Pin-Up Girl/Alpine Downhill Skier Lindsey Vonn, Speed Skating Pioneer Shani Davis and Snowboarding’s most recognizable star, Shaun White, all took Gold Medals for the USA in their respective events on Day 6 of the 21st Winter Olympic Games Wednesday in Vancouver.
Vonn began the gold rush flying 65 miles an hour down Whistler Mountain in one minute, 44.19 seconds, a half second faster than her opponents, winning the Women’s Downhill…the Winter Games signature event. Vonn struck gold just a few days after her participation in the event was questionable because of a badly bruised right shin she suffered during a practice run a few weeks ago. She, reportedly, could barely walk. Well, I’m pretty sure Lidocaine Creme stock is Golden as well today after Vonn numbed her swollen and aching shin before racing to Olympic glory.
After becoming the first African-American athlete to win an individual gold medal taking the 1,000 meter speed skating gold at Torino in 2006, Pioneer and 1,000 meter world record holder Shani Davis became the first man in Olympic history Wednesday to win consecutive 1,000 meter speed skating gold medals taking top honors over at the Richmond Olympic Oval. How about that! The only color that matters is that of his gold medal.
Davis wasn’t the lone American on the podium. Texan Chad Hedrick, who won three medals in Torino, grabbed the bronze. South Korea’s Mo Tae-bum, Monday’s 500 meter gold medalist, took home the silver. Next up, the 1,500 meter event later this week.
How about Californian Shaun White, maybe the Winter Games’ marquee athlete. The Halfpipe Gold Medalist in Torino is the World’s greatest snowboarding star and gave spectators a “totally rad show” Wednesday. The $10 million a year man toyed with his competitors at the Halfpipe event. With his Gold Medal defended, White worked some “showtime” doing, what he calls, the Double McTwist 1260 (McDonald‘s has to, as the slogan goes, be lovin’ it! A huge endorsement deal can‘t be too far behind), twisting and turning his body in some big air during his victory lap. DUDE!!
Six medals in three events for Team USA, the biggest single-day winter games medal haul the U.S. has ever had. It vaulted Team USA past Germany into the medal count lead with a 14-10 advantage, five of them gold.
Thursday’s Day 7, more Women’s Alpine Skiing featuring Vonn and, woo hoo!!, Figure Skating and Curling. Might be movie night after the skiing. Oh wait! The Lakers host the Celtics Thursday at Staples Center. Movie night will have to wait.