What happened while you were sleeping? Snow, both here and in the mountains around Sochi. The biathlon was held in snow. The skiing was held in snow. The Nordic combined was held in rain. The men’s snowboard cross was held in rain. The short track speedskating was held … indoors.
Alex Deibold was the surprise of the morning, grabbing a bronze medal in the snowboard cross event that was postposted Monday because of fog. The best chances for a U.S. medal seemed to be Nate Holland and Nick Baumgartner, but neither made it through their qualifying round.
Tina Maze won her second gold of these Games, leading from start to finish in the giant slalom. Austria’s Anna Fenninger was .07 seconds behind, and Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany took the bronze.
American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin was fifth, missing a medal by .23 seconds.
Emile Hegle Svendsen of Norway won the biathlon 15-kilometer mass start event, followed by Martin Fourcade of France and Ondrei Moravec of the Czech Republic. American Tim Burke was 21st, one spot ahead of Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, competing in his sixth and final Olympics.
Eric Frenzel of Germany leads after the ski jumping portion of the large hill Nordic combined event. Competitors begin the cross-country portion this morning at 7. Bryan Fletcher was the top American, tied for 27th.
Korea, to no one’s surprise, won the women’s 3,000-meter short track speedskating relay; Canada took silver and Italy bronze. J.R. Celski was the only American to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals in the men’s 100. Jessica Smith and Emily Scott moved on the 1,000 quarterfinals, which will be held Friday. Valerie Maltais of Canada set an Olympic record in the heats.