SOCHI DAILY NEWS: Saturday Feb. 15

2014-02-14 17:12

Years from now, historians poring over the results of women's aerials will have to dig deep to see the story. The results show Ashley Caldwell finishing 10th, matching her result from Vancouver. But if you dig deeper, you'll see a score of 101.25 in qualis. Look back over women's aerials results and you won't find many 100 point jumps. Only a small handful of women are throwing trips - Caldwell is one of them. On her qualifying jump, she sent a message with a full-full-full (three flips, three full rotations) - a jump no American woman has ever performed in competition. Ashley Caldwell came to Rosa Khutor Friday night to compete. With it came some risk. A touchback on her first round jump knocked her out. But she went out swinging, bringing her A game to the Olympics.


  • Five-time Olympian Bode Miller finished sixth in the super combined. 
  • Jared Goldberg matched his career best World Cup finish with 11th in his first Olympic race.
  • Defending super combined World Champion Ted Ligety was right behind in 12th.
  • Andrew Weibrecht was one of 10 racers out of the top 30 downhill finishers to not finish the slalom.
  • As predicted, warm temperatures affected the downhill, which was moved up an hour, but snow conditions remained consistent for the late afternoon slalom.
  • The next alpine medal event is Saturday with women's super G. U.S. starters are Julia Mancuso, Stacey Cook, Leanne Smith and Laurenne Ross.
  • A men's super G follows on Sunday with Miller, Ligety, Weibrecht and Travis Ganong starting.

Bode Miller
Today was tough. It was tough for everybody. I don’t think anybody came down that thing feeling awesome…maybe Viletta, I’m not sure. Everybody was kind of struggling.The mistakes don't look as dramatic. . .but the mistakes I made were just deceleration. You can feel them, and I could tell halfway down. I started trying to look for too much and then I made more. I could just feel the speed going away. The tactics are there. The skiing is there. You just can't make mistakes like I did today.


  • Noah Hoffman took the top spot for the USA Friday, finishing 31st at the men’s 15k classic event. 
  • Temperatures spiked to 50 degrees during the race.
  • Erik Bjornsen finished 38th, Brian Gregg 47th and Kris Freeman 52nd.
  • Springtime temperatures ruled the course for a second day in a row, where wax selection was crucial to success and athletes were forced to battle overheating in short sleeves.
  • The women team up for the 4x5k relay Saturday, when World Champions Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins will fight for an Olympic medal with help from Liz Stephen and rookie Sadie Bjornsen.


  • The podium sweeping men’s slopestyle skiing team has been celebrating its success at the USA House and Sochi-based international media outlets.
  • The men’s halfpipe skiing team is preparing for its Olympic debut on Tuesday Feb. 18.


  • Emily Cook led the USA finishing eighth in women’s aerials in her final Olympics. 
  • Ashley Caldwell broke 100 points to dominate qualifying as one of the only women throwing a triple.
  • In the opening round, Caldwell touched back and failed to advance.
  • Men’s aerials is up on Monday night with Mac Bohonnon the lone Team USA entrant.


  • Training continued Friday looking ahead to the large hill event next Tuesday.


  • Nick Alexander was 30th, Nick Alexander 31st to lead Team USA in large hill ski jumping qualification.
  • Anders Johnson, who was 35th, rounded our the trio who qualified in the top 40 for Saturday night’s medals round.


  • Training is under way for Sunday’s women’s snowboardcross event.


Throughout the Games, every skiing and snowboarding event will be streamed LIVE on and via the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app (iPhone/iPad | Android).

NBC Live Streaming Schedule (all times EST)
12:00 a.m. – Women’s super G
3:00 a.m. – Women’s 4x5k relay
11:35 a.m. – Men’s large hill ski jumping




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