Day Fifteen — Showdown
Well, we’re down to the last weekend — at last. We are done with the figure skating. (Admittedly, last night’s show was pretty damned good. But still: NO MORE FIGURE SKATING.)
A quick check of the medal count shows USA-USA-USA with 8/12/12 for 32 total, for the lead. Zee Germans are a very efficient second with 8/11/7 for 26, followed by Norway (7/6/6 — 19), Canada City (8/6/3 — 17), and the Fightin’ Putins (3/4/6 — 13). Looks like U.S. Americans are a pretty safe bet for grabbing the overall W.
But Canada’s got a solid shot at taking the most gold medals. They’ve got two shots at curling gold (including tomorrow afternoon for the ladies — 1800 ET on CNBC), and of course men’s hockey — following on from a comprehensive victory for the wimmin last night.
Speaking of the fellas — tomorrow’s semifinal between USA and Finland is a legit reason to bust out of work for a few hours (1500 ET on the Mothership — live, coast-to-coast, in a stunning act of sanity). Canada and Slovakia go later (2100 ET on CNBC, after curling).
Elsewhere, one last go-around for Lindsey Vonn (goodbye Shin of Destiny, hello Fickle Finger of OW OW OW) and Apolo Ohno in these games, and perhaps ever. And the big fellas of four-man bobsled get their first runs in tomorrow, with the final on Saturday.
(Private to Manchu — stay strong, brother.)