Olympians concerned with halfpipe safety

by: Shane Mettlen | Scripps National Contributor

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:

Mancuso loses lead, still medals
American favorite Julia Mancuso held an early lead in the women's super combined Alpine skiing, but couldn't hold off a field that included Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who dominated the slalom portion of the event to take gold. Mancuso wound up with the bronze medal, finishing behind Austria's Nicole Holp. Hoefl-Riesch became an repeat Olympic champion after also winning gold in Vancouver in 2010. 

Practice postponed amid halfpipe concerns
A day before competition was set to begin, practice for snowboarding's halfpipe events was postponed after riders complained about the condition of the venue. Americans Shaun White and Danny Davis were among those expressing concerns the sides of the halfpipe outside Sochi were too vertical. There have been other similar complaints at these games with riders complaining about the slopestyle course, which led to injuries for White and Canadian superstar Mark McMorris during practice runs last week. American skier Bode Miller said over the weekend the downhill run was potentially lethal.

Another women's hockey win for USA
The United States picked up another preliminary round victory in the women's hockey tournament pool play, defeating Switzerland 9-0 to set up a potential gold medal preview game against Canada. Amanda Kessel and Kendall Coyne each had two goals and two assists to lead the Americans.

Hamelin takes short-track 1,500 title
Canada's Charles Hamelin won the men's 1,500-meter short-track with a time of 2:14.985, edging out China's Han Tianyu and Russia's Hyun-Soo Ahn. American John Celski finished just out of the hardware, coming in fourth just .002 seconds behind Ahn.

Norway still leads medal count, but others on the rise
The Norwegians, among five nations with two gold medals so far in these Games, continued to lead the overall medal count with seven total.  Canada and the United States each have five total medals and two gold while the host Russians also have five total medal, but have reached the top of the medal stand just once.