TURIN, Italy—Fresh off a silver medal in the ice dance competition, the United States kept the momentum going after the first night of the women's short program in figure skating. Sasha Cohen, who finished fourth in Salt Lake City, skated a near flawless routine and just edged out reigning world champion Irina Slutskaya of Russia. The difference between the pair is three-hundreths of a point.
Shizuka Arakawa of Japan was in third place. Baring a disastrous performance, the medals are likely to stay with the top three when the free skate is held on Thursday.
Kimmie Meissner, at 16 the youngest person in the competition, was in fifth place having skated the best performance of his life. By virtue of being fifth, she will skate in the final rotation.
Emily Hughes, a late replacement for Michelle Kwan, skated well and is in seventh place.
Speedskating: Everyone was up for the Shani Davis-Chad Hedrick showdown but instead were treated to a little home-ice advantage. Enrico Fabris of Italy won the men's 1500-meter competition, no doubt spurred on by the loud and boisterous Italian crowd. It wasn't totally unexpected as Fabris had already won a gold in the team pursuit and a bronze in the 5000 meters. Still, the Davis-Hedrick battle lived up to its billing. Hedrick, skating in the penultimate pair, posted a time that was only good enough for second place. His actions showed he was clearly disappointed. Davis then went in the last group and posted a time slightly better than Hedrick for the silver medal. The two did the best they could to downplay the feud between them saying that it was media created. But, in the end, they couldn't hold back and Davis abruptly ended questions and walked out of the press conference.
Bobsled: It wasn't quite the gold of Salt Lake City, but the U.S. was happy winning a silver in the women's two-person event. Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming entered the third run in third place and improved to second. They held that position in the fourth and final run. Sandra Kirrisas and Anja Schneiderheinze of Germany were the winners. Italy's Gerda Weissensteiner and Jennifer Isacco got the bronze. The other U.S. sled, with Jean Prahm and Vonetta Flowers aboard, finished a respectable sixth. Flowers teamed with Prahm (then Racine) to win the gold in 2002.
Hockey: Somehow it doesn't seem right but the U.S. men's team advanced to the quarterfinal round even though they lost to Russia, 5-4. Alexei Kovalev scored the winning goal for Russia with eight minutes to play. The U.S. team is 1-3-1 and must play Finland on Wednesday. In other quarterfinal games, Canada plays Russia; Czech Republic goes against Slovenia and Sweden plays Switzerland. In other games on Tuesday it was Kazakhstan over Latvia, 5-2; Italy and Switzerland played to a 3-3 tie; Finland shut out Germany, 2-0; Canada beat Czech Republic, 3-2 and Slovakia shut out Sweden, 3-0.
Freestyle skiing: The U.S. failed to qualify anyone in the women's aerials. The competition was postponed from Sunday. The finals are Wednesday. Jana Lindsey finished 16th and Emily Cook was 19th. The top 12 move on to the finals. Australia's Jacqui Cooper had the high score of the day.
Biathlon: Germany continued to exercise its mastery in this sport by winning the gold medal in the men's 4 X 7.5-meter relay. Russia got the silver and France took the bronze. The U.S. team, made up of Jay Hakkinen, Tim Burke, Lowell Bailey and Jeremy Teela, finished ninth out of 17 teams.
Nordic Combined: Felix Gottwald's gave Austria its eighth gold medal of the Games with a win in the 7.5-kilometer sprint. Magnus Moan of Norway got the silver and Georg Hettich of Germany was awarded the bronze. Todd Lodwick was the highest finishing American in ninth place. Others were Johnny Spillane (10th), Bill Demong (25th) and Eric Camerota (39th).
John Cherwa is the Tribune Sports Coordinator.