Olympics Watch: What Was Your Favorite Moment From Sochi 2014, Day 2?

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sochi-olympics-team-figure-skatingIt was hard not to feel skeptical about the addition of a team figure skating event to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. After all, why fix what ain’t broke?

But on Day 2, after tremendous performances from newcomers and veteran skaters alike, it’s hard to imagine these Olympics without the inaugural event.

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There was a second helping of near-flawless skating from Russian frontrunner Evgeni Plushenko, in pursuit of his fourth Olympic medal, as well as another performance from 15-year-old wunderkind Julia Lipnitskaia. There was the debut of 18-year-old U.S. skater Gracie Gold, whose free skate earned her a personal best score (129.38). And, perhaps most memorably, the evening included a career highlight for American ice dancing pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who also scored a personal best to keep Team USA on the podium.

And although some of Sunday’s skaters will happily erase tonight’s performances from their memory — including Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond and Italy’s Paul Bonifacio Parkinson, both of whom struggled to stay vertical in their respective skates — the first-ever team figure skating event came to a satisfying, and wholly exciting, conclusion.

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All told, Russia came away with its first gold medal of the Sochi games, with Canada earning silver and the U.S. clinching bronze.

Were you glued to the screen during Sunday’s team figure skating event? Or did your favorite moment come in the form of Olga Graf, whose surprising bronze-medal finish in the women’s speed skating final earned Russia its first medal of the Olympics? Perhaps the nail-biter men’s skiathlon was your most thrilling moment of Day 2? Sound off in the comments!



Comments (36)

  • Yulia Lipnitskaya. Her skating to Shindler’s List was simply breathtaking.

    Comment by sara – February 9, 2014 08:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Love how both of her skates were age appropret. Though I do have to say there seemed to much of a connection between her entire short program and the little girl from the Opening Cerimoney.

      Comment by Tony – February 9, 2014 08:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes it really was. Phenomenal. I know we are always going to have comments (especially on American sites) about biased judging etc… But from what I saw the rankings in each of the various dances is how I would have ranked them too, so I feel as though Russia won fair and square. Without a doubt, Yulia was the star of the show.

      Comment by Ben – February 10, 2014 12:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was too busy thinking “Hmmmm a Russian skater who’s country is treating homosexuality potentially with the same conditions as the Holocaust has decided to skate to Schindler’s list. Irony.”

      Comment by Evan – February 10, 2014 03:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She’s incredibly flexible and seems to have nerves of steel but I felt like her performance was very robotic. Maybe it was the lack of facial expressions but her entire performance was ver business-like. Don’t get me wrong, I think she’ll be great but she needs to show some more emotion. To me, Gracie Gold seemed to have the better all around performance. Maybe not as explosive but solid jumps with better natural flow and artistry.

      Comment by Julie – February 10, 2014 05:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • did you actually expect her to smile during Shindler’s List???

        Comment by sara – February 10, 2014 08:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • you don’t have to smile to evoke emotion on your face.

          Comment by Chelsea – February 10, 2014 09:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Thank you.

            Comment by Julie – February 10, 2014 10:45 AM PDT  
          • Smile is not the only representation of an emotion. Smiling on a serious note will make you look like an idiot.

            Comment by Albert – February 10, 2014 09:36 PM PDT  
  • Nothing beats the live Figure Skating commentary from Tara and Johnny!

    Comment by Tony – February 9, 2014 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree! I love their commentary!

      Comment by Sara – February 9, 2014 09:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agree too. I dont understand why they have to have Scott and Sandra (zzzzz…) do the same thing for the primetime broadcast.

        Comment by PB – February 10, 2014 08:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rigged voting, just like the French published.

    Comment by Krista – February 9, 2014 08:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • In favor of whom? The Russians were superior yesterday. Meryl and Charlie were better than Tessa and Scott. While I personally don’t agree with how high they scored Yulia, especially how much higher she scored over Gracie, I don’t see any evidence of rigged judging.

      Comment by Julie – February 10, 2014 06:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The entire american team seemed too nervous or held back giving lackluster performances (except for Gracie). No way they deserved gold (very lucky they got bronze). If they did then I would say there was a fix. The Russians were so far ahead by the time the ladies skated the USA could not make it up. Was Yulia’s score too high? Probably – but it didnt change the overall results.

