NEWS ALERT: Heavy snowfall overnight at Whistler Blackcomb has forced postponement of the men's super combined downhill scheduled for today.
It was a good day for the Swiss Monday, with gold medals in downhill and cross country, and for Americans, with a gold in snowboard cross and bronze in downhill.
Didier Defago of Switzerland won the men's downhill. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was second, and Bode Miller of America came in third.
Defago, 32, edged out Svindal by 0.07seconds and Bode Miller by 0.09 seconds.
"I really wanted to go back home with a medal. After three Olympic Games and a lot of championships I think my experience made the difference," said Defago, whose previous Olympic best in any discipline had been sixth in the 2002 Super G at Salt Lake City.
American Seth Wescott won gold in men's snowboard cross finals. Canadian Mike Robertson won silver, and Tony Ramoin of France won brone.
Wescott draped himself in his grandfather's World War II American service flag after winning the event. He also won gold in snowboard cross at the 2006 Torino Olympics.
Charlotte Kalla of Sweden won gold in the women's 10k freestyle cross country skiing. Kristina Smigun-Caehi of Estonia won silver, and Norway's Marit Bjoergen won bronze.
Dario Cologna of Switzerland won gold in mens 15k cross country skiing. Pietro Piller Cottrer of Italy came in second, and Lukas Bauer of Czech Republic was third.
Downhill training for women racers went forward Monday, with American Lindsey Vonn coming in first and, perhaps, answering questions about whether her injured shin will stand up to the stress of racing.
"It's tough," Vonn said. "I honestly was expecting it to be a little bit better than it was." Maybe so, but Vonn remains the favorite in Wednesday's downhill.
Weather continues to plague the games, with woes extending to spectators at Cypress Mountain, where general admission standing room tickets were cancelled for Olympic men's and ladies' snowboard cross events on Monday and Tuesday. Heavy warm rains made the general admission standing room area at the Cypress snowboard stadium unsafe for spectators.
Medal events Tuesday, Feb. 16 are women's 10k pursuit biathlon; women's snowboard cross; men's 12.5k pursuit biathlon; men's super combined slalom; women's singles luge; and women's 500 meter speed skating.