Feb 18, 2010 9:57 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Gold: 5 Silver: 3 Bronze: 6
And how is Team USA doing in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver? Awesome!
Three Americans picked up gold medals Wednesday--Shaun White, Lindsey Vonn and Shani Davis all stood atop the medals stands as they claimed their titles of best in the world.
The USA tops the leader board in medals with 14 overall. Germany is second with 10, followed by France with 7. Host nation Canada has 6 including two gold medals. This is a huge source of pride for the maple leaf nation, which had been shut out of the gold in previous games they hosted.
Thursday promises more thrills:
Men's Figure Skating--Medals will be awarded tonight in men's figure skating. Evan Lysacek is in position to win the United States' first gold medal in 22 years heading into tonight's free skate. Lysacek is just 55-hundredths of a point behind Russia's Evgeni Plushenko, the defending Olympic gold medalist in this event.
Alpine Skiing--Following Lindsey Vonn's gold medal performance, there's more women's skiing today. There will be medals awarded in the and super combined slalom skiing events. There are also preliminary Alpine ladies combined downhill events.
Curling--American curlers have been blanked so far at the Vancouver Olympics. The U.S. men are 0-and-3 entering today's match against Denmark. Later tonight, the winless U.S. women try to break their 0-and-2 slump when they take on Denmark as well.
Ice Hockey--The unbeaten U.S. men's and women's hockey teams take to the ice today in first-round preliminaries. The men are first up against Norway. That game will be followed by host Canada taking on Switzerland with Martin Brodeur taking the place of Roberto Luongo in goal for Mike Babcock's club. The men's schedule concludes at midnight with Alex Ovechkin heading a strong Russian team against Slovakia.
On the women's side, the United States plays Finland. The Americans have won two games and are already assured of making it into the semifinals. Forward Erika Lawler practiced on her bruised right ankle and says she'll play today. It's especially thrilling following progress of the women after watching them in their final practice game at the Colorado Springs World Arena.
Biathalon--There are finals today in the women's 15 kilometer individual biathlon and the men's 20 kilometer events.
Women's Snowboarding--Following Shaun White's gold medal performance in the men's halfpipe, it's the women's turn tonight. Medals will be awarded in the women's halfpipe following qualification runs earlier in the day.
Speedskating--Women's speedskating finals in the 1000 meters are scheduled today.