Russia's Alexey Sobolev failed to make the snowboarding slopestyle final Saturday, but he still considers himself a winner at the Games. After competing with his iPhone number on his helmet in Friday's qualifying, he was inundated with thousands of messages from around the world, including dozens of photos of naked women. "Most of the messages are good luck messages and messages from the girls," Sobolev, 22, said. "Some of the messages are not appropriate to read aloud." The deluge of messages, photos and phone calls overwhelmed his phone so much, it stopped working. The battery didn't die. The phone just gave up. It eventually started working again, and Sobolev had plans for it, and some of the women who contacted him. "I'm definitely going to call them," Sobolev said.
No containing him
U.S. bobsledder Johnny Quinn found himself in an awkward situation after taking a shower in his hotel room. The bathroom door wouldn't open.
With no way to contact the outside world, the former wide receiver on the Green Bay Packers practice squad decided there was only one thing he could do:
Break through the door.
So he did.
And then Quinn put it on Twitter — @JohnnyQuinnUSA – for the world to see (above).
"I used my bobsled push training to break out," he wrote.
U.S. skeleton athlete John Daly had a response: "Seriously Johnny who goes to the bathroom without a cellphone? It's 2014 brother."
Quote of the day
"If you are not totally focused, this course can kill you."
American Alpine skier Bode Miller, on the course for today's men's downhill
Trivia of the day
Marit Bjorgen won her fourth career gold medal in cross-country skiing's 15-kilometer skiathlon to surpass figure skater and Hollywood legend Sonja Henie as the most successful female Olympian from Norway.
NBC's editing questioned
In a sign of how closely NBC's actions are being watched, the website Deadspin compared a speech that International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach made at Friday's opening ceremony with the edited version NBC aired and headlined a story, "NBC Edits Out IOC Anti-Discrimination Statement From Opening Ceremony." True. NBC left in another anti-discrimination statement by Bach. He made a point about the value of tolerance more than once in his speech. You could argue that the stronger statement was edited out but not that NBC altered his message.