A U.S. medal on every day? Here’s how it could happen

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – The U.S. Olympic Team has won a medal on each of the first three days of competition in Sochi, and it has a chance to go wire to wire with medals on all 16 days of the Olympics.

Three nations have won a medal on every day of the Winter Olympics before, but the U.S. has never done it, according to OlympStats.com.

Germany last did it in 2010, when the U.S. won the overall medal count with the most medals by one nation ever. The U.S. won medals on 15 of 16 days in 2010.

The Soviet Union did it in 1960, 1964, 1972, 1980 and 1984. East Germany also accomplished the feat in 1980.

The U.S. got the job done on the first two days here thanks to expected medals from Hannah Kearney (moguls) on Saturday and Jamie Anderson (snowboard slopestyle) and in team figure skating (bronze) on Sunday. Sage Kotsenburg (gold, snowboard slopestyle) was a bit of surprise Saturday.

MORE: Complete Day 3 recap of Team USA

Monday looked like a possible no-medal day, but Alpine skier Julia Mancuso won bronze in the super combined, her first podium finish this season. Short track speed skater J.R. Celski was another medal threat and finished fourth in the 1500m.

Here are the remaining days of competition with some (not all) U.S. medal contenders highlighted:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 11 – Shaun White (snowboard halfpipe), Kikkan Randall (cross-country freestyle sprint)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Kelly Clark (snowboard halfpipe), Shani Davis (1000m)
  • Thursday, Feb. 13 – Nick Goepper (ski slopestyle), Heather Richardson/Brittany Bowe (1000m)
  • Friday, Feb. 14 – Noelle Pikus-Pace (skeleton), Ted Ligety/Bode Miller (super combined)
  • Saturday, Feb. 15 – Shani Davis (1500m), Julia Mancuso (super-G)
  • Sunday, Feb. 16 – Lindsey Jacobellis (snowboard cross), Brittany Bowe (1500m)
  • Monday, Feb. 17 – Meryl Davis/Charlie White (ice dance), Steven Holcomb (two-man bobsled)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18 – David Wise (ski halfpipe), Mikaela Shiffrin (giant slalom)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Ted Ligety (giant slalom), Elana Meyers (two-woman bobsled)
  • Thursday, Feb. 20 – Women’s hockey medal games, Maddie Bowman (ski halfpipe)
  • Friday, Feb. 21 – Mikaela Shiffrin (slalom), men’s 5000m short track relay
  • Saturday, Feb. 22 – Men’s, women’s speed skating team pursuit, men’s hockey bronze-medal game
  • Sunday, Feb. 23 – Four-man bobsled, men’s hockey gold-medal game

The most questionable day is probably Feb. 22. The team pursuit can be fickle, and only one medal is available in men’s hockey that day.

Depth is lacking behind Davis in the 1500m on Saturday. He has won silver in the event at the last two Olympics and is the World Cup leader, though. Mancuso really boosted her super-G hopes with Monday’s bronze, though.

The next few days feature heavy medal favorites in snowboard halfpipe, speed skating and skeleton that should get the U.S. through the first full week of competition.