Meryl Davis and Charlie White have made Olympic history on Monday by becoming the first American team to win gold in ice dancing. The West Bloomfield, Mich., natives finished second in Vancouver four years ago. Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (MOY'-ur) finished second after capturing gold in Vancouver.
This time, the Americans won with a score of 116.63 points compared to 114.66 for the Canadians. A team from Russia was third. American's Madison Chock and Evan Bates were eighth, while siblings Maia (MY'-uh) and Alex Shibutani were ninth. The U.S. two-man bobsled team of Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton won the bronze medal.
Their time of 3:46.27 was 0.88 off the gold medal winning performance of the Russian duo. Following those results Russia and the U.S. are tied for the overall medal lead with 18. The Russians have five gold, seven silver and six bronze while the Americans have won five gold, four silver and nine bronze. The U.S. women's hockey team has advanced to Thursday's gold medal game at Sochi with a 6-1 semifinal win over Sweden.
The Americans peppered the Swiss goaltender with 70 shots, one shy of the women's Olympic record of 71 as set by the U.S. against China in 2002. Megan Bozek Kendall Coyne and Brianna Decker each had a goal and two assists for the U.S., which will play long-time rivals Canada for the title.
The Canadiens beat Switzerland 3-1 in Monday's other semifinal game. To nobody's surprise, the U.S.-Russia men's hockey game drew good TV ratings. NBC Sports Network says 4.1 million people in the United States watched the Americans' dramatic 3-2 victory, a record number for a hockey game on the channel. When the game went to a shootout, 6.4 million people tuned in to watch T.J. Oshie score four times to lead Team USA to the win.. Bob Costas has returned as host for NBC's prime-time Olympic coverage, if still not exactly clear-eyed, at least with a sharpened sense of respect for the colleagues and crew who covered for him during a six-day absence.
Costas missed the first week of action with an eye infection.