The 2014 Sochi Olympics has successfully reached the halfway-point and what a week its been. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest headlines from the last seven days.
The Olympic Opening Ceremony is usually a show of epic proportions, but, for Sochi’s turn, a tiny fail was blown out to epic proportions. Despite the event’s dazzling fireworks, glow-in-the dark roller skaters and rich Russian culture, it was a technical glitch during the presentation of the Olympic rings that stole the show.
USA Olympian Sage Kotsenburg skipped the opening ceremonies to keep his mind on his sport, the first-ever showing of men’s slopestyle in snowboarding at any Olympics. It paid off. He won the first gold medal for the US at the games.
Canada’s Dufour-Lapointe sisters, Justine and Chloe, won the gold and silver medals in the women’s freestyle skiing event.
Following Kotsenburg’s win, things went a bit downhill for the US. The US Alpine Ski Team failed to bring home any gold, despite being favorites for the win at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Snowboard legend Shaun White went home empty-handed after bowing out of the men’s slopestyle event, and then placing fourth in the men’s halfpipe competition.
But things eventually turned around for the stars and stripes out in Sochi. US athletes dominated the podium during the slopestyle skiing event. 22-year-old Joss Christensen took home the gold, and did it for his late dad.
Entering day seven of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Norway is in the overall lead with 13 medals while the Netherlands and USA are tied with 12. Eighteen medals will be awarded today. Stay tuned to see which athletes will take the podium.