As the disappointment on the mountain continues, history was made in Torino yesterday in the premier event in speedskating. Shani Davis became the first African-American to win a gold medal in Winter Olympic history, and only the third black athlete to win a winter medal ever, as he skated to victory in the men's 1,000 meter race. The victory must have been especially sweet for Davis as he trained by himself in Canada, apart from the rest of the US Speedskating team. Davis and US Speedskating have had a bitter battle that included the organization pulling Davis' financing for training over the placement of a logo. Davis' mother pressed for her son to be removed from the organization's website. Joey Cheek, who earlier won the gold in the 500 meter race, finished 2nd and Chad Hedrick, the gold medal winner in the 5,000, finished 6th.
In hockey, the United States lost to Slovakia, 2-1 and hockey juggernaut Canada somehow lost to Switzerland. And in scary news for Ranger fans, Jaromir Jagr required stitches and had 3 cuts on his head when he was rammed into the boards in the Czech Republic's loss to FInland.