Apolo Anton Ohno scored his sixth Olympic medal yesterday, a silver in the men's 1500 meter speedskating that made him the most decorated US Winter Olympian since Bonnie Blair—and put the US on the medal stand for the first time in Vancouver. Hannah Kearney's win in the women's ski moguls put the US on top for the first time, and teammate Shannon Bahrke's bronze gave the United States four medals for the day and an early lead in the overall chase.
Elsewhere in Vancouver:
- Ski jumping: Switzerland's Simon Ammann landed the first of Vancouver's 86 gold medals to be awarded.
- Speedskating: Dutch skater Sven Kramer set the first Olympic record while winning the 5,000 meters.
- Luge: Germans Felix Loch and David Moeller were on top as the men's competition opened last night without a single wreck. Nodar Kumaritashvili's Georgian teammate, Levan Gureshidze, withdrew.
- Women's hockey: Canada opened its run at a third straight gold with a goal just 99 seconds in and went on to ring up the biggest blowout in Olympic history: 18-0 over Slovakia.
Biathlon Slovakia's Anastazia Kuzmina won the women's 7.5-kilometer biathlon sprint. The top American, Sara Studebaker, finished 45th, more than two minutes behind. ___ Opening Ceremony Ratings The Nielsen Co. says an estimated 32.6 million people watched NBC's telecast Friday night, 48% more than the 2006 Turin Olympics and approaching the 34.2 million who watched the opening in Beijing. The Canadian broadcast was easily the most-watched TV event ever in the country, topping the 2002 telecast of the men's hockey finals in Salt Lake City. Nearly half the country was watching when the opening ceremony began and two-thirds of the country saw at least some of it.