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Day 2 Recap

Vermont native Hannah Kearney won the US's first Gold in Vancouver

So apparently the Opening Ceremonies were counted as day one, so yesterday was technically Day 2. Fair enough.

Day 2 got off to a flying start as the ski jumpers took the hill. Simon Ammann, who won double gold in Salt Lake City, took the first gold of the Olympics. The 28 year old posted a total score of 276.5 points.

In long track speedskating, The Netherlands’ Sven Kramer got a huge weight lifted off his shoulders as he won the 5000m in record fashion. He clocked in at a time of 6 minutes, 14.6 seconds, a time even more incredible when considering that the ice in Vancouver is reputed to be extremely slow.

In biathlon, Anastazia Kuzmina of Slovenia won the 7.5k sprint event, finishing roughly 2 minutes ahead of the highest finishing American Sara Studebaker, who was 45th.

In women’s hockey, defending Silver medalist Sweden opened with a 3-0 win over Switzerland and defending gold medalist Canada posted a record 18-0 win over Slovakia.

The night though, belonged to Kearney. The #1 qualifier, who stumbled to a 22nd place finish in Torino, put aside 4 years of demons and extended Canada’s demons for at least one more night.

Standing atop the run, Kearney witnessed Canada’s Jenn Heil take the lead and put Canada in position to win their first ever gold on home soil. But Kearney posted the fastest time in the competition, and combined flawless turning with two beautiful jumps to take the win. She mentioned in her interview that she “just wanted to be in an Olympics montage” Less than 2 minutes later, she got her wish.

In short track speedskating, Apolo Ohno won his 6th career medal to tie him with Bonnie Blair as the most decorated US Winter Olympians ever. His teammate JR Celski, who began speedskating after watching Ohno in Salt Lake City and recovered from slashing his leg with his own skate at the US Trials, took the Bronze. The two were out of the medals but two Korean skaters crashed into eachother, allowing Ohno and Celski to medal.

Tomorrow we have more luge action, the debut of the US Women’s Hockey team, and the beginning of the pairs figure skating competition.

Performance of the Night: Hannah Kearney, United States moguls

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