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

Alysia Montano announces pregnancy with clever video, no racing plans

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U.S. Olympic 800m runner Alysia Montaño is due in November with her second child, but this time she has no current plan to race at the U.S. Championships while pregnant.

Montaño’s husband and manager, Louis, said Wednesday that she has no races on her calendar (nationals are in late June) but hopes to continue her fitness during pregnancy. She may do a couple of 5Ks this summer.

Earlier Wednesday, the family announced the pregnancy in a clever video.

The video included the couple’s first child, Linnea, was born in August 2014, two months after Montaño made worldwide headlines for racing while eight months pregnant at nationals.

Montaño, 31, last raced at the Millrose Games on Feb. 11 in her first meet since falling in the Olympic Trials 800m final on July 4.

Montaño is set to be awarded her first two world outdoor championships medals, four and six years after she ran those races, due to a former Russian rival’s doping ban.

MORE: Montaño finds little joy after Russian stripped of medals

Sweden drops 2026 Winter Olympic bid

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The city of Stockholm says it won’t bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Karin Wanngard, the city official in charge of finances, says the reason is because the International Olympic Committee will not be able to report how big the financial contribution to the host city will be.

She says the figures “will arrive at the earliest in November.”

This means that time will be too short to get enough analysis for the issues raised by several actors,” said the Swedish lawmaker, whose Social Democratic Party had been supportive of hosting the event.

“We Social Democrats have always thought that the Olympic Games are important for Stockholm’s growth and development,” Wanngard said in a statement, adding there was little backing for the event. “Unfortunately, we are alone to have this position about the Olympic Games.”

Swedish Sports Confederation chairman Bjorn Eriksson said he and his organization “fully respect the decision as we also believe in a realistic budget and a sustainable economy.”

Sports Minister Gabriel Wikstrom also supported the decision, adding that the Social Democratic-led government was “ready to handle requests for financial guarantees.”

“We have also been clear that it is Stockholm’s city that must make its decision first,” he told Sweden news agency TT.

The news comes six days after the Swedish Olympic Committee named a CEO for the 2026 bid.

In January, the committee said that Stockholm staging the 2026 Winter Olympics was “possible and desirable” and that a formal bid was expected in March 2018.

In 2015, Stockholm pulled out of the race for the 2022 Winter Games after Swedish politicians refused to give financial backing. Swedish politicians were uncomfortable because of concerns over costs, the environment, post-Games use of venues, the environment and other issues.

The early 2026 bid plan called for 80 percent of the events in Stockholm, while most of the Alpine competitions would be in the northern resort of Are, more than 600 kilometers (400 miles) from the capital. A few skiing events would be in Falun, 215 kilometers (130 miles) northwest from there.

The 2026 Winter Olympics have one bidder — Sion, Switzerland.

Cities in Austria, Canada, Japan and have also discussed potential 2026 bids, as has Lillehammer, Norway, the 1994 Winter Olympic host. The U.S. is not expected to bid for the 2026 Winter Games.

The next two Winter Olympics will be in East Asia in PyeongChang in 2018 and Beijing in 2022, giving a European or North American city a greater opening to be the 2026 host.

The 2026 Olympic host city is expected to be chosen from an International Olympic Committee members vote in 2019.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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