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AP: US leading athletes are not showing expected results yet at Sochi Games

February 13, 2014, 4:42 UTC+3 NEW YORK
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NEW YORK, February 13, 3:31 /ITAR-TASS/. Results of the fist days at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi for the US national team are not as expected, Associated Press says as several American athletes, who were considered to be favourites, failed to show top results.

“One after another, some of the biggest American stars have wiped out in sunny Sochi,” Associated Press writes.

“From Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso to Shaun White and Sarah Hendrickson, this is hardly shaping up as an Olympics to remember for the U.S. team.

“Davis was just the latest to falter, finishing eighth Wednesday in the 1,000 meters, a race he won at the last two Winter Games.

“He was hoping to become the first male speedskater to pull off a three-peat. He didn't come close, fading badly after a quicker-than-expected start.

“Miller faltered in the men's downhill. Mancuso, after getting a surprise bronze in the super combined, failed to medal in the women's downhill, her best discipline. White dropped out of one event and joined Davis in failing to even win a medal in another, the halfpipe, he owned at the last two games. Hendrickson never had a chance after undergoing major knee surgery six months ago.

“The U.S., which led the overall medals table at the 2010 Vancouver Games with 37, was fourth in the standings with nine as of Wednesday, trailing Norway, Canada and the Netherlands. Four of the American medals have come in snowboarding, including gold for Kaitlyn Farrington and bronze for Kelly Clark in the halfpipe on Wednesday night.

“Scott Blackmun, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, said it's far too early to push the panic button.

"Whenever we start predicting medals, we get way off track," he told The Associated Press. "Our job is to make sure the athletes are prepared. What we can control is: Are they ready to compete? I can unequivocally say we're ready to compete. And don't forget there's almost two full weeks left.

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