"I was lucky today," he said. "I could just as easily been fifth or sixth."
With his fourth career medal, Miller regained the title of most
decorated American Alpine skier, a day after Julia Mancuso tied him
for that honor. (The title could keep changing hands with the men's
super combined and slalom still to come; Mancuso has two events
left and Lindsey Vonn has three.) Also, this is the first time two
American men got medals in the same Alpine event since brothers
Phil and Steve Mahre went 1-2 in slalom at the 1984 Sarajevo Games.
Weibrecht found himself in first place after his run, something
that had never happened before. He said he "refused to believe
until the race was over that I was in with a medal."
"I've been knocking on the door all year," Weibrecht said.
"To come out here and do it just feels unbelievable."
Svindal made it four golds for Norwegians in the seven times
this race has been part of the Olympic program.
The race was marred by more horrific wipeouts. The most serious
left 40-year-old Patrik Jaerbyn with a concussion and bloody face.
The Swedish team physician said Jaerbyn was spending the night in
While the cheers from Davis were nice, the difference-maker for
the men's team may have been a change in skips (team captain).
After an 0-4 start, out went 2006 bronze medalist John Shuster
and in came alternate Chris Plys, with vice skip Jason Smith
throwing the last rock. The result was a 4-3 victory over France,
which came in with only one win.
The women were 0-3 until skip Debbie McCormick bumped out a
Russian stone with her last rock, giving the U.S. a 6-4 victory -
its first after an 0-3 start that had put her stewardship in
Americans were oh-so-close to a pair of medals.
Noelle Pikus-Pace, the 2007 world champion, finished third in
the women's event, just 0.10 seconds from bronze.
Zach Lund, who was kicked out of the last Olympics because a
banned substance was in a hair-restoration product he took, was
fifth, 0.52 from a medal.
The Czech Republic and Sweden joined the United States as the
only 2-0 teams so far.
Jaromir Jagr and Tomas Plekanec helped the Czechs take a 3-0
lead over Latvia before even allowing a shot, then rode the big
start to a 5-2 victory.