There haven’t been many dull moments at Sochi since our last installment of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games coverage!


(Related: Sochi 2014 Olympics: Week One Shockers)


 Here are the three key highlights:

1. Slopestyle Skiing Event Dominated by Team USA


US Slopestyle winners

US Slopestyle winners. Rob Schumacher/USA TODAY Sports

It was the first sweep Team USA has been able to secure since the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, and it almost didn’t happen. Team USA’s Joss Christensen won Olympic gold with a score of 95.80. Christensen, 22, was the last competitor to qualify for the American team in Park City last month. Fellow Americans Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper took home the silver and bronze, respectively, at the first ever men’s slopestyle ski event on Thursday.



2. Under Armour’s New Age Speed Skating Suits Under Fire


American Speed skater Brittany Bowe

Speed skater Brittany Bowe. Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

After the shocking losses of Shani Davis and Brittany Bowe, both in the individual 1000 meter speed skating competitions for men and women, the U.S. speed skating team went over and over the factors that could have slowed down the competitors. The new suits, designed by Under Armour, had innovative vents installed on the back of the suit to allow heat to escape. Unfortunately, they may have also created a “parachute” effect and caused the skaters to lose their precision and form, which ultimately may have slowed them down.


The U.S. team requested permission to change their suits to the ones used in the last Olympic Games.  This request was granted on Saturday, just before the men’s 1500 meter event. Unfortunately, the skating suit switch did not change the luck of the U.S. team, and none of the American competitors found their way to the podium. Despite this poor performance for the men’s team, there is still a chance for the women to bring home the gold.  The women’s game is scheduled to take place today.



3. U.S. vs. Russia – The Hockey Game to End All Hockey Games



T.J. Oshie. Getty Images.

T.J. Oshie. Getty Images.

Vladimir Putin, himself, was in the stands on Saturday afternoon for the most anticipated game of the Olympics. Tensions have been running high, and the Americans weren’t particularly confident in their chances of winning. The U.S. team and the Russian team were tied 2-2 in the third period of the game when the Russians scored—but the point was taken away because the net had been knocked out of place. In a nail biting finish, T.J. Oshie scored a shootout to secure Team USA the win.


Are there any other events you’ve been watching? What is your favorite event? Let’s talk Sochi here in the comments section, or you can tweet me @TiffaniJPurdy. Remember to check back here on MUIPR Blog on Wednesday for more Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics coverage!