Olympics Highlights: Shaun White’s Third Gold Was Also the U.S.A.’s 100th, Plus a Women’s Hockey Record

Here are six highlights from Day Five of the Winter Olympics.  We don’t want to spoil any events they’ll be replaying in primetime tonight.  So these are all things that happened earlier . . .

1.  Shaun White won his THIRD Olympic Gold medal in men’s halfpipe last night.  He was in second place going into his final run and NAILED it.  He ended up with a 97.75 and won by more than two points.


2.  Shaun’s win was also the ONE-HUNDREDTH Gold medal the U.S. has won all time in the Winter Olympics.

We’ve won 29 in speed skating . . . 16 in alpine skiing . . . 15 in figure skating . . . 15 in snowboarding . . . 8 in freestyle skiing . . . 7 in bobsled . . . 4 in short track . . . 3 in hockey . . . 3 in skeleton . . . and 1 in Nordic combined.

(Here are historic photos of all 100 U.S. Gold Medalists from the Winter Olympics.)

3.  There were two pretty scary CRASHES yesterday.  Emily Sweeney from the U.S. lost control of her sled in women’s luge . . . got SIDEWAYS . . . and then pinballed off both walls.  Luckily she was alright.

Then 16-year-old snowboarder Yuto Totsuka of Japan nailed the lip of the halfpipe during a big trick . . . fell 20 feet to the bottom . . . and landed on his BACK.  That one looked REALLY bad.  But last we heard, it sounded like he might be okay.

4.  The U.S. women’s hockey team beat Russia yesterday, 5 to 0.  And forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson set an Olympic record by scoring back-to-back goals in just SIX SECONDS.  We’re still a week away from the medal round in that one.

5.  The men’s curling team got off to a good start, beating South Korea 11 to 7.  The U.S. didn’t medal in mixed doubles curling, but we’ve still got a shot in the men’s and women’s categories.

6.  As of midnight last night, Norway was still leading the overall medal count with 11 medals.

And the U.S. was in fifth place with 7.  But 4 of those are Gold.

(You can check out the updated medal count at NBCOlympics.com/medals.)