Three things you can depend on at these Winter Olympics:
1) Too much snow; 2) meaningless hockey games; 3) an ice-dancing overdose of Jerry Lee Lewis."Great Balls of Fire" blared repeatedly Sunday during the second leg of ice dance, where "The Killer" cast a longer shadow than even International Olympic Committee boss Juan Antonio Samaranch.
The original dance competition featured ice dancing to a selection of '50s rock classics from Jerry Lee, Little Richard and Elvis (Presley, not Stojko). The final results: happy days for Russian medal favorites Pasha Grishuk and Yevgeny Platov, who were leading heading into Monday's free dance.
Russian teammates Anjelika Krylova and Oleg Ovsyannikov were second, and France's Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat third.
A skiing tripleheader - the first in Olympic history - was set for Monday (Sunday night EST) after lousy weather continued to render the course useless. If the too-familiar snow, rain, fog and lightning held off, organizers planned to run the men's super-G, women's downhill and the downhill portion of the women's combined.
Hermann Maier of Austria won the Olympic gold medal in the men's super-G, finishing in 1 minute, 34.82 seconds.
Didier Cuche of Switzerland and Hans Knauss of Austria each finished in 1:35.43 and shared the silver medal. No bronze medal was given.
With the second half of the games starting, Germany led the medals table with 16 - five golds, five silvers, six bronze. Norway followed with 15 (5-6-4) and Russia was third with 10 (6-3-1).
The United States had six medals (2-1-3), in a tie for eighth. The Americans captured a team-best 13 medals four years ago in Lillehammer.
HOCKEY: The second round of the Olympic hockey tournament - the round where nobody gets eliminated - continued Sunday with the Czechs bouncing Kazakstan 8-2 behind two goals from the Montreal Canadiens' Martin Rucinsky. Earlier, the Russians returned to the ice for their second straight Olympic victory, 4-3 over Finland in a game marked by NHL-style physical play on both sides.
All eight teams in the round-robin competition play three games before advancing to Wednesday's quarterfinals. Seeding in the single-elimination quarterfinals is determined by each team's round-robin record.
BOBSLED: For the first time ever, there was no silver medal awarded in the two-man bobsled - because two golds were given out, an Olympic rarity. The Italian and Canadian teams took four runs down the 15-turn Spiral track, and wound up dead even to collect a gold apiece. The bronze went to Germany.
"It was so close, it would have been a travesty if either one would have lost," said Pierre Lueders, the driver who led Canada to only its second Olympic bobsled medal.
CURLING: There was good news and bad news for the Canadian teams. The women took the gold, but the men were upset by Switzerland in the first Olympic finals in curling. Switzerland won the men's gold with a 9-3 victory. The Canadian women defeated Denmark 7-5 for the gold - but the losers' silver was the first medal ever won in any sport by the Danes.
The U.S. men lost in the bronze medal game to Norway, while the women's bronze went to Sweden.
SKI JUMPING: At last it was Japan's turn to celebrate in ski jumping. Kazuyoshi Funaki's massive leap off the 120-meter hill gave the nation its first Olympic ski jump title in 26 years. The 22-year-old star jumped 132.5 meters and made perfect style marks to win the title. Jani Soininen of Finland won the silver and Japan's Masahiko Harada took the bronze, atoning in part for his two Olympic flops.
"I didn't want to do that again and I promised to myself that I will not repeat the same mistake," Harada said. "But I was able to perform a super jump."
SPEEDSKATING: The Netherlands won its first Winter Olympics gold medal in a speedskating sprint as Ids Postma, the defending world all-around champion, set an Olympic record in the 1,000. Jan Bos won the silver to make a 1-2 finish for the Dutch, and Hiroyasu Shimizu of Japan, gold medalist in the 500, won the bronze.
BIATHLON: Russia and Germany shouldered their way back to the front ranks in biathlon, as Russia's Galina Koukleva won the gold medal in the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint. She was seven-tenths of a second ahead of Germany's Ursula Disl, who won her second medal of the games. Disl's teammate, Katrin Apel, finished 24 seconds behind her to win the bronze.