U.S. slopestyle skiers made history, figure skating has one very interesting day and a Polish cross-country skier dispatches her opponents despite a painful disadvantage.
For six months, Joss Christensen has been burdened with a broken heart.
His father died in August at age 67 of a congenital heart issue.
The last words he spoke to his father were, his mother says, "Dad, I'm doing this for you. I want you to be proud of me."
JD Christensen would have been very, very proud Thursday when his son, who was added to the Olympic team in late January as a coaches' pick, won a surprising gold medal as men's slopestyle skiing made its debut.
"My father supported me since I was young and never said 'no' to me. I can't thank him more for everything that he did for me," Christensen said. "I miss him, and I hope he is proud."
Even better, Christensen, 22, led a U.S. medal sweep, only the third time that the United States took all three places on a podium at the Winter Games.
"I am shocked. I am stoked to be up here with my friends. America, we did it."
One too many?
Evgeni Plushenko, he of a long career filled with four Olympic medals but also 12 surgeries, gave figure skating fans an unwanted final image Thursday.
The lone Russian entrant in the men's figure skating contest skated to the edge of the ice before his turn in the short program and told the judges he couldn't go on. Then he turned to the crowd and waved goodbye. His career was over because his back caused him too much pain.
Bleacher Report's Tom Weir writes "the sad and controversial fact is that Russia's greatest-ever male figure skater hung around for one too many curtain calls in Sochi."
Weir says Plushenko would have been better to quit after helping Russia win the team title with a short program victory.
"Plushenko could have skated off into the sunset, knowing his 2006 gold and silvers from 2002 and 2010 had secured an unparalleled legacy in his homeland," Weir writes.
While one of the old stars made a whimpering exit, a 19-year-old wowed the crowd at the Iceberg Palace with a world record score in the short program.
Skating to "Parisian Walkways," Yuzuru Hanyu was nearly flawless. The Japanese star leads three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada by almost four points heading into Friday's free program.
It's pretty easy for Mexico to pick its flag bearer at the Winter Olympics.
After all, 55-year-old alpine skier Hubertus von Hohenlohe is the team. That itself is enough to get him some media, but the dude might be the most interesting man in the world -- or at least in Sochi.
He likes to compete in flamboyant outfits. In Sochi he'll dress as a mariachi in a uniform he designed. He also speaks five languages and has released eight albums under the name Andy Himalaya. He is the son of a prince. He makes a living as a photographer.
And if you watch this interview with Piers Morgan, you'll see he's a pretty chill dude and a quote machine.
When asked if he had confidence he would win gold, he said he had no illusions of getting on the podium.
"No, i'm not confident to win a winter Olympic gold medal. I'm confident to, maybe, make my country proud of me," he told CNN. "Because we've had a lot of negative press about other things. So this is a great way of kind of promoting Mexico in another way and giving a just a good vibe for the country, which is what it needs sometimes."
On where he thinks the organizers went wrong: