By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
After an epic opening weekend, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics skated into Monday for a Day 3 filled with speedskating, mogul skiing, ultra-fast luges, and women’s hockey!
Finland’s women’s hockey team lost to Canada 3-0, but not before putting up a tough fight. Goalie Noora Raty blocked 39 of Canada’s shots! Continuing their wintry domination, Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury and Alex Bilodeau hit the men’s freestyle mogul, with Bilodeau nabbing a repeat gold medal. Then, Canadian Charles Hamelin scored the 1,500-meter short-track speedskating gold. Oh, and let’s not forget Canada’s Dufour-Lapointe sisters, as Justine rocked the moguls gold and Chloe earned silver!
Alright, so how about the United States? Well, their women’s hockey team embarrassed the Swiss with a 9-0 victory! In fact, while the US attempted 53 shots during the game, the Swiss only managed 10. Wowzers. Then, Team USA’s luger Erin Hamlin rocketed to the top 3 after the first qualifying heat, with only two German ladies in front of her – Natalie Geisenberger and Tatjana Huefner. Men’s 500-meter speedskating was much less favorable for the US, with Shani Davis basically using it as a warm-up for the long-distance events later in the competition. He finished 24th! Hopefully, the warm-up pays off later on.
So, who ruled the speedskating arena? The unstoppable Dutch trio! Michel Mulder took gold, Jan Smeekens nabbed silver, and Ronald Mulder (who’s Michel’s twin) won the bronze. Talk about keeping it in the same country (and family)!
Want to know what’s coming up on Day 4? Check out the preview below!
Images courtesy of Sochi 2014 Winter Games Facebook.