The 2014 Sochi Olympics continued late Sunday night with events carrying into Monday morning, while most in the U.S. were sleeping. Sochi is nine hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
Here’s a list of what fans may have missed:
Fog causes delays
A heavy fog enveloped the Sochi area, leading to scheduling problems and delays in multiple sports, including snowboardcross, which was postponed until Tuesday. The men’s qualifying races were supposed to take place early Monday morning, but officials made the call to postpone when visibility was at a minimum. The event will continue Tuesday with a slightly modified format. Instead of qualifying, the racers will be bracketed based on world ranking. Americans Nate Holland and Trevor Jacob will compete in the same heat with three riders from each heat advancing to the quarterfinals.
The men's 15-kilometer mass-start biathlon was also postponed and is now scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. Eastern. Officials said a decision on the women's 12.5 kilometer mass start, which is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., would be announced soon.
Brits move one step closer to curling gold
Great Britain's women’s curling team improved its chances of advancing to the semifinals with a 9-6 victory over Russian early Monday, knocking the host nation out the tournament.
The world champions, led by Eve Muirhead, have a 5-3 win-loss record and can move into the playoffs with Canada and Sweden with a victory over Denmark in their last round-robin game later today. Britain is looking for redemption after it failed to reach the Olympic semifinals in Vancouver four years ago, despite being one of the favorites. Team USA dropped its final match to South Korea, 11-2, assuring a last-place finish for the Americans.
The Netherlands leads in total medals
Unprecedented speedskating dominance has pushed The Netherlands into the lead for overall medal count heading into a busy day in Sochi. Five of its 17 medals are gold with five more silver and seven bronze. The United States isn’t far behind with 16, including four gold and four silver and eight bronze.
Host Russia also has 16 with four gold and seven silver. Norway and Canada each have 14 total medals and Germany continues to lead the way in gold with seven first-place finishes and 12 total medals.