skier to win multiple gold medals when he earned a second consecutive moguls title

Alpine skier Julia Mancuso of the U.S. earned her fourth career Olympic medal by grabbing the bronze in the women’s super combined. Mancuso had led after the downhill portion going into the slalom, but eventually dropped to .53 of a second behind winner Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany; Austria’s Nicole Hosp took the silver…

In speedskating, the Dutch men’s speed skaters were at it again, posting a second Sochi podium sweep in the 500m. Michel Mulder grabbed gold over teammate Jan Smeekens by the slimmest of margins, while Michel’s twin brother, Ronald, placed third. Shani Davis of the U.S. finished 24th in a tune-up for his Wednesday title defense in the 1000m…

Women’s hockey favorites Team USA and Team Canada both won today, but while the Americans romped over Switzerland, the Canadians needed a late breakthrough to take down Finland…

Tomorrow brings the start of the snowboard halfpipe competition, but some of the riders are hoping that the Rosa Khutor pipe will be better than what it has been in training

Outside of competition, the IOC explained why it was keeping competitors from wearing memorial helmet stickers in honor of the late freestyle skiing pioneer Sarah Burke…

Speed skater Olga Graf talked about her near-wardrobe malfunction after putting Russia on the Sochi medal board with her women’s 3000m bronze…

Czech snowboarder Sarka Pancochova said she was “all good” after taking a nasty fall in Sunday’s slopestyle final that wound up splitting her helmet…

U.S. luger Tucker West stood by his dad, Brett, after he mentioned on Sunday’s TODAY Show that his 18-year-old son was “very single”…

The inaugural set of Olympic team figure skating medals were handed out today in Sochi, with the U.S. team taking their bronzes…

And U.S. bobsledder Johnny Quinn had door issues once again, this time in an elevator

MEDAL COUNT – Feb. 10
(Country – Gold/Silver/Bronze – Total Medals)
1. Canada – 3/3/1 – 7
2. Netherlands – 3/2/2 – 7
3. Norway – 2/1/4 – 7
4. United States – 2/0/3 – 5
5. Germany – 2/0/0 – 2
6. Russia – 1/2/3 – 6
7. Austria – 1/2/0 – 2
8. France – 1/0/1 – 2
T-9. Poland – 1/0/0 – 1
T-9. Slovakia – 1/0/0 – 1
T-9. Switzerland – 1/0/0 – 1
12. Czech Republic – 0/2/1 – 3
13. Sweden – 0/2/0 – 2
14. Italy – 0/1/1 – 2
T-15. China – 0/1/0 – 1
T-15. Finland – 0/1/0 – 1
T-15. Slovenia – 0/1/0 – 1
T-18. Great Britain – 0/0/1 – 1
T-18. Ukraine – 0/0/1 – 1

Gracie Gold splits with coach Frank Carroll

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 21:  Gracie Gold prepares to compete in the Championship Ladies Free Skate during the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the Sprint Center on January 21, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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KANSAS CITY — Gracie Gold is splitting with coach Frank Carroll.

The news comes a day after Gold finished a career-low sixth at the U.S. Championships and missed the world championships team.

Icenetwork.com confirmed the news. It’s unknown who Gold’s next coach will be, but she’s expected to move back to the Chicago area and/or Michigan.

“There will be a change,” Carroll said, according to Icenetwork.com. “But you can’t just say goodbye. It’s got to be worked out intelligently and legally when we get home.”

Gold had been coached by Carroll since 2013, after she left her Chicago-area coach, Alex Ouriashev, about six months before the Sochi Olympics.

She moved to Los Angeles to work with Carroll and, with Carroll, finished fourth at the 2014 Olympics and 2015 and 2016 World Championships.

Asked about a potential change of training location Saturday night, Gold said this:

“I don’t have any plans of that nature yet,” she said. “You guys will be the first to know.”

Gold’s struggles since topping the 2016 World Championships short program have been well-documented. She fell to fourth after the worlds free skate, detached from the sport in the summer and mulled sitting out the fall season.

She competed anyway, posted her worst results in four years and made a desperate call to Ouriashev and worked with him for two weeks after Christmas before returning to Carroll before nationals.

“I think we did a pretty good job together, and then we had one complete disaster at the end of last year (worlds), which to me wasn’t horrible, being fourth in the world and first in the short program,” Carroll said, according to Icenetwork.

Carroll was a longtime coach of Michelle Kwan and also coached Evan Lysacek to 2010 Olympic gold.

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Watch Nathan Chen declare 2018 Olympic aspirations in 2010

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Nathan Chen may only be 17 years old, but he is no stranger to the spotlight at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Way back in 2010, Chen was the youngest skater at the U.S. Championships, and he won the novice title despite barely being able to see over the boards in Spokane, Wash.

Chen was then invited to perform in the exhibition gala with U.S. senior medalists who had qualified for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.

Chen delivered, bringing the crowd to its feet skating to “Peter and the Wolf,” reportedly choosing the music because he liked the cartoon.

Then he spoke to Andrea Joyce on NBC. Joyce asked Chen what Olympics we would be seeing him in down the line.

“2018, I think,” Chen said with a bit of sheepishness.

Chen has worked ever since to bring that closer to a reality.

He earned another U.S. novice title, two U.S. junior titles and last year became the youngest man to make the U.S. Championships top three since 1973.

After hip surgery kept him out of the 2016 Worlds, Chen returned in the fall to top the free skate at the Grand Prix Final, outscoring the reigning Olympic and world champions.

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