2010 Winter Olympics Photos

February 25, 2010
Updated February 26, 2010 with 60 photos
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Highlights from Thursday's action at the Olympics:

-- Yu-Na Kim became the first South Korean to win an Olympic figure skating medal and she overwhelmed the competition. She captured the women's individual gold medal with the highest score recorded since the judging of figure skating was revamped eight years ago. She landed six triple jumps.

-- The third and final Nordic combined event of the Olympics was held and although the windy, snowy weather played a large role, the United States found the conditions perfect. Americans Bill Demong and Johnny Spillane finished 1-2 in the large hill event, giving the United States four medals overall. Prior to the Vancouver Olympics, no American had won a medal in the sport.

-- The United States, with 18 medal events remaining, has eight golds, the same number as Canada and Germany. The Americans, however, have 32 medals overall. That leads Germany by six and is within two of the all-time best U.S. showing. The only time the United States has won the most medals in the Winter Olympics was 78 years ago in Lake Placid.

-- Marit Bjoergen of Norway anchored her team to a victory in the 20-kilometer cross-country relay. She became the first athlete in these Olympics to win three gold medals and the first to win four medals overall. Norway last won the event in Sarajevo in 1984 and then finished second in five straight Olympics.

-- Canada won the women's hockey gold medal with a 2-0 victory over the United States. It was Canada's third straight Olympic title. Finland, which appeared in the third-place game for the fourth straight time, took the bronze with an overtime victory over Sweden.

-- The women's giant slalom was concluded after the second run had to be postponed Wednesday because of fog. Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, who has never won a World Cup race, rallied from sixth place after the first run to win the gold medal.

-- American Lindsey Vonn, who crashed in the first run of the giant slalom and broke a pinkie finger in the process, said she would ski Friday in the slalom event that concludes the women's alpine skiing. Slalom skiing, however, is her weakest discipline and a medal in the event would be a surprise.


February 22, 2010
Updated February 23, 2010 with 48 photos
Monday's Olympics Highlights:

-- An elegant and mistake-free performance by Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir brought them the ice dancing gold medal. Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White were second and Russians Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin were third. It was the first time in Olympic history a Russian or Soviet couple failed to win a gold or silver medal in the event.

-- The U.S. and Canadian women's hockey teams coasted through their semifinal games and set up a gold medal showdown for Thursday. The Americans defeated Sweden 9-1, avenging a semifinal loss four years ago, and Canada blanked Finland 5-0. The teams have combined to give up three goals in eight games at these Olympics.

-- The silver medal won by the Americans in ice dancing was the only United States medal on the day. Germany moved into a tie in gold medals with the Americans at seven. The United States leads in overall medals 25-21. The 25 medals equal the American total in Turin four years ago.

-- Austria led from the first leap to the last in dominating the competition and won the gold in team ski jumping. Three members of the Austrian team have won individual Olympic medals, so a victory was not surprising. Gregor Schlierenzauer, who took bronze in both the individual events this year, anchored the team.

-- In the cross-country team sprints, Norway came away with a win in the men's race and Germany was the victor in the women's. The two-person sprint relay races are almost always close and these were no exception. Petter Northug, skiing the final leg for Norway, crossed the line 1.3 seconds in front. The women's race was decided by .6 of a second.

-- The defending champion in the men's freestyle aerials event failed to make it to the finals this time. China's Han Xiaopeng botched the landing on his second qualifying attempt.


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