AMERICANS SHUT OUT OF SUPER-COMBINED: Sandro Viletta of Switzerland, who came in 14th after the downhill, rallied by giving the second-fastest slalom run – enough to win the super-combined. Americans stunned with disappointing finishes; Bode Miller, 2010 gold medalist, finished in 6th place while 2006 gold medalist Ted Ligety came in 12th.
HISTORIC GOLD MEDAL FOR JAPAN: Despite two falls,Yuzuru Hanyu grabbed the top prize on Friday, winning Japan’s first gold medal in men’s figure skating.
U.S. TAKES SILVER IN WOMEN’S SKELETON: Noelle Pikus-Pace capped off her career Friday with a silver medal in the women’s skeleton event. After placing she declared, “Good as gold.” She had retired after the Vancouver Olympics, but returned to the sport after suffering a miscarriage.
SECOND THOUGHTS ON U.S. SPEED SKATING SUITS: Maybe it’s a wardrobe malfunction? After lackluster performances during its first week, the U.S. speed skating team formally asked Olympic and skating for the option of swapping out their brand news high-tech skinsuits.
WINNING HEARTS OF THE CROWD: Suffering from two broken ribs and a bought of the cold, cross-country skier Roberto Carcelen finished dead last in the men’s 15km classic. But, Peru’s first-ever Winter Olympian was greeted warmly by winner Dario Cologna and the crowd once he crossed the finish line nearly 30 minutes later.
CELEBRATING VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE OLYMPICS: Instead of celebrating with flowers and chocolate, many spectators are marking Valentine’s Day with sporting events.
WITH LOVE FROM SOCHI: Olympians took to Instagram to celebrate Valentine’s Day. http://nowth.is/1ovQVev
SCENES FROM SOCHI: Check out a slideshow of photos from Day 7.