        Comment by PB – February 10, 2014 08:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I never said the Americans deserved anything other than bronze. I said Meryl and Charlie were better than Tessa and Scott, which they were. In my OPINION, Yulias score was high. But while the scoring system is better than it used to be, there’s still a subjective element to it so not everyone is always going to agree. But there’s no actual evidence that the judging is rigged. If there is then present it but one report out of a random French magazine based on a quote by an “in identified Russian coach” does not make it fact.

          Comment by Julie – February 10, 2014 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • *unidentified Russian coach

            Comment by Jules – February 10, 2014 02:26 PM PDT  
    • Rigged voting in figure skating?? NOOOOOOO……… /sarcasm

      Comment by Znachki – February 10, 2014 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Davis and White were amazing!
    And YAY for Jaime Anderson! Slopestyle snowboarding has been a great addition to the games.
    Even though USA didn’t medal, the downhill skiing is always thrilling to watch.
    And Curling starts tomorrow. :)

    Comment by Anna – February 9, 2014 08:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Slopestyle is so amazing to watch. Even if I spend the entire time with my stomach in knots, worried someone is going to break their neck. That fall Pancochova took was really scary.

      Comment by Katherine215 – February 10, 2014 08:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Charlie White and Meryl Davis were incredible! I really hope they win the gold medal next week.

    Comment by Katie – February 9, 2014 08:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kamil Stoch’s incredible ski jump resulting in a gold medal for Poland. What a great moment.

    Comment by andy j – February 9, 2014 10:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yup, that was amazing.

      Comment by Jus – February 9, 2014 10:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree .He crushed the competition and won the gold in a great style .

      Comment by Diana – February 9, 2014 11:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • YES ! He won first gold medal on those Olympics for Poland ;) Go team Poland !

      Comment by Grzegorz – February 10, 2014 06:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Irene Wüst won the gold medal for 3000 meter speedskating. My favorite moment. She Dutch and so am I.

    Comment by sme012 – February 9, 2014 10:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That was a great moment!

      Comment by CBWBDK1 – February 10, 2014 08:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It should be noted that Dancing with the Stars Derek Hough choreographed Charlie white and meryl Davis’s routine.

    Comment by sam – February 10, 2014 12:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That guy is EVERYWHERE.

      Comment by Amanda – February 10, 2014 05:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Interesting… He really does know how to craft a program to suit a team’s strengths… Just look how many times he has won DWTS… (I think the free skate for Marlie is my favorite of his work though – those two make it all look so effortless!)

      Comment by AmbleAlong – February 10, 2014 09:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For me as an Austrian the gold medal from Mathias Mayer in the mens Downhill was the best moment yesterday! Maybe the best moment in the whole olympic games! For Austria the Gold medal in mens downhill is like winning the super bowl, it’s the most important title you can win! It doesn’t matter what the next two weeks will bring, how many medals the Austria will win! This gold medal was the most important!!

    Comment by Kathrin – February 10, 2014 04:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow, that’s exciting for him! I didn’t realize the Downhill gold was so important in Austria, so it’s great that he won (even if I was rooting for Bodie Miller :).

      Comment by Katherine215 – February 10, 2014 08:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My favorite moment is when Day 2 was over, which brings us closer to the end of the Winter Olympics.

    Comment by tara17 – February 10, 2014 08:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve always loved figure skating, so watching Evgeni Plushenko win a fourth medal was just magnificent. Yulia Lipnitskaya is a revelation and was incredible to watch, and I was absolutely floored by Meryl Davis and Charlie White’s ice dancing routine. The commentators were so engrossed in it they didn’t even speak until the very end of it. Just fantastic. Can’t wait for more.

    Comment by CJ – February 10, 2014 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • there can be no doubt about it! Jenny Jones taking the bronze in the slopestyle, Britain’s first ever gold medal at a snow event in the winter Olympics.

    Comment by alex jones – February 10, 2014 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • oh whoops I meant just a medal, not a gold medal.

      Comment by alex jones – February 10, 2014 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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