NEWS UPDATE: Switzerland's Carlo Janka wins the Giant Slalom, while Norwegians Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal win silver and bronze, and Bode Miller skis out in his first run. Russia wins the women's relay biathlon gold medal; France wins silver, and Germany wins bronze. World ski cross champion Ashleigh McIvor of Canada wins gold; Hedda Berntsen of Norway wins silver, and Marion Josserand of France wins bronze. Austria won the gold in Nordic Combined Team 4x5k Cross Country; America wins a silver, and Germany the bronze. All on Tuesday. Details later.
Austria won the gold medal in Team Ski Jumping at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games on Monday with Germany taking silver and Norway the bronze. The Austrian team scored 1107.9 points to Germany's 1035.8 and Norway's 1030.2.
"I feel so fantastic. It is a dream. And now three, three gold medals (in his Olympic career)," said Austrian jumper Thomas Morgansteen. "I really can't believe this. We have all done it together, such great friends, such a great team."
Germany won the gold in Women's Team Sprint Free Cross Country. Sweden won silver, and the Russian Federation won bronze.
Norway won the gold medal in Men's Team Sprint Free Cross Country. Germany won Silver, and the Russian Federation won bronze.
A New York Times story on Sunday about Bode Miller gave excellent insight into the American superstar. It talked about expectations, and motivation, and how focusing on skiing rather than winning has always led Bode to his best results.
"I wouldn't have been happy winning gold if I hadn't been happy with my run," he says in the article.
Miller went into the 2006 Torino Games carrying the burden of enormous expectations and, despite the simple fact of competing in the quadrennial running of the world's most exclusive sporting event, was perceived as having fallen short because he did not win.
It was more of a commentary on others than on Miller, but he suffered for it in the four years since.
His medal performance in Vancouver has been stellar, with bronze in downhill, silver in super G, and gold in super combined.
Miller said on Monday of his gold medal run, "I had no idea that I had won, and I certainly didn't know that it was going to be a gold or a medal at all. I was super, super excited to have skied that way.
"It's hard to really describe it in a way that makes sense, but the gold medal doesn't mean that much. If I won it in a way that I wasn't excited about, or wasn't proud of today, I would have probably resented the medal in a certain way because of what it makes everyone else think," he said.
Miller skis again Tuesday in GS.
Skiing and snowboarding medal events scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23 are: Women's 4x6k Biathlon Relay; Men's Giant Slalom; Nordic Combined Team 4x5k & 4x5k Relay; and Women's Freestyle Ski Cross.
(Sources: Wire services, VANOC, and U.S. Ski Team.)