Americans make history on ice, fog forces delays in mountains

Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:24pm EST
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By Mike Collett-White

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White skated into the history books at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Monday when they won the ice dance gold, but thick fog in the mountains forced organizers to postpone two events and warned of more delays to come.

Belarus maintained their remarkable medal charge, picking up two more titles including gold for Darya Domracheva, who is now the only woman to have won three biathlon titles at the same Games after her 12.5km mass start victory.

In the biggest contest of the day at the February 7-23 Olympics, another record fell.

Davis and White became the first Americans to win the Olympic ice dance title with a spellbinding performance to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade".

While their dazzling display thrilled the crowd packed into the Iceberg Skating Palace, spectators in the mountains were disappointed by the postponement of the men's biathlon 15km mass start and men's snowboard cross competitions until Tuesday.

"We're so excited we're kind of in shock a little. I'm not sure what we're feeling," a beaming Davis told reporters after improving on their silver medal finish from four years ago.

White added: "To come away with a gold medal is amazing ... And 17 years of hard work was justified."

Weather delays may extend further into the final week of the Games, officials have warned, with the women's giant slalom possibly turning into a two-day affair.   Continued...

Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. celebrate with their flag after the flower ceremony during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance Program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 17, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk