Mancuso wins bronze, U.S. women’s hockey team smacks Switzerland


Julia Mancuso won the bronze in the super combined event. (AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER KLEINALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Two medal events were held while you were asleep, if you were lucky, or at least in the shower, or on the Metro, or stuck in traffic. But you didn’t miss them because they weren’t televised live, so don’t sweat it.

Julia Mancuso won a bronze medal in the women’s super combined, an event that includes a downhill run and a slalom run. Mancuso has now won four Olympic medals. Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany won the gold and Austrian Nicole Hosp took the silver.

In short-track speedskating, another event you’ll see tonight on NBC, China’s Tianyu Han, Vikton  Ahn, a South Korean-turned-Russian-citizen, American J.R. Celski and Charles Hamelin of Canada were among those who advanced to the finals.

What you could have seen if you were up with the birds — or really, before the birds — was the United States engaged in pitched battles with dreaded foe … Switzerland? Wait, Switzerland?

And yet it was so, as women from the two nations met in hockey and curling.

Bless their hearts, but the Swiss women hadn’t a chance on the large ice. The Americans won the Group A matchup, 9-0, midway through the third period when this post had to stop. This sets up the game we’ve all been waiting for: U.S. versus Canada. The meeting between the two best teams in the game will be Wednesday (7:30 a.m., NBCSN).

The Americans started sluggishly against Switzerland, and that can’t happen against the Canadians if they hope to win, although both teams should easily and automatically advance to the semifinals. However, they recovered to reel off three goals in 55 seconds, a record for the fastest such barrage. That gave them a 5-0 lead after one period and the game was essentially in the bag.

The Canadian women face Finland later this morning (10 a.m., MSNBC).

On the smaller ice at the Ice Cube Curling Center, the Swiss led the Americans, 5-3, in the eighth end.

The Canadians, two-time defending champions in men’s curling, won their opener against Germany, 11-8. Medal contenders Britain, Sweden and China also won in the opening session.

In short-track preliminaries, one American, Emily Smith, advanced in the heats for the women’s 500. You’ll see that on NBC tonight. The semifinals and final is Tuesday.

In other words, you didn’t miss much while you were sleeping. Carry on.

 

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