SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) — Monday was a holiday in the United States, so the host country took the day off — at least as far as winning a medal — on the start of the second week of the Salt Lake City Games.
It was the first day an American athlete failed to medal as Germany widened its lead in the overall standings. But it was successful nonetheless for the United States, which secured a top seed in the men’s hockey tournament.
Australia again struck unexpected gold as Alisa Camplin captured the freestyle aerials, becoming her country’s first female gold medalist in Winter Games history.
Germany pocketed two more gold medals, winning the women’s 4×7.5-kilometer biathlon relay and posting the narrowest of victories in the team normal hill ski jump.
And as expected, the French pair of Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat won the ice dance competition.
On a different sheet of ice at the E Center, the U.S. overcame a slow start and cruised into the quarterfinals of the hockey tournament with an 8-1 hammering of Belarus.