USA beats the Winter Olympics medal table red, white, and blue
Two unexpected medals from Americans Bode Miller (silver) and Andrew Weibrecht (bronze) in the men's super-G inflated America's already big lead in the Winter Olympics 2010 medal table.
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It’s just the latest example of how, so far, virtually everything that could go right has for the Americans. As of Friday afternoon here in Vancouver, the US led the medals table with more medals of every color than any other nation at the Olympics: six golds, six silver, and eight bronzes.
Saturday could be another strong day, with alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, long track speedskaters Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick, and short track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno all competing in events where they are medal favorites.
Beyond that, America continues to have strong medal hopefuls in Nordic combined, women’s hockey, and men’s bobsled, though the schedule suggests the current flood could begin to dry up in the final days.
Then again, America’s deluge of medals has come from sources both expected and shocking, offsetting the few disappointments, such as Lindsey Jacobellis’s disqualification in snowboardcross and Vonn’s mistake in the combined.
Men's super-G result a surprise
On Friday, Miller’s silver in the super-G was a mild shock. Having started the season late after contemplating retirement, Miller is apparently only now rounding into form after an unspectacular season.