While the United States slept, things were busy on the other side of the globe. Here is our recap of everything Olympics you may have missed overnight. Social media curated by Kari Van Horn.
*Four years ago, Alex Deibold was waxing snowboards in Vancouver for the U.S. snowboard cross team. Now, he’s an Olympic bronze medalist and one of Sochi’s wildest success stories. On a foggy, soggy course at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, the 27-year-old from Vermont outlasted crashes and falls to secure third place by a matter of six inches.
*Pierre Vaultier of France won the snowboard cross gold medal and Nikolay Olyunin of Russia snagged the silver.
*Amid mist, fog and rain, U.S. favorite Mikaela Shiffrin made her Olympic debut in women’s giant slalom, finishing fifth and off the podium. The 18-year-old from Vail, Colo. will get another chance at Sochi hardware Friday during the slalom competition — an event she tends to dominate.
*Slovenia's Tina Maze, who placed first in women's downhill, added an Olympic title in giant slalom to score her second gold medal in Sochi. (Afterward, the pop star jumped in the slush and pretended to swim.) Anna Fenninger of Austria finished second and Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg was third.
*The grueling men's 15-kilometer mass-start biathlon came down to a photo finish between Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway and Martin Fourcade of France. Svendsen began to raise his arms before crossing the finish line, perhaps celebrating a hair too early. Fourcade stuck out his ski to finish tied for first, but had to settle for silver due to a penalty.
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*Two members of the feminist punk rock band/political movement Pussy Riot might have been detained in Sochi. Three members were arrested and sentenced to prison time last year after protesting Vladimir Putin’s policies at a Moscow cathedral show.
*Team USA bobsledders are shining beacons of politeness:
*And the ladies are taking cues from The Hangover. They call themselves Wolf Pack:
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