Sochi roundup: U.S. makes ice dancing history in the team figure skating event

• The United States won a bronze medal in the inaugural team figure skating competition – placing behind Russia and Canada respectively – but the most exciting thing about the American’s performance was the skating of world championship ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White. The duo scored 114.34 during their final skate on Sunday, which was a new record for ice dancing. The event also introduced the world to Olympic newcomers Jason Brown and Gracie Gold, who were solid in their individual performances. The American skaters now have some time off before their individual events begin this week.

• Slopestyle snowboarder Jenny Jones won Great Britain's first medal on snow by finishing with the bronze. Jones, 33, is the oldest competitor in the competition and won the medal by scoring a 87.25 on her second run Sunday morning. As Yahoo’s Jeff Passan notes, Jones found her inspiration by watching the British television show “Downton Abbey.”

• Russians might have found their next great skater in 15-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia. On Saturday, Lipnitskaia scored a 72.90, which was the highest score among the female skaters. On Sunday, she helped the Russians to their first gold medal in team figure skating – the first gold medal for the Russians overall. So, what happens when you’re the next great Russian athletic phenom? President Vladimir Putin pats you on the head like a puppy.

• The first protest of the games came from the Russian Ski Association, which claimed Maxim Vylegzhanin was impeded by Norwegian skier Martin Johnsrud Sundby as the two battled for the bronze. Sundby finished 0.1 seconds in front. The International Ski Federation discussed the matter, but rejected the Russians protest. Sundby was given a warning, but allowed to keep his bronze medal.

American ice dancer Alex Shibutani shows off his mad hops – and creative photography – on Twitter with this shot of him appearing to jump over part of the Olympic venue.

"We have very good suits and they are very tight and I just did not know what to (do). You just want to breathe and you want to take off your suit and only afterward did I realize that maybe this video will appear on YouTube. But I don't think it will be so bad."

- Russian speed skater Olga Graf, who accidentally unzipped her suit – with nothing underneath – after winning the bronze. The pictures and video, of course, went viral.

• Women’s hockey, 5 a.m. ET

The United States looks to remain unbeaten while Switzerland vies for its first win. (WATCH HERE)

• Men’s and Women’s curling round robin, 12 a.m. ET

The U.S. women open with Switzerland (5 a.m. ET) while the men take on Norway (10 a.m. ET) (WATCH HERE)

• Alpine Skiing Ladies Super Combined, 2 a.m. ET

The spotlight will be on American Julia Mancuso as she attempts to better her silver medal from four years ago. (WATCH HERE)


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