Saturday, February 11, 2006
Turin, Italy Tricia Dunn-Luoma scored a 5-on-3 shorthanded goal and captain Krissy Wendell added two of the Americans' four third-period goals, leading the U.S. Women's Hockey Team to a 6-0 win against Switzerland.
The U.S. overcame Patricia Elsmore-Sautter's superb 50-save performance, while American goalie Chanda Gunn needed to make only nine saves in her Olympic debut. Rising 18-year-old star Sarah Parsons had a goal in her first Olympics.
Michelle Kwan's disappointments usually start when it's time to hand out Olympic medals. This time, she might be out before she even skates.
Kwan left open the possibility of withdrawing from the Turin Olympics after a sore groin forced her to cut short her first practice Saturday.
Russia's monopoly on Olym--pic pairs gold looks very secure with Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin. The two-time world champions skated in perfect unison to win the short program. Their performance was so good that the crowd was hushed for much of the performance, the near silence broken only by the sound of their blades cutting through the ice.
SAUZE d'OULX, Italy
Jennifer Heil of Canada capped three years of freestyle dominance by winning the moguls event.
The winner had a score of 26.5, clipping Norway's Kari Traa by .85. Meanwhile, the U.S. team was shut out of the medals ceremony -- a surprise for what was largely considered the deepest team in the world.
Gold medal favorite Daron Rahlves and fellow American contender Bode Miller staked out solid starting spots behind their powerhouse Austrian rivals for today's men's downhill.
Rahlves will start 20th, two places behind Miller, based on the final training runs -- a bit farther back than they might have liked, but not enough to give serious concern about wear and tear to the course caused by skiers ahead of them.
Lars Bystoel of Norway, the leader in qualifying for the normal hill ski jumping event, was eliminated for violating suit regulations, putting Andreas Kuettel and Andreas Kofler at the head of the field for today's final.
Kuettel, of Switzerland, had a jump of 104 meters and shared first place with Kofler of Austria, who jumped 103.5 meters. Both had 134.5 points.
Armin Zoeggeler of Italy is looking for more Olympic gold, and Tony Benshoof came seeking to make American luge history.
Midway through the men's Olympic luge competition, they're in position to make good on those plans.
Germany's Georg Hackl needs to rally a bit to win a sixth Olympic medal before retiring. He is fifth, 0.307 seconds behind Zoeggeler and 0.029 seconds back of Lativa's Martins Rubenis, who sits in fourth place entering today.
Michael Greis of Germany won the men's 20-kilometer biathlon, upsetting defending champion Ole Einar Bjoern--dalen for the first gold medal awarded at the Turin Olympics.
Bjoerndalen, of Norway, who swept the four biathlon golds at Salt Lake City and had designs on winning all five medals in Italy, finished 16 seconds behind Greis, whose time was 54 minutes, 23 seconds.