Russians Nikita Katsalapov and Elena Ilinykh, left, and Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White celebrate during the flower ceremony for the Olympic ice dancing competition Monday, February 17.
Fenninger, last year's Sportswoman of the Year in Austria, finished in one minute, 25.52 seconds to emulate the feats of Andrea Fischbacher in Vancouver four years ago and Michaela Dorfmeister in Turin in 2006.Current overall leader Maria Hoefl-Riesch claimed silver -- adding to her gold in the super combined -- and Austria's Nicole Hosp took the bronze.Sidney Crosby celebrates after scoring Canada's second goal during the men's ice hockey gold medal match against Sweden on Sunday, February 23.Most of us know the Winter Olympics through the power of television, as a spectacle in constant motion.Hoefl-Riesch and Hosp were well behind Fenninger, more than half-a-second adrift.
Almost half of the starters didn't complete the run."I've had races where I went through the finish line and I knew this was it -- 'This was a winner.' But this was not one of them," the 24-year-old Fenninger told reporters."I only realized what had happened when I stood on the top of the podium," she added. I just hope the realization will sink in the way I imagined it so I can properly enjoy myself by this evening." Russian golds Elsewhere on Day Eight, adopted Russian Viktor Ahn -- he formerly represented South Korea under the name Ahn Hyun-soo -- bagged the home country's first ever gold medal in short track speed skating in the 1,000 meters and Alexander Tretiakov added to the host's haul of gold by bettering the field in the men's skeleton."I did (feel pressure) a little bit, but then the puck hits your stick and you start skating," said Oshie. I was fortunate enough to keep (Bobrovski) guessing and Quickie did his great job." Still no joy for U. in speed skating The Netherlands won a medal in the men's 1,500-meter speed skating event. Verweij was far from euphoric as he tallied the Netherlands' 13th medal in speed skating -- tying a Games record -- in Sochi."I should be happy winning silver but this feels like a huge loss," he said.South Korea's Shim Suk-Hee, front left, South Korea's Kong Sangjeong, front right, Canada's Valerie Maltais, back left, and Canada's Marie-Eve Drolet compete in the 3,000-meter short track relay February 10. S., outshining Russian captain Pavel Datsyuk -- who plies his trade for the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL. S.'s goals in the shootout that went to a whopping eight rounds. reclaimed the advantage when Joe Pavelski netted past Sergei Bobrovski but Russia tied proceedings through Datsyuk's second past Jonathan Quick midway in the third.