Olympics Watch: What Was Your Favorite Moment From Sochi 2014, Day 6?

Olympics: Speed Skating-Ladies' 1000 mU.S. favorites Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe raced to the finish line hoping to get the best time – and the first U.S. medal for speed skating in Sochi – but it was China’s Zhang Hong who took home the gold. (Better luck next time, America).

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Hong was off to a strong start when the gun was fired, gaining momentum every time she dug her skates into the ice at Adler Arena. Although there was doubt that she would hang onto her extraordinary speed – especially after some unfortunate spills from skaters who gained speed too fast, too soon – she glided around the rink and right into the top spot on the medal stand, earning her the gold over Richardson, Bowe and the rest of the competition.

Bowe, the current world record holder for the 1000m, gave it her all as she sped fiercely, but failed to live up to her own record. Richardson glided on the ice, making it look effortless, and landed herself in third place for a hot second.

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Right after Richardson rapidly made her way through the two-and-a-half laps, Margot Boer of the Netherlands and Olga Fatkulina of Russia knocked Richardson out of the running for the medals, and temporarily claimed second and third – but only until the Netherlands’ Ireen Wust skated her way onto the podium, snatching the second place spot and pushing her teammate Boer into third.

Richardson and Bowe ultimately came out in seventh and eighth place, respectively.

Freestyle Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 6America may not have fared so well in women’s speed skating, but the men’s slopestyle skiing event proved a monumental victory for Team USA. Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper swept the podium, nabbing the gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively, and leading the red, white and blue to a Miracle-esque win.

What was your favorite event from Thursday’s Winter Games? Did you enjoy the addition of the luge team relay? What event made your evening?  Sound off in the comments!

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15 Comments
  1. Britta Unfiltered says:

    My favorite moment today was Jeremy Abbott picking himself up off the ice after that terrible fall and skating a flawless finish, and in so much pain too. What a trooper. It was a good lesson for the kiddos at home to never stop fighting for your dream.

    • Margaret says:

      I loved seeing the american sweep in slopestyle skiing, but I have to agree with you. Jeremy has notoriously battled some international competition demons, but the determination with which he finished his routine was inspiring. and kudos to jason brown, what a wonderful short program!

    • Cassandra says:

      With you 100%. Seeing him fight against the pain and disappointment, with the audience giving him all that support, brought tears to my eyes. The determination to finish what he started is proof enough that he is a true Olympian.

    • David P. Graf says:

      I just don’t understand why we send people to the Olympics who have a history of folding in competition. With some great exceptions like the new slope events, this has been a bust of an Olympics for the United States. Maybe, it’s time for cleaning the house at the USOC. And, I really wish that there could be several highlight shows at night of the Olympic events on different channels. For example, my wife would have loved to have seen the female curling events but I don’t think they made the broadcast that night. Personally, I find “shuffleboard on ice” to be a silly excuse for an Olympic event but my wife thinks otherwise.

      • Katherine215 says:

        Who else has a history of folding? As for Men’s figure skating, it doesn’t really sound like there’s a huge pipeline of talent ready to take Abbott’s place yet. Sounds like we sent the best we had and hoped for the best.
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        If anything, I think we sent several athletes at the tail end of their careers, and some new blood had success instead. And there’s that whole speedskating uniform hoopla, though who knows if that’s a real issue or not.

      • Carlee says:

        For figure skating, I think the trend has leaned toward tricks – quads for guys, triple-triple combinations for ladies, ridiculous displays of flexibility, etc. It’s a race to see who can hit the big elements during the event. Even if you attempt a trick and don’t complete it fully, you might still get more points than if you didn’t try at all.

        So I don’t know if it’s a case of the athletes folding in competition – maybe they don’t routinely nail their programs in practice either… I guess that’s the difference between something like ballet (art) and figure skating (sport) – in sport, you are rewarded for taking risks. In ballet, a choreographer or director would have taken out a step and replaced it with something else if the dancer could not do it consistently in rehearsal. They would never leave it up to a 50/50 chance.

  2. andy j says:

    Justyna Kowalczyk winning the women’s cross-country skiing 10k to win Poland’s second gold medal-despite having a broken foot.An inspiration to all. And the American sweep in slopestyle skiing was awesome.

    • Diana says:

      YES !I was going to say the same thing.What a great day we never got 2 gold medals in one winter Olympic games so that was a historical day for our country.I don’t know how Justyna won the race with a broken foot and she won with 18,4 sec advantage .That was really inspiring and a great moment for Poland ;) Also I loved the luge team relay .

  3. Dee says:

    Plushenko withdrawing was sad, actually. He can come across as an arrogant jerk, but seeing him yesterday go up to the judges to tell them he couldn’t continue was very sad, indeed.

    Poor Jeremy, felt bad for him as well. Hopefully Jason Brown can move up in the standings.

    • stickergirl says:

      What annoyed me the most about Plushenko withdrawing was how much time NBC spent talking about him, as though it was live and they were trying to fill time. They showed the triple axel in warm up at least 3 times, even showed a replay of him going to the referee to withdraw. I mean, I get that he’s former Olympic champion and a national hero to the country hosting, but they really milked out the “will he or won’t he compete?” trope to death.

      If I remember correctly, Plushenko was originally only supposed to compete in the team event anyway…

  4. Matt says:

    Two words: Yuzuru Hanyu

  5. Ann says:

    My favorite moment was when the male figure skater, Abbott fell really hard into the ice and stayed on the ice, wincing in pain, but instead of giving up, he fought through his pain to finish his program.

  6. Anna says:

    Loved the slope style skiing! I was totally rooting for Nick Goepper. And Jeremy Abbott falling hard was heart breaking, but loved how he skated so well after. It was also sad to see the Russian skater pull out due to injury to close out his career; he had skated so well in the team program.

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