The 2014 Sochi Olympics continued late Wednesday night with events carrying into Thursday morning, while most in the U.S. were sleeping. Sochi is nine hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
Here’s what fans may have missed:
Curling medal heading to Great Britain
Not too many medals were awarded overnight with men’s ski cross qualifying dominating the early action Thursday, but Great Britain did score a medal in a slight upset in women’s curling. The Brits took home the bronze medal after knocking off No. 3 seed Switzerland 6-5.
French earn ski cross sweep
The French got Thursday off to a great start, sweeping the podium in men’s ski cross with Jean Frédéric Chapuis winning gold. Arnaud Bovolenta earned the silver medal while countryman Jonathan Midol added bronze to France’s total.
U.S. speedskater speaks out
The United States has failed to win a speedskating medal in Sochi with Maria Lamb among the disappointed Americans. Much has been made of the faulty new suits the U.S. debuted for the Games, but Lamb said Team USA’s problems run much deeper. After finishing 16th in the 5,000-meters on Wednesday she told the Associated Press the suits were “just the tip of the iceberg” when it came to American leadership in the sport.
"The organization could have done a lot of things differently," Lamb said. "We have lost a lot of staff and we've had to deal with a huge amount of controversy. That definitely affects you."
U.S. speedskating executive director Ted Morris took over in September, defended his organization and said the poor showing had created an “emotional situation.”
Americans at the top of the medal count
With seven golds and 23 total medals, the United States sat atop the medal standings early Thursday morning. Russia and the Netherlands each had six gold and 22 total while Norway had 20 total medals and led all nations with nine gold, passing Germany for the lead in gold medals. The Germans have eight gold out of 15 total medals. Canada held steady with 18, including five gold and an Olympic high nine silver.