Vancouver Games: Day 12
The biggest blunder of speedskater Sven Kramer's career cost him a second Olympic title and handed South Korea's Lee Seung-hoon the most unexpected gold medal of the Vancouver Games.
Kramer, the world champion and world record holder, was an overwhelming favorite to add the 10,000 title to his victory in the 5,000.
Kramer blamed his coach for wrongly pointing him down the inside lane on the 17th of 25 laps, but said, "At the end of the day, it is my responsibility. I am the skater on the ice, I have to do it."
South Korea's Kim Yu-na had fans and judges swooning in the short program, scoring 78.5 points to shatter her own record and put her almost five points ahead of longtime rival Mao Asada of Japan.
Kim Yu-na went into the Vancouver Games as the overwhelming favorite for figure skating gold -- a position that has proved something of a curse in Olympics past.
Should she win, her gold would be South Korea's first that didn't come from speedskating.
Canada's Joannie Rochette, skating just two days after the sudden death of her mother Therese, gave the most moving performance of the night.
Rachael Flatt of the U.S. performs her short program during the women's figure skating competition.
Mirai Nagasu of the U.S. wound up with a season-best score of 63.76, but was upset because she might not make the podium.
Switzerland's Carlo Janka celebrated an Olympic giant slalom gold medal to go with his world championship title with a combined two-run time of 2 minutes, 37.83 seconds.
Silver medal winner Kjetil Jansrud of Norway was 0.39 seconds back in second, jumping up from 11th after the first run.
Bode Miller's bid for a record fourth Alpine medal at a single Winter Games was derailed when he couldn't correct his line coming out of a right-hand gate in the second half of his run.
Along with Bode Miller, fellow U.S. skier Ted Ligety failed to medal in giant slalom.
Canada's Ashleigh McIvor (left) defeated Norwegian Hedda Berntsen in the final of the Olympic debut of women's skicross, held in heavy snow.
Austria successfully defended its title in the Nordic combined team relay, overtaking the United States in the last straight of the cross-country section after placing third in the ski-jumping portion of the event.
Bill Demong of the U.S. crosses the finish line as Austria celebrates their gold medal win.
Johnny Spillane of the U.S. in the ski jump portion of the event.
Russia had earlier secured the first gold medal of Day 12, with Olga Zaitseva finishing off victory in the women's biathlon relay in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 36.3 seconds to beat France and Germany.
Canada rebounded from its men's hockey loss to the United States to beat Germany 8-2 and set up a quarterfinal against Russia.