February 19, 2010

Best medals by Americans at the Vancouver Olympics

1. Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Skiing, Women's Downhill - After all the speculation about her shin and the possibility that she might not even ski at all, Linsey Vonn comes out and destroys the competition, including her American rival Julia Mancuso. This capped off a pretty great day for the American team, but as it was the least certain win, it was the best.

2. Shani Davis, Speed Skating, 1000 meters - He is the first man to win the 1000 meters twice at the Winter Olympics, impressive in and of itself. But it's the fact that he tried to the very end and the fact that he had serious credible rivals that allows this win to edge out Shaun White's win.

3. Shaun White, Snowboard, Men's Halfpipe - White basically won this without so much as trying - it turns out that he didn't even need to pull off his 1260 McTwist to win - on his very first final run. Shaun White's win was probably the most vindicating one, but as White is heads and tails above the competition, this was no surprise. However, White's victory lap, where he actually did pull off the McTwist, was pretty cool too.

4. Evan Lysacek, Figure Skating, Men - It wasn't just redemption from Torino, where he screwed up the short program, but also the fact that he showed up Evgeni Plushenko, who had been playing mind games all up, that made this one of the best wins by Americans at the Olympics. Of course, Plushenko was not a graceful loser, deriding figure skating as having degraded to "ice dancing" because he didn't win. Too bad for him.

5. Bode Miller, Alpine Skiing, Men's Downhill - It wasn't gold, but the fact that Miller managed to medal almost completes his redemption from 2006. Here's looking forward to what he's going to do next week.

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