Zbigniew Brodka knocked off American Shani Davis and all the other big names in the men's 1,500 meters, capturing Poland's first gold medal in Olympic speed skating. Brodka won the closest 1,500 in Olympic history against Koen Verweij of the Netherlands, who skated in the final pair. The two were initially shown on the scoreboard as tied for the top spot, but when the time was broken down to the thousandths, the victory went to Brodka. His time was 1 minute, 45.006 seconds. Verweij settled for silver in 1:45.009. The bronze went to Canada's Denny Morrison, his second medal in Sochi.
Zhou Yang of China won her second consecutive gold medal in the women's 1,500 meters -- a race that included a three-skater crash involving 500-meter gold medalist Li Jianrou of China. Viktor Ahn of Russia won gold in the men's 1,000, with teammate Vladimir Grigorev taking the silver. It was Ahn's second medal in Sochi, having given his adopted country its first short-track medal with a bronze in the 1,500. Ahn was born in South Korea and competed in the Olympics for his native country before becoming a Russian citizen in 2011.
Anna Fenninger became the third consecutive Austrian woman to win a gold medal in the Olympic super-G. Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany took the silver and Nicole Hosp of Austria the bronze. Skiers from Austria have dominated the event since it began at the 1988 Calgary Games. Austrian skiers have now won eight of a possible 24 medals in the super-G. Fenninger finished in 1 minute, 25.52 seconds, edging Hoefl-Riesch by 0.55 seconds. Starting 17th and wearing a cheetah-themed print on her helmet, Fenninger flew along the course, hardly bothered by a track that grew more and more bumpy. She made sure the super-G title remained with Austria after Andrea Fischbacher took gold in 2010 and Michaela Dorfmeister in 2006.
Charlotte Kalla erased a 25-second deficit on the final leg to give Sweden the gold in the relay. Finland finished second to claim silver, and Germany took bronze. Norway was well behind in fifth. The Norwegian women had not lost a 4x5-kilometer relay since 2009 and entered as huge favorites, with a team that featured the top four skiers in the overall World Cup standings. "It is tough to see because we are so good in relay, we have always been so good, many seconds before the other girls," said Heidi Weng, who skied the first leg for Norway. "And today, others were better than us."
Poland's Kamil Stoch completed a gold medal sweep of the normal and large hills. Noriaki Kasai of Japan earned the silver on the large hill and Peter Prevc of Slovenia took bronze. Stoch joins Simon Ammann and Matti Nykanen as the only men to win both individual events at the same Winter Games.
Alexander Tretiakov of Russia won the men's gold medal, blasting away from the world's top racers. Hurtling down a track he has trained on more than anyone else, Tretiakov thrilled a raucous Russian crowd by completing four runs in 3 minutes, 44.29 seconds, well ahead of Latvia's Martins Dukurs, who finished in 3:45.10 and won silver for the second consecutive games. Matt Antoine of Wisconsin took bronze, the first skeleton medal for the U.S. since Jimmy Shea's gold in 2002.
Canada became the first team to qualify for the women's semifinals by beating Russia and Japan. Sweden has the next best record, one game ahead of China, Britain and Switzerland. In the men's tournament, China and Sweden earned wins to stay at the top of the qualifying round standings. Canada and Britain are a game behind in the race for the four playoff spots.