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

Elana Meyers Taylor crashes, brakewoman ejected (video)

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Two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor‘s start to the World Cup bobsled season was both record-breaking and painful.

Meyers Taylor and brakewoman Kehri Jones had the fastest women’s start time ever recorded on the 2010 Olympic track in Whistler, B.C., on Saturday.

But only one of them made it to the finish.

Meyers Taylor crashed the sled during their first run, with the impact causing Jones to eject out the back and slide along the chute before coming to a stop.

Both athletes were able to walk off the track, according to U.S. Bobsled.

Meyers Taylor missed four races last season while receiving treatment for long-term effects from a January 2015 concussion. She returned to win at the last two stops.

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Diver Sammy Lee, first Asian-American male gold medalist, dies at 96

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18:  1948 and 1952 Olympic platform diving gold medalist Dr. Sammy Lee and Olympic diving hopeful Brittany Viola of the United States attend the Team USA Road to London 100 Days Out Celebration in Times Square on April 18, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for USOC)
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Dr. Sammy Lee, the first Asian-American man to win an Olympic gold medal and first male diver to repeat as Olympic champion, died of pneumonia at age 96 on Friday, according to the University of Southern California.

Lee was born in Fresno, Calif., of Korean parents.

He unretired from a medical career to compete in his first Olympics in London in 1948, after the Games took a 12-year break due to World War II.

Lee earned platform gold and springboard bronze in 1948 and then retired, unretired and defended his platform title in 1952. Lee and another Asian-American, Victoria Manolo-Draves, who had a Filipino father and English mother, both won diving titles in 1948, with Draves’ springboard gold coming first.

Lee also served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Korean War.

He succeeded despite facing racial discrimination. From TeamUSA.org:

When Sammy was growing up, non-whites could use the pool where he practiced one day a week, on Wednesdays only. And then, as he has told it, the pool would be emptied after the non-whites used it, and fresh water was brought in the next day.

When the pool was off-limits, Sammy practiced by jumping into a sand pile.

Lee went on to coach divers, including Greg Louganis, after his competitive career, and continued his medical work. He graduated from USC’s medical school in 1947.

He is a member of the U.S. Olympic and International Swimming Halls of Fame.

*Correction: An earlier version of this post erroneously reported Lee was the first Asian-American Olympic champion. He was the second.