2006 Winter Olympic Games

Season 1 Episode 9

Day 8

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Aired Daily 8:00 PM Feb 18, 2006 on NBC
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Alpine Skiing: Women's Combined-Downhill run Men's Super-G Biathlon: Women's 10km Pursuit Men's 12.5km Pursuit Bobsled: Two-Man Cross-Country Skiing: Women's 4x5km Relay Curling: Women's Round Robin (Draw 8) Great Britain vs. Italy Russia vs. Switzerland Sweden vs. Denmark Japan vs. Canada Men's Round Robin (Draw 9) Germany vs. USA Canada vs. Italy Switzerland vs. Great Britain Finland vs. Norway Women's Round Robin (Draw 9) Japan vs. Sweden Great Britain vs. Norway Italy vs. USA Ice Hockey: Men's Preliminary Round Group B-Kazakhstan vs. Russia Group A-Italy vs. Germany Group A-Canada vs. Switzerland Group B-Sweden vs. Latvia Group B-Slovakia vs. USA Group A-Czech Republic vs. Finland Short Track: Women's 1500m Men's 1000m Ski Jumping: Men's Large Hill Final Speedskating: Men's 1000m Finalmoreless

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    Janica Kostelic

    Janica Kostelic

    Women's Alpine Skiing-Combined-Croatia

    Guest Star

    Marlies Schild

    Marlies Schild

    Women's Alpine Skiing-Combined-Austria

    Guest Star

    Kathrin Zettel

    Kathrin Zettel

    Women's Alpine Skiing-Combined-Austria

    Guest Star

    Anja Päerson

    Anja Päerson

    Women's Alpine Skiing-Combined-Sweden

    Recurring Role

    Julia Mancuso

    Julia Mancuso

    Women's Alpine Skiing-Combined-USA

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    Lindsey Kildow

    Lindsey Kildow

    Women's Alpine Skiing-Combined-USA

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      • MEDAL COUNT - DAY 8

                         GOLD    SILVER   BRONZE    Total
        Norway 2 7 7 16
        Germany 6 6 3 15
        USA 7 4 2 13
        Russia 6 2 5 13
        Canada 2 4 5 11
        Austria 4 5 1 10
        South Korea 3 3 1 7
        Switzerland 2 2 3 7
        China 1 2 4 7
        Italy 2 0 4 6
        France 3 0 2 5
        Sweden 2 1 2 5
        Netherlands 1 2 2 5
        Finland 0 2 3 5
        Estonia 3 0 0 3
        Croatia 1 1 0 2
        Czech Republic 0 2 0 2
        Australia 1 0 0 1
        Bulgaria 0 1 0 1
        Great Britain 0 1 0 1
        Slovakia 0 1 0 1
        Latvia 0 0 1 1
        Ukraine 0 0 1 1

      • The U.S. speedskating team was not the only one facing internal conflict coming into the Olympic Games. Claudia Pechstein and Anni Friesinger of the German women's speedskating team had a similarly frosty relationship as that of Chad Hedrick and Shani Davis. Pechstein, who grew up in the former East Germany, and Friesinger, a free spirit from West Germany, were able to work through their differences and win a gold medal for Germany in the women's team pursuit on Thurs., Feb. 16.

      • U.S. speedskater Joey Cheek--gold medal winner in the 500m event on Mon. Feb. 13 and silver medalist in the 1000m on Sat., Feb. 18--refused to get involved in the ongoing feud between his U.S. teammates, Chad Hedrick and Shani Davis. He donated both of the bonus checks he received from the U.S. Olympic Committee for winning medals to Right to Play, a charity that helps at-risk children by involving them in athletics. Cheek donated the $25,000 from the 500m race and the $15,000 check he received for his silver medal in the 1000m. He is concerned about helping children in the war-torn Darfur region of southern Sudan. Several companies have matched his donations. The total amount raised is now close to $300,000.

      • The ongoing tension between the U.S. men's speedskating team members didn't end after the 1000m finals. Shani Davis won the gold medal, becoming the first African-American ever to win an individual gold medal in a Winter Olympics. He skipped the Team Pursuit competition on Thurs., Feb. 16. The U.S. team failed to medal and Chad Hedrick, the gold medal winner in the 5000m race on Sat., Feb. 11, appeared to criticize Davis for declining to participate. Davis had said on Sat., Feb. 11, "I didn't come here to skate the team pursuit. I've been training all year for the 1000m. I want to give myself the best opportunity in the 1000m. Skating the pursuit would take away from that. It's not a difficult decision." Hedrick later became frustrated with continued questions about Davis.

        Former Olympic champion Eric Heiden thought Davis could have entered at least one qualifying race for the U.S. in the team pursuit without affecting his performance in the 1000m event. Davis' coach, Bob Fenn, encouraged Davis to skip the team pursuit. After Davis won the 1000m event, he refused to offer more than terse one sentence replies to Melissa Stark's questions, even when she asked whether his victory meant as much for his mother as for him. Sensing the obvious tension, Stark asked Davis if he was angry. Davis said no, but still refused to talk beyond his robotic one sentence answers. Stark had an inquisitive look on her face as she handed it back to Bob Costas, who was equally puzzled. Hedrick, when asked about the 1000m race, said he was glad fellow American Joey Cheek had won silver. He failed to mention Davis.

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