Yawn … not just tired, but a little bored this morning. You didn’t miss much.
Oh, sure, the first portion of the men’s super combined — the downhill — is over, with Kjetil Jansrud of Norway in front, followed by Ondrei Bank of the Czech Republic and Matthias Mayer of Austria in third. Mayer won gold last weekend in the downhill, and Jansrud the bronze, so the results are hardly surprising.
American Bode Miller was 12th, Jared Goldberg 15th, Ted Ligety 18th and Andrew Weibrecht 23rd. Ligety won gold in this event in 2006, but it consisted of a downhill and two runs of slalom, his specialty.
The second portion — the slalom — began at 6:30 a.m. Check back for live updates from Barry Svrluga on the mountain, because even if you’re snowed in, you lucky duck, this event won’t be on TV for more than 12 hours.
Capitals fans, take note: Martin Erat is becoming a scoring machine! First an own goal — rare in hockey — then right before the Olympic break, Erat scored his first goal of the season for Washington. Friday morning, he scored for the Czech Republic as they defeated Latvia, 4-2.
Former Capital Jaromir Jagr, a five-time Olympian, scored his second goal of the Games for the Czechs (1-1). Latvia is winless in group play.
As usual, the most exciting event this morning that you could actually see was the men’s 15-kilometer classical cross-country race. And it was exciting, if only because, after slogging through the streets of downtown, it was good to see that walking from the Metro isn’t the hardest endeavor in the world. Cross-country skiing at least makes the list.
Switzerland’s Dario Cologna won his second gold medal of the Games (his first came in the skiathlon). That wasn’t surprising, but his margin of victory — 28.5 seconds — was impressive. The surprise came when Johan Olsson and Daniel Richardsson of Sweden took silver and bronze. No Norwegian on the podium? That must have been a blow to King Harald, who turned up for the event.
USA-1, with Elana Meyer at the wheel, was the only sled to crash during practice in the two-seater event. (“Two-man bobsled” isn’t accurate; “two-person bobsled sounds like you’re trying too hard; and “two-woman” bobsled just looks weird. I think I’ll go with double-bob.)
And speaking of the bobsled, the worker who suffered compound fractures in both legs after being hit by a sled is in stable condition after surgery. Always end on a high note!