Quite a day at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Tuesday, with American Bode Miller hooking a gate on the GS course, the U.S. winning its first-ever medal in Nordic skiing, and host country Canada nailing a gold in women's Ski Cross.
Miller hooked a gate with his hand on his first run in Giant Slalom Tuesday, leaving the field open for others. Switzerland's Carlo Janka won gold, while Norwegians Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal win silver and bronze.
"It was perfect for me, the snow was hard but not icy, good grip, perfect conditions," Janka said of the race course. "You must always take a lot of risks. I made no big mistakes from top to finish and that was key today."
The U.S. men won a silver medal in the Nordic Combined Team 4x5k Cross Country, as Austria won the gold in a thrilling dash to the finish line, and Germany won the bronze.
"This is the greatest moment in nordic combined history for the USA," said Todd Lodwick of Steamboat Springs, CO. "All three of us are psyched to be here. We're psyched to be here as a team. We've persevered over the last 10 years to get to this point. We feel like we've earned this silver medal and this spot in history."
Russia won the very fast, very exciting women's Relay Biathlon. France won silver, and Germany won bronze.
World champion Ashleigh McIvor of Canada won the gold medal in Ski Cross, Hedda Berntsen of Norway won silver, and Marion Josserand of France won bronze. This is the first Olympics to include ski cross as a medals event.
McIvor led from the start of the four-woman final in driving snow, to secure the host nation's sixth gold of the Games.
"This is just the most amazing thing in my entire life. I am so proud of myself. There's nothing I could have done to be better equipped," said McIvor.
Skiing and snowboarding medal events scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24 are: Men's 4x10k Cross Country Relay; Women's Giant Slalom; and Women's Freestyle Aerials.
(Sources: Wire services, VANOC, and U.S. Ski Team.)