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.

Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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