Speed skater Shani Davis is the latest star American athlete to miss the medal stand. He's joined by Alpine Skier Bode Miller, who didn't do well in his run and Shaun White, among others. We look at where the Americans stand in the medal count.
Olympic athletes often endure weeks of anticipation as pressure builds toward their moment on the global stage. That wasn't a problem for Canadian Denny Morrison, who got his spot in the speedskating finals just one day ahead of the race. Now he has a silver medal.
Many Americans were following the race mainly because American speedskating superstar Shani Davis failed to get a medal in the 1,000-meter race. He finished in eighth place.
Olympic sports are marvels of power and beauty. They're also marvels of physics. Take ski jumping. Skiers launch themselves into flight at speeds up to 60 miles per hour. They fly through the air for the length of a football field or more and land usually gracefully. We asked physics professor John Eric Goff, at Lynchburg College, to explain the physical forces at work in ski jumping. He wrote the book "Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports."
U.S. speedskating took a big hit in Sochi today, coming out of the 1,000-meter competition with no medals. The team's highest rank was eighth, earned by Shani Davis, who has dominated this race in the past.
"I want to start by saying thank you," New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter tells fans on his Facebook page, starting a note that should quell the wide speculation about Jeter's future in baseball. He will retire after this season, he said.
"I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart," Jeter wrote. "The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball."
We're going to stay in the spirit of the Winter Olympics. You might be keeping an eye on the Jamaican bobsled team. Their first appearance at the winter games back in 1988 was immortalized in the popular Disney movie "Cool Runnings." Here's a clip.
(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "COOL RUNNINGS")
DOUG E. DOUG: (As Sanka Coffie) ...I am Sanka Coffie, I am the best pushcart driver in all of Jamaica. I must drive. Do you dig where I'm coming from?
JOHN CANDY: (As Irv) Yeah, I did where you're coming from.
Snowboarders have a new set of heroes who are not American. Last night, at the snowboard halfpipe event in Sochi, not a single member of Team USA was on the podium. The winners were Swiss and Japanese. Maybe the biggest disappointment was the fourth place finish by Shaun White. He's the American who, for years, has been the focal point of snowboarding's rise in popularity.
NPR's Robert Smith was there and tells us what it means for the sport.
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. In Sochi, the Canadians have filled an entire fridge with Molson beer, but it's not for sharing. The fridge requires the scan of a Canadian passport to open. Still, this Olympic moment: Yesterday, the coach of Canada's cross country ski team spotted a Russian competitor struggling to the finish line with a broken ski, and promptly ran out and gave him a replacement. In sum, Canadians: selfish with beer, generous with skis. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.