Sochi Olympic Daily Recap & Medal Count: Day 10


It’s mission accomplished for Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

Today, the two Americans brought home their country’s first-ever gold medal in Olympic ice dancing with a captivating free skate that landed them the world records in both free and total scores. Canadian rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir – the pair that beat Davis and White for gold four years ago in Vancouver – finished with the silver this time around in Sochi.

After the victory, they made a classy gesture and hailed Virtue and Moir, with whom they train and also share a coach with.

“We wanted to fight for the best performance we could give and we did that,” White said to the Associated Press. “You dream of this for so long, work so hard, and [Virtue and Moir] worked hard, too. They always have been with us, pushing us, and we couldn’t have done it without them.” …

The other medal for the U.S. on Day 10 of the Sochi Olympics came from somewhere a medal had not come from for 62 long years.

In Vancouver, Steven Holcomb helped give the U.S. its first gold in four-man bobsled since 1948 (also, a span of 62 years). So, naturally, he (along with brakeman Steven Langton) was the one to bring the Americans their first Olympic medal of any kind in two-man bobsled since 1952.

Holcomb and Langton were in third place going into the last two runs and they stayed there to win the bronze despite the driver dealing with a strained calf muscle that required treatment leading up to race time. The gold went to the Russian combo of Aleksandr Zubkov and Alexey Voyevoda…

Belarus pulled off two golds today in the biathlon and in men’s aerials. Darya Domracheva became the first female to win three biathlon golds in a single Winter Olympics by taking the mass start event, while Anton Kushnir completed an aerials sweep for the country after Alla Tsuper won the women’s event…

And in the team ski jumping event, Germany won the gold and gave Austria its first team loss in either the Olympics or world championships since 2005…

Heavy fog this afternoon in Sochi forced the postponement of two medal events to tomorrow – the men’s snowboard cross final and the men’s biathlon mass start

In women’s hockey, the U.S. and Canada won their respective semifinals and will face off for the gold medal on Thursday. The Americans dominated Sweden, 6-1, while the Canadians got three goals in the first period and held on for a 3-1 win over Switzerland

On the men’s side, the playoff times were revealed and things are going to get very busy around lunchtime on Wednesday. The U.S. and Canada will both play their respective quarterfinal games at Noon ET; the U.S. taking on the Czech Republic-Slovakia winner, Canada facing either Switzerland or Latvia…

Out of competition, Norwegian Alpine skiing star Aksel Lund Svindal has exited the Sochi Olympics due to allergies and fatigue according to his coach…

U.S. ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson took over our @NBCOlympics Twitter account

Silver medalist freeskier Gus Kenworthy was all “Holla at me, Miley Cyrus” – and the “Wrecking Ball” singer obliged

Pop crooner Michael Buble gave a thumbs-up to U.S. ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani for using his music in yesterday’s short dance…

“Game of Thrones” has handed out a second sigil to a U.S. Olympian during these Games…

The Jamaican bobsled phenomenon has spawned a new tune for the ‘Olympics’ playlist on your iPod…

That pesky snowflake from the Opening Ceremony will be fixed for Sunday’s Closing Ceremony send-off at Fisht Olympic Stadium…

And we took a look back on Sochi: The Story So Far. You can bet we’ll have more memorable moments during this final week.

(Country – Gold/Silver/Bronze – Total Medals)

1. Germany – 8/3/2 – 13
2. Russia – 5/7/6 – 18
3. Netherlands – 5/5/7 – 17
4. United States – 5/4/9 – 18
5. Norway – 5/3/7 – 15
6. Switzerland – 5/2/1 – 8
7. Belarus – 5/0/1 – 6
8. Canada – 4/7/4 – 15
9. Poland – 4/0/0 – 4
10. China – 3/2/1 – 6
11. Sweden – 2/5/2 – 9
12. Austria – 2/5/1 – 8
13. France – 2/0/4 – 6
14. Japan – 1/3/2 – 6
15. Czech Republic – 1/3/1 – 5
16. Slovenia – 1/1/3 – 5
17. Korea – 1/1/1 – 3
18. Great Britain – 1/0/1 – 2
19. Slovakia – 1/0/0 – 1
20. Italy – 0/2/3 – 5
21. Australia – 0/2/1 – 3
22. Finland – 0/2/0 – 2
23. Latvia – 0/1/2 – 3
24. Croatia – 0/1/0 – 1
T-25. Kazakhstan – 0/0/1 – 1
T-25. Ukraine – 0/0/1 – 1